A History Of The Tag Team Champ – Part 1

As a treat in the count to Instant Classic’s second anniversary, I chose to take a special look back a the title wins in Christian’s career, well one set of titles in particular. As you can all guess, I decided to focus on his Tag Team Championship title wins, a set of championships that he has won on 9 occasions, with only 3 different people who are all Canadian…weird lol. Each day I’ll be writing a brief history of how Christian and his tag team partner, came to win the championship belts as well as share captures of the event, that you’ll be able to take a look at in the gallery. With that being said, let’s take a look at Christian’s first ever tag team title win!


Edge & Christian
WrestleMania 2000 (April 2, 2000 – May 29, 2000)

Edge & Christian and The Hardy Boyz challenged the Dudleys for the World Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 2000 in a Ladder Match. This wasn’t any ordinary Ladder Match, though. The match started with three ladders already in play and later saw several tables put into use. In one of the more brutal matches in WrestleMania history, Edge and Christian ultimately prevailed when Edge knocked Matt Hardy off a make-shift scaffold made out of the ladders, with a table placed over them and grabbed the belts for the win and duo’s first title reign.




411mania.com’s Superstar Highlight – Christian

SOURCE: Our thoughts on Christian.

David Martell:
I have always been a fan of Christian even when he was being a whiney brat feuding with DDP. He has a ton of charisma, great on the mic and is a pretty solid wrestler. I would even go as far as saying he is a better wrestler than Edge. It is a shame that he hasn’t had a WWE world title in his career. I actually enjoyed the interactions between him and Matt Hardy a few weeks ago on Smackdown because they told the truth in that segment. Christian is one of those guys who has been over looked many times and it seems to be happening again. I am hoping that their promo is the start of something big.

Christian was a great ECW champion, I don’t see why he couldn’t be a great World Champion. I am hoping that what we saw on Smackdown this past week was a heel turn. Christian has always been better as a heel. Face Christian just doesn’t seem right to me much like a face Triple H and a face Chris Jericho. He is a natural heel and WWE should play to his strengths. Overall, he is probably one of the hardest working guys in the WWE today and definitely deserving of some kind of title reign in the near future.

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WWE Superstars Remember Owen Hart

This article was originally written back in 2006, but as it’s the 11th anniversary of Owen Hart’s tragic passing, what better time to add this.

Every time the World Wrestling Federation Superstars come to Kansas City, they think and talk about Owen Hart. Backlash was the the first Pay-Per-View at this city’s Kemper Arena since Over the Edge on May 23, 1999, the night that the “King of Harts” died tragically in a harness accident.

Edge holds the unique distinction of having fought Owen in Hart’s last match. At a live event in Chicago the night before Over the Edge, Edge and Christian took on Owen and Hart’s then-tag partner, Jeff Jarrett. “It’s a distinction I’d rather not have,” Edge said. “I wish no one had it.” Debra, who managed Owen and Jarrett at the time, says she remembers how much fun they had that night in Chicago.

“Owen was purposely wearing one boot that was different, just to see if anyone would notice,” she smiled. “I also remember that night because he drug out a bunch of coat hangers from under the ring, and he was beating up (Edge & Christian) with a coat hanger. I just remember laughing, it was fun.”

Owen had a reputation for making everyone laugh.

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Slam! Sports: Christian Sees ‘Golden Opportunity’ In Move To Smackdown

SOURCE: Not so long ago, Jay Reso could have stood in the middle of the ring at Scotiabank Place and, with a smirk, ripped on the Senators.

But even that may not have been enough for the fans to boo one of WWE’s top all-around stars, talented in the ring and electric with a microphone in his hands.

You see, Reso, a 36-year-old has endeared himself to Canadian fans as Christian. And as hard as he tried on some nights, the fans cheered and cheered. He was one of their own. He was Canadian.

Tonight, Tuesday night, Christian will stand in that same ring. And he’ll be a hero again. Now splitting his time between Toronto and Florida, Christian, a life-long Maple Leafs fan, appreciates the love. And you’d expect nothing less from a kid who grew up north of Toronto, in Orangeville, with boyhood buddy Adam Copeland, who would morph into Edge.

