PennLive.com: ‘WWE Smackdown’ Slams Its Way To Giant Center

Let’s get ready to rumble! “WWE Smackdown” is coming to Hershey’s Giant Center Tuesday. Fans will see superstar favorites Christian, Kane, and Randy Orton, among others in action. There will even be some diva representation from Natalya and Alicia Fox. The show will be taped and broadcast at 8pm June 24 on SyFy.

Expect drama, and lots of it, as Randy “The Viper” Orton faces off against Christian in a non-televised match. The two have been locked in a war over the title of World Heavyweight Champion since Orton claimed the title from Christian, who had only had the title for two days.

The battle for the title has seen once good guy Christian turn heel, reject his fans, and embrace his dark side. Here he talks about what it’s like to go evil, lose a title, and endure all the physical bashing in the ring.

What got you into WWE?

I was a lifelong fan growing up. I played hockey growing up in Canada and I’d fallen awkwardly into the boards and broke my shoulder. I was stuck in the house for 8 to 12 weeks and wasn’t allowed to go to school. So I was stuck in the house by myself and flipping through the channels and stumbled on the WWE and have been hooked ever since. As time wore on I realized this was something I wanted to do in my life, to go out and perform in the WWE like the superstars I saw perform.

Any advice for WWE hopefuls?

I would say the main thing to do is make sure you get the proper training, make sure you can do what we do properly. It’s a long tough road. You have to take it seriously and really, you have to dedicate your life to it.

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Jim Ross Talks About Christian In Latest Blog

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated his official site with yet another blog. In the latest, he had a few words to say about Christian, his title loss and what happened in the closing minutes of last week’s Smackdown:

After the vocal minority uproar when Christian lost the World Title on Smackdown, I mentioned that I thought that loss would likely position the skilled veteran from Ontario, not talking about Neil Young here, to become more relevant and valuable to WWE. Seems as if that has occurred as Christian, after this week’s Smackdown broadcast, is arguably the brand’s #1 villain. Of course there will be some who refuse to look at the reality of this matter and the fact that Christian has the opportunity to fill a huge gap and to be in plenty of main events at live events and on TV. Plus, Christian’s verbal skills will be better utilized as an antagonist, IMO. The bottom line is about making money and this certainly positions Christian to have the potential to capitalize on such.

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Jim Ross Mentions Christian In Latest Blog

Earlier today, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated his official site with yet another blog. In his latest blog, he had a few words to say about Christian and his match at the recent Over The Limit pay-per-view:

Loved the Orton-Christian match and felt like it was the show stealer on the PPV. Two really skilled guys and once again it showed that Christian is underrated but is an important facet of Friday Night Smackdown. Orton is a major star, without question, but his best days should lie ahead.

Enjoyed calling the one match at OTL but would have loved to have been able to be sitting at the announce desk for Orton-Christian.

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IGN.com: Christian on Edge: “We Were Planning On Teaming and Having Some Fun.”

IGN talks to WWE’s “Captain Charisma” about winning the World Title & having to cancel the official Edge & Christian reunion.

Wrestling fans were outraged two weeks ago when WWE Superstar Christian lost the World Heavyweight Title to Randy Orton, just days after winning it for the first time at Extreme Rules in a hard fought ladder match with Alberto Del Rio. This Sunday, Christian has a chance to win the title back from Randy Orton as the two of them will face off at the Over the Limit Pay Per View. IGN had a chance to talk to “Captain Charisma” himself about winning the “Big Gold Belt,” Edge’s injury and the final “Five Second Poses” in the weeks leading up to Edge’s retirement.

IGN: Even though you lost the title a few days afterward, it still must have been incredible to win the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules.

Christian: It was awesome. It was probably the most memorable moment of my career to this point. Obviously I grew up being a huge fan as a kid. And when I started training to get into the business the ultimate goal was to become the World Heavyweight Champion. So few guys ever get the opportunity. It’s been sort of a strange year in how things turned out with Edge having to relinquish the title because of his injury and then the title being vacated. And then me getting to step into his spot there in the Ladder Match. Having him right there at ringside watching me step up and grab it was huge. Huge for both of us. It was just as big for him as it was for me. And that meant a lot. It’s hard to put into words how it all felt. It just felt like every single moment that had ever happened in my life, good or bad up to that point, was worth it at that very second.

