Weight: 225 lbs
Real Name: Jason Reso
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other Names: Canadian Rage, Suicide Blond, Christian(WWF/WWE), Christian Cage(TNA)
Wrestler Since: 1995
Finishing Maneuver: The Unprettier/Impaler
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #33(2011), #22(2010), #28(2009), #14(2008), #7(2007), #12(2006), #30(2005), #31(2004), #28(2003), #47(2002), #29(2001), #57(2000), #90(1999), #80(1998), #268(1997)
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History: (Last Updated: 6/09/06)
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Weight: 225 lbs
Real Name: Jason Reso
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other Names: Canadian Rage, Suicide Blond, Christian(WWF/WWE), Christian Cage(TNA)
Wrestler Since: 1995
Finishing Maneuver: The Unprettier/Impaler
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #33(2011), #22(2010), #28(2009), #14(2008), #7(2007), #12(2006), #30(2005), #31(2004), #28(2003), #47(2002), #29(2001), #57(2000), #90(1999), #80(1998), #268(1997)
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History: (Last Updated: 6/09/06)
Jason Reso's success in professional wrestling can really, in a way, be traced back to his long-time friendship with Adam Copeland, otherwise known as Edge. Copeland began training for a wrestling career in 1992, and Reso followed in his footsteps two years later, training with Ron Hutchinson at Sully's Gym in Reso's home country of Canada in the fall of '94. Reso's determination to become a professional wrestler was strong, and he spent nearly nine months training at the gym to gain the skills necessary to succeed. Reso finally convinced Hutchinson to give him a shot, and made his debut against Zakk Wylde in June '95. The two men wrestled to a respectable draw, starting Reso out on his chosen profession.
It didn't take long for Reso, now calling himself Christian Cage, and Copeland (under the name of Sexton Hardcastle) to get together as a tag-team. The duo first wrestled together as High Impact. They later changed their name to the Suicide Blondes, making a great team no matter where they wrestled in. Although I'm not sure about this, I do believe that the Suicide Blondes held the SSW Tag-Team Titles together at one point. I know for sure that the duo won the ISW Street-Fight Tag-Team Titles at the end of 1997, a big victory for the team. The Suicide Blondes also, at one point, belonged to the stable Thug Life, which also included future stars Rhino Richards and Joe E. Legend.
In June '98, Copeland was called up to the World Wrestling Federation, leaving Christian Cage without a tag-team partner for the time being. Cage took advantage of the singles bracket, though, defeating Viper in July '98. This was a huge victory for Cage, as it was his first major singles title. Cage also wrestled in other federations, continuing to grow his skill over the summer. With his best friend, Copeland, already at "the show", it was only a matter of time for Christian, and he was invited to the World Wrestling Federation training camp. Christian's skills were sizable enough for him to stand out in the tryouts, so it wasn't too surprising that Christian Cage signed a contract in August '98 to wrestle for the WWF.
In the fall of '98, Copeland, as Edge, was a growing name in the WWF. He was feuding with Gangrel, a wrestler who was also apparently a vampire. During some of Edge's matches, Christian Cage would appear in the crowd, distracting him. It was later revealed that Christian was actually Edge's brother, and that he was with Gangrel. Around the same time, in October '98, Christian defeated Julio Sanchez to win the Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title. The belt, though, would later be vacated (as would the ECWA belt) due to Christian's WWF commitments. Back in the WWF, Christian made a strong pay-per-view debut at Judgment Day '98. With Gangrel in his corner, Christian utilized a missed Michinoku Driver by TAKA Michinoku and rolled him up to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title! Christian, in only his first official WWF match, was already wearing some gold.
Things looked even better for Christian soon after, as he and Gangrel convinced Edge to join up with them, forming the Brood. The three men created a strange union, with blood and 18th-century clothes being the norm. Christian also defended the Light Heavyweight strap for a month, before shockingly being upset by Duane Gill (Gillberg). The Brood continued on, however, and had a feud with Al Snow's Job Squad, which consisted of Snow, Bob Holly (later known as Hardcore), and (Too Cold) Scorpio. The two teams had it out at Rock Bottom in December '98, with the Brood managing the victory over the Job Squad. It was around this time that the Brood began to become famous for their "Bloodbaths". A wrestler would be inside the ring when the lights would go out. When they came back on, the wrestler would be covered in blood, a nerve-racking experience, to say the least.
It was around this time that the Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness was the most powerful force in the WWF. So it made sense that the Brood would join up with them. For a short time, the Brood were the grunts of the Ministry. But the Brood eventually broke away again from the Ministry, and feuded with them for a time, facing off against Mideon, Bradshaw, & Faarooq at Backlash '99. The two teams were almost evenly matched, but Viscera proved to be the one who gave the Ministry the edge, attacking Christian and tossing him into the ring post while the referee was distracted. Viscera then rolled Christian back into the ring, where Bradshaw's Clothesline From Hell finished off the match for the Ministry.
The Brood next feuded with the Hardy Boyz, in a back-and-forth series of matches. While Edge & Christian had Gangrel, the Hardy Boyz had Michael Hayes to even things out. At the King of the Ring '99, Edge & Christian took on the Hardy Boyz, with the winners to get a WWF Tag-Team Title shot. It was a solid back-and-forth match, but things turned bad in the end, as Gangrel accidentally hit Edge while trying to help out his partners. Jeff Hardy then took out Edge for the victory, costing the Brood the match. Problems continued to grow between Edge & Christian and Gangrel, and eventually Edge & Christian broke away from the Brood, forming their own team. Gangrel retaliated by hiring the Hardy Boyz to become the New Brood, escalating the feud between the two teams.
At Summerslam '99, Edge & Christian were entered into the Tag-Team Turmoil match, where the winner would become the #1 Contenders to the tag titles. Edge & Christian drew #1, while the Hardy Boyz drew #2, ensuring that the two teams would go at it. The two teams fought it out again, with Gangrel working for the other team, getting in any cheapshots he could. But Edge & Christian proved their skills, as Christian got a Top-Rope Elbow Drop on Matt Hardy for the victory. They next faced Mideon & Viscera, their old Ministry foes, who looked to dominate with their power. But when Viscera accidentally splashed Mideon, Edge took advantage with a spear on Mideon to move on. Droz & Prince Albert came out next, but they couldn't beat Edge & Christian, either, losing to the brothers. However, fatigue was really starting to play a factor, and Edge & Christian didn't have enough left in the tanks to get past Bradshaw & Faarooq of the Acolytes, who went on to win the match and the title shot.
Edge & Christian continued to gain respect in the tag-team division, as their skills were plain for all to see. At Unforgiven '99, Edge & Christian got their first pay-per-view title shot, going against the New Age Outlaws. It wasn't Edge & Christian's night, though, as the former DX team won out. Edge & Christian quickly got back into the mix, though, as they won a "Three-Way #1 Contenders" Match at the UK pay-per-view, Rebellion '99, defeating the Acolytes and Hardcore & Crash Holly. Edge got the victory for his team, getting a Tornado DDT on Bradshaw for the victory. The title shot, though, again didn't pay off, so Edge & Christian concentrated on another endeavor: The Terri Runnels Invitational Tournament. Terri offered $100,000 and her managerial skills to the winner of the tournament. Edge & Christian, not surprisingly, made it to the final match, taking on their old foes, the Hardy Boyz, in an absolutely amazing Ladder match at No Mercy '99. The two teams put on some unbelievable moves, easily stealing the show as the best match. In the end, though, Matt Hardy was the one who made it up the ladder, winning the match, and the money, for his team.
After their battle, some respect grew between Edge & Christian and the Hardy Boyz. The two teams united for a time, to fight two heel teams, Too Much and Hardcore & Crash Holly, at the 1999 Survivor Series. The match didn't take long to break down into an out-and-out brawl, and during the confusion, Hardcore Holly rolled up Edge to eliminate him. Soon after, Scott Taylor eliminated Matt Hardy, leaving it 2-4. Jeff Hardy fought back, getting an unbelievable splash on Taylor to eliminate him. But Brian Christopher avenged his partner, taking out the other Hardy with a top rope leg-drop. It was Christian vs. 3 other wrestlers. But Christian fought hard, and eliminated Christopher with the Impaler (later known as the Unprettier). Christian then survived a brutal attack from the Hollys to take out Crash with a tomakazie. But the odds were too tough for Christian, who finally fell to Hardcore Holly, losing the match.
To finish out 1999, a Tag-Team Battle Royal was set up at Armageddon '99, between eight tag-teams. The teams were Edge & Christian, the Hardy Boyz, the Acolytes, the Dudley Boyz, the Mean Street Posse, the Headbangers, Too Cool (formerly Too Much), and Mark Henry & the Godfather. The teams all went at it, with 16 men brawling it out in the ring, trying not to be eliminated. The Posse tried to cheat, by sending new wrestlers into the ring when one was thrown out away from the referee, but they didn't have the power to survive. Near the end, only four teams were left: Edge & Christian, the Hardys, the Dudleyz, and the Acolytes. Unfortunately, this was as far as Edge & Christian got, as both wrestlers were eliminated next. In the end, the Acolytes took out the Hardy Boyz to win the match.
Edge & Christian continued to work as a strong tag-team in the new year, with both men competing in the '00 Royal Rumble, with little success. They just seemed to work better as a team. So Edge & Christian concentrated again to get closer to the World Tag Titles. At No Way Out '00, a #1 Contendership Match was set up between Edge & Christian and their old rivals, the Hardy Boyz. The Hardys were joined at ringside by both Terri Runnels and Runnels' 'protection', the Acolytes. The match was a wild display of high-flying activities, from Edge getting a mid-air spear on Jeff Hardy to a double-Hardy top-rope dive on Christian. The end of the match, though, was decided by Terri. When Jeff Hardy was up on the top rope, ready to end things, Terri surprisingly got up on the ring apron and pushed him off. Terri then slapped Matt in the face, leaving him off-balance and vulnerable to Christian's finisher, giving Edge & Christian the victory. After the match, the Acolytes beat down the Hardys, 'protecting' Terri Runnels just like they were paid for.
The problems continued to grow between Edge & Christian and the Hardy Boyz, quickly also involving the current WWF Tag-Team Champions, the Dudley Boyz. After various brawls involving the three teams, a major match was signed for Wrestlemania '00: a "Triangle Ladder" Match. The match was an incredible spotfest, involving at least 3 different ladders in the ring at one time. Every wrestler in the match took some horrible bumps, falling off the ladders. One of the biggest moves came from Edge & Christian, who superplexed D'Von Dudley off of one of the ladders. Christian later leapt off the top of one of the ladders all the way to the outside, splashing both Dudleys. The Dudleys later took control of both teams, however, when tables became involved. At one point, Bubba Ray Dudley powerbombed Matt Hardy off the Spanish announcers' table through another table. Bubba Ray then planned to do a similar maneuver to Jeff Hardy, but Christian intervened, knocking out Bubba Ray with a ring bell. Jeff then climbed the tallest ladder around and did the Swanton Bomb, putting Bubba Ray through the table and essentially taking both men out. In the end, after Matt took out D'Von with the Twist of Fate, both he and Christian climbed for the belts. Edge climbed as well, and the tag-team tossed Matt Hardy off the ladder and through a table. Edge & Christian then got to the belts, winning the match and finally gaining the WWF World Tag-Team Titles.
Edge & Christian didn't waste time defending their newly-won straps, feuding briefly with former DeGeneration-X members X-Pac and the Road Dogg. The two teams fought against each other at Backlash '00, with Christian 'earning' the win for his team by knocking out (and bloodying) X-Pac with the ring bell while the referee's back was turned, allowing Edge to make the pin. Next, Edge & Christian began to side regularly with their ally, Kurt Angle. The three men found that they all had a lot in common, and each helped the others win matches. The three men teamed up to face Too Cool & Rikishi at Judgment Day '00. Before the match, the three men joined together in insulting the Kentucky crowd, wearing straw hats and dancing around with banjos. The team didn't fare as well during the match, though, with Angle taking a Stinkface from Rikishi during the bout. Although they nearly got the win with Edge hitting Scotty Too Hotty with the ring bell (the ref was down, so there was no count), Grandmaster Sexay took out Edge with the Hip Hop Drop, then rolled Scotty on top, getting his team the victory.
Only a week later, Edge & Christian lost the WWF Tag-Team Titles to Too Cool. Furious at the loss of their belts, Edge & Christian quickly began working to earn the chance to regain their gold. Unfortunately, there were other teams also interested in a title shot against the young champions, leading to a Four-Way Elimination Match being set up for King of the Ring '00, pitting Edge & Christian against Too Cool(c), Test & Albert, and the Hardy Boyz. This meant that the winner would have to survive three other teams. The beginning of the match mainly featured a battle between T & A and the Hardys, with many double-teams taking place. Matt Hardy struck the first blow, knocking out Test with the Twist of Fate to eliminate T & A. But Edge & Christian quickly stepped in, going to war with the Hardys, and eventually, after Christian survived his own 'Twist of Fate', he eliminated Matt Hardy (and Jeff) with the Impaler. This led to Edge & Christian taking on the champs, Too Cool. Edge & Christian went for a double-Worm on Grandmaster Sexay at one point, only to have it backfire on them when Scotty Too Hotty took down Edge and got the Worm on him instead. But Christian was able to knock out Sexay with a title belt, enabling Edge to make the pin to get the tag-team titles back around their waists.
The next challenger to Edge & Christian were the Acolytes, a very powerful tag-team that the brothers were obviously worried about. Going into Fully Loaded '00, Christian tried to act sick, going as far as to throw fake vomit into the toilet. The duo was caught, though, by Commissioner Mick Foley, and they were forced to compete at the PPV. The Acolytes dominated the majority of the match, although Edge & Christian did isolate Bradshaw for a time. When Bradshaw managed to make the tag to Faarooq, though, things looked bad for the champions. Faarooq caught Christian with the Dominator, and made the pin. But Edge came in with one of the tag-team titles and hit Faarooq with it, saving the belts while losing via disqualification. Edge & Christian didn't care, though, having kept their prized titles around their waists.
Going into August '00, Edge & Christian had stayed the dominant team, continuing their habit of doing "5-second poses" before their matches. But old rivals were challenging again, as both the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz were major contenders for the WWF Tag-Team Titles. To remedy their feud, Commissioner Foley arranged for an unbelievable match between the three teams: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs, or TLC. The match was signed for Summerslam '00, and really had too many high spots to be mentioned in this history. It literally would have to be seen to believed. One of the best spots was when Jeff Hardy tried a Swanton Bomb from a 20-foot ladder, but when Bubba Ray Dudley moved, Hardy went through the table on his own instead. Bubba Ray later went through four tables at once himself, a horrific crash. At the end, D'Von Dudley and Jeff Hardy both went for the belts, with the ladder falling out from underneath them. Hardy managed to kick D'Von off of the belt, sending him down, but Edge & Christian then knocked Hardy off by throwing a ladder at him! Edge & Christian then climbed their own ladder and got the belts, winning the 2000 Match of the Year.
The feud between Edge & Christian and the Hardy Boyz didn't end, though, as the two teams continued to fight over the next month. At one point, Edge & Christian showed footage from Matt & Jeff's early years, making fun of their past. When Matt, Jeff, and their valet, Lita, entered the viewing room to get revenge, Edge & Christian ambushed them, injuring all three with ConChairTo chair shots, including giving Lita a minor concussion. They then bragged that the Hardyz just can't beat them. At Unforgiven '00, the two teams met in a "Steel Cage" Match. Things quickly turned back for the Hardys early on, as Jeff was knocked out of the cage, eliminating him from the match, while Matt was trapped with Edge & Christian, who continued to double-team. Christian was also careful not to let Jeff back into the cage, despite repeated attempts. Christian even stopped Jeff from coming through the cage door, and used the open door to get a steel chair to use on Matt. Christian later fell out of the cage, though, leaving it a one-on-one affair, until Jeff used a ladder to get back into the ring. Jeff then hit a spectacular "Whisper In The Wind" from the top of the cage on both Edge and Matt Hardy. Christian tried to reenter the ring using the same ladder that Jeff used, but Lita appeared, catching Christian with a Lita-cunrana off the ladder to take him out. The Hardy Boyz then got a ConChairTo on Edge on top of the cage, sending Edge all the way to the ringfloor. The Hardys then left the cage, winning away the tag-team titles.
