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A Great Tribute For Daniel Bryan……..But Where was Christian’s Tribute

Many of us are still coming to terms with the retirement of Daniel Bryan, and the loss and big hole he has left in the WWE roster. It was a great speech, great show of respect from the locker room, and there have been many great tribute videos doing the rounds on you tube. Concussion is a series issue in the wrestling word (as well as many other sports), and for the sake of his future, I am glad he has made the correct decision. But watching the tribute and accolades flying around for Daniel Bryan, makes me a little annoyed that another great WWE superstar (and yes one of my all time favourite wrestlers), who also had to retire due to concussion (and injuries), did not get his moment in the ring to say his goodbye. In fact all Christian’s retirement acknowledgment consisted of an off the cuff remark by Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler on a RAW episode (29 Dec 2014), Christian himself referring to his wrestling in past tense on the Stone Cold Podcast on September 7th 2015, before on October 27 2015 his profile moved to the alumni section of WWE.com.

injured Christian

Now whether it was because he was off TV for nearly a year, and was therefore not in the forethought of many fans, or whether it was because there was still uncertainly about his future, by the time it was acknowledge he was retired the WWE, in their poor judgement, have decided not to publicly thank Christian for his services to Wrestling and to the WWE. Here was a superstar who has given over 20 years to the WWE, successfully transitioned from the Attitude era to the PG era, very rarely was criticised for poor performance in the ring, had feud of the year in 2011 with Randy Orton, and is one of the very few wrestlers to have a feud with Alberto Del Rio and have the fans care about it (2013). Christian was able to make a losing streak entertaining, was a go-to wrestler for MITB matches, could easily transition from main event to minor titles and was entertaining as either face or heel. But mostley he will be remembered as one half of arguably one of the best tag teams that the WWE has produced.While Christian is often placed in Edge’s shadow, his highlights would be the envy of many current wrestlers on the roster, and should/ and will get him into the WWE hall of fame, and ‘for those with flash photography’, here is a quick rundown:

 

christian flash photography

WWE

  • • World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • ECW Championship (2 times)
    • WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (4 times)
    • WWF European Championship (1 time)
    • WWF Hardcore Championship (1 time)
    • WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WWF/E Tag Team Championship (9 times) – with Edge (7), Lance Storm (1), and Chris Jericho (1)
    • Twenty Third Triple Crown Champion
    • Twelfth Grand Slam ChampionTNA
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • Gauntlet for the Gold (2008 – Heavyweight)Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Match of the Year (2000) vs. The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz in a Triangle Ladder match at WrestleMania 2000
    • Match of the Year (2001) vs. The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at WrestleMania X-Seven
    • Ranked #7 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2007
    His highlight reel of achievements in the WWE and TNA, makes his lack of a tribute show, or at least an end of RAW to say goodbye a little insulting to Christian and his fans. I am very hopeful he gets into this years (or next) Hall-of-fame, and get the tribute and farewell he deserves. Until that time here are a couple of things I found to help Christians fans celebrate his career in the WWE:

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnsKlE4Y7zs[/youtube]

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz9pR-iQKRM[/youtube]

    Christian’s last couple of years of wrestling were interrupted constantly with a variety of injuries, which continued to affect any momentum he built up in that time. But his last couple of years should not have detracted from a great career. And for those who have forgotten what he can produce in the ring then watch the following:

    For more of the best of Christian go to : http://whatculture.com/wwe/10-best-christian-matches-wwe-career.php

    I wish both Daniel Bryan and Christian all the best in their post wrestling careers

    Hooroo and see you next week
    Craig Higham

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