IGN: It’s being described as a “fan moment” as well. What do you think about that?

Christian: That’s great to hear. I know that there are a lot of fans and a lot of supporters who’ve wanted me to step up to a different level for a long time and I’ve always appreciated that. And I’ve always tried to never let them down and keep working hard. And I do feel that moment was just as much for them as it was for me. And that’s why there was such real emotion when it happened.

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Slam! Sports: Christian Hopes To Keep Riding The Emotional Wave

It has been an emotional month for WWE superstar Christian. His best friend, Edge, was forced into retirement because of injuries, leaving a hole atop the Smackdown roster. Christian jumped at the opportunity, and toppled Alberto del Rio in a ladder match to win the vacant World Heavyweight title at Extreme Rules.

Alas, he lost the title two days later to Randy Orton. The rematch is Sunday at the Over the Limit pay-per-view.

Christian told SLAM! Wrestling that he hopes to keep the emotional wave rolling, and knows Edge will be a part of it, even if he’s not there in person.

“It was two guys that grew up as fans and broke into the business together. We’ve both gone up and down different paths, and things like that. We were both able to realize a dream. Yeah, it was real emotional. The flipside of that is that unfortunately Edge has to retire, and the landscape has all changed,” Christian said, referring to roster changes and post-WrestleMania fallout.

“I’ve just got to go out and do what I do every night, and that’s go out and perform. I think one of the things that the people, the fans, know about me is that every time I step in the ring, I give everything I have to entertain everyone that’s spent their hard-earned dollars on a ticket for a WWE event. I think that’s apparent. I think that’s what people know about me, that every night I leave it in the ring. I’m just going to carry that emotion away with me and bring it to my matches and all those sorts of things. The rest should take care of itself.”

Christian’s fan base — his “peeps” — is second to none in the WWE.

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Edge’s Interview With WWE Magazine (June 2011)

If you’ve picked up the newest issue of WWE Magazine, you’ll see that recently retired Edge has a featured interview. In that interview, Edge mentioned Christian several times and I’ve taken the time to write up those questions and answers, feel free to check them out below and if you want to read the interview in full, be sure to pick up the June 2011 issue on newsstands now.

You’re taking an interest in WWE’s younger talent, but you failed to mention your one-time protégé, Zack Ryder. Have you seen the Web series, “Z! True Long Island Story”?

No, I have not. As I’ve fully admitted in the past, I’m not and Internet guy. I would like to take the time now to say that I don’t have a Facebook page. My mom is very bothered by the world of Facebook and people claiming to be me online. I don’t get too worked up about it, but it really gets Christian hot on Twitter. He calls out people who say they’re Edge. But back to Zack – I think he’s a very underutilized Superstar on the roster, and I feel the same about Curt Hawkins, too. I’d like to showcase what the can do and remind everyone who may have forgotten about them.

What piece of WWE memorabilia do you have at home that you probably shouldn’t own?

I see your point – if I give it away, they might ask for it back, huh?! Well, there are a few things, and we’ll leave it at that. I don’t have the actual Rated-R title. I have the replica one that anyone can buy. Another thing that I wish I still had is the King Of The Ring trophy I won in 2001. It’s probably the one trophy in WWE that’s never been smashed. Sure, it was thrown into my mid-section by Christian, but it was never actually destroyed.

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Caller Entertainment: WWE Superstars, Divas Return To Corpus Christi For Live Taping

The WWE Superstars and Divas return to Corpus Christi for a night of body-slamming action, which also will be taped to air as a later televised Friday night SmackDown!

The event will feature World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, Christian, Kane, Sin Cara, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Wade Barrett, as well as WWE Diva Layla.

