WWE.com: 10 Superstars Who Would Make For A Good General Manager

Christian

With a friend like WWE Hall of Famer Edge, Intercontinental Champion Christian certainly knows how to keep good company. Together, the duo laid claim to a stunning seven World Tag Team Championships. Cleary, Christian knows how to work well with others – a vital trait for any General Manager. Perhaps none of his achievements, though, are as extraordinary as his victory in a brutal Ladder Match against Alberto Del Rio at Extreme Rules 2011, where he captured his first World Heavyweight Championship. As one of the most veteran Superstars on this list, Christian is a solid choice for taking over following the departure of John Laurinaitis.




WWE.com: Eight Competitors Who Came Back To Win Championship Gold

Christian (3,156 Days)

Should he need an example of a Superstar who successfully ended a championship drought, Dolph Ziggler need only to look at the competitor he pinned to earn his World Title opportunity at No Way Out.

Christian’s current Intercontinental Title reign may not be his first, but it could be his most meaningful. After inducting his best friend, Edge, into the 2012 class of the WWE Hall of Fame, Captain Charisma confessed experiencing a “moment of clarity” that reset his expectations on earning championship gold rather than whining and complaining about lacking chances to acquire it.

When the “Peep Show” host defeated the relentless Cody Rhodes at WWE Over the Limit to regain the title, he got back where he fell off the Intercontinental Title track just eight years, seven months and 21 days after conceding it to Booker T. Now, the charismatic competitor looks ready to bring prestige back to the prized symbol of excellence as well as his storied career.




WWE.com: Intercontinental Champion Christian def. Cody Rhodes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The athletic ability of two of WWE’s most versatile Superstars was put on full display at No Way Out, as Intercontinental Champion Christian defeated former titleholder Cody Rhodes to retain his illustrious title.

Christian entered the IZOD Center Sunday night with two essential goals in mind. First and foremost, defend the Intercontinental Championship — the same title he won in shocking fashion when he returned to the ring at WWE Over the Limit one month earlier. But Captain Charisma also sought to solidify his standing as one of the greats in WWE history and gild the road to what he hopes will someday lead to the WWE Hall of Fame.

Cody Rhodes, on the other hand, looked to add another championship reign to his family’s already legendary lineage on this Father’s Day. Heading into Sunday’s pay-per-view, Cody was typically cocky, and that arrogance carried over into the bout as the challenger continually held up three fingers — signifying that he was looking for his third reign as Intercontinental Champion.

A red-hot New Jersey crowd was clearly vested in the battle, giving their Captain a warm welcome when his music blared through the sound system. The action really picked up when Christian hit a flying dropkick through the ropes, sending Rhodes crashing to the floor. The younger competitor was able to find an early opening, however, and zoned in on the champion’s left arm. Rhodes’ tactical assault slowed the pace of the bout and put the challenger in complete control.

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No Way Out 2012 Preview: Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. Cody Rhodes

On June 17 at No Way Out, two Superstars will collide in the squared circle at vastly different points in their respective careers. One is reflective and transformed as he returns to his roots. The other will do anything in his relentless pursuit to carve out a lasting legacy and claim what he believes is rightfully his.

When Intercontinental Champion Christian defends his illustrious title against Cody Rhodes at No Way Out, only one Superstar can emerge as the victor. Only one can stand at the top of the WWE mountain. Only one can be champion. But will Rhodes topple the proud titleholder and begin his third reign? Or will Christian add another successful title defense to his already impressive resume?

Throughout a career full of incredible and improbable moments, Christian’s stunning return last month at WWE Over the Limit and his subsequent victory over then-titleholder Rhodes was one of his most exciting and inspirational victories. It wasn’t just because the perpetual underdog again defied the odds and rose to the challenge; it wasn’t just because he returned to the ring after missing most of 2012 with injury. It was because the WWE Universe saw that the Christian of old – the beloved, hilarious and estimable Captain Charisma – was back.

