As soon as he won it back I bought tickets to the Smackdown taping that following Tuesday, one of my best memories of things I've seen live was seeing my fav as world champ (and extra catharsis when he pinned Orton in the dark main event).
I fall into the opposite camp in that I ated the initial win (Edgesploitation and Christian is a horrible babyface to my mind) but loved the feud with Orton. Whiny entitled brat Christian was the closest he'd been to a proper main eventer for me.
Post by La HeAdCaSe Grande on Dec 28, 2018 10:14:21 GMT -5
I loved Christian as World Champion. One of my favourite memories of this board is the SmackDown Spoilers thread literally two days after he won the title. I can’t remember how many pages that thread went, but there was a running joke in that thread that people who didn’t read the spoilers and waited until it aired must be freaking out because of how many pages the thread was.
Post by Bronson Bingo on Dec 28, 2018 14:21:28 GMT -5
Apparently after winning the title, Christian hugged Vince. Any chance that Christian had of having a decent reign probably died then.
The matches were great, but the storyline wasn't, with Orton playing the face despite spending the months before kicking people in the skull, and Christian the heel, despite his best friend being forced to retire, him winning the big one for the first time in his career, and getting screwed over by bad refereeing decisions and authority figures.
The feud killed the face heat of Christian and a large chunk of the drawing power of Orton. If they had Christian as the face and Orton the heel, it would have been an all time great feud.