Captain CharismaWilliam Jason Reso
, (born in 1973) is one of the popular upper-mid-tier professional wrestlers
under the name Christian
His wrestling career started in 1995, and he originally wrestled under the full ring name of Christian Cage
, tagging with childhood best friend Sexton Hardcastle
(who would later gain fame as Edge) over the years on the independent circuit in the northern United States and their home nation of Canada, before both men eventually made it to the then-World Wrestling Federation in 1998.
Christian first appeared in the WWF as a member of The Brood with Gangrel
, dropping the Cage surname in the process. Later on, Christian found superstardom breaking out of the Brood and teaming with Edge, and the team feuded against the Dudley Boyz and the Hardys for the latter half of the Attitude Era
in many memorable matches, chiefly Ladder Matches and TLC Matches. When the team broke up, Christian initially fell to the wayside while Edge found more immediate success
, though Christian remained incredibly popular among the fans. As he refined his persona with the moniker of "Captain Charisma", the WWE eventually recognized his popularity and raised him to the Upper-Midcard, though not enough to give him a title, and in 2005 he didn't renew his contract with the WWE, jumping ship to TNA
where he wrestled as the full Christian Cage up until the end of 2008 when his contract expired. Christian re-signed with WWE in 2009, returning at ECW, where he would win the ECW Championship twice, holding the longest reign with the title under the WWE before the show was discontinued.
A former NWA
World Champion and ECW
Champion, he finally won the World Heavyweight Championship Triple H introduced in WWE's Brand Extension Era at Extreme Rules 2011, only to lose it back to Randy Orton 2 days later on Smackdown!
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"TROOOPES! TROOOPES! AT LAST, THE'YRE ON THEIR OOOOOOWN!":
- Agent Peacock: Edge & Christian as a post-Brood heel tag team.
- Alliterative Name: "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage.
- And his stable in TNA, Christian's Coalition.
- Arc Fatigue: An in-universe example. Christian vs. Randy Orton for the WWE title has happened about
three or four five times and some of the announcers—not to mention other members of the roster and especially Randy Orton himself—ended up getting tired of him.
- Awesome but Impractical: His finisher, The Unprettier/Killswitch, whilst impressive looking, is hard to hit. It requires a whole rotation of the opponent to pull off, giving opponents a large window to counter.
- Batman Gambit: How Christian won his second World Championship. Two weeks before the Money in the Bank PPV Christian had Randy Orton sign a contract with the stipulations that the title can change hands if Orton gets disqualified or if the referee makes a bad call. The following week Christian does things to piss Orton off like vandalizing his luxury bus, gambling his money away in a casino and costing him his match that night all in an effort to enrage him to make it easier for Orton to lose at PPV. At the PPV in the match's climax Christian spits at Orton's face causing him to go off the deep end and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Christian which ends in a Groin Attack and Orton losing his championship.
- And two maniacal RKOs on the announce table afterward. Pretty sure it was Worth It, though.
- Battle Couple: With Trish Stratus, firstly against Spike Dudley, then later against Chris Jericho, whom they betrayed.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The Kayfabe reason why Randy Orton faced Christian on Smackdown and got his title? Because the WWE Universe wanted Randy to be Christian's first Title opponent. Oops.
- And the contrived method in which he won his second World Heavyweight Championship. Yes, he did piss Randy Orton enough for him to snap and get himself disqualified. His reward for this was taking a kick downstairs and then getting the crap beaten out of him, ending with him getting RKO'd on the non-Spanish Announcers Table. Twice.
- Big Damn Heroes: Returned from his pectoral injury at Elimination Chamber, saving Edge from Del Rio and reforming E&C.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Heel.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Christian in the brand extension era, a clean shaven high spirited pretty boy who bared his abs for all to see. Oh, and he came out to an inspirational theme sung by Water proof blonde. And he was an utter bastard.
- By The Hair: He loved grabbing Trish Stratus by her hair.