Edge & Christian tried to get their belts back within the next few weeks, but failed to enter into the Tag-Team Battle Royal for the #1 Contendership for the Hardys' straps, as they were said to be sick. However, another team, the Conquistadors, won the match, and definitely seemed to be Edge & Christian under masks. When asked Spanish questions, the Conquistadors would only say yes in Spanish. Still, having earned the shot, the Conquistadors fought the Hardy Boyz at No Mercy '00. At the PPV, Edge & Christian were interviewed in the back, where they hilariously talked about how they got sick due to eating some nuts, but that they were better now. They also said they'd be cheering on the Conquistadors to victory. In the match, the Hardy Boyz seemed more interested in unmasking the Conquistadors then beating them down. In the end, this proved to be the downfall, as Matt Hardy got the Twist of Fate on one, then went for the mask instead of the pin. He got the mask off, but another mask was on underneath! The other Conquistador then took out Matt with an inverted neckbreaker to win the match, making the Conquistadors tag-team champions.
After the match, a winded Edge & Christian were seen in the back, saying that they had ran all the way to the store to get chips and dip to celebrate the Conquistadors' victory. They celebrated with two masked men, neither of whom looked very tired after the grueling match, and announced that the first defense for the Conquistadors would be against Edge & Christian on Raw. A night later, Edge & Christian showed up ready to 'fight' for the belts. But Christian was taken out before the match, being put through a table (supposedly by the Dudleys). Edge, though, said he would have no problems beating Los Conquistadors on his own. However, Edge was thrown off when the Conquistadors came out and competitively wrestled him, instead of throwing the match. Edge then was beaten by the Conquistadors after a Twist of Fate followed by the Swanton Bomb. After the match, the Conquistadors unmasked, showing the Hardys! Commissioner Foley then came out and rolled footage, showing that Edge & Christian had been Los Conquistadors the night before. Foley then said that, indeed, Edge & Christian were the champions at the PPV, but since the Hardys pinned Edge on Raw, they had regained the belts!
Going into November '00, Edge & Christian continued to battle with the Hardys and the Dudleyz, their long-term foes. In a strange union, Edge & Christian joined up with Right To Censor, who won the Tag Titles from the Hardys, to face their respective adversaries at the 2000 Survivor Series. The eight men all showed that they truly hated their opposition, as the match had a lot of tension underneath it. Edge got the first strike for his team, as he took out Matt Hardy with the Edge-o-Matic for the pinfall. D'Von Dudley tried to take the momentum back by attacking both Edge & Christian, but this would backfire, as Christian got the Impaler to eliminate D'Von as well, making it 4-on-2. Teamwork, however, soon became a problem, as Edge, during some chaos, accidentally Speared Bull Buchanan. Bubba Ray Dudley then covered Bull to eliminate him. Bubba Ray then hammered Edge, with Christian trying to make the save by coming off the top rope. Bubba Ray moved, though, and Christian hit Edge instead! Bubba Ray tossed Christian out of the way and made the cover, taking care of Edge. Bubba Ray's power, however, was ended when the Goodfather took him out with a death valley driver. Christian & the Goodfather tried to double-team Jeff Hardy at the end, but Jeff fought back, eliminating Christian with the Swanton Bomb, then taking advantage of Val Venis (at ringside) accidentally hitting his partner, the Goodfather, to make the pin and win the match.
Edge & Christian didn't waste any time moping over their loss. They went right back to work climbing the contenders' ladder for the tag-team titles. At Rebellion '00, Edge & Christian had a "Three-Way Tables" Match with the Dudley Boyz and T & A. Edge & Christian were able to eliminate T & A by pushing Albert off the turnbuckle and through a table. But they couldn't get past the Dudleys in their own match, as the Dudley Boyz 3-D'ed Christian for the victory. Edge & Chrisian and the Dudley Boyz were then included in the "Four-Way Tag-Team Title" Match at Armageddon '00, also involving Bull Buchanan & the Goodfather(c) and K-Kwik & the Road Dogg. For a while, different wrestlers were teaming together on double-teams, as each team sought to get that one pinfall that would get them the belts. In the end, chaos reigned, as all four teams went at it. The Dudleys seemed to be in control, hitting 3D's on both Bull and the Goodfather. But when Stevie Richards (part of Right To Censor) took out D'Von Dudley through a table, Edge & Christian capitalized, getting first a spear, then a tomakazie on Bubba Ray Dudley to win the match, becoming four-time tag-team champions.
Edge & Christian came out on the next Raw to celebrate with their friend, Kurt Angle, who had defended his Heavyweight Title in a Hell In A Cell 6-Man Match the night before. The three men praised each other, saying that they had had the most dominant year in WWF history. They were interrupted, though, by the Rock & the Dudley Boyz, who set up a Four T's Match, or a "Tag-Team Testicle Tables" Match. Edge & Christian were seen in the back after the announcement, a little worried that the match would mean their testicles would have to go through a table. In a way, that's what happened, as first Edge, then Christian, were put through tables, as the Dudley Boyz and the Rock got the victory.
A week later, Angle was placed into a World Title match against his boss, Vince McMahon, by Commissioner Foley, and asked Edge & Christian to try to get the match canceled. But Foley would hear none of it, and instead decided to put Edge & Christian's titles on the line in a match against the Rock & the Undertaker! Edge & Christian tried to win the match, with Edge taking advantage of a downed ref to clock the Undertaker with a title belt. But the Rock was too strong, getting the People's Elbow on Edge to get the victory, winning away the belts. A rematch was set up for Smackdown one day later (at the taping), with Angle arranging with Vince McMahon to be the "fair and impartial" referee. Angle obviously favored his friends, at one point 'arguing' with Christian instead of counting a fall for the Undertaker, who had just hit the Last Ride on Edge. The Rock later took out Angle with the Rock Bottom, then nearly won with a new referee. At the end, however, Angle returned to the ring and nailed the Rock with the Angle Slam, then placed Edge on top of him and made the count, getting the belts back to Edge & Christian.
Going into the new year, Edge & Christian continued to battle both on the side of Kurt Angle and against the threat of the Dudley Boyz. Going into the Royal Rumble '01, Edge & Christian had the definite advantage, as they gave both Dudleys a concussion with chair shots the week before the PPV match between them. The Dudleys started out well in the title match, dominating Edge, but Christian turned things around by hitting D'Von in the head from the outside. Later on, Edge & Christian appeared to go for a DQ, as they tried for a ConChairTo on D'Von, only to have D'Von block it with a double clothesline. D'Von then made the tag to Bubba Ray, who came in with all the momentum, dominating the tag-team champs. The Dudleys, at the end, went for the 3-D on Christian, only to have Edge stop it with a Spear on Bubba Ray. Edge & Christian showboated, though, opting to try the Dudleys' own move, the Wassup Drop, on Bubba Ray. D'Von blocked it, taking out Christian, and the Dudleys then got the 3-D on Edge to win the match, costing Edge & Christian the Tag-Team Titles.
It didn't take long for Edge & Christian to quickly pursue regaining their tag-team titles from the Dudley Boyz. A surprising element was added to their feud, though, as Kane & the Undertaker, the Brothers of Destruction, also announced their interest in the belts. A brutal match was signed for No Way Out '01, setting up a "Three-Way Tables" Match for the Tag-Team Titles. Although the match rules seemed to favor either the Dudleys or the Brothers of Destruction, Edge & Christian persevered, doing their best to try and get the victory. The six men actually started fighting it out on the entry ramp, and went backstage for a time, before finally making it to the ring. Edge & Christian tried to capitalize on the "No DQ" part of the match, going for a ConChairTo on Bubba Ray. But Bubba Ray ducked, forcing Edge & Christian to collide chairs. Several times during the match, a team was close to winning, only to have someone move the table out of the way. The Brothers of Destruction were in full control as the match headed towards its conclusion, chokeslamming all four opponents. But the two monsters were distracted by Rikishi & Haku, who came down to the ring and attacked them. As those two teams brawled, Edge & Christian and the Dudleys went at it, with Edge missing a crucial Spear on Bubba Ray. This left Christian on his own, and he was 3-D'ed through a table, allowing the Dudleys to retain the belts.
Edge & Christian were unhappy with the way things went down, and continued to be a thorn in the Dudleys' side, as they battled them routinely for the tag-team titles. Another tag-team, though, again became involved in their feud. But this time, it was an old rival, as the Hardy Boyz reentered the title fray. In early March '00, the Hardys defeated the Dudleys to regain the Tag-Team Titles. The Dudleys were supposed to have a rematch on the March 19th Raw, but Edge & Christian came out instead, saying that the Dudleys weren't there, and that Edge & Christian were taking the title shot instead. The match was a typical E & C/Hardys match-up, with Lita working as always to help out the Hardys. But Edge & Christian had their own surprise, as Rhyno made his return to the ring and Gored Jeff Hardy! Edge & Christian made the cover, winning the titles back.
Later on that same night, Edge & Christian celebrated their win, and told Rhyno he could go back to the hotel room, since he had done his job. We then saw the Dudley Boyz arriving at the local airport, complaining that someone (i.e. Edge & Christian) had canceled their reservations. When the Dudleys arrived at the arena, Commissioner William Regal told them that they were too late. But the Dudleys were able to convince Regal to give them a title shot that night, since they were the ones who were supposed to compete. Edge & Christian weren't happy, since Rhyno was no longer there to help them, but they had no choice. The four men had another hard fight, with Edge stopping D'Von from getting the tables late in the match by dropkicking the table into D'Von's face. However, another returnee, Spike Dudley, came down and gave Christian the Acid Drop, which set up Christian for the 3-D and the loss, making Edge & Christian champions for less than a few hours.
It was later announced that the three teams would try to duplicate their greatest match ever, as TLC II was signed for Wrestlemania X-7. The match started as a brawl and continued from there, as there were no real tags made. Each wrestler used tables, ladders, and chairs as lethal objects. Involvement also came from other areas, as first Spike Dudley, then Lita and Rhyno interfered for their favorites. At one point, Jeff Hardy found the largest ladder around and jumped off of it, getting a Swanton Bomb on both Spike Dudley and Rhyno, putting them all through two tables! Jeff later got back up and grabbed for the belts, hanging from them, but the swing brought him too close to Edge, who Speared him off to the ground! In the end, Rhyno proved to be the best ally, as he took care of Bubba Ray Dudley and Matt Hardy, sending them through a huge set-up of tables, then carried Christian up the ladder on his shoulders, allowing Christian to grab the belts and made himself and Edge 7-Time WWF World Tag-Team Champions.
A few weeks later, Edge & Christian became involved in the main event picture, as their friend, Rhyno, was facing Kane for the Hardcore Title on Smackdown. With the added help of Hunter Hearst Helmsley & Steve Austin, both of whom were heels at the time, Edge & Christian kept the Undertaker, Kane's partner, out of the picture, and the four men took down Kane to win Rhyno the Hardcore Title. However, the Brothers of Destruction later threatened Commissioner Regal to give them a Tag-Team Title shot against Edge & Christian that night in a "No Disqualification" Match. Edge & Christian didn't seem too worried, making sure to state that they "reeked of awesomeness". Edge & Christian came out with Rhyno to the ring, making it almost 3-on-2 for the titles. Since the Brothers would get Stone Cold & Triple H if they won the match, Austin & Helmsley also soon became involved. But despite Austin & Helmsley taking out Kane, the Undertaker was able to dodge a ConChairTo, take out Edge, and hit the Last Ride Powerbomb on Christian for the victory, taking away the belts.
Surprisingly, Edge & Christian didn't immediately pursue the tag-team titles after the loss. In fact, Christian showed some interest in the singles division, as he challenged Matt Hardy for the European Heavyweight Title at Backlash '01 in a "Triple Threat" Match also involving Eddie Guerrero. The match-up started with the two heels in Christian and Guerrero double-teaming the champion. But after Matt was thrown to the outside, Christian attacked Guerrero from behind, destroying any partnerships. Edge tried to help Christian win in the later stages of the match, Spearing Matt on the outside. But Jeff Hardy also interfered, getting Christian with the Swanton Bomb. Matt Hardy then took the victory with the Twist of Fate on Christian, keeping Christian from getting a singles title around his waist.
With this taste of singles competition, Christian renewed his goal with Edge to go for the tag-team titles. At the UK pay-per-view, Insurrextion '01, Edge & Christian fought in an "Elimination" Match against the Dudleys, the Hardys, and X-Factor. The Hardys took care of X-Factor after Jeff hit X-Pac with the Swanton Bomb. But Edge & Christian basically ruled the rest of the way, as Christian eliminated the Hardys with the Unprettier on Matt, and, after some help from Rhyno, Edge pinned Bubba Ray Dudley to win the match. Edge & Christian took this momentum into Judgment Day '01 a few weeks later, where they were involved in a "Tag-Team Turmoil #1 Contenders" Match.
During the night, Edge & Christian were shown talking with Kurt Angle, who had a "Three Falls" Match against Chris Benoit, with Angle's gold medals on the line. Angle and Benoit won one fall each, leading to a "Ladder" Match competition with the medals above the ring. Just when Benoit had control, putting Angle in the Crippler Crossface, Edge & Christian came to the ring and attacked, holding back Benoit so that Angle could climb the ladder and get back his medals. Later on, during the "Tag-Team Turmoil" Match, Edge & Christian watched from the back as Chris Jericho came out with his mystery partner, who turned out to be Benoit! Jericho & Benoit defeated X-Factor, which brought Edge & Christian, the last team, down to the ring. The two teams went back and forth, with various close calls. Near the end, a frustrated Edge & Christian went for the chairs to perform a ConChairTo, only to have Jericho & Benoit baseball slide into them. Jericho & Benoit then attempted their own ConChairTo, only to have Christian nearly roll up Benoit for the victory. Christian then went to hit Benoit with the chair, but Benoit got the Crippler Crossface instead, making Christian tap. Thus, once again, Edge & Christian's friendship with Angle ended up costing them.
A short time after Judgment Day, the 2001 King of the Ring Tournament began, with both Edge & Christian in the mix. The two partners helped each other in their matches, with Christian getting past two monsters in Kane and the Big Show, while Edge took down Test and Perry Saturn. This got both tag-team partners into the semi-finals. However, in an interesting twist, the other two semi-finalists were Kurt Angle and Rhyno, Edge & Christian's good friends! The four men swore to remain friends, but tensions grew between the allies, with Angle's ego sending Edge & Christian away from him. On the final Smackdown before the PPV, Angle came out and said that, although he was happy to be facing his 3 friends, he's a man and they're boys. Edge & Christian responded by calling him a dorkimus maximus. Rhyno then came out, angry about how he was being treated as well. It all broke down, with Rhyno Gore-ing Edge and Angle giving Christian an Olympic Slam. The two teams fought later in the night, with Angle & Rhyno winning the match.
In the '01 King of the Ring semi-finals, Christian faced off against Angle. The two wrestlers both showed that they wanted to move on, trying to finish the former friend off. During the match, Shane McMahon, who had a later match scheduled with Angle, came out to the ring, distracting Angle into missing a moonsault attempt. Later on, though, after Christian got the Tomakazie, Shane pulled Christian off the pin, keeping him from winning! As Christian argued with Shane, Angle recovered, getting an Olympic Slam over the ropes for the victory, eliminating Christian from the tournament. Later on, Edge defeated Rhyno with a jumping DDT, allowing Christian's partner to reach the finals against Angle. In the final, after Angle tried to convince Edge to forfeit, the two men went at it with a lot of violence. During the match, Christian came to the ring, but only succeeded in distracting the referee when Edge had a pin attempt. Later on, though, Edge, due to interference again from Shane McMahon, defeated Angle with the jumping DDT, becoming the King of the Ring.
