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Christian just full of Charisma
By TIM BAINES, Ottawa Sun


Jay Reso wasn't always Captain Charisma ... or even Christian. Nah, he was just your normal Canadian kid. Growing up in the Orangeville area. Working at Burger King, Pizza Delight, Shoppers Drug Mart, then later as a bouncer and a wood mill.

And all the time, Reso had a dream. A dream of being a professional wrestler.

He'd watch his favourites -- guys like Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Ricky Steamboat, Hulk Hogan,Ted DiBiase and Cowboy Orton.

And he'd wrestle with his boyhood buddy, Adam Copeland, who's done pretty well as WWE star Edge.

So, Reso took some of his college loan and invested in a wrestling school.

The blood, sweat and tears from Sully's Gym, in downtown Toronto, have now turned into blood, sweat and tears and a nice, regular WWE paycheque. And while he's a heel, a guy who thrives on getting fans to boo him, don't think he wasn't at least a little moved to hear Toronto fans cheer him at last Mondays' RAW.

Reso isn't really Christian in real life ... and Christian isn't Reso. But it's not an outrageous extension.

"There has to be some of yourself in your character," said 31-year-old Christian. "It seems to be a gift of mine to get under people's skin quickly. I just turn the volume up.

"I never had dreams of being a weekend warrior. Work out of the office all week and wrestle on weekends? That wasn't for me.

"When I really got a feel for this and got some confidence, this was something I knew I could do. And I'm not done yet."

Christian says the Captain Charisma moniker "just kind of rolled off my tongue," when he was returning from a back injury.

He's feeling good about himself these days, even if it means listening to a stream of boos.

"Sometimes all it takes is your music and the boos start to rumble," he said.

As far as being a celebrity, he says: "It's a little strange. I don't know if it's something you ever get used to. But I never see myself as different from the next person. It just shows you how powerful TV is."

With all the talk of who might succeed Triple H as the next WWE champion, Christian knows what will complete his success story.

"It would be a void in my career if I didn't win the WWE title," he said. "I would like to be in that position. But right now, all I can do is work hard and try to be entertaining."

Entertaining, indeed. Not bad for a wrestling fan from Orangeville. A fan who made his dream come true.

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    - Pro Wrestling Superstars presents Extreme Hatred -- PWS Style on Jan. 25 and 29 on Viewers Choice and Starchoice.The star-studded card features Alex Shelley vs. Petey Williams; Shane Douglas vs. Johnny Swinger; Sabu, Simon Diamond and Scott D'Amore vs. Chris Sabin, Don Callis and Terry Taylor; Angel Williams vs. Tracy Brooks; AJ Styles vs Xavier; The Sandman vs. Chris Candido; and shoot comments from Douglas.

    - Got to admit, I was very surprised to see Monday's RAW in Toronto was trashed on the Internet. I thought it was a terrific RAW -- one of the best I've seen in a long time. So, what if Shawn Michaels was booed and Christian was cheered? What about the terrific bump Kane and Gene Snitsky took to close the show? There's no question that RAW is the superior product right now -- Tuesday's night's Smackdown! from Montreal plodded along. And WWE had to be disappointed with the Montreal crowd.

    - Stone Cold Steve Austin has signed a deal to do three films with WWE. You've got to think that will lead to a RAW return soon.

    - William Regal and injured Eugene (subbed in for by The Coach) lost their tag titles to La Resistance at a house show in Winnipeg last Saturday.

    - Muhammad Hassan has been very effective so far. I thought his skit with Chris Jericho last Monday was outstanding. But WWE shouldn't have him lose a TV match until Wrestlemania if it wants to truly build his character.

    - Message to TV types: Stop editing John Cena's Ruck Fules hat out of the picture.

    tim.baines@ott.sunpub.com