I knew my fellow Coalition members and I wouldn’t be the only people pumped to see Christian return to the ring at Royal Rumble this past Sunday night, but I didn’t realize how beloved the veteran is among his peers.
Much of it is summed up in this response from AEW’s Cash Wheeler (fka WWE’s Dash Wilder and Edge training partner) to a hater:
His personality. His footwork. His psychology. His ring positioning. His mind for the business. His ability to elevate his opponents unselfishly & make them look better than they are. His passion. His willingness to help younger talent. His seamless mic work. But that’s it really https://t.co/I8D8pJRhA7— CASH (@CashWheelerFTR) February 1, 2021
Cash’s thoughts drew a lot of support from around the industry, and this great supporting story from EC3:
More than I had working with anyone else.— ec3 (@therealec3) February 1, 2021
Than he TOOK ME OUT FOR ICE CREAM.@Christian4Peeps is one of the best.
And has so much more to give.
The man himself humbly offered thanks:
The feedback from the fans has been amazing & the comments from my peers is humbling. I just want to say thanks & I’m SO happy that stepping back in the ring at the #RoyalRumble meant as much to you as it did to me.— Jay 'Christian' Reso (@Christian4Peeps) February 2, 2021
If that was it, it was on my own terms. If it wasn’t, then...
Captain Charisma is still hinting at his future, even as reports are out that’s he’s back on at least a part-time schedule. The possibility of Christian working more than just the 2021 Rumble reminded lots of Peeps (notably the team at Fightful) that his last match before retiring because of concussion issues was a Fatal 4-Way for an Intercontinental title shot on the Mar. 24, 2014 episode of Raw.
He won that match, and with it a chance to face the Intercontinental champion. And as fate would have it, that belt is once again held by the man who had it six years & 11 months ago.
Big E remembers, and looks willing to honor his kayfabe commitment for the beloved really-freaking-already-should-be-a-Hall-of-Famer...
Will WWE adhere to its own continuity?
There are a lot of us who’d love to see it.