“Everyone’s going to bring their A-game and put on a great show for the WWE Universe,” WWE Superstar Christian said.

Friday Night SmackDown!, which is taped on Tuesdays, airs at 7 p.m. Fridays on the Syfy channel.

Matches also will be taped for NXT and Superstars, two of WWE’s online shows.

WWE, which formerly stood for World Wrestling Entertainment, entertains more than 13 million people around the world with its weekly programming.

Tuesday’s main event, which will follow the Friday Night SmackDown! taping, is scheduled to be a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Orton, Christian and Sheamus.

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Jim Ross Mentions Christian In Latest Blog

Earlier today, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated his official site with yet another blog. In his latest blog, he had a few words to say about Christian:

WWE promoting Smackdown inside Raw was strategic and timely. Nice positioning. It also tells me that Christian losing the World Title wasn’t any where near his ‘professional, death knell’ as some fans declared and that Christian just may be set for a significant period of time of his career especially considering the overall lack of depth within the business, as we speak.

I see Christian becoming much more viable than he has been in the past and it seems that him losing the World Title has ignited that theory.

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Jim Ross Mentions Christian In Latest Blog

Christian and Randy Orton had a great, TV match on Smackdown but I don’t buy into the ‘tragedy’ that some fans flooded us with here on our site due to Christian losing the World Title. It isn’t as if the loss ended Christian’s career and who’s to say that ‘Captain Charisma’ won’t regain the title at a later date? Those that truly understand the nature of the genre have a different mindset than those who are knee jerking themselves silly.

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Christian – His Road To The World Heavyweight Championship


May 1st, 2011. A day that WWE Superstar, Christian, will never forget. On that very night, history was made. For the first time in his career Christian would forever be known as a World Heavyweight Champion, in the WWE. But this moment did not come easily for Captain Charisma; in fact, this was something that took 13 years to accomplish. Through many twists, turns and bumps in the road, Christian persevered. But his road to the World Heavyweight Championship will be etched into his mind, forever.

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Jim Ross Mentions Christian In Recent Blog

Sorry about the lateness of this. The blog entry was originally written up on 15th April 2011, but I just came across it yesterday and thought it was noteworthy.

Great to see Edge fulfill his commitments and travel with WWE on this European tour to say adiós to his fans. I can still vividly remember hiring Edge and Christian out of Ontario back in the day and then signing them both to a full time deal one night at a TV taping under the bleachers of an arena that slips my mind at the moment. Edge has so much to give to the business and I’m relatively certain that WWE will utilize Edge’s many skills in the future.

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Jay-Reso.com: Christian’s 12 Greatest Moments In Wrestling – The Results


At the beginning of September, I asked all of you to vote and rank Christian’s 12 Greatest Moments In Wrestling, from a list that I created from past events in his wrestling career, as a special treat for Christian’s 12th Anniversary of his WWE debut and you guys did just that. Thanks to everyone that participated and took the time to vote!

The results have been calculated and I have to say, they were very interesting to say the least. To see the list, as voted by the Peeps, be sure click the link below!

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A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 9


Christian & Chris Jericho
Raw (Oct. 14, 2002 – Dec. 15, 2002)

Christian teamed up with Chris Jericho to take on the World Tag Team Champions, Kane and The Hurricane on an edition of Raw. Kane had a lot on his mind as he had just been accused of murder by Triple H. The Game stated he was responsible for the death of one of his ex-girlfriends from his past. Even with all of that weighing on Kane’s mind, he put forth a strong showing, but Chris Jericho used the ropes on a roll-up of The Hurricane to get the win. It marked Jericho’s third World Tag Team Championship and Christian’s ninth.




A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 8


Christian & Lance Storm
Vengeance (July 21, 2002 – Sept. 23, 2002)

Edge and Hollywood Hogan went into Vengeance as the World Tag Team Champions. Christian, Edge’s brother and former long-time tag team partner, paired up with Lance Storm to challenge for the titles. It appeared as though Hogan and Edge had things well in hand, but then Test came out and landed the a big boot on Edge. Edge was able to survive, but then Chris Jericho came out and nailed Edge with one of the belts, allowing Storm to get the pin. The World Tag Team Championship was Storm’s first and Christian’s eighth.