He confirmed as much on SmackDown on June 8, after his “Peep Show” special guest Rhodes reminded the WWE Universe that it was he who brought glory back to the title that was then “stolen” from him. Rhodes declared that Captain Charisma was experiencing a “midlife crisis” and accused him of pandering to the WWE Universe. That’s when Christian interrupted and took control of the situation. He explained that he came to a moment of clarity while reflecting on his best friend, WWE Hall of Famer Edge.

The night before WrestleMania XXVIII, Christian inducted The Rated-R Superstar into the Hall of Fame. During Edge’s speech, Christian had a realization that hit him like a ton of bricks: Competing in WWE is a privilege, a privilege that could be taken away at any moment. Christian declared that he didn’t want to be remembered as an “annoying, whining, sniveling” scoundrel, but as a proud, noble champion and a truly great Superstar. He wants to be – like his best friend – a WWE Hall of Famer.

Rhodes is also looking to reach those lofty heights, but the jealous former champion is hardnosed and merciless in his pursuit. He was able to successfully take back his title against Big Show at Extreme Rules. But can he do it again against an opponent as experienced, crafty and, now, positive-thinking as Christian?

What makes forecasting this match especially difficult is that both competitors can do it all. As two of WWE’s most well-rounded, athletic and versatile Superstars, Christian and Rhodes are each equally adept at high-flying moves and technical mat work. While their match at Over the Limit was exhilarating and their “Peep Show” exchange on SmackDown was riveting, their looming battle at No Way Out will take their rivalry – and possibly one of their careers – to another level.

Two of WWE’s best – Intercontinental Champion Christian and Cody Rhodes – lock horns with a renowned title on the line. No Way Out airs live on pay-per-view Sunday, June 17 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., at 8 ET/5 PT.




WWE.com: Is Christian Pulling A Con Job On The WWE Universe?

It’s tough to trust an Intercontinental Champion with a crooked smile.

It just comes naturally for Christian, who, when relishing a moment or getting caught up in a spirited discussion with an adversary, grows a half-grin. The left side of his mouth curls to a smile while the right side rests somewhat taut and emotionless. It’s part of his charm, part of being Captain Charisma. But it is also reminiscent of the times when Christian’s grin accompanied his ill-willed acts inside the squared circle.

Every time Christian shows off his pearly whites while holding that prestigious Intercontinental Title in his hand, there may be a hint of doubt nestled in some corner of the WWE Universe’s collective psyche about what might be his true intentions. Does the grin just mean that the guileful Captain Charisma is simply happy to be back on top, proud to possess championship gold once again? Or is it that other side, the matter-of-fact facial expression on the other half of his face that the Peeps should be mindful of going forward?

There’s something about the combination of Christian and the Intercontinental Championship that has brought the selfish side out of the Canadian-born Superstar in the past. That volatile mix once sent Christian down a sinister road to seize the spotlight for himself, at the expense of his longtime tag team partner and best friend, WWE Hall of Famer Edge, more than a decade ago.

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WWE.com: Christian Dishes On The Stanley Cup

Intercontinental Champion Christian is a die-hard hockey fan. Learn more about his love for hockey, and who he thinks will win the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils.

WWE.com: The Stanley Cup Finals are starting, and being the die-hard hockey fan you are, who do you think is going to kiss the Cup?

Christian: At the start of the season I always pick the (Toronto Maple) Leafs but that never seems to happen. But then I picked the St. Louis Blues to win it all, and if they didn’t win it, I said Nashville would win it. I guess I was wrong on both accounts. The Kings just look unbeatable. They’ve clicked and really hit their groove at the right time. I’m picking the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

WWE.com: Can you talk about the impact hockey had on your childhood growing up in Canada?

Christian: Hockey was huge. When you’re born in Canada they put a hockey stick in your hand and that’s the way it is. I have such fond memories growing up, like going out on the street in the dead of winter and playing hockey with other kids in the neighborhood. We would pretend we were our favorite hockey players just like we’d pretend we were our favorite wrestlers we saw on television. Hockey and wrestling have always been my two favorite sports. During career days at school I would always say, “I haven’t decided if I am going to be a hockey player or a wrestler.”

