You might think that Adam “Edge” Copeland would be tired of talking about his legendary spear to Jeff Hardy from the top of the tallest ladder at WWE’s “WrestleMania X-7,” but no, the “Vikings” actor was pretty awesome about us marking out over it.
“The margin for error was so razor-thin,” he told TheWrap. “I still marvel at the fact that we pulled that off the way we did.”
“So much of that is Jeff just trusting me and letting go, and putting, basically, his life in my hands. And trusting that I would get him as flat as I possibly could,” Edge continued. “Because if he fought it, then we land a whole different way.”
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And no, the wrestlers can’t practice such a high-risk maneuver.
“We talk about it — but you can’t do that more than once,” Copeland said. “You just have to hope.”
Fortunately the spot worked out, and Edge got Hardy perfectly flat for the back-bump. It almost went very wrong, however, the wrestler-turned-actor told us.
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“If you watch it back, there’s a moment where I almost went too soon,” Copeland said. “It’s just a fraction, but if you just watch me, there’s one point where if I had jumped when I initially was about to, it would have gone a completely different direction.”
Watch the crazy move go perfectly via the video above. Thank goodness.
Edge and his tag-team partner Christian won the titles way back on that 2001 evening. They earned it.
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So that one went perfectly, but the set-up spot didn’t. Jeff Hardy was supposed to get to the hanging ring holding the belts to take the epic spear by walking across the top of three ladders. Didn’t quite work out that way.
“He wanted to walk across all of them, but then the one fell, which I always thought was great because it was an imperfection and that I think added to it,” Edge said. “Plus, he was really frustrated when it didn’t work. So that was real emotion, him kinda getting hot — that was real.”
Watch that unfold below.
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“You can’t control which way a ladder is going to fall. You just do as much as you can really,” Edge recalled.
Ain’t that the truth.
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“But from there on out, that was how we visually mapped it out when we all talked about it,” he said, “Bubba [Ray Dudley] pulls it and then Bubba’s gotta get it clear for us to be able to do that.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
Speaking of “history,” Copeland’s show “Vikings” returns to History channel on Nov. 28 at 9/8c. And if this post has you jonesing for some squared-circle action, WWE’s “SmackDown Live” airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on USA Network.