- Breakup Breakout
- Edge has had way more success than Christian, especially taking Christian's title reign that did not even last a week. Christian accomplished the one feat Edge never did though, he became a Grand Slam Champion.
- Both Edge and Christian are this in regards to the Brood.
- Canada, Eh?: Part of the chorus for This One for My Peeps" (a song written about Christian) is just the singers chanting "O Canada! O Canada!"
- Canon Discontinuity: When Christian and Edge started in WWE they where referred to as brothers, this was however downplayed over the years, until they referred to each other as best friends.
- Catch Phrase: Towards the end of his first WWE run (And early in his stint in TNA), he had "Because that's how I roll!"
- In TNA, he adopted "If you don't know, now you know."
- During his run with Edge, the two would often end a conversation with Edge going "[[Place whatever here]] rules!" and Christian going, "YEAH, it does!"
- Chairman of the Brawl: A signature of Edge and Christian.
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: He and Edge revived the Conquistadores gimmick in 2000 as a way to get a shot at the WWE World Tag Team Titles. At times, they would appear as themselves with two other guys in the costumes. Those guys, named "Rick" and "Sparky", were, respectively, Christopher Daniels and Aaron "Jesus" Aguilera.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Christian turned on pretty much EVERY partner he's ever had, until AJ Styles & Tomko turned on him to join the Angle Alliance and Christian underwent a Heel-Face Turn, which carried over to his second WWE run. Lampshaded early in his TNA run, as Jeff Jarrett pointed out to Sting that Christian couldn't be trusted, and Christian retorted that Edge & Chris Jericho would vouche for his loyalty; before immediately remembering that he did betray them and remarking that calling them wouldn't be a good idea.
- Subverted at Wrestlemania XXVII: everyone and their mother was expecting Christian to turn on Edge during the match with Alberto Del Rio and yet amazingly, this wasn't even hinted at during the match. Christian never turned and pretty much everyone was rather surprised and happy with the Meta Twist.
- Comparatively Weak, but Skilled: Christian's no flyweight, but he tends more toward a speedy, elusive style with a few high-flying moves. He does have a couple of power moves in his arsenal, but he just doesn't use them very often.
- Costume Porn / In the Hood: The old Captain Charisma / Instant Classic jumpsuits he wore to the ring for six years. (Usually kept the hoods off for the Instant Classic ones.)
- Cute Mute: A shy, long blond haired, silent 'pseudo-vampire' in the Brood.
- Deadpan Snarker: In WWECW, regarding Jack Thwagger and Bill Regal
- Demoted to Extra: Has unfortunately been one of those guys that WWE doesn't seem to know how to use if he's not in a title feud. Consequently, often times he's left to do absolutely nothing.
- Determinator: Christian is quite determined to get one more match. A title match that is. Triple H and Teddy Long have used Exact Words on him and put him in matches against opponents he'd faced before, just not the current title holder.
- Generally, the guy is one of the more resilient and resourceful characters you'll see in wrestling. One of his strengths is how he can soldier through a lot of pain and then find a way to get the job done. Even as a heel, though he he will bail if possible when he knows he can't win a fight, you can bet he'll come back later with an Evil Plan of some sort.
- Exact Words: Triple H used this against him during the September 26 episode of Raw, after he interrupted Triple H, wanting more one match. He got it. On that edition of Raw he had to face John Cena, in a non title match, then he was booked on the following episode of Smackdown in a match against Randy Orton and then against Sheamus on the Hell in a Cell PPV. Christian wasn't pleased at all.
- Eye Take: His crazy stare is not as good as Edge's, but you don't see it as often, either. If and when you do, he is pissed, and whoever he's attacking is screwed.
- Fan Community Nickname: The Peepulation. The Christian Coalition was also this before becoming his stable name in TNA.
- Finishing Move: The Unprettier / Killswitch, his signature inverted double underhook facebuster.
- Shout-Out: He actually changed the name of the move (to Killswitch) because he's a fan of the band.