“It’s special to come home. I can’t go anywhere in Canada without the fans treating me like a hometown boy,” he says. “It sets the Canadian fans apart from other fans.

“In Vancouver, one time I got on the microphone and started cutting on the west coast and Vancouver. Then I said they weren’t really as good as people from Toronto. The Vancouver fans cheered me louder. So I said: ‘I was just testing you.’

While he’s viewed as a “face” — a do-gooder, as opposed to wrestling’s heels, the villains — he says his game doesn’t really differ much from years gone by.

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Times & Transcript: Veteran Grappler Revisits Old Stomping Ground When WWE Comes To Metro Tomorrow

SOURCE: Out of breath over the phone from Toronto, World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Christian was trying to squeeze in an afternoon workout as he called the Times & Transcript for an interview.

Christian, real name Jay Reso, is one of the many WWE Smackdown stars coming to tomorrow’s live event at the Moncton Coliseum.

Between televised and non-televised live events, WWE wrestlers travel the globe, working multiple shows each week and travelling constantly.

Squeezing in a workout whenever possible to stay in top shape is a challenge, Christian says.

“I’m only home a day and a half this week,” he says. “I’m back on the road tomorrow morning.”

While the outcome of pro wrestling matches and cards are planned in advance and wrestlers aren’t out to legitimately hurt one another, “sports entertainment” is still very much an athletic form of entertainment and its stars need to be in top physical shape.

A pro wrestler for over a decade, “Captain Charisma” Christian worked for small independent promotions early in his career, including a stint in New Brunswick with his longtime friend and fellow WWE star Edge (Adam Copeland). The duo worked a summer for longtime Maritime promoter Emile Dupre right here in Moncton in the late 1990s.

The last time Christian appeared before a Moncton crowd was in 2004 when he was also working a WWE Smackdown show. During the show, then-bad guy Christian “cut a promo,” berating the audience on the microphone, saying he’d lived and wrestled in Moncton several years back, hated it, and couldn’t wait to get out of the city.

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Lance Storm Mentions Christian In Latest Commentary

We need a little background first. There was a bit of an ongoing joke between Chris Jericho and Christian back when they held the World Tag Team Titles. They generally had great matches and would often get compliments on their match quality. In a light hearted competition/rib each guy would go up to the other and point out that people liked the match but that everyone was saying they thought their stuff was much better than the other guys. As an example Jericho would go up to Christian and say, “I just talked to Vince, he really liked the match but said my stuff looked way better than your stuff.” To which Christian might reply, “Really because Fit and Arn just left and said they thought your stuff was pretty bad but my stuff was so good it covered up for it.”

They would go back and forth like this in what was usually a very entertaining battle of wits. On the nights that they didn’t get on each other I would usually keep it alive congratulating each guy on a great match but point out that word on the street was that the other guy’s stuff was much better than which ever one of them I was talking to. This never failed to produce a smart ass comeback, and provided me endless entertainment while on the road.

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AL.com: WWE Stars Battle Volcano, Head To Huntsville’s VBC Friday Night

SOURCE: HUNTSVILLE, AL. – The World Wrestling Entertainment stars would be the first to tell you’re they’re pretty much unstoppable.

That is, unless they mess with a big ol’ volcano. And we’re not talking about some mammoth wrestler named Volcano. We’re talking about a real volcano.

Around the first of April, members of WWE were in Europe doing shows when the volcano in Iceland unleashed its fury and ash into the airspace, reducing the buff, bulging, beautiful and bad WWE stars to frustrated travelers – just like the rest of us.

“I thought it was a joke when they first told us,” said Christian, the Canadian wrestler who is joining other WWE stars for Raw Live Friday night at the Von Braun Center Arena. “They told us, ‘Hey, it looks like we’re having troubles with getting flights because of the volcano in Iceland.’ I thought, ‘Why is that affecting us?’ ”

The WWE stars arrived at an airport in Strasbourg, France, for a charter flight and sat there four or five hours before they were told they couldn’t get clearance. And that’s when the adventure began. The WWE stars jumped into buses for an anticipated five-hour drive to a show in Lievin, France. But even that was a little hectic.

