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Profile of Christian

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Profile of Christian
(c) 2006 Eric Cohen

Intro:


William Jason Reso was born on November 30, 1973 in Ontario, Canada. When he was growing up, one of his best friends was Adam Copeland, who wrestling fans know as Edge. Christian was trained by Ron Hutchison and made his pro debut in 1995. He originally used the name Christian Cage when he was starting out in the indy territories of Canada.

The Brood:


Christian debuted in the WWE in late 1988. He was aligned with Gangrel (a gothic vampire like character), who at the time was feuding with Christian's “brother” Edge. In his first official WWE match, Christian won the light heavyweight championship from Taka Michinoku. Edge would go on to join the Brood but Edge and Christian eventually split from Gangrel and dropped their gothic image.

Christian & Edge:


Edge and Christian became full time partners in the summer of 1999. The team won the tag team titles an unprecedented 7 times. They had a classic three way feud with the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz. The most historic battles in this feud were the TLC (Tables, Ladders, & Chairs) matches. In addition to these brutal matches, the team was also known for their humorous antics (5 second flash photography) and some classic comedy moments with then-commissioner Mick Foley.

The Breakup:


In June 2001, Edge won the King of the Ring and this planted the seed of jealousy that would break up the team. In September 2001, the two men were feuding over the Intercontinental Title. Around this time, he joined the Alliance of WCW & ECW in their feud with the WWE. The next year, he joined The UnAmericans which also included Lance Storm and Test.

Chris Jericho & Intercontinental Champion:


In 2003, he was involved in the Intercontinental Championship title picture. He also struck up a friendship with Chris Jericho. In 2004, Chris Jericho developed feelings for Trish Stratus and Christian was disgusted by this. They fought at WrestleMania XX and Trish turned on Jericho. With Trish by his side and Tyson Tomko as their problem solver, they set out to make life miserable for Jericho. That summer, Christian had to take some time off for injuries.

The Peep Show:


To mock Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel, he hosted The Peep Show which was a talk show in the tradition of Piper's Pit. He was drafted by SmackDown in 2005 and appeared to be getting a push as Captain Charisma. Copyright issues over the name came up and his push was stopped. In November 2005, Christian left the WWE.

Christian Cage:


Unable to wrestle as Christian in TNA, he went back to one of his original wrestling names, Christian Cage. He arrived in late 2005 and set his sights on Jeff Jarrett and the NWA World Championship. On February 12, 2006, Christian beat Jeff Jarrett to win the NWA World Title at the main event of Against All Odds. Eleven months later, he became a two-time champion when he beat the champion Abyss and Sting in an Elimination Match.

Return to the WWE:


Christian returned to the WWE in 2009 as just Christian. Upon his return to the company, he started wrestling for the ECW brand of the company. Within a few weeks, he won the ECW Championship from Jack Swagger. Christian held the title until the final match in ECW history when he lost it to Ezekiel Jackson.

World Heavyweight Champion:


Christian and Edge reunited in 2011 with Christian helping Edge in his feud with Alberto Del Rio. Christian was in Edge's corner at WrestleMania XXVII and helped Edge retain the World Heavyweight Championship in what turned out to be Edge's final match. At Extreme Rules 2011, Christian defeated Alberto Del Rio in a Ladder Match to claim the vacant title. Christian celebrated his first world championship victory in WWE with Edge. He lost the title to Randy Orton five nights later on SmackDown. It took a few rematches, but Christian regained the title from Randy Orton via disqualification at Money in the Bank 2011.

WWE & TNA Title Victories:

WWE
World Heavyweight Championship
5/1/11 Extreme Rules - beat Alberto Del Rio in a Ladder Match
7/17/11 Money in the Bank - beat Randy Orton by DQ
ECW Championship
4/26/09 Backlash - beat Jack Swagger
7/26/09 Night of Champions - beat Tommy Dreamer
Intercontinental Championship
9/23/01 Unforgiven - beat Edge
5/18/03 Judgment Day – won a battle royal
8/10/03 - Booker T
5/20/12 Over the Limit - beat Cody Rhodes
Light Heavyweight Championship
10/18/99 – beat Taka Michinoku
European Championship
11/1/01 – JBL
World Tag Team Championship
4/2/00 WrestleMania X-Seven - with Edge beat Champs The Dudley Boys & The Hardy Boyz in a ladder match
6/5/00 – w/Edge beat Champs Too Cool, Test & Albert, and The Hardy Boyz
10/22/00 No Mercy – w/Edge beat The Hardy Boyz while dressed as The Conquistadors
12/10/00 Armageddon – w/Edge beat Champions The Goodfather & Bull Buchanan, The Dudley Boyz, and The Road Dogg & K-Kwik
12/21/00 – w/Edge beat The Rock & The Undertaker
3/19/01 – w/Edge beat The Hardy Boyz
4/1/01 WrestleMania X8 - w/ Edge beat Champs The Dudley Boyz & The Hardy Boyz in a TLC match
7/21/02 Vengeance – with Lance Storm beat Edge & Hulk Hogan
10/14/02 – with Chris Jericho beat The Hurricane & Kane


TNA
NWA World Championship
2/12/06 Against All Odds – Jeff Jarrett
1/14/07 Final Resolution - Champion Abyss & Sting

(Sources: PWI Almanac, Onlineworldofwrestling.com, and jay-reso.com)

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