- His former finisher was the Impaler. Or possibly the Implant DDT. Or possibly those are the same thing. The commentators never seemed to call it the same way twice. This became a Running Gag to the point that the original CCG card for the Impaler just had a picture of Christian shrugging.
- He's now worked the Spear into his moveset to pay homage to his best friend Edge after Edge was forced to retire due to a Game-Breaking Injury.
- If he's a face, he'll finish off a match with a Frog Splash on occasion.
- Sometimes - especially when facing a larger opponent - he'll use the Tornado DDT to finish them off.
- Five Moves of Doom: Since his return to WWECW.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: The "Un-Americans", with Lance Storm.
- Game-Breaking Injury: A torn pectoral muscle in 2011, and a concussion in 2013 that's kept him off TV for several months so far.
- Glass Cannon: Has become this, sadly.
- Gratuitous Italian: His themes when he and Edge broke up in 2001.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Why he turned on Edge in 2001.
- Groin Attack: Was the victim of one by Randy Orton, which was how he finally won the World Heavyweight Championship the second time.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Maybe somewhat to be expected given the length of his career, but unlike a lot of wrestlers nowadays, he seems to turn fairly often. It's gotten to the point where it's actually discussed in storyline.
- Heel Face Return: Returned from a six-month absence at Over the Limit 2012, turning face and capturing the Intercontinental Championship in the process.
- Heel Realization: When Cody questioned Christian on his seemingly odd Heel-Face Turn, Christian explained that it came to him in a "moment of clarity" when inducting Edge in the Hall of Fame, saying he'd rather try to build up a great career like his friend rather than be the whiner always asking for "one more match."
- Heroic BSOD: When he lost the World Heavyweight Championship.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Adam Copeland (Edge), former tag-team partner and best friend since childhood.
- Humiliation Conga: At SummerSlam 2011, Christian received one, first at the hands of Edge, whom he expected to be in his corner for the No Holds Barred match against Randy Orton. Edge would tell Christian off for the winning the World title via DQ and called him a "whiny bitch" before leaving the arena. Christian would then face Orton and would attempt to spite in Orton's face again, a Call Back to the spit that provoked Orton to get DQed and lose the title. For that, Christian would take many of Orton's signature moves with a twist. Orton would deliver the rope assisted DDT into a trash can and a snap powerslam into a table. Orton would then attempt his signature Garvin Stomps with Christian laying on the steps, but Christian would use a kendo stick to stun Orton. Christian would then spring off the second turnbuckle only to get RKOed in mid-air into the steps, another Call Back, this time to the finish in their first match in the series. This would cap off the Humiliation Conga of the slimy, cowardly Christian that tormented Orton for months over the World title.
- Important Hair Cut: In 2003, as his singles career started to take off.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mostly apparent as a face, though it can show as a heel if he's got people he feels like showing his loyalty towards.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has four cats.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Took his original ring name from his two favorite actors, Christian Slater and Nicolas Cage.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He was ADORABLE from his debut till the end of the E & C days with his long blond hair.
- Manipulative Bastard: Particularly as a heel.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The Brood defected from the Ministry Of Darkness for the sake of Christian, whom Edge and Gangrel were ordered to help nail to the "symbol" after he failed The Undertaker.
- Named Weapons: Christian named the dented folding chair The Rock had used to pummel Goldberg with "the people's steel chair" and took it for himself, believing it had some special quality.
- Never My Fault: He blamed it on Edge that he lost the World Title at SummerSlam, after Edge called him out on all the stunts he played to get the title back, and thus lost focus during the match.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Got a nasty one from CM Punk (who was in full-on Unstoppable Rage mode). He ate the announcer's table about a dozen times in a row, then took a GTS - except Punk abandoned his left knee in favor of the steel ring stairs. Then Punk put him in the Anaconda Vice for about 45 seconds.
- Oh, Crap: Christian's face on the 7/29/11 Smackdown when he watched Randy Orton RKO R-Truth into the announcers' table. Triple H had ordered Randy Orton's rematch at Summerslam to be No Holds Barred - which pretty much means that Randy (whose recent loss has made him even more unhinged than he was already) can do anything he wants to Christian.
