Daily Voice: Smack Town

Cape Town wrestling fans are in for a treat of blood, sweat and hot bods when the World Wrestling Entertainment comes to town. WWE superstars will be in action at the Grand Arena this Wednesday and Thursday night.

In an interview with the Daily Voice, WWE stars Kane and Christian promised audiences nothing less than a spectacular show…

Meanwhile, for fellow WWE pro wrestler, William Jason Reso, commonly known as Christian, this is his first time in the country. Christian, who began his wrestling career in college, cleared up the myth about wrestling being all fake.

“It’s not the easiest job and it takes lots of training and practice.

There are some things you just can’t fake on the show – if it looks like it hurt there’s a good chance it did,” he says.

Christian proudly vows: “Fans can expect the same world-class performance they see on TV and nothing short of spectacular.”


Video: Hot 106’s Vezzy Parmesan & Winner Chris Interviews WWE’s Christian

Thanks to Thomas for passing this on.

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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Video: The Rhode Show – Smackdown: WWE Christian At The Dunk

Smackdown was live at The Dunkin Donuts Center yesterday, with a World Heavyweight Championship matchup between “The Viper” Randy Orton and Christian. But before the live show, Christian joined The Rhode Show to talk more about his fight style and signature move.

Video: WWE Superstar Christian In The Studio With Hot 106’s Rise & Grind Morning Show

Once again, huge thanks to my friend Karina from R-Mysterio.com for passing this on.

Video: WWE Superstar Christian With Jess Of 92 PRO-FM

Huge thanks to my friend Karina from R-Mysterio.com for passing this on.

Audio: Interview With 1560 The Game

WWE Superstar Christian joined Sean Pendergast to talk about his time in the business, his childhood friend Edge’s retirement and his feelings on winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Huge thanks to Amanda for passing this on.

Listen to the interview here

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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Audio: Christian Talks Over the Limit, Fan Uproar About World Championship

WWE superstar Christian talks with Brian Fritz, from Between The Ropes about his match this Sunday at the Over the Limit PPV against Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship, winning that championship a few weeks ago and the fans reaction to him losing it so quickly, Edge’s retirement, being a veteran now in the locker room and more. Thanks to Terri for informing me about this interview.

Listen to the interview here

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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Interview With 103.1 The Buzz

Christian stopped by to check in with 103.1 The Buzz to update his recovery from his torn pectoral muscle, his role at Wrestlemania 27 and how he came up with the nickname: Captain Charisma. Click on the picture about to view it in full and thanks goes out to Jamie for for pointing this out to me.

Listen to the interview here

Video: Between The Ropes Interview

WWE superstar Christian talks about coming back from his injury, his return to the WWE, why he thinks he is having the best matches of his career, being in Edge’s corner at WrestleMania XVII and more.

WWE.com: Christian, Soldiering On

FRESNO, Calif – On a night full of surprises, the retrun of Christian during WWE Elimination Chamber shined as one of the more welcome ones. The Captain of Charisma exploded on Alberto Del Rio, who had torn his pectoral muscle and sidelined him for months. In an exclusive interview, WWE.com’s own Joey Styles sat down with the Superstar to find out how he ended up inside the Elimination Chamber with the Mexican elitist and what his plans are for the future.

WWE.COM: What were you doing in Oakland?

Christian: I was on my way to physical therapy in Florida and accidentally got on the interstate heading west. For the life of me I couldn’t find anywhere to turn around and the next thing I knew, I was in Oakland where Elimination Chamber was. What a coincidence!

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Matt Hardy Mentions Christian In Recent Interview

In an exclusive interview with AOL FanHouse, former WWE superstar Matt Hardy talked about his release from the company and much more. Matt also mentioned Christian briefly, here’s what he had to say:

Fanhouse: Can you put a finger on why you didn’t get the big push in WWE, after all the years that you were there, everything that you had done, they knew who you where, what you were about, the fanbase you have. Can you put a finger on why exactly they never took that next step with you?

Matt: It’s hard to say, it’s just there’s been times where I feel I was definately deserving of things, but I think, like earlier on & I’ll use Edge & Christian as an example, when Vince will look at a guy, he looked at Edge, he looked at Christian and let me tell you, Christian is one of the best in-ring guys there is in the world, he’s a great speaker…he’s great, all the way around and also one of my best friends. He’s actually still there, after coming back. He left to go to TNA, because he wasn’t getting what he deserved or what he needed, so he thought he had to go somewhere and prove himself. He did, he came back and, you know, the same thing as me, he was the ECW Champion he did really well there, got rave reviews in the matches he did and how he carried that brand, but still would never get the trigger pulled on him. I think of one of those things that Vince decided earlier on, he’s like okay, Edge is the guy I like and just the guy I like and that’s similar for myself and Christian, it’s just hard to break.

