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By Seth Mates recently caught up with Christian to talk about a number of
Last Saturday at Rebellion, you and Edge had a Cage match that was pretty hard-hitting, with a pretty innovative finish.

I was really happy with the match. The crowd was awesome. They were really loud, which made the match I think that much better. It was a pretty physical match, and it was hard-hitting, and I really enjoyed it.
In terms of physicality, how would you compare it to your Ladder match at No Mercy?

I don't think it was as physically demanding as the Ladder match. It definitely was very physical, but I always find that my body never feels quite the same after a Ladder match.
So how do you feel physically right now?

I feel pretty good. I'm a little banged up, actually. The back of my legs are sore from being hung upside down on the cage (at Rebellion).
A lot of fans may not know that you won the European Championship a couple of weeks back in Cincinnati. Can you talk about that match, and what the win means to you?

The match wasn't very long; it was only about four minutes, but I was very happy with it. Any time you get a chance to hold any title in the World Wrestling Federation it is an honor. Hopefully I can do some great things with the European Title, not to count out any other title, because
you know how Christian loves his gold. (laughs)
You're actually a Grand Slam Champion now in the World Wrestling Federation, having won the Intercontinental, Tag Team, European and Light Heavyweight Championships.

Actually, I didn't even think about it until Edge said it to me after - he said, "Man, you've pretty much held every title except for the world title." So that's my next goal. (laughs)
As a Toronto native, how do you feel about 50,000 tickets being sold for WrestleMania X-8 at SkyDome in the first two hours of sales?

Toronto is an awesome supporter of the World Wrestling Federation, so I knew it would be a great crowd. But 50,000 tickets in two hours blew my mind. Thinking about it right now, I'm getting goose bumps. I can't wait. It's gonna be unbelievable to go out and perform in front of my hometown - my family and friends. It's probably going to be a feeling like no other I've ever had in my career.
Toronto was also the city where you finally turned on Edge, back in September. What was that moment like for you?

Having that whole story unfold in our hometown was unbelievable. It was amazing how it worked out that we were in Toronto back-to-back nights, so I could cut the promo the next night explaining why I did what I did. It's hard to describe how it felt. It's something I'll never forget - something that will always stand out in my mind when I think about my career.
Survivor Series is coming up. What's your favorite Survivor Series moment of all time?

I remember the debut of the Undertaker (at the 1990 Survivor Series). I was at home watching - my friends and I would always get the Pay-Per-Views every month. I was like, "Man - this guy's huge!" He just basically killed everybody in the match. I was just standing there with my mouth open in awe of him. To be able to work with him now is just an unbelievable feeling.
Have you had a chance to read Kurt Angle's book yet?

He let me read a little bit of it right after he finished it, which was an honor. Kurt's one of my best friends. He asked me to read the opening of it - two different versions - and asked me what I thought. That was a real honor that he actually thought of me in that regard, to be able to do that. I haven't had a chance yet to read the whole thing, but I can't wait, because of what I read, I was hooked. Since he's one of my friends, I'm waiting for him to give me a free copy. (laughs)
You think you'll ever write a book?

I don't know. It depends. It's hard to say. It would be nice to be able to tell some stories about things I did before I got to the World Wrestling Federation. Some people might be surprised by the road that I and a lot of other superstars had to go through to get to where we are today, and the struggles. Mick Foley wrote a lot about it in his first book. So I don't know - I never really gave much thought to it. But it might be neat someday to do something like that.
Your entrance is so unique, with the opera, and the pyro, etc. How did that come to be?

Actually, it was Jim Johnston who put that together. I actually had a totally different idea of the music, and when they told me over the phone, "Oh, we have this, we think you're really gonna like it," and they were trying to explain it to me, I couldn't really get a feel for it. I said, "I guess I'm just gonna have to hear it." So the first time the fans heard it, I had just heard it for the first time earlier that day. And when it started playing, I just said, "Man, what is this?" It was kinda crazy. But I started to think about it a little bit, and I thought about it - it's so hard to be unique these days, to have something different, and to have a different entrance means a lot to me, because it kinda sets me apart. It's
hard to be different, and anytime you can, it's a good thing.
So it's been two full months now since you and Edge broke up. How would you say the singles career is treating you and Edge so far?

So far, so good, I think. He's been two-time Intercontinental Champion, not to mention that he had already won King of the Ring. I've won the Intercontinental Title and the European Title. So hopefully we'll keep building from here. I think as singles, we're going to have to build ourselves up the same way we did as a tag team, to be recognized in the same light. It's very flattering when people say that we're one of the greatest tag teams of all-time; in my heart, I believe that we were. And that means
a lot to me. I want to accomplish the same thing as singles, if not more, than we did as a team.
How long do you see the Edge vs. Christian feud going?

I don't know. I wouldn't even be opposed to getting away from it for a little while and coming back to it sometime. As long as it has legs, as long as people are interested, we'll keep it up.
So maybe we'll be seeing Edge vs. Christian in Toronto at WrestleMania X-8?

You never know, because everything changes so quickly around here. I don't want to say yes, and then have it not happen. You never know.

*Credit WCW*