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Christian Ranked #7 In Top 10 Canadian Wrestlers List

SOURCE: From Alberta’s Hart Family to Quebec’s Rougeau Brothers to Ontario’s Edge and Christian, the tradition of Canadian wrestling is full of larger-than-life personalities and unforgettable matches. Join us every week as we count down to Wrestlemania XXVI by taking a look at the Great White North’s finest contributions to the squared circle.

#7: Christian
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 227 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Greatest Match: Edge and Christian vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz – Wrestlemania X-Seven – TLC Tag Title Match

When one member of a tag team goes on to become a bigger star than the other member, that less successful member isn’t referred to as “The Jim Neidhart” or “The Ray Rougeau.”

They’re known as “The Marty Jannetty.”

Maybe it isn’t fair for any wrestler to have to live up to the legacy Shawn Michaels has crafted for himself during his post-Rockers career, but such is life. After Shawn ended their tag team run by shoving Jannetty face first through Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake’s storefront window, Michaels went on to enjoy four World Championships and some quality time with Tammy “Sunny” Sytch in her prime. Meanwhile, poor Jannetty was left to bounce around the independent circuit.

So, when the WWE was enjoying a bit of a tag team renaissance around 2000-2001, me and my friends would debate who would become the Shawns and who would become the Martys.

The charismatic daredevil Jeff Hardy? Future superstar. His more fundamentally sound, yet microphone challenged brother Matt? Less so.

The angry redneck with a fetish for smashing women through tables Bubba Ray Dudley? Maybe not up to Shawn Michaels’ talent level, but seemingly destined for bigger things. His testimonial-requesting half brother D-Von? Not so much.

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Droz’s Picks For WrestleMania XXVI

What’s up to everyone out there in WWE world! It has been a long time since I have gotten my two cents in, and I apologize for that. I am not going to get into it right now because we have greater things pressing, and that of course is WrestleMania XXVI. As with my format, let’s get right down to it with my picks for WrestleMania XXVI

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
I truly love the concept of this match, giving one Superstar the opportunity to claim a chance at a World Title at moment’s notice. With too many participants to name, I am just going to give you my top four who I feel will be there at the end. While all participants are worthy, I feel that Christian, MVP, Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy will be there near the end. With these four left fighting each other, it seems to me that Christian will be tossed first, followed by MVP leaving Matt Hardy and Shelton Benjamin to fight for the briefcase. When it is all said and done, Benjamin will reign supreme and will have his chance when he sees fit.




The Sun’s Golden Robe Awards 2009 – Best Entrant To The WWE

The Best Entrant to the WWE trophy was also a very close-run affair, with a shock twist. The returning Christian beat newcomer Sheamus, despite the Irishman becoming a world champion.

Best Entrant to the WWE
1. Christian – 39.5%
2. Sheamus – 39.3%
3. Drew McIntyre – 9.2%
4. Gail Kim – 4.2%
5. Yoshi Tatsu – 3.5%

Sun Commentary
With his shock jump from TNA in January 2009, Jason Reso’s return to the WWE was heralded with glee by his adoring fans. Hopes that he’d jump straight into a feud with Jeff Hardy and/or storyline brother Edge were quickly dashed though, with the returning Christian having to start from the bottom.

However while many would have seen a move to ECW as a slap in the face, he worked harder than anyone — enjoying a long reign with the belt and carrying many lesser talents to good bouts. If anything it’s increased the number of peeps following Christian, and giving him a shock Best Entrant win ahead of the hotly-tipped Sheamus.

The Irish grappler is perhaps in the opposite boat, being pushed beyond where fans think he should be. That said his shock WWE championship over John Cena and backstage friendship with Triple H means he will be a big star for many years to come.




Heath Slater Mentions Christian In Recent Interview

Recently WWE NXT Rookie, Heath Slater, was interviewed by The Miami Herald and he talked about his WWE Pro Christian. Here are two excerpts taken from the interview, but if you would like to read the interview in full, click here.

“Christian told me that I did really well,” Slater said. “He was pleased with my performance. I just needed to quit shaking my hair so much and putting it behind my ear in my promos.”

