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Christian seeks revenge against Orton at SmackDown in Calgary
By DALE DE RUITER - Calgary Sun


Christian went into SummerSlam as the World champion, but did not leave with the belt. Photo by R.P. Strickland, strickspix@gmail.com


CALGARY - Some Calgarians might be disappointed Canadian pro wrestler Christian no longer holds the World Heavyweight Championship belt, WWE Smack Down’s highest prize, which he lost to Randy Orton at Summer Slam just over a week ago.

However, if that pay per view is any indication the upcoming Street Fight between Christian and Orton is going to be something any fan can get ecstatic about.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Calgary and putting on a great show for all my Canadian peeps,” Christian said when asked how he felt about coming back to perform on home soil. “It will be my first time there actually to perform since, I believe, before I got injured a year ago (when he tore his pectoral muscle and had to undergo surgery). So it’s been well over a year since I’ve even had a chance to compete in my home country, so it will be great to come back.”

Even though Christian is no longer the world heavyweight champ, he can still hold his head up high for the honour he’s held twice in the last few months.

“It felt great, obviously, when I first won the world championship. You know, it took me 17 years to finally win it, and I lost it in five days,” Christian said.

“When I had envisioned my first title reign in my mind, it was going to be a long one. Obviously, that didn’t happen, so it gave me extra motivation to get it back. After that happened, I looked at it like ‘well, I’m going to regain it, then at least I’ll be able to call myself the two-time world heavyweight champion’ and that’s what I’ve done.”

As proud as he is, Christian has always been vocal about his doubts in the legitimacy of Orton’s multiple reigns.

It was such a paranoia that, before his match against Orton at Money in the Bank, he had a lawyer re-write his contract for the event to include a stipulation that if Orton got disqualified, he would lose the belt, which doesn’t regularly happen in that type of loss.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that Teddy Long wanted Randy Orton to be the face of Smack Down, when I feel like it should be me,” Christian said.

“You know, I was having some problems getting proper refereeing as you saw at Capital Punishment, where my foot was clearly underneath the rope and the referee counted three anyway.

I just feel like the situations that Teddy Long had been putting me in, plus the incompetence of the referees, that I was kind of forced, that I didn’t have any choice but to do that.”

Christian’s resourcefulness ran out at Money in the Bank, and on Tuesday, he will be the challenger instead of the defending champion like he’d hoped.

Even though Orton won their last meeting, don’t count Christian out — he’s a seasoned extreme rules veteran.

“It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve competed in many matches like that before. TLC matches, ladder matches and things like that.”

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