A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 7


Edge & Christian
WrestleMania X-Seven (April 1, 2001 – April 30, 2001)

The Dudleys had to defend their World Tag Team Championship against Edge & Christian and The Hardy Boyz at WrestleMania X-Seven in the three teams’ second Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match. The three teams originally met in the first TLC match at SummerSlam 2000. They put on a classic then, and this was no different. In fact, the result was even the same. In the first TLC match Edge & Christian won to retain the titles, and this time they won to regain the titles. Rhyno provided some help for the seven-time World Tag Team Champions. The seventh title reign breaks their previous record of six for most times a team has been champion.




A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 6


Edge & Christian
Raw (March 19, 2001)

The Dudleys were originally scheduled to face the Hardy Boyz on an edition of RAW for the World Tag Team Championship. Edge & Christian had other ideas, though. They came out, claiming that the Dudleys were not at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, but that they would take their place in the title match. The Hardy Boyz accepted, and it would turn out to be a costly mistake. As the match wore on, Rhyno stormed the ring and hit Jeff Hardy with the Gore, allowing Edge to pick up the win. The win was also the team’s sixth World Tag Team Championship reign, which broke the New Age Outlaws previous record of five. The Dudleys showed up at the arena later, irate that they had missed their title shot. So, Commissioner William Regal ordered that Edge & Christian would have to defend the titles they had just won against the Dudleys later in the evening. The Dudleys came out on top, making this one of the shortest title reigns in WWE history.




A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 5


Edge & Christian
Smackdown (Dec. 21, 2000 – Jan. 21, 2001)

After losing the World Tag Team Championship to Undertaker & The Rock on RAW, Edge & Christian got a rematch on SmackDown! This time Kurt Angle was the special guest referee. Undertaker and The Rock dominated early on, but Angle refused to make any counts. His actions earned him a Rock Bottom and Earl Hebner ran down to ref the rest of the match. Hebner also became distracted later on, and during that time Angle hit an Angle Slam on The Rock, leading to a win for Edge & Christian. It was the team’s fifth title reign, which tied the record held by the New Age Outlaws.




A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 4


Edge & Christian
Armageddon (Dec. 10, 2000 – Dec. 18, 2000)

Edge & Christian won their fourth World Tag Team Championship at Armageddon in a Four Corner Match against Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather, The Dudleys and the Road Dogg & K-Kwik (R-Truth). In the end, Edge speared Bubba Ray Dudley for the pin and the win as the current champs at the time (Buchanan & Goodfather) didn’t even factor into the decision.




A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 3


Los Conquistadores (Edge & Christian)
No Mercy (Oct. 22, 2000 – Oct. 23, 2000)

After a Sept. 25 Ladder Match, Commissioner Mick Foley said that Edge & Christian wouldn’t get anymore shots at the Hardy Boyz’s World Tag Team Championship. So Edge & Christian beat the system by competing under masks as Los Conquistadores. Los Conquistadores got a title shot at No Mercy. It looked as if Matt Hardy had things in control, but instead of going for the pin, he went for the mask of one of Los Conquistadores. It proved to be his undoing as he was soon hit by an Unprettier and Edge & Christian (Los Conquistadores) had their third World Tag Team Championship.




A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 2


Edge & Christian
King of the Ring (June 25, 2000 – Sept. 24, 2000)

Edge & Christian as well as the Hardy Boyz and Test & Albert faced off against Too Cool for the World Tag Team Championship in a Four Corners Elimination Match at the King of the Ring. Jeff Hardy hit his Swanton Bomb on Test early on in the match to record the first elimination. Christian scored the next elimination when he pinned Matt Hardy after the Impaler. It looked as if Too Cool had everything under control, but the devious Christian was able to nail Grandmaster Sexay with one of the belts for the pin and their second title reign.