- Overly Long Gag: "One More Match."
- Perma Stubble: Overlaps mostly with Beard of Evil.
- Patriotic Fervor: Its 2005, he's on Raw and he wants to go to Smackdown. Why? Because Smackdown has Americans, it has Mexicans, it has Japanese, it has Frenchmen, but it doesn't have one Canadian!
- Power Trio: The Brood, with Gangrel and Edge (1998 to 1999)
- Team ECK with Kurt Angle and Edge (2000 to 2001)
- In TNA, he led the Christian Coalition, which featured Tomko & AJ Styles (2007 to 2008)
- Put on a Bus: Alarmingly often. He's been hurt at points during the latter part of his career, but there have also been occasions where he's simply disappeared with no given explanation. Then there's going from WWE to TNA and back.
- The Quiet One: His debut in the WWF during his time in the Brood. The first time someone put a microphone in his face, he merely stared at it with disdain. (Nowadays, it's getting him to shut up that's the problem).
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Maybe Christian would have gotten a legitimate WC shot soon anyway. But the Extreme Rules 2011 match where he won the title was supposed to be Edge defending his championship against Del Rio. But then, of course, Edge retired. This was even touched on by Michael Cole during the actual match - and he might have been doing it just to be stir things up, but he was actually telling the truth in a way.
- Red Baron: Captain Charisma (WWE) and the Instant Classic (TNA).
- Redemption Promotion: The page for this trope lists Christian as perhaps the ultimate example of it. After turning his back on the WWE fans, he simply got more and more pathetic and boring. In 2003, it seemed like he couldn't win a match clean if his life depended on it, even against 150 pound Spike Dudley. After returning to ECW, many new fans were shocked to see he could actually escape from an armbar and with the crowds behind him, tag teams had to cheat to beat Christian in two on one matches.
- A similar thing seems to be happening with his recent feud with Randy Orton, although not as dramatically.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He was the blue oni to Edge's red, especially when they teamed together. Christian was pushed as the more calculated and calmer of the two, while Edge...well, he often got by on just being batshit insane.
- The Rival: The Hardys and the Dudleys when he tagged with Edge.
- Rule of Funny: Edge and Christian circa 2000 ran on this.
- Running Gag: His lackluster rapping skills. They come up in a backstage skit at the 2005 Royal Rumble when he tries to rap-battle John Cena, and again at Survivor Series 2009 as he tries to impress his black teammates.
- Shout-Out: Has started to use the Spear occasionally (usually in PPV matches) since Edge retired.
- Sit Com Arch Nemesis: Apparently had one in real life; a loan officer by the name of Snooks who hounded him to repay college loans he had spent on wrestling school, who would mock his aspirations to become a wrestler.
- Slimeball: Increasingly became one during his Raw team up with Chris Jericho to the point Stone Cold Steve Austin dubbed him a CLB (creepy little bastard). Eventually he and Jericho had a falling out too.
- Small Name, Big Ego: His WWE character, from 2001 to 2005. Played for laughs.
- His TNA character, from 2006 to 2008. Taken more seriously.
- Sore Loser: Accused Jack Swagger of being on after taking the ECW Championship from him.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Got the crap beaten out of him by The Shield just to antagonize a returning Edge back in September. Hasn't been seen since.
- Talk Show with Fists: (in WWE): "The Peeps Show".
- He introduced "Chatting with the Champ" on the October 11, 2007 episode of TNA Impact. The set was a Tiki Bar, with AJ Styles as The Bartender, for guest Samoa Joe. Joe disapproved, and called AJ "Woody from Cheers."
- Tantrum Throwing: Due to a long losing streak on Raw, along with things generally not going his way. Christian was on the verge of just quitting.
- Terrible Trio: Christian's Coalition, oddly enough. Despite their major heel status, Christian, Styles, and Tomko's talking segments together came across as a comedic take on "the evil mastermind and his henchmen" shtick more often than not. It's actually part of the reason they were so over at the time.
