WWE legend Edge opens up about using real-life affair with Lita on-screen

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Former WWE superstar Edge is probably one of the most successful in-ring talents there has ever been in the company and whether he was a hero or a villain, he was beloved all the same.

The Ultimate Opportunist was an 11-time WWE world champion, a Royal Rumble winner, King of the Ring winner, the original Money in the Bank winner as well as a 12-time tag team champion, seven of which he won alongside Christian, who he now hosts a WWE Network show with.

Edge turned into a serious heel in 2004 as he became frustrated with not being able to win the World Heavyweight title.

In 2005, Edge began having an affair with WWE superstar Lita, who was in a relationship with Matt Hardy at the time.

When the news came out, Hardy was fired from the WWE as Edge and Lita were deemed more valuable and they didn't believe there could be a working environment anymore.

Eventually, they brought Hardy back and put the real-life problems of the trio on-screen for what was incredibly compelling television.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated named the feud the best of 2005, but the great TV came at a price for Edge. Although The Rated-R superstar understood what the WWE wanted to capitalise on the story, it didn't make the situation any easier on him.

"Well, I understood it from a business standpoint, and I always try to look at it from Vince's standpoint," Edge said. "And it's like, I get it. I totally get it. I put myself in this position, so I only got myself to blame. So, alright, you reap what you sow, so let's go sow it and reap it, I guess.

"I tried to commit to whatever I had to do onscreen because that was the only way it was going to work. And it really did feel like it was her and I against the world, kind of thing. So we felt that way, so it was easy to portray that on TV."

How difficult was it to have his life unravel on live television? According to Edge, it was the most stressful time of his career.

"I mean, it was difficult. Without a doubt. And I'd say that was probably, like, the most stressful point of my career, just from a personally taxing standpoint. But I was like, 'okay, see it through, get passed it,' and, really, my mindset was, 'we're here now, so I'm going to use this and try if you want to think you know me, I'm going to use this to fuel, if you want to hate me, I'll give you reasons.'"

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