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Is Christian Underappreciated?

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The title says it all really. Christian has been a part of one of the best tag teams in the past twenty years, but was always overshadowed by the success of Edge. He has been one of the top in-ring workers the company has had in that same period of time, yet it seems like a travesty that he’s held world title gold so sparingly.  That isn’t to say that how many titles a wrestler has held indicates his greatness, but I think in some ways, for some guys, it says they’ve been undervalued, or at least not given their fully deserved recognition.

To be fair, while only carrying a major championship four times (ECW and WHC), Christian did hold a number of other belts on numerous occasions. He’s not someone who has busted his ass for years and never ever tasted championship success. But you look at how good he is, both on the mic and in the ring as compared to so many others, and it is maddening that he doesn’t have more reigns, and is at this time going through a program of seeking “one more match” for a title. He and Randy Orton had another really fine match on this week’s RAW, and even their short exchange was made all the better because Christian was involved. So what is he missing? The only thing I can really think is he lacks “the look”. He’s never going to be confused for a monster muscleman like Ryback, or even Cena. But he is skilled, smart and is excellent at telling stories in the squared circle.

Every generation has at least one or two stars who just seem to get unappreciated, or don’t get the accolades until it’s so late in their careers that they aren’t quite the performer they once were. While it’s clear Christian seems to be on the downside of his career-by his “one more match” angle-he still carries himself like one of the best of his generation. His work in the ring, with the crowd and on the mic and virtually 2nd to none as compared to the rest of the roster. When you consider his skillset and what he’s been capable of, it really is almost criminal that he’s only been a World Heavyweight Champion twice (along with two reigns of the ECW belt). Even if he only gets one more ride with the gold, it will have been a well deserved, hard earned championship.

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  • Tsall13

    Lol underappreciated doesn’t even say enough for how he has been treated by the WWE tools that are in charge… He left years ago to finally get his world championship run that he sooo much rightfully deserved (too bad it was in TNA, ROH would of been better) but to not hold the title for no more then 3~4 months in both runs combined in the WWE is such a slap in the face to the man who has the gift of the “it” factor that all the wrestlers say you need… he’s put his body on the line during his early days and has put on 5 star matches like crazy this last run… they know he won’t leave again cause there’s no where for him to go, but like I’ve said before if Vince doesn’t see money in you then you’re not worth pushing to the moon… hopefully he gets his day in the sun before he retires cause the man deserves the WWE title not the World title which is the new I.C. title now a days… Del Rio is the work horse while Orton holds two strikes over his head and walks around with Trips title as he basically said Orton is just holding it for him…

  • Abudadein

    I’ve always thought The Great Khali was underappreciated. Yes, he has a limited move set and is increasingly having more difficulty moving around the ring, but no worse than legends like Giant Baba, Big John Studd, and Killer Kowalski did towards the ends of their careers. Look at Andre the Giant in the final years of his career….I don’t remember fans chanting “You can’t wrestle!” at Andre. I feel these big men should be respected and appreciated for what they do bring with their enormous size and stature, with the exception of Giant Gonzales who appeared to have absolutely no training or understanding of wrestling on any level, as nothing he did looked remotely believable, bless his giant soul.

    • D.M.T

      Why are you talking about giants in pro wrestling when this article is about Christian? None of those giants you mentioned were more underappreciated than Christian. Christian is the complete opposite of those giants. Those giants got pushed because of their looks and Christian is underrated because of his looks. But anyway you shouldn’t be talking about Khali and other giants because this is about Christian.

      • Abudadein

        Fair enough. No more talk about giants, midgets, madmen, maniacs or lunatics.

        • jcice13

          what would kevin sullivan say, you should be tied to the tree of woe

          • Abudadein

            that would be for the Chairman of the Board to decide (and I don’t mean Vince McMahon)

          • jcice13

            LOL I know who who mean..yo here’s one of my favorite quotes and it came from tommy wildfire rich on tbs..”I trusted kevin sullivan” right after he back jumped him and put rich down LOL I miss georgia championship wrestling and how great was gordon solie in florida when he’d make those comments, and when nancy was the fallen angel

          • Abudadein

            Yes, this was a tremendous time in wrestling history. Georgia Championship was one of the very best territories, along with Mid-South, Memphis, and Puerto Rico. I agree, Gordon Solie was truly great and a real gem, I’m reminded every time I revisit my GCW and CWF DVDs. Thanks for sharing in the fun! A poster of The Fallen Angel hung on my bedroom wall throughout my teenage years, and left an indelible impact on my life. Truly gorgeous and so mysterious.

