SOURCE: He’s been hit in the face with everything from a stop sign to a microphone. But for Wrestlemania’s Christian, it’s all just part of earning a shot at the title.
What’s it like to get smashed in the skull by a steel chair? “It doesn’t tickle, that’s for sure,” laughs Jay Reso, the WWE daredevil whose followers (known as peeps) call him everything from Christian to Captain Charisma to The Instant Classic. “If it looks like it hurts, it did, that’s the best way to put it,” he says. “The way it jars you, you can feel it all through your body.”
And Reso should know as throughout his career the man’s been beaten in the face with everything from a stop sign to a microphone.
In fact, it seems like every Wrestlemania he’s involved in, he just happens to be in the show’s most dangerous match. From falling from the sky in the bruising TLC battles (tables, ladders and chairs, oh my!), to getting catapulted face-first into the steel steps, there isn’t much Reso won’t do to earn the respect of peers and peeps alike, and if that means falling off the top of a ladder and through a few stacked tables on the floor, well, that’s just part of the job description that makes the man smile and wince all at the same time.
This Sunday, Reso once again finds himself in the show’s most hazardous brawl, this time a “Money in the Bank” ladder match that pits him against seven other competitors, including CM Punk, Shelton Benjamin, and the Terrell Owens of WWE, Montel Vontavious Porter, AKA MVP.
It’s a match that Reso not only hopes will boost him on his way to his first WWE World Championship, but the ultimate showcase will once again give him the chance to try and steal the show on the company’s biggest stage.
ESPN caught up with Reso while he was working out at the gym to talk about the upcoming event, why he decided to rejoin WWE, and his broken Xbox. Here’s what he had to say:
ESPN: You recently left TNA to rejoin WWE. What’s the free agent process like in wrestling as opposed to what most sports fans are used to seeing in the NFL and NBA?
Christian: I think the free agent process is a little bit different because other major pro sports like the NBA or NHL, you’re looking at 30 teams. You have 30 options. You don’t really have that in this industry. There is one name that stands above all else, and that’s WWE. So to really be on top, that’s where you have to apply your trade.
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