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Christian finally sees the spotlight
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


Captain Charisma himself, Christian


They call him Captain Charisma, but WWE star Christian(Jay Reso) seemed more like Captain Cautious when he talked to the Calgary Sun this week.

Christian politely declined to comment on the real life love triangle between Edge, Lita and Matt Hardy. "It's really none of my business," he said, taking me up on my offer to skip to the next topic.

He also side-stepped a question about the infamous glass ceiling on the Raw brand, saying "You can't worry about things you can't control. It's all hearsay anyway."

While both responses are par for the course -- no one wants to say anything that will earn them doghouse status at WWE headquarters -- the rest of the conversation was where his cautious side really started to shine through.

Christian kept his answers vague and generic, even on the tamest lines of questioning. He alternated his responses between "we're just here to entertain the fans" and "I don't think about that kind of stuff." Sometimes, he even combined the two answers into a double whammy of non-committal indifference, often punctuated with a line about "just doing my thing".

It would be fine if he were a B-level rookie with management scrutinizing his every move, but Christian is one of the longest serving workers in WWE and one of the hottest stars in the company.

Wrestlers who don't even have close to his level of star power are far more vocal without suffering any repercussions, but perhaps Christian is just playing it safe. After years of being under-utilized in the upper mid-card, WWE bosses are finally entrusting him with a main event spot.

Sunday night, he challenges for the WWE title on the Vengeance pay-per-view in a three-way match with John Cena and Chris Jericho. Christian said he supports the late decision to add Jericho to the mix, but his tone betrayed his disappointment that his first main event wasn't a one-on-one scenario. "I've always had great matches with Chris," he said. "I think this match has a good dynamic, but at some point, I would definitely like to have a singles match with John Cena."

Christian started to show signs of life when he talked about his rise from mid-card comedy to top tier talent. "I've just tried to make the character grow up a little bit," he said. "I got an opportunity to step up and I jumped on that wave and tried to ride it. I feel like I've been in the zone, and I'm not thinking too much about what I'm doing. I'm just going out and doing it and the fans have been responsive to me."

But the top spot was a long time coming for the Toronto native. After he split with tag team partner Edge in 2001, he seemed stuck in the Marty Jannetty role -- talented and popular, but pushed by management as the lesser member of the former team. "I've heard people making that comparison," he said. "But I always knew what I could do and what I was capable of. I just did my thing and knew that whenever it was going to happen for me, it would happen.

"Everybody has a different path in their career, and this was how I had to get to where I am now. If anything, I enjoyed the path. It has just made me a better performer."

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