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Christian's Last Window

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It doesn't take much, actually scratch that, any effort to find someone (or a large group) of people saying "Christian should be [WWE Branded] Champion!" in-fact it's almost become a bit of a running gag. However, I'm not here to argue whither or not he deserves to be a champion. What I'm here to argue is that window is about to shut... permanently.

To understand my reasoning, I must first go back in time, and you may notice a trend.

This is the Entire List of WWE/WHC that earned their first WWE Branded World title since Summerslam 2004, followed by their age and time since joining the TV Roster, in order by date of title obtained.

Name - Age (Appx) - Tenure (Appx)
Randy Orton - 24.2 yo - 2.3 yrs
John Cena - 28.0 yo - 2.8 yrs
Batista - 36.2 yo - 3.0 yrs
Edge - 32.2 yo - 6.8 yrs
Rey Mysterio - 31.3 yo - 3.8 Yrs

RVD - 35.5 yo - 4.9 Yrs
Great Khali - 34.9 yo - 1.3 Yrs
CM Punk - 29.6 yo - 4.0 Yrs
Jeff Hardy - 31.3 yo - 10.3 Yrs
Sheamus - 31.9 yo - 0.5 Yrs

Jack Swagger - 28.0 yo - 1.6 Yrs
The Miz - 30.1 yo - 4.5 Yrs
Dolph Ziggler - 30.5 yo - 5.4 Yrs

Average: 31.1 Years Old - 3.9 Years Tenure

Now you might be asking: What trend?

Of those listed above, 3 of them earned their titles based on circumstance: RVD -- ECW Revival, Khali -- India market, and Mysterio -- Eddie Guerrero. Then there's Jeff Hardy, the odd ball for tenure. Well, he became champion simply because of his massive popularity. While it may be argued if he was sober he would have became one earlier, the WWE generally doesn't put "First Titles" on a superstar who has been there forever. The reason? The Ceiling. You know what you're getting in an more tenured superstar, and if they're not world class, it's doubtful they ever will be. Christian has solid popularity, but he's not 2009 Jeff Hardy level, nor does he fill a circumstance.

Of the "non-circumstance" champions, this is your average:
30.1 yo, 3.4 yrs

Here's Christian: 37.3 yo, 12.5 yrs

This is important when you compare Christian to other potential champions:**
Alberto Del Rio - 33.8 yo - 0.6 yrs
Daniel Bryan - 29.8 yo - 1.1 yrs
John Morrison - 31.5 yo - 7 yrs
Kofi Kingston - 30.2 yo - 3.2 yrs
Wade Barrett - 30.6 yo - 1.1 yrs

**Your Personal List may vary

Now granted he held the NWA Championship, and I not going to dispute his world-class skills. However, since he hasn't held a WWE one yet, he has everything working against him. For discussions sake, let's say Christian earned his first at Summerslam 2011. He would be just under 38 years old, with about 13 years of WWE/TNA competition weighing on his body. Captain Obvious states he wouldn't have much left in the tank to give as a World-Title Level athlete.

Now of course he hasn't had too many injuries and could probably go for a few more years. However though, there are two major issues. The first is that his promotion to World-Title level is going to take away or delay a younger and less worn out superstar's opportunity. [See Above] The other is the lack of long term financial return of investment, older athletes miss more house shows, and also he might be one of the worst sellers of merchandise given his popularity in WWE history. Don't believe me? His current adult T-Shirts for sale on wweshop.com pre-date wweshop.com.

Despite all of what I said though, you can feel it, and WWE has hinted it over the Edge/Del Rio feud. The Edge and Christian reunion is pretty much a guarantee (a Retro E&C T-Shirt is on sale), and it's probably Christian's last chance at a major push. This very well could end with him earning his first world title if it ends with a Edge or Del Rio feud, and lead to possibly even multiple reigns if it's well received. However, you can also feel if he squanders it, or creative pulls the plug on it... It's over, the window will be shut, he will never be a WWE Branded World Champion, and he will be the 2011 equivalent of Vader.

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  1. knox's Avatar
    first of all i love this blog but the thing about christian is that it has nothing to do with paying dues as to why he should be champ in my opinion. I think Christian deserves to be champ because he's one of the top babyfaces and the most underrated talent in the ring that the WWE has. When you look at Christian wrestle, he puts on the most entertaining matches every single time, he makes his opponents look good as well. He is the MAN and one of the only babyfaces who can actually cut a good promo. He has great aggression and that's been shown with his feud with Alberto Del Rio.

    His other accomplishments are just icing on the cake as to why he should be champ.

    Keep up the good work I enjoyed the blog and be safe
  2. miraistreak's Avatar
    Appreciate that, there's flaws of course mixed in with my own opinion. I personally would love Christian to be a champion again, new storylines, he's solid etc. etc. I'm just convinced if it's not very soon, it'll be never, just because of the long-term return of investment compared to a younger star. Now there may be some outside chance he is a one time champ and is a perma-floater in the upper midcard, like Mysterio was for years, but who knows.
  3. Saiga's Avatar
    i have enjoyed a fair share of christian's matches but to suddenly give him the world title would almost simply be him winning it as a fluke which came out of nowhere. they really need to have some build up for it and two weeks aint enough.

    btw, christian won the ecw championship twice. he ran with it for pretty much the entire of 2009.
  4. miraistreak's Avatar
    I remember, he did have 2 great title runs with it given the circumstances. However, the WWE and most of the IWC doesn't consider the WWE version of the ECW Championship a World Title, it only got a half-assed "world-title" status for a little bit, well before Christian's runs with it.
  5. trasler's Avatar
    I agree with what you are saying but there are TWO points that fit into your formula with "titles based on circumstance"

    ONE - Both the WWE/WHC are two weak titles, they no longer prestigious, they mean nothing. They need to give the title creditbility and that means looking at your table thingy and actually seeing Christian as the perfect canditate. Yes WWE needs to push younger stars but you need to make the title mean something first. Christian has a story, a passion and would add emotion to the title which would add value to it. get rid of the stupid spinning kids belt and make it something that is worth fighting for.

    TWO - The tag team division needs building, Edge and Christian are the guys to help do this. Edge has publicly stated his career is winding down, so inorder to pro-long his life circle (WWE is a business) it would make sense for Edge and Christian to reunite and team to end their journey. BUT you have to make Christian WWE/WHC first in order to make the team equal. If only Edge has been champion (11 times or whatever it is) then that makes Christian look like the weak one, which wouldnt make the tag team believeable.
  6. knox's Avatar
    Christian will be in the mainevent at Mania, they are going to make it a Triple Threat. If he's in the mainevent, I'm sure creative will give him the win. Edge is my favorite of all-time but lets be honest, he doesn't look like he's been having much fun lately even as the champ. Del Rio was just something to get everyone excited thinkin that he would really win the belt that quick. If the WWE are smart, they would not give the belt to a guy who hasn't even been on the main roster for less than a year just like they did Sheamus. This would again destroy the credibility for the belt. I really think this is Christian's year and he will perform his butt off to deserve this.

    Look at how many signature moves Christian has as opposed to the 3 moves Cena has. Christian has the behind the back DDT, the move where he puts his legs through the turnbuckle and kicks u in the head, the 2nd rope sunsetflip lookin thing, the move where he jumps through the ropes outside the ring and slaps the hell out of your face lol i wish i knew the proper names for these moves but he has alot.

    He gets the biggest pops behind maybe Orton
  7. SevenCagedTigers's Avatar
    Excellent blog! It actually offered something new rather then reiterating a consensus. It was well-written and you provided available information in a new perspective. I have nothing to add other than I look forward to your future posts.
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