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WWE.com: Christian def. Cody Rhodes (New Intercontinental Champion)

RALEIGH, N.C. – After his shocking return and impressive victory in the “People Power” Battle Royal earlier in the night, Christian seemingly had his sights set on Santino Marella’s United States Championship. However, after catching Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes doing some good, old-fashioned trash talking backstage to Eve where the second generation Superstar said he would “embarrass” Christian if the two went head-to-head, Captain Charisma decided to throw a bit of a curveball and challenge Rhodes for his beloved title instead.

Rhodes, who has held the title since his Extreme Rules victory over former WWE Superstar Big Show, was cocky right up to the moment the bell rang on his unexpected title defense. When his entrance music played, Rhodes made a final statement before taking on Christian, saying he is a better man than his opponent.

Christian was unfazed, however, and his sights were set squarely on Rhodes and his Intercontinental Title.

The younger Rhodes got off to a fast start against Christian, whose stamina was called into question after his long layoff and a hard-fought Battle Royal victory earlier in the night. Rhodes was relentless, slamming his opponent into the steel stairs at ringside and then hammering away at the former champion.

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WWE.com: Christian Wins 20-Man Battle Royal

RALEIGH, N.C. – Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and United States Champion Santino Marella kept a close eye on The Great Khali, The Miz and David Otunga as they battled in the 20-Man Over-the-Top Rope “People Power” Battle Royal that kicked off WWE Over the Limit – and with good reason.

The winner of the melee, which was announced by Executive Administrator Eve in an effort to end a running dispute between Rhodes and Santino about the prestige of their respective championships, would be granted a Title Match later in the night to challenge for his choice of either the Intercontinental or the U.S. Championship.

If the announcement of the Battle Royal itself and the promise of an unexpected title match weren’t exciting enough, the sound of Christian’s entrance music sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe members in attendance.

Christian had not appeared in WWE since the March 16 episode of SmackDown, where he delivered a special edition of “The Peep Show.” Before that, Christian was taken out by WWE Champion CM Punk on Raw SuperShow just days before Captain Charisma was to take part in the six-man tag match as a member of Team Johnny at WrestleMania XXVIII. That match against Punk ended in a no contest and Christian re-aggravated a prior neck injury thanks to an overlong Anaconda Vise by the champion.

Christian’s arrival sent the WWE Universe into a frenzy, and also left Rhodes and Santino clearly shaken as the two champions exchanged a worried glance at ringside when Captain Charisma made his entrance. When the bell rang, the ring was literally overflowing with Superstars as Drew McIntyre, Ezekiel Jackson, William Regal, The Usos and others all battled for a title opportunity.

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WWE.com: 10 Superstars A.W. Should Bring Into His Stable

#2. Christian
Captain Charisma was cut down in the height of his main-event run last year by a pair of ill-timed injuries, and his glorious return was cut short when WWE Champion CM Punk Anaconda Vise’d him back to the injured list just before WrestleMania. A.W. could be Christian’s ace in the hole and help usher him back into the championship running. Besides, if A.W. is really as good as he says he is, “one more match” shouldn’t be that tall of an order.




WWE.com: The 50 Greatest Tag Teams In WWE History

#1. Edge & Christian
Lifelong best friends, Edge and Christian went from school hallways in Toronto to quite literally climbing the ladder of success in WWE. The pairing undeniably “reeked of awesomeness” – their tongue-in-cheek “five-second poses” and proclamations that “sodas rule” were just earnest enough to earn simultaneous adoration and eye-rolls from the WWE Universe.

With their patented Con-Chair-To, Edge and Christian won seven World Tag Team Championships, the first in a Ladder Match against The Hardys at WrestleMania 2000. They defeated both The Hardys and Dudley Boyz in the first-ever TLC Match at SummerSlam, and were victorious in a rematch at WrestleMania X-Seven – hailed by many as the greatest tag team match in WWE history. The longstanding animosity between the three duos consistently resulted in Edge and Christian supremacy, and solidified the team as not just fun and games, but a bona fide force to be reckoned with.

