Christian has had a WWE career that has spanned 15 years with the company. From humble beginnings in The Brood to tagging with his best friend Edge, to eventually leaving and re-joining the company to become a World Champion, there isn’t a lot the 42-year-old Canadian hasn’t achieved.
On the March 2, 2016, edition of 'Talk is Jericho', Christian said that while he has had no formal discussion with WWE management regarding his semi-retirement, he is unlikely to wrestle again.
With his in-ring career probably done and dusted, questions have been raised on whether he should join best friend Edge in the WWE Hall of Fame.
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Edge and Christian have appeared on the WWE Network Stone Cold Podcast where the rated-R superstar said that Christian should join him in the Hall of Fame, however, Christian unfortunately did not make the cut for the Class of 2016.
So will WWE put him in the Class of 2017 then?
A trend that WWE have developed with their induction process is that they like to induct one A-grade superstar to headline the class and then fill the rest with heroes from the state that WrestleMania that year is taking place.
This year Sting was the headline act and the ultimate drawcard. Sting being inducted gave the entire remainder of the class an impossible level of calibre that they could live up to. So, what WWE did was induct former Texas wrestlers like The Big Boss Man, Stan Hanson and Jacqueline because they will get a pop as they’re from the home state; but also, they’re more likely to be able to attend the event as they live there and so does their family.
WrestleMania 33 is being held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Florida. After the tragic passing of Chyna, many are tipping that she will headline the 2017 Hall of Fame Class. She’s the A-grader and Christian would be the perfect supporting act.
Christian for the past 15 years or so has been living in Tampa Florida, virtually making him a hometown hero. Even though he’s Canadian, you would expect the Florida crowd to claim him almost as one of their own.
Another casing point in inducting Christian is his impeccable record. He’s a nine-time tag team Champion, four time Intercontinental Champion and of course a two time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. This alone should be enough to get him inducted, but then you add in his work he did whilst he was outside the company.
WWE won’t want to recognise this but Christian was actually once touted as the seventh best wrestler in the world on the PWI 500 back in 2007. Of course though, at this time he was working with TNA under the name Christian Cage.
No doubt, the three years he spent in TNA were the best three years of his wrestling career. He developed into a terrific singles babyface, then an even better heel and redeveloped his entire brand into a more edgy character as the Instant Classic.
WWE have already once made a deal with TNA regarding Christian. In 2012, WWE made a deal with TNA that they could use Christian (whilst under WWE contract) to announce the number one moment in TNA history in the return for TNA allowing Ric Flair (who was on a TNA contract at the time) to be a part of the Four Horsemen’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
There is no reason why both parties couldn’t come to agreement again for a superstar that has been so influential to both companies.
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