If you want to check out the interview in full, be sure to click here. Thanks to my friend Kris for passing on word about this.

Kurt Angle Talks About Christian In Recent Interview

This week on In The Room, TNA star Kurt Angle stopped by for a special Bound for Glory edition of the show with Brady Hicks. He also shared a few words on what he thinks about Christian. He’s what he had to say:

Hicks: You mentioned underutilizing guys, I think Christian is another example of a guy that, when he left WWE he came over there, he was one of the faces of the company and one of the true icons of the company. Then he left again and he doesn’t really seem to be catching on the way he could, if they used him the right way, but that’s just something we’ve talked about.

Yeah, I agree with you 100%. I think that Christian was being utilized properly in TNA, they gave him everything that he wanted and possibly more, but I think Christian still had that need to be in front of that 50,000 seated audience at Wrestlemania and he still wanted that one last shot to see if he could do it in WWE. I know that, thank god they at least gave him the ECW title, but I believe that Christian’s a much bigger player than that, I think that he would had much better role in TNA, but I hope to god that Vince McMahon does utilize him and makes him every bit as big as Edge is because he’s every bit as talented

If you want to hear the interview in full, check it out here.

Trish Stratus Mentions Christian

Recently, Trish Stratus took part in an interview with women’s wrestling site Diva Dirt, where the 7-time WWE Women’s Champion commented in her upcoming autograph signing tour, the retirement of the Women’s Championship and many other topics. One thing that she talked about was the storyline between herself, Lita, Christian and Chris Jericho and how everything came to be.

You were so popular as a fan-favourite but I loved heel Trish and I loved Tristian. Do you have a preference between being heel or face?

If you had said what’s your favourite phase of your career, I could have hands down told you heel Trish. That was the best, I loved that. Anyone that knows me, knows that’s totally me, although not quite that mean. It was so much fun and really awesome to have the trust of Vince to go out there every week, have a promo, have a segment where I got to do my own thing, that’s where I got a chance to just go with my own stuff and those really bad puns that I’m known for. That was a lot of fun and it kind of sucked that Christian got injured right as we were starting to get really hot, it’s kind of a shame. But then again, I guess everything happens for a reason because that’s what lead into the Trish/Jericho thing and it all worked out. It was all good.

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The Ref Tony S. Mentions Christian

In a recent interview with Shockblast Media, The Ref Tony S. shared a few words on what is was like to work with Christian and also talked about his top five wrestling tag-teams of all time. Below is an excerpt for what he had to say:

What is your favorite match that you have called involving WWE or TNA Superstars?

I have been very fortunate and blessed to be involved in this industry for nearly five years and it is a pleasure to share the same ring with the best in the business today. Whether the talent that you’ve worked with have competed overseas, or made it to one of the top organizations, either for a one-night tryout, still on a contract, or coming off of a stint and returning to the independents, being able to work with such great talent is surely a rewarding experience.

In April of 2008, I had the opportunity to work with then-TNA Superstar Christian Cage. I, like many who are currently involved in this industry, are wrestling fans and I, like many, had many favorite superstars growing up and the “Instant Classic” was one of them. I could remember myself and my best friend emulating Edge & Christian’s “five-second pose” and their signature catchphrases; and to have the chance to meet and work with him in a main event was a rewarding experience. His opponent, Dan Frietas, had the unique chance to wrestle against the “Instant Classic” in his hometown. Dan is a person that I have great respect for and since I broke in the independent scene, whenever I officiated his matches, has always told me, “Tonight, your career is on the line”, and that night, it was.

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Trish Stratus Gives Insight On How Tristian Came To Be

In a recent interview with Live Audio Wrestling, Trish Stratus and Amy “Lita” Dumas stopped by to make an announcement and to take calls and e-mails from the fans. Trish also shared a few words on how Tristian came about. Here’s what she said:

When we had the Jericho and Christian thing, that started with Jericho and I talking about how cool it would be if we did something together, some kind of match, you know, and then we talked to Amy and Christian and we just put this little idea together. It was supposed to be a one-off and Vince thought the chemistry was great with everyone and it just turned to a little bit more than that and obviously the Jericho/Trish story went on after that and it was kinda cool…

…the only time that I was really bummed that I didn’t get to do the thing that I wanted to do, was Jericho and I wanted to be this babyface couple. That whole storyline was supposed to lead up to Jericho and I being this babyface couple and no-one had really seen just this really silly, campy couple out there and it just didn’t happen of course, but then obviously, Vince saw the bigger picture and said ‘No, I think we should do this’, which of course we were like ‘No, we want to do this’, but then it was like okay actually that’s a really good idea.

If you want to hear the interview in full, be sure to download it here.

Thanks to frequent visitor Jessica for informing me about this interview!