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Just this past April, Adam Copeland -- who wrestled under the name Edge -- was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame. He was worthy of that honor, too, having been a four time WWE champion, a seven time world heavyweight champion, a five time Intercontinental champion, a 12 time tag team champion, a U.S. champion, a Triple Crown champion, a King of the Ring winner,, a two time Money in the Bank winner, and a Royal Rumble winner.
For seriously, the dude did it all.
It took a long time to get there, though. His career with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) began in 1997 and he didn't retire until 2011 following his WrestleMania 27 win over Alberto Del Rio to retain the world heavyweight title.
Edge is remembered for being a polished worker who put his body on the line time and time again in the name of entertainment. He was one of the guys to put himself completely out there in those insane tables, ladders, and chairs matches in the early 2000s. Looking back on it, it's amazing no one suffered a broken neck in any of those matches.
The same can't be said for Edge's WWF debut, which happened on this date in history (June 22, 1998) on an episode of Raw.
Edge was billed as "a tortured soul" who entered through the crowd and had a goth look and feel to him. He came out for his big debut against Jose Estrada and all was going swimmingly until Edge performed a somersault over the top rope to the outside and landed on Estrada's head wrong, breaking his neck and effectively ending his career. The referee would count him out and Edge's debut had gone about as poorly as possible.
As stated previously, though, he recovered just fine and went on to have a more successful career than anyone could have dreamed of, perhaps even himself.
After the jump, watch Edge's fateful debut on Raw.