Over the next few weeks, Christian seemed to care more about the King of the Ring trophy that Edge had won, rather than his brother. He seemed a little jealous of Edge's success. The two continued to work as a team, however, against the new threat of the WCW Invasion. Things looked worse for the WWF superstars, as ECW reformed and allied themselves with WCW. The federation groups met at WWF Invasion in July '01, with Edge & Christian leading off the PPV facing off against ECW wrestlers Lance Storm & Mike Awesome. The two Alliance members isolated Christian for a good portion of the match, but Christian eventually made the hot tag to Edge, who came in and furiously attacked both opponents. It soon broke down into a four-man brawl. Christian dodged a Storm superkick at one point, only to have Edge hit by it instead. Awesome only managed a 2 count on Edge, though, and Christian came back to Spear Awesome and put Edge on top for the victory for WWE. It also gave Christian the 'right' to brag about winning the match with Edge's own move.
Things seemed to continue to grow worse between Edge and Christian, as Christian's ego continually got the better of him. At Summerslam '01, Edge was given a chance to gain the WWF Intercontinental Title back from the Alliance, or more specifically, Lance Storm. At the beginning of the match, Christian watched from the back, cheering Edge on with the WWF contingent. But when the referee was knocked down, Christian ran to the ring to try and take out Storm with another Spear. Unfortunately, Storm dodged, and Christian Speared Edge instead! Christian then was taken out of the ring by a Storm superkick. But Edge kicked out of the pin attempt, then got an Implant DDT to win the match and the title. Christian celebrated with Edge after the match, but also stole a little thunder by announcing that he would face Matt Hardy for the European Title on Raw.
A night later, Christian came out (with the KOTR trophy) for his shot against Hardy's belt. Christian came close several times, almost winning with a roll-up but being caught cheating by using the ropes. Hardy eventually won the match, causing Christian to pitch a fit in the ring, slapping the mat repeatedly. The next week, Christian forced Edge into an Intercontinental Title defense against Hugh Morrus, then cost Edge the win by attacking Morrus, causing the DQ. It was announced on Smackdown that Christian would get a WCW World Title match against the Rock on Raw. Christian was confident going in that he would win in his home country (Raw was in Toronto). Before the match, Christian overheard some people calling him "Edge's brother". Christian quickly told security to put those fans in the nosebleed section.
Before the match, Christian told Edge that he wanted to win the belt on his own. He then gave the KOTR trophy back to Edge, saying that Edge's name was on it, so he should be keeping it. Christian then headed off, confident that he would have better gold soon. Christian got some help early on, as Booker T, the Rock's rival, was the ring announcer for the match. Shane McMahon also helped to try to distract the Rock, giving Christian an advantage. There was also a WCW official in charge of the match, who let Booker T & Shane-o-Mac to get away with a lot. Despite all this, though, the Rock was a strong force, almost making Christian tap to the Sharpshooter. Christian was only saved by Shane pulling the referee out of the ring. The Rock then took out Shane, and then later, Christian was whipped into Booker T, knocking him down. The Rock then got the Rock Bottom on Christian to retain the title.
Later on in the night, Edge had a scheduled Intercontinental Title defense against Lance Storm. In another furious match, Edge was injured by Storm's Maple Leaf submission hold, but won anyway with a roll-up pin. Storm attacked Edge after the match, going after the leg, but Christian came to the ring with a chair to get rid of Storm. Christian then hugged Edge and gave him the KOTR trophy, but then, shockingly, nailed Edge with a chair shot! Christian blamed Edge for his recent losses, angrily cursing his own brother! Christian then set Edge's head on top of a steel chair, then got another, giving Edge a ConChairTo shot. Christian then departed the ring, leaving his brother down and out inside the ropes, with the KOTR trophy that started it all laying nearby.
Christian later demanded an Intercontinental Title shot against Edge at the next pay-per-view, Unforgiven '01. Edge was glad to oblige, going after his brother with all his heart. Edge's fury was so strong that, at the beginning of the match, Christian retreated down the aisleway and was chased by Edge, who threw Christian into the stage. The two men fought back to the ring, with blood being spilled between the brothers when Edge's head was cut open from a shot to the ring steps. Christian, in his fury, eventually tried another one-man ConChairTo, but Edge stopped him. Edge then tried to set up the same maneuver on Christian, but the referee stopped him, allowing Christian to slip in a low blow with the other chair and get the quick pin, winning Christian's first WWF singles title!
The brothers continued to feud for the next few weeks, but it seemed that things were going to be changed by a tragedy, as Edge was told that their mother had been in an accident. Edge went and found Christian, and the two brothers looked to be leaving together. But the Alliance ambushed Edge, and Christian joined in, showing that Christian had left the WWF and was now part of the WCW/ECW Alliance! At No Mercy '01, Christian put his Intercontinental Title on the line against his brother in a "Ladder" Match. As expected from these two ladder experts, the match saw some incredible moments. At one point, Christian was climbing the ladder for the belt, but Edge actually jumped off the ropes and Speared Christian off the ladder. The two later climbed the ladder together and fought on the top, only to have the ladder fall, sending both to the outside. In the end, Christian seemed to have the lead, climbing up. But Edge came in with a chair, and gave Christian a painful low blow. Edge then got a ConChairTo variation, sending Christian off the ladder and allowing Edge to easily get the belt to win the match.
Christian's problems continued with his brother, but Christian also had other interests. Only a few weeks removed from his title loss, Christian managed to defeat Bradshaw for the European Heavyweight Title, another great belt for Christian to wear. However, this wasn't enough for the new Alliance star, and he signed to face Edge in an Intercontinental Title Steel Cage Match at Rebellion '01 in the UK. The match was, of course, a violent one, with Christian trying to escape every chance he got. This almost worked for Christian, as he managed to climb over the top and work his way down. But Edge pulled his brother's feet through the cage, trapping him. Edge then climbed up as well and jumped down, clotheslining the helpless Christian along the way before touching the ground and winning the match.
Despite his losses to his brother, Christian was still confident that the Alliance would emerge victorious after the 2001 Survivor Series, while the WWF would be destroyed. On Sunday Night Heat before the PPV, Christian's confidence led to a confrontation with Al Snow. The two were signed for a match at the pay-per-view, with Christian's European Title on the line. The match wasn't a stunning event, but it got the Survivor Series started off well. Christian's overconfidence nearly cost him, as Snow got his Snowplow to land. Christian just barely got his foot on the ropes nearby. Christian then came back to land the Unprettier and get out with the title still around his waist. Unfortunately, Christian then had to watch the final "Survival" Match, where Kurt Angle turned on the Alliance to help the WWF win. This meant that the Alliance was no more.
On the next Raw, Christian appeared with a select group of former Alliance members, mainly the ones that held titles (with Test, who won the Immunity Battle Royal at the Survivor Series). For a while, Christian had a rough road to climb, as Vince McMahon and the rest of the WWF (including new co-owner Ric Flair) did not take it easy on the ex-Alliance members. The group earned some points, though, by joining together with an assault on Steve Austin, the former Alliance leader, but Austin later got payback. Christian soon regularly teamed with another former Alliance member, Test. Since the two had both jumped from the WWF to join the Alliance, they made a strong pair. At Vengeance '01, Christian & Test took on Scotty Too Hotty & Albert. It wasn't a great match for the ex-Alliance, though, as Scotty Too Hotty got the Worm on Test, and Christian was Baldo-Bombed by Albert and pinned. Despite the defeat, however, Christian continued to defend the European Title throughout the rest of 2001.
In the new year, Christian concentrated mainly on being "the champion of Europe". He also partnered occassionally with various heels on the WWF roster, including Lance Storm and the Unified Champion, Chris Jericho. At the '02 Royal Rumble, Jericho was defending his title against the Rock. Both Christian and Storm got involved, trying to help Jericho win, only to have both men be taken out by the Rock. However, Jericho still came through later, pinning the Rock with the use of the ropes. Later on, Christian came out lucky #13 in the Rumble, going one-on-one with Scotty Too Hotty. Christian later formed an unlikely partnership with Chuck Palumbo, and the duo eliminated Diamond Dallas Page, Albert, and the Godfather. But "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was too strong, quickly eliminating Christian and Palumbo, as well as Perry Saturn. Austin then had so much time left before the next participant, he brought Christian back into the ring, hit the Stunner, then eliminated Christian again!
Christian's bad luck continued during the month of January, as he became well-known for throwing whining fits in the ring when things didn't go his way. On the last Smackdown of January '02, Christian put his title on the line against Diamond Dallas Page. Christian nearly won with a series of close pinfalls, but he still broke down in frustration, slapping the mat. Christian then went for the Unprettier, but the time allowed DDP to come back with the Diamond Cutter, winning away Christian's European Title. Needless to say, Christian threw an even bigger fit after the match. Page later seemed to take Christian under his wing, trying to help Christian deal with his temper. At one point, he had Christian smiling like Page, which was almost a scary sight.
At No Way Out '02, Christian teamed up with Lance Storm in a "Tag-Team Turmoil #1 Contendership" Match. Their team started first against Scotty Too Hotty & Albert. After a short brawl, Christian scored the Unprettier on Scotty to eliminate their team. The next team, though, was the Hardy Boyz, who took out Storm with their combination Twist of Fate/Swanton Bomb to end Christian's title shot hopes. Christian teamed with Diamond Dallas Page for a few more weeks, but Christian finally turned on DDP, stating that he was ready to stop the tantrums and to get his European Title back. At Wrestlemania X-8, Christian and DDP went at it, with a more focused Christian wrestling in the match. Near the end, Christian nearly won it with the Unprettier, but DDP surprisingly kicked out. Christian threatened to lose it, but held it in, going back after Page. But DDP came back to hit the Diamond Cutter, winning the match. Afterwards, DDP congratulated Christian on not losing his temper. Of course, Christian immediately lost it, smacking the mat with his arms and legs.
The night wasn't over, though, for Christian. Throughout the night, the Hardcore Title had changed hands many times, with Mighty Molly betraying the Hurricane to get the belt. As Molly tried to escape the arena with the belt, Christian came out of nowhere to slam her in the face with a door. Christian then pinned Mighty Molly to become the Hardcore Champion! Christian later was shown celebrating his victory. He went to get into his limo, only to be grabbed from behind and rolled up by the former Hardcore Champion, Maven! Before Christian could figure out what had happened, Maven took the title and dived into the limo, driving away and leaving Christian to throw yet another fit at his bad luck. This made Christian, like so many others, a one-day WWF Hardcore Champion.
WWF Smackdown: 2002
After Wrestlemania X-8, a draft took place, splitting the wrestlers between Raw and Smackdown. Christian was one of those chosen to compete for WWF Smackdown, along with his partner, Lance Storm. Christian spent the next few months feuding with different individuals, including a short program with Maven. Christian also teamed frequently with Storm, with the two talking about how, as Canadians, they were better than US wrestlers. The two were joined with Test, another Canadian, and became known as the UnAmericans. This led them into a feud with the "Real American", Hulk Hogan, who held the tag-team titles with Christian's brother, Edge.
WWE Smackdown: 2002
A match was set up at Vengeance '02 between Hogan & Edge and Christian & Storm, with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment, after WWF lost their name in a lawsuit) Tag-Team Titles on the line. Christian fought his brother hard at one point, with the two showcasing their well-known talents. Christian & Storm also did well against the legendary Hulkster, double-teaming him to come close to winning, until Edge got the hot tag. But when Edge accidentally took out the referee, Test was able to get involved, attacking the Hulkster. Test, though, was taken away from the action by Rikishi. Edge then looked to take out Storm and get the victory, but Chris Jericho surprisingly came to the ring and knocked out Edge with his title belt! The ref came to just in time to count to 3, giving the UnAmericans the WWE World Tag-Team Titles.
WWE Raw: 2002
Christian & Storm continued to defend the Tag-Team straps for the next few months, usually with the help of the other members of the UnAmericans involved in the outcome of the matches. They also jumped as a group, appearing with Eric Bischoff on the final July '02 Raw, having left Stephanie McMahon's Smackdown behind. Christian & Storm defeated Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr at Global Warming, getting some momentum going for their match-up with BookDust (Booker T & Goldust) at Summerslam '02. During this time, the UnAmericans became even more hated, as they brought an upside-down American flag to the ring. They also tried more than once to burn the flag, only to be stopped by the face wrestlers. At Summerslam, BookDust started off strong, but Christian & Storm were able to come back, successfully keeping Goldust on the defensive for a long while. But when Christian & Storm missed a ConChairTo attempt, Goldust made the hot tag to Booker T, who took on both men. During the melee, the referee was knocked out by Storm. This allowed Test to nail Booker T with the big boot, allowing Christian & Storm to get the cover and survive with their belts.
The brawls continued between the UnAmericans and BookDust, and eventually brought in other faces to even the odds, as Bubba Ray Dudley & Kane joined the fray. The UnAmericans were able to counter, though, by bringing Sir William Regal, well-known for his British ties, into the UnAmericans. The eight wrestlers came to the ring to face off at Unforgiven '02, with the crowd fully behind the face wrestlers. Chants of "USA" came throughout the match, which eventually turned into an eight-man brawl. During the confusion of the fighting, Storm was unfortunately paired off with the monster, Kane, who easily lifted Storm up for the Chokeslam and got the pin, winning the match. On the very next night on Raw, Christian & Storm went for some revenge on Kane, with a tag-team title match being signed. Kane had a surprise partner, though, in Hurricane Helms, and the two men surprisingly dethroned the champions, taking the belts away from Christian & Storm. Only a week later, friction broke up the UnAmericans, sending each wrestler on his own path.
Going into October '02, Christian starting teaming up with Chris Jericho, forming the Chris Connection (as it became informally known as). The two competed in a "TLC" Match against several other teams, with Kane winning on his own, due to the Hurricane's injury. Christian & Jericho didn't give up, though, facing Kane & the Hurricane in a title match the next week. Despite Jericho being attacked by Booker T before the match started (due to their feud), the Chris Connection fought hard, with several weapons coming into play despite the normal rules of a match. This included the title belts, the steel steps, and more. In the end, Jericho blocked a Hurricane Chokeslam and went for the Walls of Jericho, only to have the Hurricane roll him up. However, Jericho reversed the roll-up, then grabbed the ropes, cheating to get the pinfall victory. Christian became the nine-time WWE Tag-Team Champion, with his third tag-team partner. (The belts, by now, were known as the Raw Tag-Team Titles, as Smackdown was having their own tournament to crown champions.)
The Chris Connection had their first title defense at No Mercy '02, where they squared off against Christian's old nemeses, BookDust. After a great series of moves (and some cheap shots), Jericho got the victory for his team by hitting a Moonsault on Goldust. Over the weeks following the PPV, Christian & Jericho fought several teams, always making it out with the belts. Some problems started up between the two partners, though, in November, as Christian started to talk about how he wanted to enter the "Elimination Chamber" Match at Survivor Series '02, which Jericho was already in. The disagreement led to blows, but the two men eventually patched things up, so that they could continue to reign as the tag-team champs.
Near the end of November '02, Christian & Jericho were booked to defend their Raw Tag-Team Titles against the powerhouse team of the Dudley Boyz. Twice in the match, Christian & Jericho lost the match, only to have it restarted by the Chief of Staff, Sean Morely (better known as Val Venis). This allowed the Chris Connection to pull out the win, keeping the belts. The Dudley Boyz had the last laugh, though, as they stole the champions' bags and clothes while the duo was in the shower, then coming to the ring and giving away their possessions to the crowd. When Christian & Jericho came out to the ring, wearing only towels, to try and reclaim their luggage, Spike Dudley appeared behind them and pulled off the towels, 'exposing' the two men.
At Armageddon '02, the Chris Connection was placed into a tight spot, as they defended their Raw Tag-Team Titles against three other teams: the Dudley Boyz, BookDust, and Lance Storm & William Regal, Christian's former UnAmerican buddies. The battle was fierce between all 8 men, as all realized that they had to eliminate every other team to get the tag-team gold around their waists. The first elimination, shockingly, was the Dudley Boyz, as Bubba Ray was taken out by Regal. However, that was the big moment of the match for Regal & Storm, as Goldust managed to pin Storm. This left the two old foes going at it, and things didn't work out for Christian & Jericho. Despite trying a few tricks, Jericho was knocked out by Booker T, who made the cover to take away the Raw Tag-Team Titles. For the rest of the year, the Chris Connection feuded with BookDust to try and regain the belts, with no success.