WWE star Christian, a team player, knows about that dream. He is living his, having achieved much success on the tag team circuit, stepping up his singles’ game with TNA and returning to WWE ready for the next step.

Christian along with WWE pros The Miz, CM Punk, R-Truth, Matt Hardy, Carlito, William Regal and Chris Jericho are the mentors, helping others take that first step in the big time.

“Now that I’m paired with Christian,” Slater said, “there’s so much that I can learn from him. There’s so much that he can bring to the table for me. So I’m ready to eat.”

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The Sun: Royal Rumble 2010 Review

The opening contest saw Christian defeat Ezekiel Jackson to cling on to his ECW title, and in doing so carried Big Zeke to a match which outweighed expectations. Christian has done a great job as ECW champion and move to a bigger brand must be imminent in any post-Mania draft.

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The Sun: TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2009 Review

The night had opened with Christian and Shelton Benjamin in a straight TLC match for the ECW title.

The pair had promised to steal the show, and they did just that.

This resembled a more traditional spotfest of a ladder match, with both men taking their painful looking spills before Christian reclaimed his gold.




San Antonio Current: One Man Con-Chair-To

SOURCE: Two A-frame ladders sit in the center of a wrestling ring, a championship belt suspended above them, just within reach of the highest rungs. Two unbelievably large men with comic book muscles and spandex pants, already battle weary, race to be the first to drag himself within belt-grabbing distance.

“You don’t want to create an environment where it’s a horse race up the ladder,” an offscreen announcer cautions, but that’s just what’s happening. Christian is the first to the top, and he begins grasping for the belt that represents the 2001 intercontinental title, rocking the ladder beneath him, needing just an inch or two more height. This delay gives Edge just enough time to catch up. Edge grabs Christian by his long, sweat-soaked hair and begins punching him on the top of his head. Then Edge hooks an arm around Christian’s chest and drags him off his ladder, throwing himself to the mat in the process. Both men land and begin to writhe in pain. Earlier in their careers, they’d been partners, a seven-time championship tag team. Sometimes, they’d even been brothers.

“Once you get an inanimate object like a ladder involved,” Christian, aka Captain Charisma, says in a 2009 interview with the Current, “anything can happen. There’s just really no way to prepare for a ladder match. You just have to expect the unexpected.”

Back in the ring in 2001, Edge kicks his legs, holding his lower back while Christian just lies there, ominously still.

The screen splits to simultaneously replay their fall; a new camera angle reveals that Edge has landed badly, tailbone first, “compressing his spine,” as the announcer says. “It’s hard to say who has the real advantage. It seems like Edge, but I’m not so sure.”

Edge rolls over and crawls to the base of a ladder, begins pulling himself up, hand over hand. His legs dangle shakily beneath him, as though he’s using the ladder to hold himself up. Just as Edge struggles to the top and begins stretching out to grab that belt, Christian regains his feet and grabs Edge by the leg. Christian lands a vicious punch to Edge’s kidney, and he doubles over, resting his head on the top rung. Christian grabs him and pulls him to the canvas. “Gosh almighty,” the announcer exclaims. “That’s some high impact. … I’ve seen car wrecks that are more gentle.”

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Can The Gold Standard and Captain Charisma Steal The Show At TLC?

SOURCE: With TLC approaching there have already been four matches announced by the WWE. One of this is the match for the ECW title between Shelton Benjamin and Christian at a Ladders match.

From the moment that this match was announced it really caught my attention. We all remember how both Christian and Shelton amazed us at The Money in the Bank Ladder match at Wrestlmania 25.

Let me begin by recognizing the fact that the ECW title has lost it’s importance in a way, since Kane defeated Chavo in less that 30 seconds at Wrestlmania 25. Even the most optimistic ECW fan can’t expect the WWE to give more importance to the ECW title match than to the WWE or Heavyweight title.

So, a lot of fans will think “there will be no difference than the other ECW title matches”. What I believe is that what they think is Wrong, Wrong, WRONG! and in case you want to learn why read the whole article and don’t just skim over it.