Edge and Christian were the arrogant jerks you loved to hate, especially as they revolutionized tag team wrestling for generations to come




WWE Superstars Visit Holtz Children’s Hospital During Wrestlemania Week

MIAMI – WWE Superstars and Divas made a very special stop on The Road to WrestleMania Wednesday afternoon, visiting Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami to brighten the day of the kids.

The WWE contingent, which included Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, The Great Khali, Christian, The Bella Twins, Maxine and AJ, spent a few hours with the children. “There’s a lot of our fans that can’t make it out to WrestleMania, so we bring it to them,” R-Truth said.

The Superstars may not have been prepared for intense interviews, but some of the kids came armed with microphones and their best questions. “They had a whole list made, they knew everybody and had questions for everybody,” Christian explained. “They were well-prepared.”

Mysterio, donning a dazzling white and red mask, was touched at the hospital’s treatment of Spanish speaking-familes. “I met families from Guatemala and Costa Rica. There are a lot of Hispanic speaking people here being taken care of. It’s good to see that the hospital opens their heart for anyone,” he said.

One child in particular touched Mysterio’s heart. “He was very quiet, but very alert. You could tell right away that he was very happy to see me, despite not much expression on his face,” he explained. “I remembered that I had a mask in my back pack. I signed and gave it to him with a toy Rumbler. As I was signing the mask, you could see that he was very happy, despite not being able to say much. It was really cool.”

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WWE.com: 2012 WWE Hall Of Fame Inductors

Every year, a myriad of legendary Superstars, Hollywood celebrities and sports-entertainment icons descend upon the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony to honor the new class of inductees. From Wade Boggs’ tribute to his friend Mr. Perfect in 2007 to Doink the Clown’s off-the-wall induction of George “The Animal” Steele in ’95, an inductor’s presentation always sets the tone for the WWE Hall of Famer’s acceptance.

Christian to induct Edge

One of the most decorated tag teams in WWE history will be reunited at the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony when Christian arrives in Miami to honor his lifelong pal, Edge.

Forming a friendship in middle school over a shared love of WWE, the future World Tag Team Champions attended WrestleMania VI in Toronto’s SkyDome together. More than a decade later, the duo stole the show at WrestleMania X-Seven where they won the tag titles in an exhilarating TLC Match. The team captured those championships a total of seven times before moving on to amazing singles careers.

Over time, the two Superstars have had their share of differences, but Edge and Christian have always gone back to being best friends. And just as they stood side by side at last year’s WrestleMania, they’ll stand side by side on the stage of the American Airlines Arena…for the benefit of those with flash photography.

To see the full list of who will induct this year’s Hall Of Fame class, you can do so at WWE.com.




Christian Injured On Raw Supershow, Rendered Unable To Compete At Wrestlemania

Due to an injury sustained by an attack from WWE Champion CM Punk on Monday’s Raw SuperShow, Christian has been deemed medically unable to compete as a member of Team Johnny at WrestleMania XXVIII.

Christian re-aggravated a prior neck injury during his match against Punk, who locked Christian in the Anaconda Vise twice and refused to let go of the hold after WWE officials tried to intervene.

In Captain Charisma’s place, Interim Raw GM John Laurinaitis announced on Twitter that he has selected Drew McIntyre to be a member of Team Johnny at WrestleMania.

The Straight Edge Superstar had become enraged following another surprise verbal attack from Chris Jericho via satellite. Prior to the contest, Jericho appeared on the TitanTron and made personal remarks about Punk’s birth, noting that it occurred before his parents’ wedding date.

Christian, competing in his first match since Nov. 11, 2011, originally injured his neck when Big Show gave him a massive chokeslam on the Nov. 4 edition of SmackDown.

Although Christian claimed to also have experienced ankle pain following the onslaught, doctors later confirmed he did not re-aggravate the ankle sprain he suffered last year while on tour in Europe.

Check back with WWE.com for more updates on Christian’s condition.