- This Cannot Be!: Eddie Colon kicking out of the unprettier at WWC Aniversario 34, it must have been an officiating mistake!
- Title Drop: At Bound For Glory 2006's "8 Mile Street Fight", Christian hit Rhino with an 8 Mile street sign.
- Token White: At Survivor Series 2009, Christian competed in a team featuring Kofi Kingston, MVP, R-Truth and Mark Henry, each of them black. Initially subverted when Christian was initially nervous about teaming with them for being the only one in the team to be from ECW and Canada (R-Truth was on Smackdown, and Henry, Kingston, and MVP were on RAW at the time). Lampshaded when Christian then proceeded to rap:
: Team Kofi Kingston, looking for a fight. Four of us are black, and one of us is white! What's up? WHAT'S UP? ... What's up?
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of his WWE run, he was treated by the company as a glorified midcard jobber act despite his soaring popularity. Then he came to TNA, became world heavyweight champion in three months and had an undefeated streak even longer than Samoa Joe's.
- Tuckerization: His kayfabe first name comes from Christian Slater. His non-WWE last name, Cage, comes from Nicolas Cage.
- Unrelated Brothers: Christian (Jason Reso) and Edge (Adam Copeland) were initially referred to as brothers when in WWE; after they stopped teaming (And feuding), this was dropped rather quickly.
- The fact that they are childhood best friends and have several photos together as kids surely helped a lot. The fact that their birthdays are exactly one month apart does not help as muchnote .
- Unstoppable Rage: At Elimination Chamber 2011. Edge had just won the chamber match and retained the World Heavyweight Championship in the Elimination Chamber match when Alberto Del Rio, who was to face Edge for the title at Wrestlemania XXVII, ran into the chamber and started beating down on a tired and vulnerable Edge. Del Rio locks in the Cross Arm Breaker. Cue loud "GO!" from out of nowhere. Cue fan markout. Cue Christian, who (kayfabe) missed six months of action due to Del Rio using the same move on him, running down to the ring and handing Del Rio his ass on a platter.
- Vampire Vannabe: Christian and Edge were arguably this as the Brood. Edge lampshades this in his retirement speech as he was a 'pseudo-vampire' during that time. To this day it's still uncertain as to the 'relationship' both Christian and Edge had with Gangrel.
- Very Punchable Man: Has been zigzagging this recently. He seems to end up booked in a lot of matches where he's an outlet for someone else's pent-up frustration about something completely unrelated.
- We Used to Be Friends: When you betray pretty much every tag team partner you have, this is to be expected.
- Naturally, his first big feud after going solo was with Edge. Interestingly, this was a factor of their on-screen relationship for just over 9 years, with the pair reconciling when they were both face, and fittingly a few months before Edge's retirement.
- And then the start of his big solo run at the start of his "Captain Charisma" gimmick started off with a feud with the newly face Chris Jericho.
- And his Face-Heel Turn in TNA started off with him betraying Sting & a violent feud with Rhino.
- And then his Heel-Face Turn in TNA saw this happen with long-time enforcer Tomko.
- Weapon of Choice: The good ol' steel chair.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Although he still works a full schedule, he tends to disappear for months at a time for no apparent reason, and sometimes with no setup.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The Unamericans wore the stars and stripes upside down.
- Worth It: Sure, he pissed off Randy and got the crap beaten out of him, but at least he was World Champion again!
- Worthy Opponent: When Christian was the ECW Champion, Yoshi Tatsu (whom he said was going to be a future champion), Tommy Dreamer (the heart and soul and guts of ECW) and Shelton Benjamin (who he challenged at the TLC pay per view after feeling WWECW was being overlooked and knew he could steal the show with)
- Would Hit a Girl:
- You Owe Me: Christian used this reasoning to try and force Frankie Kazarian to be team up with him and even the odds when the Angle Alliance turned on Christian. Christian was apparently so intimidating that his demands just sent Kaz running in fear.
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