Christian & Chris Jericho stayed a strong team going into the new year, although there were a few more problems between them at the '03 Royal Rumble. With both Christian & Jericho in the ring at the same time, the two men teamed up to eliminate Tommy Dreamer. This was all Christian was able to do, however, as he was later eliminated... by Jericho. Still, the two friends stayed together, and when Jericho accidentally knocked out Stacy Keibler during a match with Test, Christian was there to support his partner, telling Jericho that it was Stacy's fault for being at ringside. Jericho disagreed, though, saying that it was Test's fault for ducking the chair swing. Christian then helped out his partner with his feuds with Test, Shawn Michaels, and other wrestlers, as the months went on. But Christian himself didn't get in much action, as he didn't even wrestle a match at Wrestlemania X-9.
In April '03, Christian started up a friendship with the Rock, talking about how much he admired the wrestler. Christian then tried to help the Rock out with his current foe, Bill Goldberg, attacking Goldberg on several shows. This usually ended up with Christian taking a Spear or a Jackhammer Suplex for his troubles. In May '03, one of the co-General Managers, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, 'rewarded' Christian for his efforts against Goldberg, setting up a Steel Cage Match between the two wrestlers. Inside the cage, Christian seemed completely overmatched by the more powerful Goldberg, although a steel chair did help even things up for a while. But in the end, Goldberg was too strong, cutting Christian open, then Spearing and Jackhammering the bloodied wrestler.
Less than a week later, Christian was involved in the "Intercontinental Title Battle Royal" at Judgment Day '03. All competitors in the match were former IC Title holders, with the winner getting the revived belt. The line-up included Christian, Chris Jericho, Booker T, Goldust, Kane, Rob Van Dam, Lance Storm, Val Venis, & Test. Christian's condition was unsure at the beginning of the match, as he had taken such a beating from Goldberg. But Christian persevered in the match, watching as many of the other competitors were eliminated. It came down to Christian, Jericho, Booker T, & Goldust in the final four, with the two teams working together at first. Goldust scored two Curtain Calls on Christian & Jericho, then surprisingly tried to throw out his partner, only to see Booker T reverse it and toss Goldust instead. This left Booker T at the mercy of the tag-team partners, but when Jericho went for a Lionsault on the downed Booker T, Christian shoved him over the top rope instead, getting a little revenge for the Royal Rumble. Later on, with the ref down, Booker T eliminated Christian. But as Pat Patterson came in to award the title to Booker T, Christian reentered the ring, flattened Patterson, then ko'ed Booker T with the belt. The referee then came around, to see Christian toss Booker T out of the ring. This gave Christian the controversial win, as well as the Intercontinental Title.
Christian feuded with Booker T over the IC strap going into the summer of 2003. They faced off at the UK pay-per-view, Insurrextion '03, with Christian being dominated by Booker T. But the champ had a trick or two left up his sleeve, turning over a roll-up pin attempt and grabbing the ropes to win. The two men again met at Bad Blood '03, in front of Booker T's hometown fans, and again Booker T seemed to have all the momentum, despite Christian trying many dirty tricks. Christian did nearly get the win with a Rock Bottom, showing that he was still friends with the Rock. But Booker T came back strong, getting a Missile Dropkick followed by his Spinaroonie. Christian quickly left the ring, though, and appeared to be trying to leave. However, the referee said he would not count-out Christian, and that he had to come back. When he finally returned, Booker T chased him around the ring, but when they reentered, Christian hit Booker T with the belt, causing the disqualification to keep the gold around his waist.
Booker T didn't give up trying to get the title from Christian, but things got even more painful for the challenger soon enough. On a Raw show, it appeared that Booker T defeated Christian with a back-cradle pin. But co-General Manager Eric Bischoff came out and said that there was no way Booker T would win the belt when both men's shoulders were on the mat, and ruled the match a draw. This saved Christian's title again, keeping him the champ. However, on the very next Raw, the other co-GM, Steve Austin, came out to the ring and said that he was in charge, since Bischoff wasn't there that evening. He then said that Christian would have to defend against Booker T again that night. Christian tried to get out of it, saying that the ref might as well count him out, but Austin said that that the title would change hands on countouts or DQs. Austin then grabbed Christian and tossed him into the ring, where Booker T was waiting. During the match, Booker T pinned Christian while Christian's feet were in the ropes, and the referee later restarted the match. But, even with a second chance, Christian couldn't win without dirty tactics, and Booker T won away the IC Title with the Axe Kick.
Injuries started to take their toll on Booker T, though, even as he finally got the Intercontinental Title. Christian took full advantage of it, as, during an untelevised house show match, Christian pinned Booker T to win the title back! Christian announced his victory on the next Raw, and defended the belt against Spike Dudley, easily winning over the cruiserweight. However, Christian still had some problems with Steve Austin, who wanted Christian to defend the belt every week. Christian got through close matches with Rob Van Dam and Jerry "The King" Lawler, but then, when both Christian and Jericho complained about how Austin was treating them, Austin responded by setting up an Intercontinental Title match between the two friends. The partners battled fairly at first, but then both went to dirty tactics, with Christian actually trying to knock out Jericho with the belt. Jericho later rolled up Christian and used the ropes, but the referee saw it, allowing Christian to reverse the pin and get the victory, barely keeping his belt.
A week later, Christian again protested his treatment from Steve Austin, but also mentioned that he should get his own talk show like Jericho's highlight reel, since he had gotten the win over Jericho. An angry Jericho then came out and decked Christian, before conversing with Austin (this eventually ended in a Stone Cold Stunner). Austin set up a #1 Contenders Match for the IC Title the next Raw, between Jericho and Rob Van Dam. But Christian intervened in the match, causing the Double Disqualification. This annoyed Austin, who wanted a clean decision. But Austin decided to take the Double DQ as showing both men worthy, and he placed Christian's title on the line at the pay-per-view in a Triple Threat Match.
On Sunday Night Heat before the PPV, Christian & Jericho vowed that they would eliminate RVD first, then concentrate on each other. At Unforgiven '03, the tag-team partners stuck to their word at first, double-teaming Van Dam. RVD was able to get in some shots himself, including a great Double DDT, but he was basically fighting a handicap match. Van Dam did take out Christian at one point, diving over the top rope to knock Christian down for a while. Jericho later took control of RVD, putting him in the Walls of Jericho. Before Van Dam could tap, however, Christian came back in and kicked Jericho in the face, ending the partnership and making the match a true Triple Threat. Christian and Jericho then exchanged a bunch of maneuvers, with Van Dam sneaking in after a superplex to nearly steal the victory. Van Dam got a great shot in later, getting his 5-Star Frog Splash on both of his opponents. In the end, Christian tried to use the IC Title as a weapon, only to be caught by RVD and thrown into Jericho. Van Dam then went for another Frog Splash, but Christian put the title up, and RVD hit it on the way down. Christian then pinned RVD for the victory, barely managing to retain the title.
Christian matched up with Van Dam again on the next Raw, with Christian, as usual, finding the cheap way out, as he hit RVD with the belt to be DQ'ed. This again backfired on Christian, though, as Austin set up for Christian to defend against RVD a week later, this time in a "Ladder" Match! The two men flew all over the ring, using the ladder as a weapon in every sense of the word. But in the end, Christian couldn't make it out of the ring with his gold, as RVD climbed the ladder and got the gold. Christian would try for many weeks to regain the Intercontinental Title from Van Dam, but never managed it, with RVD always finding a way to win.
Things finally came to a head between the two co-General Managers on Raw, with Eric Bischoff challenging Steve Austin to a "Survivor Series Elimination" Match. Each would form teams of wrestlers to fight out their battles for them. If Austin's team won, Austin would be able to do whatever he wanted on Raw. If Bischoff's team won, Austin would be gone from Raw. Not surprisingly, Christian quickly joined up with Bischoff's team, along with Jericho, Randy Orton, Scott Steiner, and Test. Austin's team was made up of RVD, Shawn Michaels, Booker T, & the Dudley Boyz. The two teams faced off at the '03 Survivor Series. Austin's team struck first, with Booker T eliminating Steiner with the Book End. But as Booker T celebrated, Henry attacked, hitting a huge slam on Booker T and pinning him, evening up the match.
Henry's power controlled the next few minutes of the match, but RVD & the Dudley Boyz eventually overpowered him with sheer numbers, and after a Five Star Frog Splash, RVD & the Dudleyz all pinned Henry to eliminate him. Once again, though, Bischoff's team came back, with Jericho shoving RVD off the top rope, leaving him vulnerable to Orton's RKO, leaving the match. Jericho struck soon after, taking out D-Von Dudley to eliminate him as well. After a short wave by Michaels & Bubba Ray Dudley, Christian got his own elimination, pinning Bubba Ray after an UnPrettier. This made it 3-on-1, with the pressure all on Michaels. The Heart-Break Kid wasn't done, as he eliminated Christian after some Sweet Chin Music, then rolled up Jericho for the pin. But due to interference from Batista, Orton got the pinfall on Michaels, winning the match and causing Austin to be 'eliminated' from Raw.
With the victory, Eric Bischoff became the sole General Manager of Raw, at least for a time. He thanked every member of his team, and said that they all had a favor coming to them, whenever they wanted it. It was during this time that Christian seemed to be having feelings for a WWE diva, Lita, while Jericho was seeing another diva in Trish Stratus. It was set up that Bischoff & Molly Holly would fight in a Raw "Mixed Tag-Team" Match against Lita & Matt Hardy. It was all a swerve, though, as Hardy walked out on Lita, allowing Bischoff to get the victory. Bischoff then fired Lita, taking great pride in tossing the woman he had had problems with. However, Christian cashed in his favor, getting Bischoff to hire Lita back! This led to Christian & Lita starting to hang out together, as they feuded for a few weeks with Matt Hardy.
At the beginning of December '03, however, Christian & Jericho were overheard talking about a bet made between them, about who would score with their diva first. This obviously ended the relationships, which didn't seem to bother Christian much. However, Jericho seemed hurt by the breaking-up of him & Stratus. At Armageddon '03, Christian & Jericho teamed together in an "Battles of the Sexes" Match against Lita & Stratus. Jericho started off with Trish, and was obviously reluctant to fight his former girlfriend, despite Stratus' attacks. Christian tagged himself in then, and went at it with both Stratus and Lita, having no problems in fighting women. Lita got a few good hits on him, though, leaving the match in doubt. Christian continued to play the part of the bully in the match, ripping off Lita's top at one point. But Lita & Stratus continued to fight back, utilizing miscues from the Chris Connection. In the end, Christian was hit by a LitaCanrana, but Jericho took out Lita by slamming her into a guardrail. Jericho then joined in a long stare with Stratus, which Christian took advantage of, rolling up Trish for the victory. Christian celebrated, while Jericho looked unhappy at the turn of events.
Things continued to build between Christian/Jericho and Lita/Trish. The four wrestlers met in another match at the end of the year, with Jericho ending the match as a No-Contest rather than win it. Christian, upset with Jericho, attacked him later in the night during Jericho's penalty match with Kane. But Christian & Jericho seemed to patch things up once again going into 2004, as Christian apologized for his actions, and Jericho did likewise. The two teamed up later that night to defeat Rosey & the Hurricane, showing that they were once again working as a strong team. But problems were still evident between the partners, as, at the '04 Royal Rumble, Christian tried to eliminate Jericho, only to have Jericho, in turn, throw out Christian.
As February '04 started, Christian and Jericho continued to fall apart as a tag-team, as Christian seemed to be jealous of Jericho's renewing relationship with Stratus. Christian was wrestling Trish Stratus on one Raw, and promised to lay down for her, rather than hurting Jericho's girl. But Christian double-crossed Trish, and eventually injured her with a version of the Walls of Jericho, getting the victory. On the next Raw, Christian came out to Jericho's music and took over Jericho's show, the Highlight Reel, where he ran clips of his beating of Trish. He also announced that he would be facing his 'best friend' at Wrestlemania XX. Jericho then ran out and attacked Christian, basically destroying the Highlight Reel set at the same time.
The two long-time partners faced off in their singles match at Wrestlemania XX, on the biggest stage in professional wrestling. There was no love lost between the two Chris's, as they both looked to be trying to injure the other wrestler. At one point, Jericho took a nasty bump, as Christian threw him over the top rope with a Belly-to-Back Suplex. Jericho later got in some damage of his own, putting Christian in the Walls of Jericho on the outside. As the two wrestlers continued to fight it out, Trish Stratus came down to the ring. This allowed Christian to grab her and attack the diva, with Jericho coming to her aid. But when Jericho checked on Stratus, she threw an elbow behind her, hitting Jericho in the face and allowing Christian to get the quick roll-up fot the victory. After the match, Stratus seemed to be apologizing to Jericho, only to suddenly turn on him, slapping him across the face! Christian then stepped in, hitting the UnPrettier on Jericho and leaving him out in the ring, while he walked off with Stratus.
Christian & Stratus later announced that it had all been a plan to set up Jericho, and that the two were now business partners. The two feuded with Jericho over the next few weeks, leading up to Backlash '04, where a Handicap Match was put together. Christian & Stratus faced off against Jericho at the PPV, with Christian doing most of the wrestling against his former partner. Stratus came in several times, though, while Jericho was down, to get in some cheap shots. But Jericho fought back, getting first Christian, then Trish in the Walls of Jericho. Christian managed to break up the attempt, but later Jericho sling-shotted Christian into Stratus, then rolled up Christian, getting the victory over his two hated foes.
Christian wanted some revenge on the next Raw, facing off again against Jericho, with Trish in his corner. The match was going back and forth, as the two evenly matched men went at it. But the match was decided by a new face, as Travis Tomko came out of the crowd and floored Jericho with a kick to the head. Christian then covered Jericho for the cheap victory. Tomko was later announced as the "Problem Solver" for Trish. In May '04, Christian and Jericho faced off again, this time in a "Steel Cage" Match to keep interference away from the bout. It didn't quite work at first, as Tomko nailed Jericho with a big boot as Jericho tried to escape through the door. But the referee quickly reacted, sending Tomko away from ringside. Jericho then bloodied Christian with repeated shots into the steel cage, but Christian made his own recovery by getting the UnPrettier. Christian was so hurt, though, he couldn't make the cover. Later on, Trish entered the ring to hit Jericho with a chair, but was instead put in the Walls of Jericho. Christian, seeing Trish caught, decided to try and escape instead, but was caught by Jericho, who flung him back to the floor of the ring. Jericho then locked Christian into the Walls, and although Christian made it to the ropes, Jericho didn't have to break it (since the match was No DQ). Christian finally gave up, giving the win to Jericho. After the bloody steel cage match, Christian opted to take some time off, nursing his injuries gained in the violent bout.
In August '04, Chris Jericho had been feuding with the current Intercontinental Champion, Edge. On the last Raw of the month, Jericho came out and talked about how he would face Edge for the belt at Unforgiven '04. But Edge came out in crutches (due to a groin injury) and told Jericho that he couldn't compete. Although the animosity was there, Jericho and Edge shook hands, and Edge left the ring. Right afterwards, Christian came from the audience and assaulted Jericho from behind, beating him down, then smiling at his 'brother'. A week later, GM Eric Bischoff announced that, due to the injury, Edge was stripped of the IC Title. Christian and Jericho both came to the ring to demand the title, with Bischoff setting up a match between the two rivals at Unforgiven. A Steel Cage match was proposed, but Christian didn't seem to want to go through that again, having been injured with that by Jericho beforehand. Christian then recommended a "No Countout" Match, but that was heavily booed by the audience. It was finally decided that Christian and Jericho would have a "Ladder" Match for the IC Title at the pay-per-view. Jericho then attacked Christian and put him in the Walls of Jericho, with Tyson Tomko making the save.
