Wade is a former Premier League champion - beating Mervyn King in the 2008 final to become the first man other than Phil Taylor to lift the trophy.
Wade has had a tough couple of years since though, but it's a tribute to his phenomenal talent that through it all he has remained as one of the PDC's best three darts players.
Few could imagine what would follow when Wade first ceded an 8-0 lead to lose in the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts final to Scott Waites and then exited the World Championship in the second round.
Just days after the latter defeat - to Mensur Suljovic - Wade checked into the Priory Clinic and was diagnosed with bipolar and attention deficit disorders, later describing the 30 days he spent there under treatment as "probably the most important of my life".
- Date of birth: 06.04.83
- Birthplace: Aldershot
- Nickname: The Machine
- Major titles: World Grand Prix (twice), UK Open (twice), World Matchplay (once), Premier League (once)
- World Championship best: Semi-finals (once)
- Walk-on music: Bonkers
He went on to win the UK Open that year and while he hasn't added another major title this season, he did reach the final of the World Matchplay, losing to Phil Taylor.
But he looked visibly troubled during a World Grand Prix defeat by Colin Osborne in October - and immediately flew home to get "the right help so I can focus on getting myself right".
He returned to action at the Grand Slam and though he exited in the group stage, he did at least notch a victory as he began to find his feet back on the big stage.
The 2006 PDC Young Player of the Year, his star rose even further as he won the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix, becoming the youngest player to take a title in the history of the PDC.
An England international during his time in the BDO, Wade's stylish left-handed throw has won him plenty of admirers - and the former mechanic has long been seen as a future world champion.