WWE SummerSlam 2011: Is Edge the Surprise Christian Promised Randy Orton?

Sexton HardcastleAnalyst IAugust 13, 2011

In the closing moments of SmackDown, Christian announced to Randy Orton that he had the upper hand heading into their No Holds Barred match at this Sunday's SummerSlam.

Christian stated that "I cannot wait for our No Holds Barred match because anything goes." From this we can assume Christian is referring to some sort of outside interference. 

The only person I can think of that, from a logical standpoint, could fit that role as Christian's surprise is Edge. Edge retired five months ago after watching his best friend Christian win his first ever world championship.

Christian has been booked to appear weaker than Randy Orton, and what better way to reintroduce Edge than to have him return to help his friend. Add to the speculation that Edge will be in Los Angeles this weekend for SummerSlam Axxess, and it becomes far more likely.

I'm torn on whether or not this is a good booking decision (assuming it happens). 

From a storyline perspective, it's perfect. Christian has been booked far weaker than Randy Orton for months now, and going into SummerSlam in a No Holds Barred match, it seems as if he doesn't stand much of a chance. 

This cliffhanger is just what Christian needed. It places him in a dominant position, as he appeared so confident in the surprise he promised Orton. It places doubt into the minds of the fans and Orton. The match is far less predictable now.

Not to mention, it creates great suspense for SummerSlam, makes the World Heavyweight Championship match far more interesting and may even score more pay-per-view buys. It was an all-around good decision.

However, of all the reasons I just gave, none of them hindered on Edge being Christian's mystery advantage. 

I'm all for seeing Edge. It would provide a great reminiscent moment and everyone would enjoy it. Despite this, I'm not sure it should be Edge to assist Christian in victory.

The biggest criticism of Christian is that he lingered in the shadows of Edge's success. Many credit his recent success to Edge's retirement, getting him in the WHC ladder match.

Randy Orton himself has taken a shot or two at Christian for his seemingly dependent relationship with Edge. It's too soon to bring him back to help Christian. Six months down the line would be perfect.

However, in the midst of his first true world championship reign, the last thing Christian needs is to appear dependent on Edge for his victories. This is the ascension of Christian; it has been fantastic to watch.

Christian has to prove that he can win without Edge for him to solidify his status as a main event superstar. 

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