Before Christian's match at Unforgiven '04, he was seen in the back arguing with his girl, Trish Stratus, & Tomko, with Stratus using her 'assets' to convince Tomko to help her win her match with Victoria, rather than helping Christian. Christian thus had to go it alone against Jericho in the Ladder Match, with the IC Title suspended above the ring. Christian had many chances to win, especially early on, when he surprisingly hit the Unprettier, then rushed into the ring to climb up for the belt. Jericho managed to recover in time to stop him. Later on, Christian had Jericho tied up on the turnbuckle and seemed to have clear sailing to the belt. But when Jericho flipped him off, Christian lost control of his emotions and came back down to attack some more. This later cost Christian, as Jericho came back. In the end, as the two men climbed different-sized ladders, Jericho took Christian off of both with a Bulldog, then climbed the taller ladder and got the belt, as Christian could only look on at the departing title.
Twenty-four hours later, on Raw, Christian & Tomko interrupted Jericho's Highlight Reel with Shawn Michaels, demanding a rematch. A tag bout was set up instead, between Christian & Tomko and Jericho & HBK. Although Christian fought both hard and dirty for his team, it wasn't enough, as Michaels knocked out Tomko with some Sweet Chin Music for the victory. After the match, Christian brutally attacked Michaels, taking him down with the Unprettier on the outside. A week later, when Michaels was about to beat Jericho for the IC Title, Christian & Tomko attacked, beating down both men. Christian and Michaels then faced off on Raw a week later, with Michaels landing Sweet Chin Music on first Tomko (sending him, injured, to the back) and then Christian, winning the match.
During this time, it was announced by Vince McMahon that there would be a PPV, Taboo Tuesday, where the fans decided the matches. Christian was put with a long list of superstars as a contender for Chris Jericho's IC Title. On one Raw, Christian came out to try to get Mr. McMahon's endorsement, with several other superstars following him out. McMahon, annoyed at the interruptions, announced that the winner of a 6-Man Elimination Match between the wrestlers would get his endorsement. Christian struck first, taking out the Hurricane with a stun gun, with Tajiri making the pin. Jonathan Coachman, Tajiri, and Rhyno were then all eliminated, leaving it Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin. The two men seemed evenly matched in all areas, except for Christian's ego. He turned and gloated to Mr. McMahon at one point, leaving him open to Benjamin's T-Bone Suplex and the pin. Benjamin got the endorsement, and later was voted the #1 Contender. He won the IC Title from Jericho at Taboo Tuesday, while Christian didn't appear at the show.
On the next Raw, Benjamin defended his title against Jericho in a rematch, winning again. After Jericho left the ring, though, Christian appeared, attacking (once again) from behind. He landed the Unprettier on Benjamin, then posed with the title. A week later, on the first November '04 Raw, Christian defeated the Hurricane, then fled the ring, as Benjamin came down. The two verbally bashed each other for a time, with Christian saying that Benjamin had stolen Christian's votes. Christian then announced that, since Tyson Tomko was injured, he had a new one-night-only Problem Solver. The 500-pound Viscera then entered the ring behind Benjamin and attacked, squashing him. Later that night, though, Benjamin defeated Viscera in a match, giving him momentum going into Benjamin's title defense against Christian at the Survivor Series. This only increased when Benjamin defeated Tomko a week later, despite Christian's help.
At the '04 Survivor Series, Christian got his IC Title shot against Benjamin, with Tomko at ringside. The two seemed evenly matched, with Tomko's presence at ringside possibly being the deciding factor, as he turned the tide of the match by tripping Benjamin up at one point, allowing Christian to take him down. Tomko later beat on Benjamin on the outside while Christian kept the referee distracted. Benjamin started to make a comeback, nailing several clotheslines, but a Christian reversal into a DDT led to a very close 2 count. A frustrated Christian opted for dirty tactics, as Tomko slid the IC Title into the ring, then distracted the referee. But Benjamin was able to kick the belt back into Christian's face, keeping him from using the weapon. Tomko interfered once more with the ref out of the way, but it still wasn't enough, as Benjamin took Tomko out, then reversed the Unprettier into the Exploder Suplex for the victory, staying the Intercontinental Champion.
On the next Raw, Maven was in charge for the week, due to his team winning at Survivor Series. As the GM, Maven made a match pitting Benjamin & Chris Benoit against Edge & Christian, reuniting a tag-team that didn't want to be reunited. The arguing between Edge & Christian made things easier for Benjamin & Benoit, who worked well as a unit. Tyson Tomko was also at ringside, though, again becoming a factor in the match. In the end, Edge went for the Spear on Benoit, but got Tomko instead, taking him out of action. Benoit then took Edge out, even as Benjamin beat down Christian. Benjamin got a splash on Christian, followed by a Benoit flying headbutt and the Crippler Crossface, forcing Christian to tap out. After the match, Edge showed that the brothers weren't staying reunited, beating down Christian. Christian's problems continued the next week, as he & La Resistance lost a Six-Man match to Benjamin, William Regal, & Eugene (a match assigned by GM-for-the-week Chris Benoit).
A week later, Christian was later chosen by GM-for-the-week Randy Orton to join 19 other superstars in a Raw Battle Royal, with the winner to get a shot at Hunter Hearst Helmsley's World Title. Christian did his best, and helped to eliminate Viscera, but he didn't have the momentum to take down Batista, who nailed Christian with a violent Spinebuster, then later tossed him out. Chris Benoit and Edge later eliminated each other, leading to both men getting the title shot. Christian, meanwhile, had to watch from the sidelines. Christian was even more embarrassed the next week, as his rival, Chris Jericho, was the GM-for-the-week. Jericho forced Christian to wear a "Captain Charisma" outfit, complete with a mask with horns, to get an Intercontinental Title shot against Shelton Benjamin. Christian had a lot of help from Tyson Tomko in the match, but was eventually blinded by his mask, which allowed Benjamin to catch him with the T-Bone Suplex for the victory, keeping the belt from 'the Captain'. Jericho's band Fozzy sung goodbye the Christian as he left.
On the next Raw, Christian was approached by the slightly-retarded wrestler, Eugene, who said that Captain Charisma was one of his favorite superheroes and asked for an autograph. Christian was reluctant but interested, until Eugene suddenly spotted Mick Foley and ran off, annoying Christian. Later that night, Christian, Tomko, & Maven faced off against Benjamin, Eugene, & William Regal. Christian showed his anger with Eugene by slapping him in the face right off the bat. In the end, Maven surprisingly rolled up Benjamin for the quick victory, giving Christian a much-needed win. On the final Raw of the year, Christian was given a chance to get into the main event of the next PPV, if he could only beat Jericho. Jericho, meanwhile, had to beat Christian quickly in order to get the best spot in the match. Christian nearly got the win a few times, but eventually was forced to tap out to the Walls of Jericho. He at least has the satisfaction of knowing that he forced Jericho to miss out on the spot (Batista won it instead).
The beginning of '05 had Christian & Tomko feuding with the Raw Tag Champs, William Regal & Eugene. In successive matches, Christian & Tomko won singles bouts against the champs, usually with cheating tactics. Christian's win over Regal was especially important, as it earned Christian a spot in the Royal Rumble. The feud led to the two teams facing off at New Years Revolution. Christian and Regal started the match, with various exchanges. Regal then tagged in Eugene, whose ability to emulate different wrestlers (including Hulking up) caused Christian's team many struggles. Regal was later tagged back in, but was double-teamed, with Christian bloodying the man's nose. Christian & Tomko worked the senior member of the team over for a while, but after a Tomko miscue, Regal was able to make the tag, with Eugene being a house of fire. Eugene hurt his knee on a dropkick, though, ending the match suddenly with a roll-up of Christian to keep the tag-team titles. Later that night, Edge tried to get Christian to take his place in the Elimination Chamber Match for the World Title, since Edge thought the ref, Shawn Michaels, would screw him. GM Eric Bischoff, unfortunately, wouldn't allow the change.
Christian's troubles continued on the next Raw, where both he & Tomko were forced to tap out to the submission moves of Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit in a tag-team match. A week later, Christian was placed in a match against Shawn Michaels. The match was held in Toronto, which had the unique perspective of having Christian cheered by the fans, while Michaels was booed at almost every opportunity. Despite the fan support, and despite interference from both Tomko and Edge, Christian was beaten by the Sweet Chin Music. Christian joined with Tomko & Edge against Michaels, Jericho, & Chris Benoit a week later, with similar results, as Benoit won the match.
At the '05 Royal Rumble, Christian had a confrontation with Smackdown's John Cena during the numbers draw, even getting into a short battle rap with him (with Tomko basically refusing to give Christian a beat). Cena simply told Christian to choose his number for him, since Christian likes balls. Christian drew pretty well, actually, as he came out as #29 and immediately went after Cena. Christian lasted until the Final 7, when he was double-teamed by Ric Flair & Batista. Flair sent Christian into a huge Spinebuster from Batista, then was picked up bodily into the air by Batista and thrown out onto Tomko, ending his attempt at a Wrestlemania title shot. Batista went on to win the Rumble match.
On the first Raw ever broadcast from Japan, Christian & Tomko were seen in the back talking to a reporter about themselves, with Christian obviously bragging about his fan base. The two ran into Stacey Keibler, and the reporter quickly asked about meeting Randy Orton. An upset Christian insulted Orton, making fun of Orton's problems with a concussion in recent weeks. This led to a match being set up between Orton and Tomko. Although Orton got the win with the RKO, Christian did some serious damage afterwards, taking Orton down with the Unprettier and leaving Orton badly dazed and confused in the ring. A week later, Christian and Orton met up in a very competitive match, with Orton eventually getting the victory via the RKO, sending Christian down with another hard loss.
Christian got another crack at Orton in late February '05, as he teamed up once again with his brother, Edge, against Orton & Shawn Michaels. It was a wild, back-and-forth match, with Edge & Christian doing whatever they could to win. This included, near the end, going for a nostalgic-feeling Conchairto on Michaels. Unfortunately, the maneuver missed, causing the tag-team partners to slam the chairs together instead. As Edge was then tackled out of the ring by Orton, Christian tried another chair swing on Michaels, but again missed, this time leaving himself wide open for some Sweet Chin Music. Christian took the pinfall loss, ruining the re-teaming of the two brothers.
At the beginning of March '05, Christian joined Edge, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and Shelton Benjamin in a meeting with GM Eric Bischoff. Bischoff soon got to the point, announcing that he was going with Benoit's idea regarding a match at the next PPV: Money In The Bank. The match would consist of 6 men going at it in a Ladder Match, with a briefcase above the ring. The briefcase would contain a contract guaranteeing the winner a World Title shot in the next 12 months. Christian found out who the 6th man was later that night, as he was put in a match with Kane, who quickly took out Christian. Tomko helped him get some revenge, though, knocking Kane out with a ladder shot. Christian & Tomko faced Kane in a "Handicap" Match the next week, with similar results, as Kane pinned Tomko, then got the ladder from Christian and smacked Tomko with it.
A week later, Christian again teamed with his brother, Edge, to take on Jericho & Benjamin. Thanks to Christian hitting Benjamin with the IC Title, Edge got the pin and the victory for their team. After the match, Tomko joined Christian & Edge in pounding on Benjamin & Jericho. Benoit tried to make the save, only to be nailed by a ladder held by Tomko (leading to a match later that night, with Benoit beating Tomko). Christian, Edge, & Tomko fought got in a confrontation with Jericho, Benjamin, & Benoit on the next Raw (during Jericho's Highlight Reel), leading to a 6-Men Match between the wrestlers. Tensions were high between all the wrestlers, since they would be competing against each other soon enough. In the end, Tomko again took the loss, tapping out to the Walls of Jericho. Christian soon came into the ring, though, and hit Jericho with a ladder, leading to another melee that was ended by Kane coming to the ring and destroying everybody.
The "Money In The Bank Ladder" Match at Wrestlemania 21 really was an incredible sight, as all six men put their bodies on the line for a chance to win the WWE World Title shot. Kane definitely had the psychological edge going in, as he lit the ladders on the stage on fire during his entrance. The match saw way too many incredible spots to list here, with Christian playing a major role throughout the bout, including teaming with Edge at one point to nail Kane with synchronized ladder shots. Christian also had a major advantage over the other wrestlers, as Tyson Tomko came into the match illegally to try and help out his boss. It didn't work out, as Tomko was taken out as well. Near the end, Benoit took out Kane, then climbed the ladder, only to be painfully knocked off by Edge. Edge then made the climb and won, keeping Christian from getting the title shot he'd been wanting for so long.
Twenty-four hours later on Raw, Christian, bruises and all, faced Benjamin(the champ) and Jericho in an "IC Title Triple Threat" Match. All three men were heavily taped up, but that didn't stop them from having a great match, featuring several close pins. The match finished up with Jericho putting Christian in the Walls of Jericho, but Benjamin used the top rope to Springboard high in the air and get a huge bulldog maneuver, pinning Jericho and retaining the title. A week later, Christian took on Benoit in a singles match. Although Christian got trapped in the Crippler Crossface, he was saved by his brother, Edge (who was feuding with Benoit). Thanks to Benoit being distracted, Christian caught him with the Unprettier and got a much-needed victory.
Christian came out to brag about his win over Benoit on the next Raw, but was interrupted by Vince McMahon, who wanted to announce a "Draft Lottery" that would be taking place during the next month. When Christian mentioned that he thought he would thrive on Smackdown, Mr. McMahon capitalized on his comments, telling Christian that he would be facing the World Champion, Batista, on the next Raw. In preparing for the match, Christian, with Tomko, seemed cocky, rebuffing Ric Flair when he tried to talk to Christian about 'softening' up Batista for Triple H. But when Kane took out Tomko, Christian nervously went to Triple H's dressing room and talked to them about plans. It was worked out that the Coach would be the referee, Flair would be the timekeeper, and Triple H would be Christian's manager, allowing all to be at ringside for Christian's match against the champ. Despite all the advantages, however, Christian couldn't capitalize, as Batista knocked out the Coach, took care of Triple H & Flair, then Batista Bombed Christian and used the Coach's unconscious hand to make the count, winning the match.
Despite not being given a match at Backlash '05, Christian still made an appearance, giving a quick rap that made fun of Smackdown's John Cena. Christian seemed to be calling out Smackdown's champion, in the hopes that either Cena would be drafted to Raw, or Christian would be drafted to Smackdown. Twenty-four hours later, Christian competed in the first round of the Gold Rush Tournament, with the winner getting a title shot against Batista. Unfortunately, the first round match was against Kane, who again managed to keep Tomko at bay and defeat Christian with a Chokeslam (giving Tomko one, too, after the match). Flair made fun of Christian afterwards, saying that Triple H would be winning the tournament. But when Triple H was beaten by Benoit and subsequently 'quit' WWE, Christian returned the favor, leading to Flair wrestling and defeating Tomko the next week in order to earn the chance to face Christian in a match.
During the bout, Christian seemed a little cocky, thinking that he could easily beat the veteran wrestler. However, Flair proved he was still the dirtiest player in the game, pinning Christian and using his feet on the ropes to get the win. Afterwards, an embarrassed Christian joined with Tomko in beating down Flair, until a fighting-mad Batista made the save. A week later, Christian & Tomko were approached by Edge & Lita, who told Christian that, if Edge won the World Title from Batista that night, Edge would give away his "Money In The Bank" contract to 'someone'. Christian & Tomko took the hint, joining Edge & Lita at ringside to try and help Edge win. When the ref went down at one point, Christian & Tomko entered the ring to triple-team the champion, only to have Flair come down and break things up long enough for Batista to regain control, destroying everyone and pinning Edge. Shortly thereafter, though, Flair turned on Batista, as Triple H made his return.
The last Raw in May '05 was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a true "Peep Zone" for Christian. He came out to massive cheers from the crowd, and reveled in their respect, before giving a tremendous speech about how he wanted to be drafted to Smackdown to take on Cena. A week later, Christian got his wish, sort of, as Cena was the first man drafted to Raw, bringing along his WWE Championship! Cena appeared on Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel, talking about their similar careers, but it wasn't long before Christian & Tomko came out to challenge Cena. Cena responded with a rap about Christian's crazy career, which led to a brawl between Christian & Tomko and Cena & Jericho. On the next weekend, Christian & Tomko joined many Raw wrestlers in the stands at ECW One Night Stand, booing the show. They also participated at the massive brawl at the end of the show between the WWE and ECW factions.
