Mark my words: Christian will once again win the World Heavyweight Championship by the end of this year.
When Captain Charisma eventually returns from his ankle injury, it’s only a matter of time before gold is donning his illustrious waist once again. Maybe there are other competitors out there more worthy of winning the title than Christian, like Cody Rhodes or Daniel Bryan.
But as many fans are well aware, the most worthy competitor doesn’t always get the title.
On the other hand, there are many sensible reasons why I conclude that Christian is destined to win a third World Heavyweight title.
Here are seven of them.
It’s no secret that WWE has begun to—in bits and pieces—revert back to the days of their two more successful eras. Of course, those eras are the Attitude (late 1990s) and Ruthless Aggression (early 2000s).
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was arguably the Attitude Era’s biggest draw and he piqued WWE fans’ interest with his return at WrestleMania 28. Now, Brock Lesnar of the Ruthless Aggression era is back to an even larger pop.
Since WWE is going slightly old school lately, they should also show some love to another Ruthless Aggression star in Christian.
Edge and Christian were one of the greatest tag teams ever and both had successful runs as singles competitors after the turn of the century.
Putting the gold back on Christian would allow long-time fans to party like it’s 2003, when guys like Lesnar, Edge and Christian were running Smackdown!.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Christian’s loyal fans, better known as his peeps, are still out there. Having Christian once again win the World Heavyweight Championship would be a great way for WWE to bring them out of the woodwork once again.
Let’s face it. Captain Charisma is gold on the mic, appreciated by astute wrestling fans all around for his underrated career accomplishments, is solid in the ring and can carry a compelling feud for months at a time.
What other WWE star do these traits remind you of? That’s right: CM Punk.
If Punk is worthy of a major championship, why isn’t Christian?
Christian recently inducted his best friend, Edge, into the WWE Hall of Fame. Edge better be ready to return the favor in a few years, because Christian is a future Hall of Famer in his own right.
For those of you who find this notion preposterous, think about it for a moment. Christian is a six-time World Champion, winning the TNA/NWA World Heavyweight, WWE World Heavyweight and ECW Championships two times each.
Overall, Captain Charisma has captured 21 titles in his time in both WWE and TNA and is one of only a handful of Grand Champions in WWE history. His Grand Slam resume is made up of the aforementioned World Heavyweight title, in addition to the Intercontinental, Tag Team and European titles.
To deny a wrestler of Christian’s credentials another World Heavyweight Championship run would be a slap in the face from WWE bookers.
Many WWE fans are still patiently waiting for Christian to return from an ankle injury that has sidelined him for the past few months. A great way for the bookers to have him return with a splash would be to have him capture the World Heavyweight Championship.
This storyline could possibly give Smackdown! the shot in the arm the show is craving at the moment. Conventional wisdom says that the iconic Brock Lesnar is likely to limit his appearances to Monday Night Raw and pay-per-view events now that he’s back part-time.
With Smackdown! left behind, they need others to step up and increase viewership. Perhaps Christian and the renewed popularity of Daniel Bryan are just the duo to do so.
At WrestleMania 28, WWE bookers inadvertently turned Daniel Bryan back into a babyface character. They did that by having Bryan lose his precious World Heavyweight to Sheamus in a mere 18 seconds.
Robbing Bryan of the belt and the fans of a potentially great WrestleMania match has earned Bryan increased sympathy from the fans. Because of the wrestling masses, “YES!” has become the new “What?” and Bryan’s new T-shirt is expected to sell like hotcakes.
A way for Bryan to garner even more sympathy would be to have Christian come in and steal the belt from Sheamus. This would establish a Bryan-Christian feud that would become the cornerstone Smackdown! rivalry for the coming months.
The hard-working Bryan squaring off against the entitled Christian at SummerSlam for the belt would be intriguing, to say the least.
One reason I called Christian entitled in the previous slide is because he’s buddy-buddy with the evil John Laurinaitis. Let’s not forget that Christian was one of the wrestlers who came out in support of Laurinaitis at Elimination Chamber back in February.
And Laurinaitis did proclaim that Christian would receive a World Heavyweight title shot in the event that Team Johnny emerged victorious (which they did) at WrestleMania 28.
Although Christian’s ankle injury prevented him from participating in the match, you’d have to think that Laurinaitis will still grant his ally a title shot.
And with a little outside interference from one of Laurinaitis’ other allies, you’d have to think that a Christian win is academic.
In case you haven’t noticed, WWE likes to bury much of its young, promising talent these days. Guys like Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Wade Barrett were supposed to be World Champions by now.
Outside of Ziggler, none of these aforementioned young guns have hoisted world championship gold. That tells you that there’s a country-club mentality in WWE concerning who’s winning the big belts.
Right now guys like Rhodes and Barrett are on the outside. Christian, on the other hand, is on the inside.
Given that he’s a grizzled veteran who has seen the view from the mountain top before, Christian is going to get the nod over the youngsters when it comes to the World Heavyweight title. And if you don’t believe me, just ask the likes of Rhodes, McIntyre and Barrett.
They’re the ones who have been buried more than corpses at the local graveyard.