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I've always been a fan of Christian, right from the days when he was in The Brood with Edge and Gangrel.
When the Edge & Christian team split up, I didn't think either of them would reach the heights that they did.
Of the two, I always felt like Christian was more underrated than Edge, and I thought that he'd always be compared to his tag-team partner, which wasn't really fair to either of them.
When Christian left WWE in late 2005, I thought that was it. He'd never be a World Heavyweight Champion in WWE.
On his return to WWE in 2009, I thought the chances were even less likely, given that he'd been signed to WWE's ECW brand.
In my mind, Vince was punishing Christian for leaving WWE to go to TNA four years earlier. Whether that's the case or not, only Vince knows.
Anyway, for the next couple of years, Christian floundered around, not really doing much of any note.
That all changed in April 2011 when Edge had to suddenly retire because of a long-standing neck injury.
Whether it was through sympathy from WWE management or not, Christian won the vacated World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match with Alberto del Rio at last year's Extreme Rules PPV.
However brief Christian's World Heavyweight Championship reign was, he deserved it after everything he'd done in his career.