On the next Raw, Christian (who had been named the #1 Contender to Cena's WWE Championship) & Tomko faced off against Cena & Jericho, with Christian on the outside as Cena pinned Tomko after an FU. But after the match, Jericho attacked Cena, locking him in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho impressed GM Eric Bischoff enough to have him make the match at the next PPV a "Triple Threat" Match. Christian and Jericho both had their problems with each other, but they also both wanted to take out Cena and win the title. On the next Raw, Christian & Jericho worked together, ambushing Cena after his match with Muhammad Hassan and leaving the champ laid out on the ramp.
At Vengeance '05, Christian got his first chance to take the WWE Championship away from Cena, facing him and Jericho in the "Triple Threat" Match. The double-tearm against Cena started early on, but didn't last long, as both Christian and Jericho thought that they should become the champion. Christian had an added bonus of having Tomko to help him, although this was negated when the ref eventually tossed Tomko from ringside. The action was furious both in and out of the ring, with several near-falls. Late in the match, Jericho got his Walls of Jericho locked on Cena, causing the champ to yell in pain. Christian came in, though, and broke it up with a close roll-up on Jericho. Cena then recovered and got the FU on Christian, while hitting Jericho with Christian's legs to take him out. Christian was then pinned, being denied the championship.
Twenty-four hours later on Raw, Christian, Tomko, & Jericho were teamed up together to take on Cena and two partners of his choice. The first pick was soon announced, as Shawn Michaels joined Cena during an interview. Michaels also said that he had called the third person and he was on his way, causing speculation among the heels about who it was. Jericho brought up Michaels' former partner, Marty Jannetty, with Christian saying that Jannetty was in jail. They also brought up Kevin Nash and referenced the Rock, since they were so close to Hollywood. However, it turned out to be "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, who proved to be the deciding factor, winning with the Big Leg Drop on Tomko. Once again, Christian was on the outside, looking in.
WWE Smackdown: 2005
A few days later, on Smackdown, a 6-Man Match was set up, apparently to decide a new Smackdown Heavyweight Champion (since Cena had been drafted to Raw). The match was set up as an "Elimination" bout, pitting John Bradshaw Layfield, Chris Benoit, Muhammad Hassan, Booker T, the Big Show, and the Undertaker against each other. However, when the Big Show was drafted to Raw a few days before, a slot was opened up in the match. GM Teddy Long announced that the 6th spot would be filled by the newest draft pick, Christian! The match started quickly, as the Undertaker was DQ'ed for attacking his enemy, Hassan, with a chair. Hassan fled to the back, getting counted out of the match. Later on during the match, JBL blind-tagged in, catching Benoit from behind and pinning him. Soon afterwards, Christian followed suit, blind-tagging himself in and rolling up Booker T to eliminate him. However, Christian celebrated the trick roll-up too much, as JBL caught him with the Clothesline From Hell and got the win. However, JBL didn't get the title, as GM Long instead announced him as the #1 Contender to Batista's World Title, since Batista was the final draft pick to Raw.
Christian blamed Booker T for his loss (while also bragging about main-eventing Raw & Smackdown in the same week), but also had other things on his mind, as he was placed in a "Non-Title" Match against Batista the next week. Although Christian fought hard and had a few near-falls, he couldn't stop the Animal, who pinned Christian after a Batista Bomb. A week later, when Christian was giving Candice Michelle a hard time, Booker T interrupted, challenging Christian to a match. In a surprising turn of events, however, Christian attacked Booker T before the bell, taking him out. Then, once the bell rang, Christian landed the Unprettier and got a very quick victory, walking out with a smug look on his face. Christian bragged about the win a week later, while also announcing that he would be facing Booker T again at the next PPV, and would be making him a 2-time loser.
At the '05 Great American Bash, Christian and Booker T again faced off, each looking for a chance to get a big win and move up in the rankings. Although Christian was again on his game, he was beaten, as Booker T got a 2nd-rope turnbuckle Axe Kick to put him down. On the next Smackdown, Christian teamed with Orlando Jordan against Booker T & Chris Benoit. Strangely, though, Christian opted to walk away when Jordan was caught in the Crippler Crossface, allowing Jordan to lose the match for his team. On the first Smackdown of August '05, Christian unveiled his new project, the Peep Show, a talk show of his own creation (similar to the Highlight Reel and Carlito's Cabana). Christian's first guest was Rey Mysterio, who had been having issues with his tag partner, Eddie Guerrero. Guerrero soon appeared on the big screen, talking about Mysterio's son, Dominic. As Mysterio was distracted, Christian surprisingly attacked, hitting Mysterio with the mic, then giving him the Unprettier! Christian and Mysterio wrestled later that night, with Christian falling to Mysterio's 619.
Christian had another edition of the Peep Show on the next Smackdown, but he appeared to be the main guest, complaining that he didn't have a match at Summerslam '05. Christian then challenged the World Champion, Batista, to another match, causing Batista to come out and poll the audience about whether he should beat up Christian again. The fans said yes, causing the match to be made. Christian again fought hard against the champ, but it appeared to be heading the same way it had in the past, as Batista set Christian up for the Batista Bomb. JBL then attacked Batista with a chair, causing the DQ. A week later, Christian hosted another Peep Show, with himself as the guest again. This time, though, the show was interrupted by Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis, & Supercrazy, collectively known as the Mexicools, who tore up the Peep Show set and triple-teamed Christian, beating him down.
On the next Smackdown, Christian again came out for the Peep Show, talking down to the Mexicools, then inviting out his guests, Booker T & Sharmell! Christian pointed out that Booker T hadn't done much title-wise in a while, which Sharmell surprisingly agreed with. As the segment heated up, however, it was again broken up by the Mexicools, who went after Christian, with Booker T joining in to help clear the ring. Christian & Booker T tagged that night against the Mexicools, but Christian showed his true colors, leaving with a bloody nose, causing Booker T to be double-teamed and defeated. This started another mini-feud between the two wrestlers, with Christian commentating on the next Smackdown during Booker T's match with Ken Kennedy. Christian and Sharmell got into an argument, distracting Booker T, who got caught and beaten by Kennedy.
A few weeks later, on the new Friday Night Smackdown, Christian was set to wrestle Chris Benoit for the United States Heavyweight Title, only to have Orlando Jordan come down and demand that Christian step aside, since Jordan had been facing Benoit constantly (and getting pinned quickly). Benoit quickly put Jordan in the Crossface, with Christian breaking it up. Booker T came out for the save, leading to a tag match between the two groups. Sharmell again proved to be a major factor, as she was knocked down in an outside melee, causing a distracted Booker T to get nailed by Jordan. Christian & Jordan took advantage of the double-team, taking out Benoit, with Christian pinning him for the victory. Christian and Booker T faced again the next week, but this time Sharmell got offensive-minded, grabbing Christian's legs to help Booker T get the pinfall win. Christian later joined Eddie Guerrero & JBL to take on Batista, Benoit, & Rey Mysterio at WWE Homecoming, but the match was canceled by Raw GM Eric Bischoff, who didn't want Smackdown wrestlers on his show. The match instead took place on Smackdown, with Guerrero turning on Christian & JBL to help Batista get the win.
On the final Smackdown of September '05, Christian tried to work his way into a US Title shot against Benoit at the next PPV. Both Booker T and Jordan thought they deserved it as well, leading to a "Triple Threat" Match getting set up. Surprisingly, the underdog, Jordan, managed to reverse a Booker T slingshot (which sent Christian from the ring), pinning Booker T for the win. An 'impressed' Benoit then came out and talked to all three men, before announcing that it would be a "Fatal Fourway" Match at the PPV! The four men went at it at No Mercy '05, with Christian looking for his first gold since 2003. Christian came close several times, but he ultimately got caught by Benoit, and was forced to tap out to the Crippler Crossface, while Booker T and Jordan were down outside the ring.
Christian hosted another Peep Show on the next Smackdown, with Stacey Keibler as his guest. Keibler had been named by Star Magazine as a member of a lovers' triangle, also including Jennifer Aniston (and Keibler's boyfriend). The show was interrupted by Jillian Hall, who wanted to manage Keibler's career, saying that she could use the scandal to their advantage. Keibler wanted no part of it, leading to a short fight between the two, with Christian watching on. Later on, Christian competed in a "#1 Contenders Fatal Fourway" Match for a shot at the US Title, taking on Booker T, Rey Mysterio, and JBL. The match was again decided by Booker T's wife, Sharmell, who tripped up Mysterio, allowing Booker T to get the Axe Kick for the victory. Meanwhile, Christian had to watch another opportunity go by.
Christian was next involved in the voting for Taboo Tuesday '05, where two Smackdown wrestlers would be chosen to take on two Raw wrestlers, Chris Masters & Edge. Christian was a nominee, along with Mysterio, Matt Hardy, Hardcore Holly, and JBL. The week before the PPV, Christian held a Peep Show with Mysterio as his host, with the other nominees coming out as well. This led GM Teddy Long to make a "Five-Way Free-For-All" Match that night, which saw each wrestler put on some impressive moves, including a Tower of Doom maneuver featuring all 5 wrestlers. In the end, Mysterio got the win, giving him the edge in the fan's eyes. The big news, though, was what came next, as it was announced on the Internet that Christian would not be signing an extension with WWE! Christian, not surprisingly, did not win a spot on the Smackdown team, watching as Mysterio & Hardy won over Masters & Gene Snitsky (who replaced Edge). Christian did make one more appearance on the first November '05 Smackdown, teaming up with JBL and losing to Mysterio & Hardy (with Holly the special referee). Thus ended Christian's 8-year run with WWE.
Surprisingly, Christian was able to trademark both his name (Christian Cage) and his nickname ("Captain Charisma") after leaving WWE, giving him something to call his own as he negotiated with a new wrestling organization, NWA Total Nonstop Action. At TNA's November PPV, Genesis '05, a major acquisition was hyped by the broadcast team. It didn't take long for Christian Cage to make his first appearance with the company, to the massive cheers of the crowd. Cage gave a strong interview for TNA, while taking some shots at WWE's creative team, saying that he didn't want to be on a show with 20-minute interview segments and guys pulling stuff out of other people's butts (referencing a skit done by Vince McMahon). Cage was then approached by Scott D'Amore and Bobby Roode, who were part of Team Canada. They gave Cage a Team Canada t-shirt and invited the Canadian to join their team, wanting an answer by the end of the night. Cage gave it, coming out at the end of the night in the t-shirt, but then attacking Jeff Jarrett & Team Canada, allying instead with Rhyno & the Dudley Boyz! Cage then took off the Team Canada t-shirt and let Jarrett know that he was coming for the NWA World Title.
Cage made his first appearance on TNA Impact the next week, talking again about coming after Jarrett's championship. He was interrupted by Monty Brown, who also wanted the title. Cage told Brown that he should be worried about Christian taking his spot, leading to a brawl between the two which ended with Cage surprisingly getting hit with the Pounce! A week later, it was announced that Cage would be facing Brown at the next PPV. Cage also still was interested in Jarrett, interrupting a Jarrett interview on the next Impact and fighting with the champ, nearly getting him with the Unprettier before Jarrett escaped the ring. As Cage was focused on Jarrett, though, he got attacked from behind by Team Canada's Bobby Roode, leading to security pulling the two men apart. Cage's first Impact match took place the next week on a special Prime-Time Impact, with Cage having to deal with Brown when the ref got knocked down. It didn't stop Cage from winning with the Unprettier, but Cage then again felt the Pounce after the match.
Before the match at Turning Point '05, Cage talked to Shane Douglas about Brown's disrespect, including Brown's jokes about Cage's wardrobe. Cage also talked about the fans in the Peep Zone cheering for him. Cage then came to the ring to take on Brown in a very physical match, with both men fighting to try and prove that they deserve the next shot at Jeff Jarrett's World Title. Late in the match, Cage pulled out everything in his arsenal, including nearly winning with a Frog Splash. Brown came back on Christian with the Alpha Bomb, but Cage was able to kick out. In the end, Cage dropped Brown into an exposed turnbuckle, then got the Unprettier for his first TNA PPV victory. It soon was announced on TNA that a war was brewing between Jarrett's group (consisting of Jarrett, America's Most Wanted, Team Canada, Abyss, & Brown) and the face group of Cage, Rhino, & Team 3-D (known in WWE as the Dudley Boyz), as well as the returning wrestler, Sting (who had yet to be announced by name, since his 'contract' had not been signed).
Cage came out with Michael Shane (dressed as Santa Claus) & Tracey on the Christmas Eve edition of Impact, where he was given presents that made him look like Jarrett, from white pants to a small guitar. Cage's fun was ended, though, when Jarrett & Brown came out to the ring and attacked. Cage was saved, in a way, though, by Sting's music and symbol, which startled Jarrett & Brown. On the final Impact episode of the year, Cage promised a big announcement at the New Year's Day Impact, which was set to air at midnight of the new year. Cage also had an appearance during the New Year's Eve portion of the show, making the save when America's Most Wanted & Gail Kim were attacking AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels after Styles' match with James Storm.
Christian Cage counted down with the crowd during the New Year's Day portion of Impact, celebrating the new year. Cage then could finally make his big announcement. First, Mike Tenay finally was able to say that Sting was the wrestler coming to TNA. Cage then added to that announcement, saying that he & Sting would be teaming up at the next PPV to take on Jarrett & Brown! On the next Impact, Jarrett & his allies made fun of Sting, having many of them dress up as various previous looks of the Stinger. Cage & Team 3-D (and later Rhino) came down to break it up, eventually clearing the ring of Planet Jarrett. A week later, Cage & Rhino took on America's Most Wanted in a "Non-Title" Match, with Team 3-D helping Cage & Rhino get the win. After the match, a massive brawl broke out between the two factions, with Cage getting hit by Brown's Pounce and Jarrett's guitar shot. The show ended, though, with Sting's voice coming over the loudspeakers, taunting Jarrett & Brown.
At Final Resolution '06, Cage & Sting teamed up to take on Jarrett & Brown. There was some speculation at first that Sting wasn't there, as Team Canada broke into his locker room and stole from his food. Jarrett & Brown also tried to sew some dissention, talking about how Cage had betrayed many people, including his own brother (Edge) and Chris Jericho, to get to the top. Cage jokingly referenced those comments, first saying to ask Edge & Jericho about him, and then saying not to. Cage also confirmed that he trusted Sting, since both men wanted to take out Jarrett. A few minutes later, Cage came out with Sting, showing that the two were together. The match was a crazy one, with Team Canada once again willing to interfere on Jarrett's behalf. Cage & Sting fought back, though, keeping the match balanced. Near the end, with the ref down, Jarrett managed to hit Sting with the NWA Title. He then grabbed his guitar and tried to hit Sting again, but Sting blocked it, shattering the guitar with his baseball bat! Sting then gave Jarrett the Scorpion Deathdrop and pinned him, getting Cage another TNA PPV victory.
Speculation was wild on the next Impact, as Sting failed to show. Cage gave an interview about the situation, which was interrupted by Jarrett, who wanted to know if Sting had left TNA behind. Cage and Jarrett brawled, with Brown coming down to get involved as well. Rhino came out to even the odds, with the two faces clearing the ring. But Cage and Rhino then became focused on a contract that Brown had brought to the ring, which would supposedly go to the next #1 Contender for the NWA World Title. With both men distracted by the contract, Abyss came in and took both out. It was announced on the next Impact that Cage would be the one getting the title shot against Jarrett, having proven himself worthy. Meanwhile, Sting showed up and gave an emotional interview about going out on top, before surprisingly announcing that he was retiring again! Cage joined several other TNA stars in saying goodbye to Sting on the ramp, with Cage trying to convince Sting to stay, with no success.
