Edge def. John Cena in Last Man Standing Match (New World Heavyweight Champion)

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April 26, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- For most athletes, using hatred as a motivating factor usually doesn't equal success. But most men aren't like The Rated-R Superstar and new World Heavyweight Champion Edge.

With help from Big Show, Edge defeated John Cena in a Last Man Standing Match in front of thousands of members of the WWE Universe to get what he came for -- championship gold. (PHOTOS)

The last-chance win makes Edge a nine-time world champion.

During the brutal battle for gold, Cena brought a section of the steel ring steps into the ring. It was Edge who first used them to assault Cena. But Cena retaliated, tossing the steps over the top ropes right onto the head of The Rated-R Superstar, knocking him to the arena floor.

From there on out, the battle got even uglier with both Superstars dishing out hellacious and vicious attacks on one another. Each time, they both somehow summoned from deep within to avoid the match-ending 10-count.

At one point, Cena tossed Edge out into the WWE Universe, where the battle raged on throughout the arena. Just when it looked like The Ultimate Opportunist was down for the count, he rose again to deliver a vicious Con-Chair-To.

Ultimately, it was a stunning appearance from Big Show that helped finish off Cena. The World's Largest Athlete viciously chokeslamed The Champ into an arena spotlight. The attack was so brutal that after the 10-count, Cena -- amidst shards of broken glass -- had to be removed from the arena on a stretcher by medical personnel.

At the start of the night, Edge's former tag team partner, Christian, called him a bitter, raving lunatic and recalled how Edge used to be a lot of fun. The Ultimate Opportunist didn't refute Christian's assessment of his personality and blamed it all on one man -- John Cena.

In the weeks leading up to Backlash, Edge admitted to being driven by desperation and hatred. On the April 24 edition of SmackDown, he said that without championship gold, he has nothing in his life. (WATCH)

And, on the April 10 edition of SmackDown, he vehemently expressed his disdain for Cena, saying he hates everything about the Raw Superstar.  (WATCH)

Now that The Rated-R Superstar got what he wanted and is back on top, what's next? Which Superstar is going to come knocking on Friday night? And, now that John Cena and Big Show are both on Raw, what will unfold? Don't miss the next edition of SmackDown at 8/7 CT on MyNetworkTV, and the next Raw at 9/8 CT on USA Network. With brand rosters now locked via the 2009 WWE Draft (Draft recap), things are sure to get even more interesting.

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