I personally want to take the time to wish Christian well in his prolonged recovery, all the best! We hope to see you back and better than ever real soon!




WWE.com: WWE’s 10 Wrestlemania Matches That Stole The Show

#5. WrestleMania X-Seven – World Tag Team Title TLC Match
Whenever these three teams entered the ring, anarchy was sure to break out. This trio of duos met in only the second Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match in WWE history at WrestleMania X-Seven in Houston, Texas, with the World Tag Team Titles literally hanging in the balance. The six Superstars battered each other with steel chairs, climbed to death-defying heights and went crashing through tables. Each team even had unofficial third members, as Rhyno, Lita and Spike Dudley all interfered on behalf of their comrades. Ultimately, Rhyno gave Edge and Christian the upper hand, shoving Matt Hardy and Bubba Ray Dudley off a ladder and through a massive stack of tables and before carrying Christian up another ladder on his shoulders, getting him to the titles quicker than D-Von Dudley. Edge and Christian barely escaped from the wreckage with championship gold, but the WWE Universe was left in awe after all six competitors risked their careers on The Grandest Stage of Them All.




WWE.com: WWE’s Top 25 Matches Of 2011

#06. Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio from Extreme Rules
Alberto Del Rio claimed it was his destiny to obtain the vacant World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. For Christian, it was simply a way to honor his friend Edge, whose injuries in defending the title forced him into early retirement. In May, The Mexican Aristocrat and Captain Charisma met in a Ladder Match with the coveted Championship hanging above their heads. Throughout much of the bout, Del Rio seemed to have his opponent on the ropes after threading Christian’s arm through the ladder and applying the Cross Armbreaker. But the arrival of Edge offered just enough of a distraction to turn the tide. With his opponent preoccupied, Captain Charisma toppled The Essence of Excellence out of the ring and climbed rung by rung to take the title as his best friend watched with tears in his eyes. It was almost like destiny.

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WWE.com: Christian Injured; Out Of Survivor Series

WWE.com has learned from WWE medical personnel that Christian suffered a severe high ankle sprain while competing on WWE’s recent overseas tour throughout Europe. The severity of the sprain has made it impossible for him to compete as a member of Team Barrett against Team Orton at Survivor Series this Sunday.

Christian’s ankle injury is further compounded by what transpired a week prior on SmackDown, during which Christian claimed to have suffered a neck injury as the result of a chokeslam at the massive hands of Big Show.

At this point in time, no replacement has been named, nor has it been determined whether or not Team Captain Wade Barrett will be leading a four-man team into Survivor Series this Sunday.


Here at Instant Classic, we just want to take the time to wish Christian a speedy recovery!




Power 25 – November 12th 2011

CHRISTIAN


This Week: 19 – Last Week: 17


Captain Charisma was smashed by Sheamus once again this week.




Power 25 – November 5th 2011

CHRISTIAN
This Week: 17 – Last Week: 15


After spending his Monday night picking on The Muppets, the obnoxious Superstar was decimated by Big Show on SmackDown. Can’t say he didn’t deserve it.




WWE.com: WWE Superstars Sound Off On The Muppets

For Sheamus, it was a chance to catch up with an old relative. The Celtic Warrior revealed his family ties with Beaker, assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. “There’s always one black sheep in the family, and that’s him,” he said. The Great White saved his ginger-haired cousin from Christian, who destroyed a special Muppet Labs potion Bunsen cooked up for Santino Marella.

It turns out Christian wasn’t thrilled with the Muppets invading the locker room. “Beaker ran into me like he owned the place. They walked around like they owned the whole show,” Captain Charisma growled.

He felt Beaker didn’t give him the respect that a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion deserves. “I was a little upset that he didn’t acknowledge the fact that I deserve one more chance to become the World Heavyweight Champion. That proves my theory that Muppets don’t have souls.”

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Power 25 – October 29th 2011

CHRISTIAN
This Week: 15 – Last Week: 13


It was a rough week for the cunning Superstar as he suffered losses at Vengeance, WWE Raw SuperShow and SmackDown.