Cage continued to stay in touch with Sting over the next few weeks, while also continuing to focus on Jarrett and the gold. At Against All Odds '06, the match was set to take place. Things looked good for Cage in the match, as Larry Zbyzko told America's Most Wanted, Abyss, and other wrestlers that if anyone rushed the ring to interfere, they would be immediately fired. This guaranteed an "even playing field" for the World Title Match. This apparently didn't apply to Jarrett's valey, Gail Kim, who interfered frequently in the match. But Cage could not be denied, as he managed to catch Kim and powerbomb her near the end, eliminating the threat. Cage then dodged a guitar strike from Jarrett, as well as the Stroke, reversing it into the Unprettier for the victory! After a dozen years in the business, Christian Cage was the NWA World Heavyweight Champion! The TNA crowd entered the ring to celebrate with Cage after the match, creating a magical moment in wrestling history.
It was announced on the next Impact that Cage's first challenger for the NWA World Title would be Monty Brown. Cage had no problem with that, saying that there would no longer be a glass ceiling in TNA, and that anyone could challenge for his title. Brown looked for Cage that night, but, even after going to his dressing room, didn't find the champion. Instead, a week later, Brown, after defeating Dylan Knight in a squash, called out Cage, wanting to face him in the ring. Cage obliged, entering the ring and talking about Brown's constant reference to the Serengeti. Cage threw out some geography to Brown, asking him what the capital of Thailand was. When Brown didn't know, Cage informed him that it was Bangkok, then hit a low blow, before getting in a brawl with the Alpha Male. The two were separated by security, as the feud continued to heat up.
Christian had an interview on the next Impact, but he was quickly interrupted by James Mitchell & Abyss, with Mitchell threatening Christian with "Doomsday" if he didn't give Abyss a title shot. As Cage started to respond, though, he was attacked from behind by Brown, causing a brawl that went out to the stage, with Brown hitting Cage in the ribs with the title belt. Christian fought back, but missed a charge, hitting the side of the entryway. Brown then landed the Pounce on Cage, sending him flying off the stage and into a guardrail, adding to the damage to his ribs. A week later, due to the brawl, both Cage and Brown were banned from the Impact Zone by Larry Zbyszko, and instead gave interviews via satellite, with Brown leaning on his NFL background to make him the favorite, while Christian said that he was a good football player, but he was no Lawrence Taylor, and that he's a good wrestler, but he's no Christian Cage.
At Destination X '06, Cage put the title on the line against Brown, in a very competitive match. Once again, Larry Zbyszko announced that TNA promised a level playing field; in other words, Jarrett & the rest of Brown's allies couldn't intervene. Still, Cage seemed at a slight disadvantage in the match, due to his ribs still being taped up. Cage and Brown had a tough battle, with Brown clearly focusing on Cage's injury. Late in the match, Cage went for the Unprettier, but Brown reversed into the Alpha Bomb, getting a close two count. Brown also nearly won with a version of the F-5, but Cage just wouldn't stay down, blocking the Pounce and finally landing the Unprettier for the victory, retaining the NWA World Title. After the match, Jarrett came out, still bragging about the fact that Sting (as Steve Borden) hadn't shown up. Jarrett wanted a title shot against Cage right then and there. Cage responded by saying that he didn't have the right to put the title up (it was up to TNA management), but that he had no problem fighting Jarrett! The two went at it, with Brown quickly making it a double-team. America's Most Wanted, Team Canada, & Abyss also came out, with Rhino the only one to try to save Christian (getting beat down himself). Steve Borden (aka Sting) then appeared, clearing the ring of Planet Jarrett, until Scott Steiner surprisingly made his TNA debut to take out Borden.
Cage missed the next Impact, due to the taping schedule of a movie he was involved in, but he did send in a tape explaining the situation. Cage also said that he was recovering from his recent injuries (his bruised ribs from Brown, and the whipping from Jarrett's squad). Cage also talked about Borden's return, saying that Jarrett & Shelley were in the wrong for taping him in the real world. Later on that night, Abyss & James Mitchell renewed their challenge to Cage's NWA World Title, saying that Cage was ducking Abyss. The two seemingly planned to hunt down Cage and his loved ones, in order to force the issue (with Shelley going along to videotape the situation).
Mitchell, Abyss, & Shelley followed through on their threats the next week, with Shelley videotaping as Abyss & Mitchell threatened Cage's wife. A week later, the videotaping continued, as Abyss attacked Cage outside of his home, causing the two to brawl back into Cage's house! Cage eventually was almost drowned by Abyss in his own pool, with Mitchell only getting Abyss off by reminding him that they can't win the title from a dead man! On the next Impact, Abyss wrestled against AJ Styles. Near the end of the match, Abyss prepared to use a bag of thumbtacks. At the same time, though, Cage drove up to the arena, screeching to a stop and getting out with a tire iron! He came to the ring and hit Abyss, ending the match via DQ. As Mitchell & Abyss fled, Cage answered their frequent demands, accepting a title match against Abyss at the next PPV! Cage also asked Abyss if he was prepared to die, since Cage definitely was. Cage didn't appear in the Impact Zone on the next Impact (the first one shown on Thursdays), but he did do a taped interview with Mike Tenay, talking more in-depth about his anger about his wife's treatment at the hands of his enemies.
On the final Impact before the PPV, Cage again came to the ring to talk about Abyss, with Mitchell appearing on the big screen to taunt Cage about becoming similar to Abyss with his attacks. While the two exchanged comments, Abyss attacked Cage from behind, trying for the Shock Treatment. Cage escaped and went for the Unprettier, but Abyss reversed into the Black Hole Slam, then choked out Cage with a chain. Security made the save. Cage got some revenge later in the night, attacking Abyss during a brawl between Team Jarrett and Team Sting. At Lockdown '06, Cage took on Abyss inside the steel cage, with the NWA World Title on the line. Cage had no comments before the match, walking away from the interviewer. He then attacked Abyss on the ramp, causing the fight to be outside the cage for the first few minutes. They eventually went into the steel and continued their brawl. Cage had some huge moves, including landing a top-of-the-cage Frogsplash on Abyss for a 2 count, as well as a Sunset Flip Powerbomb on Abyss into a pile of thumbtacks! In the end, with Mitchell watching on the outside, Cage barely survived a Black Hole Slam, kicking out at 2. When Abyss poured out another bag of thumbtacks, though, Cage was able to dodge another slam, giving Abyss the Unprettier into the tacks instead for the victory! However, the victory celebration didn't last for Cage, as, when he went after Mitchell, Abyss low-blowed him, then beat him bloody with a chain, eventually leaving Cage hanging from the chain, while Abyss & Mitchell left with the NWA World Title.
Abyss & Mitchell came out on the next Impact, bragging about having taken the belt. Mitchell also challenged anyone from the back to try and take the title from Abyss, bringing out Rhino and leading to a match. Thanks in part to Bobby Roode, Rhino lost the match, allowing Abyss to 'keep' the belt. However, right afterwards, Cage attacked, nearly getting the Unprettier on the monster! Abyss threw him off, but Cage came back with a Spear, beating down Abyss. Mitchell, meanwhile, grabbed the NWA World Title and ran for it, keeping it in his possession. When Cage finally cleared Abyss from the ring, he challenged Abyss to a rematch at the next PPV, voicing three little words: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs! Cage also added chains and tacks to the mix, making it a Full Metal Mayhem match with the World Title on the line!
Cage wrestled on the next Impact, taking on Alex Shelley in a "Non-Title" Match. Since Shelley was the videographer of the 'assault' on Cage's wife, Cage definitely had a personal score to settle. It was a good match, with Cage dominating a large portion of the bout. In the end, Cage caught Shelley with the Unprettier and got the victory, earning a small matter of satisfaction. Afterwards, Cage got on the mic, commenting on how fast Abyss was for a monster. He also said that he would be getting his title back in 10 days. But Father Mitchell had an announcement at the end of the show, challenging Cage instead to come get the belt the next week on Impact, leaving things in the air as the wrestlers head towards the PPV.
On the Impact before the PPV, Abyss had a "warm-up" Match, easily winning a "Full Metal Mayhem" Match over Chase Stevens. After the match, however, Cage appeared, again attacking his arch-rival. Cage used a ladder to send Abyss out of the ring, then, as security milled around Abyss, Cage set up the ladder and dived out of the ring from up top, smashing into everyone and continuing to go after a now-bloody Abyss. The two wrestlers met again at Sacrifice '06, with Mitchell finally giving up the World Title so that it could be hung above the ring. It was a bloody brawl, as all weapons came into play between Cage and Abyss. At one point, Cage tried a Frog Splash towards Abyss, who had a ladder laying on him. Abyss moved, but the ladder didn't, making a painful landing for Cage. Later on, though, Cage came back to deliver an Unprettier onto a ladder on Abyss. Cage also grabbed Mitchell and got some revenge by slamming him onto a pile of thumbtacks! Cage then knocked out Abyss again with a chair shot, placed him on a table, then came off a ladder with a Frog Splash through the table, taking him out! Cage reclimbed the ladder and re-claimed his World Title, getting another decisive victory over the monster.
Cage came out on the next Impact and stood with the fans in the "Peep Zone", celebrating his win and letting the fans know how much he appreciated them. Cage then brought up the next PPV, which was going to feature a King of the Mountain match. Cage mentioned that, traditionally, no champion had ever retained in the match, but he wanted to break that tradition. Cage then challenged anyone who wanted to be involved in the match to come out. Cage's challenge was answered by Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Sting, Rhino, Abyss, Ron Killings, Monte Brown, & Raven. Larry Zbyszko then came on the screen and announced that all 8 competitors would wrestle in Qualifying matches to decide which 4 faced Cage at the PPV. That night, Cage watched as his first opponent was chosen: Abyss, who defeated Rhino (with help from Scott D'Amore & Bobby Roode) to earn another shot at Cage.
Cage was at the announce table for the next "King of the Mountain Qualifying" Match, as he watched his old nemesis, Monte Brown, take on Ron "The Truth" Killings. Cage didn't get involved in the match, other than a brief staredown with Brown, with Cage telling him to finish the business in the ring first. Brown didn't, as Killings was able to dodge the Pounce and get a quick roll-up to win the match, earning the second spot in the KOTM Match. The next week, Cage again wasn't in action, as he watched Jarrett win the third spot, beating Raven. One more week would pass without a Cage match, but Cage did make an appearance after Sting earned the final spot with a DQ win over Scott Steiner. Cage ran down to make the save when Jarrett, Steiner, & Abyss were in control over Sting & Ron Killings, helping to send the heels out of the ring.
Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (66 - 77, 1 DCO, 1 NC)
- WWF Judgment Day '98 (October 18) = Christian defeated TAKA Michinoku for the Light-Heavyweight Championship.
- WWF Capitol Carnage (December 6, '98) = Christian & Sable won over Marc Mero & Jacquelyn.
- WWF Rock Bottom (December 13, '98) = The Brood (Christian, Edge & Gangrel) beat the Job Squad (Al Snow, Bob Holly & Scorpio).
- WWF Backlash '99 (April 25) = The Brood fell to Mideon & the Acolytes.
- WWF King of the Ring '99 (June 27) = In a dark match, Edge & Christian fought to a No-Contest with the Hardy Boyz. Later that night, in a rematch, Edge & Christian were beaten by the Hardys.
- WWF Fully Loaded '99 (July 25) = In a dark match, Christian pinned Viscera.
- WWF Summerslam '99 (August 22) = Edge & Christian competed in the Tag-Team Elimination match, which was won by the Acolytes.
- WWF Unforgiven '99 (September 26) = Edge & Christian were beaten by the Tag-Team Champs, the New Age Outlaws.
- WWF Rebellion '99 (October 2) = In a dark match, Christian won over Crash Holly. Later that night, Edge & Christian defeated Hardcore & Crash Holly and the Acolytes in a "Triangle Elimination" match.
- WWF No Mercy '99 (October 17) = Edge & Christian lost a "Ladder" match to the Hardy Boyz.
- WWF Survivor Series '99 (November 14) = Christian, Edge & the Hardy Boyz competed in an "Elimination" match against Brian Christopher, Scott Taylor, Hardcore & Crash Holly. Christian was pinned by Hardcore Holly, who was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWF Armageddon '99 (December 12) = Edge & Christian competed in a "Tag-Team Battle Royal", which was won by the Acolytes.
- WWF Royal Rumble '00 (January 23) = Christian competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by the Rock.
- WWF No Way Out '00 (February 27) = Edge & Christian defeated the Hardy Boyz.
- WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (April 2) = Edge & Christian won the WWF Tag belts, winning a "Ladder" match over the Hardy Boyz & the Dudley Boyz.
- WWF Backlash '00 (April 30) = Edge & Christian retained the WWF Tag-Team Titles, defeating X-Pac & the Road Dogg.
- WWF Insurrextion '00 (May 6) = Edge & Christian lost, via DQ, to the Hardy Boyz, but retained the WWF Tag Titles.
- WWF Judgment Day '00 (May 21) = Christian, Edge & Kurt Angle were beaten by Too Cool & Rikishi.
- WWF King of the Ring '00 (June 25) = Edge & Christian won a "Four Corners Elimination" match for the WWF Tag Titles, beating the Hardy Boyz, Too Cool and Test & Albert.
- WWF Fully Loaded '00 (July 23) = Edge & Christian lost, via DQ, to the Acolytes. They retained the WWF Tag belts.
- WWF Summerslam '00 (August 27) = Edge & Christian stayed the Tag-Team Champions, winning a "Tables/Ladders/Chairs" match over the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz.
- WWF Unforgiven '00 (September 24) = Edge & Christian dropped the WWF Tag belts to the Hardy Boyz in a "Steel Cage" match.
- WWF No Mercy '00 (October 22) = The Conquistadors (Edge & Christian) defeated the Hardy Boyz to win the WWF Tag-Team Titles.
- WWF Survivor Series '00 (November 19) = Christian, Edge, Bull Buchanan & the Goodfather competed in an "Elimination" match against the Dudley Boyz & the Hardy Boyz. Christian was pinned by Jeff Hardy, who was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWF Rebellion '00 (December 2) = Edge & Christian were beaten by the Dudley Boyz in a "Tables Elimination" match. Test & Albert were the other participants.
- WWF Armageddon '00 (December 10) = Edge & Christian won a "Fatal Four-Way" match for the Tag-Team Titles, beating Road Dogg & K-Kwik, Bull Buchanan & the Goodfather and the Dudley Boyz.
- WWF Royal Rumble '01 (January 21) = Edge & Christian lost the WWF Tag-Team Titles to the Dudley Boyz.
- WWF No Way Out '01 (February 25) = Edge & Christian were beaten in a "Triangle Tables" Match by the WWF Tag Champs, the Dudley Boyz. Kane & the Undertaker were the other participants.
- WWF Wrestlemania X-7 (April 1, '01) = Edge & Christian defeated the Hardy Boyz & the Dudley Boyz in a "Tables/Ladders/Chairs" match to earn the Tag-Team Titles.
- WWF Backlash '01 (April 21) = Christian was beaten by the European Champion, Matt Hardy. Eddie Guerrero was the other participant.
- WWF Insurrextion '01 (May 5) = Edge & Christian won an "Elimination" match over the Hardy Boyz, the Dudley Boyz and X-Pac & Justin Credible.
- WWF Judgment Day '01 (May 20) = Edge & Christian competed in the "Tag-Team Turmoil" match, which was won by Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho.
- WWF King of the Ring '01 (June 24) = Christian lost in the semi-finals to Kurt Angle.
- WWF Invasion (July 22, '01) = Edge & Christian beat Mike Awesome & Lance Storm.
- WWF Unforgiven '01 (September 23) = Christian won the Intercontinental Title from Edge.
- WWF No Mercy '01 (October 21) = Christian fell to Edge, losing the Intercontinental Title.
- WWF Rebellion '01 (November 3) = Christian lost a "Steel Cage" match to the Intercontinental Champion, Edge.
- WWF Survivor Series '01 (November 18) = Christian defended the European Title, beating Al Snow.
- WWF Vengeance '01 (December 9) = Christian & Test fell to Prince Albert & Scotty Too Hotty.