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        I agree because they always wants the wrestlers to be big and bulky and they can’t be all big and bulky, they also want Kassius Ohno to work on his body as well and i think that it is crazy! but this is the WWE rules.

    • showoff

      This is like saying hornswoggle should be wwe champ because of his contribution to wrestling

      • Abudadein

        I never stated that The Great Khali and other giants who have captured the imaginations of fans over the years should be WWE champion. I simply said they are deserving of respect and appreciated for what they bring to the world of wrestling.

      • Darsow44

        No, it’s like saying the exact opposite of that.

  • zip

    Vince just doesn’t like Christian’s face.

    • D.M.T

      What’s wrong with Christian’s face? I think what Vince doesn’t like about Christian is his body. Christian is skinny now compared to the other wrestlers.

      • Abudadein

        I once read that Vince doesn’t like Christian’s feet, and that’s why he’s had to wear wrestling boots his entire career in WWE. When he first came in, he wanted to wrestle barefoot like his heroes Kevin Von Erich, Jimmy Snuka and Haku, but Vince said, “No way! Not with ratty looking feet like those you don’t!”

      • jcice13

        I think vince knows that christian is past his prime and gave him a nice little run recently as a thank you and now will have him be a role player, and really folks, what’s wrong with being an employed active wrestler making nice money?

      • Daniel_P1

        Vince said he doesn’t like Christians face bc its “ratty.”

  • Devon

    Christian is still one of the best guys in the locker room. He is a legend, underrated & underappreciated. He should have been WWE champ at least twice

  • jcice13

    what is he missing??? looks, youth, mic skills, a crowd pop that’s not pumped in in post production for smack down. he’s a nice mid card talent that had his one last match, and he’s not under valued or not appreciated he was in a main event at the second biggest pay per view, that’s enough, take your seat in the middle of the bus and put others over

  • KingBack

    Sometimes I feel bad for Christian because I think he deserved a better run as WHC
    but then that is said… He isn’t good enourgh to be WWE Champion or contender for that matter.
    There is no way in hell that Christian would be able to carry WWE.
    He doesn’t have the look or charisma.
    Christian can put up some great matches and he is legend but
    he is no Cena, Orton, Punk etc..

  • Z….

    He has been under-appreciated and treated poorly for many, many years. Didnt he go back to WWE b/c he was promised a main event at Wrestlemania? (which never happened) I dont know what Vince has against him. I’ve been questioning that since his first run in the company….

    • [B]ANExx

      I reckon he should win the ’14 Rumble and main event Mania that way.

  • Padres4life

    But him lacking the look doesn’t matter. Bryan lacks the look and he’s pushed to the moon

    • [B]ANExx

      As great as Christian is, Bryan is booked like he is right now for his pure wrestling skill and how OVER he is with the crowd. I take nothing away from Christian, he is a great wrestler – but not on the level of D-Bry, and he is nowhere NEAR as over right now.

      Both men are in a similar position, being awesome and deserving a spot despite not being a typical ‘WWE Guy’ but D-Bry takes it to the extreme – he is REALLY weird looking, and is the best ring worker in WWE today – also the fans go nuts for him like they haven’t for anybody in years.

      I love Christian, but Bryan is going to be THE man for many years to come.

  • Kayfabe Fan

    Put a blue dot on his face and push him 😀

  • [B]ANExx

    I think it is too late in Christian’s career for WWE to push him hard enough to make up for ALL the bad bookings they have put his way over the years, however I DO think he deserves one great run to cement his legacy.