Firstly this match is Ladders match, this means we will experience falls from ladders, the use of the ladder as a weapon and other Extreme stuff. And with two superstars that can perform high-flying maneuvers, action is guaranteed.

In addition, the superstars that will participate in this match are both athletic, experienced, young and talented, ingredients which will make the certain match really exciting.

So we an conclude that the ECW title match can unarguably steal the spotlight in the upcoming PPV.




JR’s Blog – 25/11/09

Love the fact that Christian and Shelton Benjamin (thank goodness the man still has a last name) want to “steal the show” at the TLC PPV in December in beautiful San Antonio. This is not just TV hyperbole I assure you.

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WrestleZone.com: Most Underrated Superstars In Wrestling Today

WrestleZone.com recently asked fans who they think are the most underrated wrestlers today, Christian came in at number 2, but the list, in my opinion, shows the wrestlers, that are active in TNA and WWE at the moment, that I think aren’t being used very well either. If you would like to check out the full list, click here. Beneath is what was said about Christian:

Reader Alex Bandy said the following:

“This is the same man who played a part in innovating tag team wrestling. He contributed to winning the Monday night wars, and even though he won numerous other titles, he never won the big one. With all due respect to the watered down ECW, how can Christian not be a main eventer along with Triple H, John Cena, Batista or Randy Orton ?How much more must he prove, seriously ? A crime for sure.”

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The Sun: Survivor Series 2009 Review

Team Orton v Team Kingston was the billing for the second five-on-five battle, with the malevolent Randy being backed by Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, William Regal and CM Punk, while Christian, MVP, Mark Henry and R-Truth fought in Kofi’s corner. The story of the match did involve the two captains. A previously lacklustre affair, with six early falls, came to life when it pitted Christian and Kofi against Punk and Orton.

The heels bested Christian, leaving Kofi to fight an uphill, two-on-one, battle. The story here was that Orton dropped to the outside to avoid contact with the Ghanaian, while Punk worked him over. Kofi, though, with momentum stacked up past his eyeballs, reversed a rollup to despatch the preachy Punk, and then nailed a quick Trouble in Paradise to once again get the best of Orton.

The conclusion of this saw a huge pop and solidifies Kofi’s position as the fastest rising superstar in all of wrestling right now – bar none. Surely Kofi v Randy will happen at the next PPV?

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Christian Comes In At #31 On TWD’s TOP 50 Pro-Wrestlers


The Wrestling Daily has listed their top 50 pro-wrestlers in the world, Christian can in at number 31. You can check out the full list by clicking here.

#31. Christian (World Wrestling Entertainment)

Jason Le Blanc on Christian: Think back to January at the beginning of 2009. The year in pro wrestling news started with Christian after his TNA contract expired. Many fans spent a great deal of time and energy speculating about Christian’s return to WWE, a possible run at a world championship, a monumental push only worthy of gods, and a reunion with Edge to reform one of the most decorated tag teams in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment.

There was also rampant speculation about which show Christian would be debuting on. Numerous pay-per-views and television shows passed, sans return of Christian, much to the disappointment of fans everywhere. When Christian finally debuted, it was on the one show that fans never speculated that Christian would pop up on: ECW on SyFy.

Given the hype surrounding Christian’s return, which was comparable to the sort of hype that the return of Christ has generated, the fact that Christian really isn’t making a great of headlines in the WWE, despite the fact that he’s presently the ECW Champion, is pretty damn disappointing.

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Marvel.com: WWE vs. Marvel – A Matter Of Survival

The key to survival – if comparing WWE Superstars and Marvel Comics’ greatest characters – is none other than The World’s Strongest Comic Book Fan, Mark Henry.

Between Survivor Series live this Sunday on pay-per-view and Marvel’s “Fall of the Hulks” massive storyline this December, only a Superstar as mighty as Henry could possibly endure the weight of both colossal events.

This is why Marvel.com selected The World’s Strongest Man to discuss a potential Traditional Elimination Tag Match clash between both entertainment realms, featuring WWE’s ring warriors and the strongest, smartest and toughest Hulk characters in the Marvel Universe.

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