- WWF Royal Rumble '02 (January 20) = Christian competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
- WWF No Way Out '02 (February 17) = Christian & Lance Storm competed in a Tag-Team Turmoil match, which was won by the Acolytes.
- WWF Wrestlemania X-8 (March 17, '02) = Christian was beaten by the European Champion, Diamond Dallas Page. Later on during the night, Christian attacked and pinned Mighty Molly to win the Hardcore Title, but in turn was later pinned by Maven to lose the belt.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Show (July 12, '02) = Christian fell to the OVW Champ, Nova.
- WWE Vengeance '02 (July 21) = Christian & Lance Storm won the WWE Tag-Team Titles from Hulk Hogan & Edge.
- WWE Global Warning (August 10, '02) = Christian & Lance Storm stayed the Tag Champions, beating Rey Mysterio Jr & Billy Kidman.
- WWE Summerslam '02 (August 25) = Christian & Lance Storm retained the WWE Tag-Team Titles, winning over Booker T & Goldust.
- WWE Unforgiven '02 (September 22) = Christian, Lance Storm, William Regal & Test were beaten by Booker T, Goldust, Bubba Ray Dudley & Kane.
- WWE No Mercy '02 (October 20) = Christian & Chris Jericho stayed the WWE Tag Champs, winning over Booker T & Goldust.
- WWE Armageddon '02 (December 15) = Christian & Chris Jericho lost the WWE Raw Tag-Team Titles to Booker T & Goldust in a "Tag-Team Elimination" Match. Lance Storm & William Regal and the Dudley Boyz were the other participants.
- WWE Royal Rumble '03 (January 19) = Christian competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Brock Lesnar.
- WWE Judgment Day '03 (May 18) = Christian won the "Intercontinental Title Battle Royale", gaining the vacated Intercontinental Title.
- WWE Insurrextion '03 (June 7) = Christian stayed the Intercontinental Champion, beating Booker T.
- WWE Bad Blood (June 15, '03) = Christian lost, via DQ, to Booker T. Christian kept the IC Title.
- WWE Unforgiven '03 (September 21) = Christian retained the Intercontinental Title, winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam.
- WWE Survivor Series '03 (November 16) = Christian, Scott Steiner, Mark Henry, Randy Orton & Chris Jericho fought in an "Elimination" Match against Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Rob Van Dam & the Dudley Boys. Christian was eliminated by Michaels. Orton was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWE Armageddon '03 (December 14) = Christian & Chris Jericho won a "Battle of the Sexes" Match over Trish Stratus & Lita.
- WWE Royal Rumble '04 (January 25) = Christian competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Chris Benoit.
- WWE Wrestlemania XX (March 14, '04) = Christian defeated Chris Jericho.
- WWE Backlash '04 (April 18) = Christian & Trish Stratus lost a "Handicap" Match to Chris Jericho.
- WWE Unforgiven '04 (September 12) = Christian lost a "Ladder" Match to Chris Jericho, who won the vacated Intercontinental Title.
- WWE Survivor Series '04 (November 14, '04) = Christian lost to the Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin.
- WWE New Year's Revolution (January 9, '05) = Christian & Tyson Tomko fell to the Raw Tag Champs, William Regal & Eugene.
- WWE Royal Rumble '05 (January 30) = Christian competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Batista.
- WWE Wrestlemania 21 (April 3, '05) = Christian lost the "Money In The Bank Ladder" Match to Edge. Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, and Kane were the other participants.
- WWE Gold Rush Tournament (May '05) = Christian fell in the first round to Kane. Edge won the tournament.
- WWE Vengeance '05 (June 26) = Christian lost a "Triple Threat" Match to the WWE Champion, John Cena. Chris Jericho was the other participant.
- WWE Great American Bash '05 (July 24) = Christian was beaten by Booker T.
- WWE No Mercy '05 (October 9) = Christian lost a "Fatal Fourway" Match to the US Champion, Chris Benoit. Orlando Jordan and Booker T were the other participants.
- TNA Turning Point '05 (December 11) = Christian Cage defeated Monty Brown.
- TNA Final Resolution '06 (January 15) = Cage & Sting won over Monty Brown & Jeff Jarrett.
- TNA Against All Odds '06 (February 12) = Cage won the NWA World Heavyweight Title, beating Jeff Jarrett.
- TNA Destination X '06 (March 12) = Cage retained the NWA World Title, defeating Monty Brown.
- TNA Lockdown '06 (April 23) = Cage stayed the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, winning a "Steel Cage" Match over Abyss.
- RoH How We Roll (May 12, '06) = Cage & Colt Cabana defeated Bryan Danielson & Christopher Daniels.
- TNA Sacrifice '06 (May 14) = Cage kept the NWA World Heavyweight Title, winning a "Full Metal Mayhem" Match over Abyss.
- TNA Slammiversary '06 (June 18) = Cage lost the NWA World Heavyweight Title, losing a "King of the Mountain" Match to Jeff Jarrett. Abyss, Ron Killings, and Sting were the other participants.
- TNA Victory Road '06 (July 16) = Cage lost a "Four-Way #1 Contenders" Match to Sting. Samoa Joe and Scott Steiner were the other participants.
- RoH Generation Now (July 29, '06) = Cage fell to Christopher Daniels.
- IWC No Excuses 2 (August 5, '06) = Cage won over AJ Styles.
- TNA No Surrender '06 (September 24) = Cage defeated Rhino.
- TNA Bound For Glory '06 (October 22) = Cage won an "Eight Mile Street Fight" Match over Rhino.
- TNA Fight For Your Right Tournament (October/November '06) = Cage competed in the "Three Stages Qualifying" Match, but was not one of the wrestlers who earned a seed in the tournament.
- TNA Genesis '06 (November 19) = Cage took down AJ Styles.
- TNA Turning Point '06 (December 10) = Cage lost a "Triple Threat" Match to the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Abyss. Sting was the other participant.
- TNA Final Resolution '07 (January 14) = Cage won the NWA World Heavyweight Title, winning a "Three-Way Elimination" Match over Abyss and Sting.
- TNA Against All Odds '07 (February 11) = Cage retained the NWA World Title, beating Kurt Angle.
- TNA Destination X '07 (March 11) = Cage stayed the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, pinning Samoa Joe.
- TNA Lockdown '07 (April 15) = Team Cage (Cage, Scott Steiner, AJ Styles, Tyson Tomko, & Abyss) lost a "Lethal Lockdown" Match to Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe, Rhino, & Sting). Since Sting got the pinfall, he became #1 Contender to Cage's NWA World Title.
- TNA Sacrifice '07 (May 13) = Cage lost the NWA World Heavyweight Title, losing a "Triple Threat" Match to Kurt Angle. Sting was the other participant.
- TNA Slammiversary '07 (June 17) = Cage lost a "King of the Mountain" Match to Kurt Angle, who won the TNA World Heavyweight Title. Chris Harris, AJ Styles, and Samoa Joe were the other participants.
- WWC 34th Anniversary Show (July 13, '07) = Cage fought to a Double Countout with Eddie Colon.
- TNA Victory Road '07 (July 15) = Cage defeated Chris Harris.
- TNA Hard Justice '07 (August 12) = Cage, AJ Styles, & Tomko lost a "Doomsday Chamber of Blood #1 Contenders" Match to Andrew Martin, Abyss, & Sting. Abyss became the #1 Contender to the TNA World Title, due to getting the pinfall.
- TNA No Surrender '07 (September 9) = Cage won, via DQ, over Samoa Joe.
- TNA Bound For Glory '07 (October 14) = Cage lost a "There Must Be A Winner" Match to Samoa Joe. Matt Morgan was the special referee.
- TNA Fight For The Right Tournament '07 (October/November) = Cage won a vacant spot in the tournament by beating Samoa Joe. Cage then beat Chris Harris to reach the finals of the tournament.
- TNA Genesis '07 (November 11) = Cage lost a "Ladder" Match to Frankie Kazarian, who won the Fight For The Right Tournament.
- TNA Turkey Bowl Tournament '07 (November) = Cage lost a "Three-Way Qualifying" Match to AJ Styles. Jay Lethal was the other participant. Samoa Joe won the tournament.
- TNA Turning Point '07 (December 2) = Cage & Robert Roode were beaten by Frankie Kazarian & Booker T.
- NJPW Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome II (January 4, '08) = Cage, AJ Styles, & Petey Williams defeated Milano Collection AT, Prince Devitt, & Minoru.
- TNA Final Resolution '08 (January 6) = Cage lost to the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle.
- TNA Against All Odds '08 (February 10) = Cage again lost to the TNA World Heavyweight Champ, Kurt Angle. Samoa Joe was the special enforcer.
- TNA Destination X '08 (March 9) = Cage, Kevin Nash, & Samoa Joe defeated the Angle Alliance (Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, & Tomko).
- TNA Lockdown '08 (April 13) = Team Cage (Cage, Matt Morgan, Kevin Nash, Rhino, & Sting) won a "Lethal Lockdown" Match over Team Tomko (Tomko, James Storm, AJ Styles, & Team 3-D).
- TNA Sacrifice '08 (May 11) = Cage & Rhino beat Booker T & Robert Roode, then fell to Team 3-D in the Deuces Wild Tag-Team Titles Tournament. The Latin American Xchange won the tournament.
- TNA Slammiversary '08 (June 8) = Cage lost a "King of the Mountain" Match to the TNA World Champion, Samoa Joe. Booker T, Rhino, and Robert Roode were the other participants.
- TNA Victory Road '08 (July 13) = Cage, AJ Styles, & Rhino lost a "Full Metal Mayhem" Match to Kurt Angle & Team 3-D.
- TNA Hard Justice '08 (August 10) = Cage & Rhino won a "New Jersey Street Fight" Match over Team 3-D.
- TNA No Surrender '08 (September 14) = Cage lost a "Three Ways To Glory" Match to the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Samoa Joe. Kurt Angle was the other participant.
- TNA Bound For Glory '08 (October 12) = Cage lost a "Three Way" Match to Booker T. AJ Styles was the other participant.
- TNA Turning Point '08 (November 9) = Cage lost to the TNA Legends Champion, Booker T. Cage had to join the Main Event Mafia due to the loss.
- WWE Wrestlemania XXV (April 5, '09) = Christian competed in the "Money In The Bank Ladder" Match, which was won by CM Punk.
- WWE Backlash '09 (April 26) = Christian won the ECW World Heavyweight Title, beating Jack Swagger.
- WWE Judgment Day '09 (May 17) = Christian retained the ECW World Heavyweight Title, taking down Jack Swagger.
- WWE Extreme Rules '09 (June 7) = Christian lost the ECW World Heavyweight Title, losing a "Triple Threat" Match to Tommy Dreamer. Jack Swagger was the other participant.
- WWE The Bash '09 (June 28) = Christian lost a "Scramble" Match to the ECW World Heavyweight Champion, Tommy Dreamer. Finlay, Mark Henry, and Jack Swagger were the other participants.
- WWE Night of Champions '09 (July 26) = Christian won the ECW World Heavyweight Title, defeating Tommy Dreamer.
- WWE Summerslam '09 (August 23) = Christian stayed the ECW World Heavyweight Champion, pinning William Regal.
- WWE Breaking Point '09 (September 13) = Christian kept the ECW World Heavyweight Title, beating William Regal.
- WWE Bragging Rights '09 (October 25) = In a dark match, Christian defended the ECW World Heavyweight strap, taking down Paul Burchill.
- WWE Survivor Series '09 (November 22) = Christian, Mark Henry, Kofi Kingston, MVP, & R-Truth won an "Elimination" Match over CM Punk, William Regal, & Legacy (Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, & Cody Rhodes).
- WWE TLC '09 (December 13) = Christian retained the ECW World Heavyweight Title, winning a "Ladder" Match over Shelton Benjamin.
- WWE Royal Rumble '10 (January 31) = Christian stayed the ECW World Heavyweight Champ, beating Ezekiel Jackson.
- WWE Elimination Chamber '10 (February 21) = In a dark match, Christian won a "Non-Title" Match over Ezekiel Jackson.
- WWE Wrestlemania XXVI (March 28, '10) = Christian competed in the "Money In The Bank Ladder" Match, which was won by Jack Swagger.
- WWE Money In The Bank '10 (July 18) = Christian competed in a "Money In The Bank Ladder" Match, which was won by Kane. The Big Show, Matt Hardy, Kofi Kingston, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, and Dolph Ziggler were the other participants.
- WWE Extreme Rules '11 (May 1) = Christian won the vacated World Heavyweight Title, defeating Alberto Del Rio.
- WWE Over The Limit '11 (May 22) = Christian lost to the World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton.
- WWE Capital Punishment '11 (June 19) = Christian again fell to the World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton.
- WWE Money In The Bank '11 (July 17) = Christian won the World Heavyweight Title, via DQ, over Randy Orton.
- WWE Summerslam '11 (August 14) = Christian lost the World Heavyweight Title, losing a "No Holds Barred" Match to Randy Orton.
- WWE Hell In A Cell '11 (October 2) = Christian was pinned by Sheamus.
- WWE Vengeance '11 (October 23) = Christian again lost to Sheamus.
- WWE Over The Limit '12 (May 21) = Christian won the "20-Man People Power #1 Contenders Battle Royal" Match. Later on, Christian won the WWE Intercontinental Title, beating Cody Rhodes.
- WWE No Way Out '12 (June 17) = Christian retained the WWE Intercontinental Title, pinning Cody Rhodes.
- WWE Money In The Bank '12 (July 15) = Christian competed in a "Money In The Bank Ladder" Match, which was won by Dolph Ziggler.
- SSW Tag-Team Champion (??/??/??)
- ICW Street-Fight Tag-Team Champion w/ Sexton Hardcastle (12/1997 - ??)
- ECWA Heavyweight Champion (7/18/1998 - 1998)
- PCW (Pennsylvania) Heavyweight Champion (10/10/1998 - 4/1999)
- WWF World Light-Heavyweight Champion (10/18/1998 - 11/17/1998)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Edge (4/02/2000 - 5/29/2000)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Edge (6/25/2000 - 9/24/2000)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Edge (10/22/2000 - 10/23/2000)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Edge (12/10/2000 - 12/18/2000)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Edge (12/19/2000 - 1/21/2001)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Edge (3/19/2001)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(7) w/ Edge (4/01/2001 - 4/17/2001)
- WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion (9/23/2001 - 10/21/2001)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion (10/30/2001 - 1/29/2002)
- WWF Hardcore Champion (3/17/2002)
- WWE "Raw" World Tag-Team Champion(8) w/ Lance Storm (7/21/2002 - 9/23/2002)
- WWE "Raw" World Tag-Team Champion(9) w/ Chris Jericho (10/14/2002 - 12/15/2002)
- WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion(2) (5/18/2003 - 7/07/2003)
- WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion(3) (8/10/2003 - 9/29/2003)
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion (2/12/2006 - 6/18/2006)
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion(2) (1/14/2007 - 5/13/2007)
- WWE ECW World Heavyweight Champion (4/26/2009 - 6/07/2009)
- WWE ECW World Heavyweight Champion(2) (7/26/2009 - 2/16/2010)
- (WWE) World Heavyweight Champion (5/01/2011 - 5/03/2011)
- (WWE) World Heavyweight Champion(2) (7/17/2011 - 8/14/2011)
- WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion(4) (5/21/2012 - 7/23/2012)
PWI Achievement Awards: (2 wins, 3 1st RUs, 3 2nd RUs, 2 3rd RUs)
- 2000 Feud of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Christian/Edge vs. Hardyz)
- 2000 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Christian/Edge vs. Hardyz vs. Dudleyz)
- 2000 Match of the Year (Christian/Edge vs. Hardyz vs. Dudleyz)
- 2000 Tag-Team of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Christian/Edge)
- 2001 Feud of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Christian vs. Edge)
- 2001 Match of the Year (Christian/Edge vs. Hardyz vs. Dudleyz)
- 2002 Most Hated Wrestler(s), 1st Runner-Up (The Un-Americans)
- 2004 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Christian vs. Trish Stratus vs. Chris Jericho)
- 2011 Feud of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Christian vs. Randy Orton)
- 2011 Most Hated Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up