    I think they should let him win the 2014 Royal Rumble, challenge for the WHC at WM30 (the WWE title will probably be tied up with Orton / Bryan / Corporation feud) and have an epic WM moment with a win, followed by a lengthy 6 – 8 month reign were he defeats any and all comers and really impresses so THAT is what he remembered for and not some rubbish reign and a feud with Orton 2 years ago. At the end of his reign, him losing the belt should be a big deal – like it was when Punk finally lost – and that opportunity should be used to put over the next great under-rated guy…. Dolph Ziggler – whilst I don’t think it is fair to have Dolph wait that long to FINALLY get his moment, Christian deserves a run and he is running out of time to put the icing on the cake of his illustrious career.

    • KingBack

      Are you being serious right now?
      Christian winning the RR?!?! HAHA!

      • D.M.T

        Yes he was being serious. Christian is better than most wrestlers in WWE, including Ryback.

        • KingBack

          You really don’t get it do you?
          Christian don’t draw and he never will.
          Christian is a great wrestler – don’t get me wrong
          but he is not A+ material.

          There is no way in hell that WWE will let him be in
          one of the main events of the biggest PPV of the year and
          maybe the biggest Wrestlemania ever?
          Christian can’t carry Smackdown.
          His last feud with Del Rio was probably one of the
          worst world title feuds I have seen in a VERY LONG TIME.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            How come he was World heavyweight Champion then if he was not A+ material? and got another shot at the World Heavy Weight Championship at Summerslam?

          • KingBack

            Did you watch his runs?
            The first lasted two days.
            The second lasted a month.
            And he lost at SummerSlam and now he is going nowhere again
            unless they put him in a feud before NOC.
            Christian will NEVER and I mean NEVER get close to be WWE Champion
            then he isn’t even given more than a month with the WHC.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            All i am saying is that if the WWE did not think highly of him the he would not have been, World Heavyweight Champion.

          • KingBack

            They gave him the title for one reason.
            To say thank you for all the work he have done.
            They did it with Mark Henry too.
            Mark Henry just took the ball and ran with it.
            WWE likes Christian – that’s not a lie but
            he will never win the Royal Rumble or be WWE Champion.
            He don’t draw enourgh.

          • D.M.T

            That’s WWE’s way for saying thank you? By giving Christian 2 reigns for a combined 30 days? REALLY? I strongly believe that Christian will win his 3rd World Title. It’s just a matter of time.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            OK if you say so….

          • silksoul

            Been even better if he was WWE champion. How Miz became WWE Champ and not Christian is mind boggling.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            I thought the same thing also….

          • D.M.T

            Again, it’s not Christian’s fault that his World Title reigns were short. WWE doesn’t want to give Christian a chance but yet they gave Jack Swagger a 2 month reign as champion and now they regret it. Christian can be a much much better champion than Swagger ever was. And Christian got close to winning the WWE Championship once when Cena defended his title against Christian and Jericho.

          • D.M.T

            Once upon a time, Christian was really over with the crowd. He was a heel getting babyface reactions from the crowd. The fans wanted Christian to win a World Title that year but it never happened because Vince didn’t want to push Christian to the top no matter what. That’s why Christian went to TNA. What if Vince pushed Christian back in 2005? He would have been a much bigger star now and he would’ve been a draw. This is Vince’s fault not Christian.

            Christian is probably not an A+ but he’s at least an A being treated like a C+ star. Christian is much more than C+, he’s either a B+ or an A. Christian can carry Smackdown, he’s just not allowed to carry Smackdown but he can. His feud with Del Rio was bad because of WWE’s creatives and not because of Christian. It’s not his fault that his feud with Del Rio wasn’t good

          • KingBack

            Nothing is Christian’s fault right?
            You guys live in a fantasy world.

  • silksoul

    As far as Christian not having “the look”. Neither did Edge. Edge wasn’t buff, he was somewhat tall and lanky. Miz doesn’t have “the look’ but even he has geld the WWE Champion at least once. It is lame that he’s been under appreciated. I do know that Vince for whatever reason had an issue with Christians face and commented that it wasn’t ugly but it just bothered him and even suggested for him to be blue dotted. As funny as that sounds, that’s just foul, cause Vince isn’t exactly Fabio either.

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