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Christian's A Survivor


Christian enjoys finding those funky hats and goofy glasses almost as much as wearing them.

"If I see it and like it, I grab it and wear it," he said. "I'm always on the lookout for cool things in the Village or wherever we are which make me stand out. I have to be comfortable wearing something like that. I like to pop the camera."

Whether you boo, cheer, sing-a-long or laugh, Christian provokes a reaction. A successful tag team competitor, Christian is making the transition to singles life in the ring. WWF music man Jim Johnson created the hymnal sounds to Christian's entrance theme.

A Canadian, Christian is embroiled in a feud with his good-friend and scripted brother Edge. Once atop the tag team ladder, these two combatants stand toe-to-toe against each other in singles action.

"I don't like to compare the feud to anything -- whether it be Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty or Owen and Bret Hart situation," Christian said. "I think it's different, and I think it's hard to compare it to other splits."

Christian and Edge respect each other.

"We had a great run as a team and accomplished a lot together," Christian said. ``We've tagged three years in the WWF and well before that. It was emotional and sad and scarey, but it was also opening a new chapter on my career. It's more of a different feeling than I've ever had before in my life.

"Always going from something that worked to something new is a little risky, but at the same time, you don't want to get stale in the fans eyes. If they've seen the same thing for a few years now, how much longer can it go. It could have gone another three years or another one. You don't know. You also don't want to risk getting stale and then breaking up and nobody cares. You have to change and stay fresh. That's hard to do. I feel like I'm easing into it, doing well with it. I feel comfortable with it."

Wrestling as a tag team for so long, Christian is also relishing his time as a singles competitor.

"It's been a little bit of an adjustment, and I've been happy with it," he said. ``It's been a little bit of a challenge but a fun challenge. I like challenges, and I'm very happy with the way things are going."

Christian and Edge teamed against the Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boys in show-stopping, ladder matches.

When Christian turned on Edge, they looked to settle the score in a 1-on-1 ladder match at the No Mercy pay-per-view on October 21.

"In the very first ladder match, I didn't know what to expect," Christian said. ``Now, I pretty much know what to expect. So, I try to think about it. I'll relax, try not to think about it and not push myself out -- go into it with a clear head and hopefully not get too hurt.

"There's always the risk of permanent injury. I've been in enough of these ladder matches. I know how unforgiving the ladders can be. The ladders seem an awful lot higher when you're up on them than they look when you're on the ground. It's a long way to fall.

"A few times I've actually fallen off the ladder, over the ropes and to the floor. That hurts. The biggest thing is you have to be aware of the serious risks. You have to be aware of that at all times. You have to know where you are and where your opponent is and where the ladders are which is hard to do."

Christian makes sure to relax before a ladder match.

"I try not to think about it much until the day of the match," he said. "I try not to psych myself out. I try to be innovative and do different things that people haven't seen before. There are a lot of high spots and high risk moves, and you want to do them at the right time. You want the match to make sense which is important."

Escalating his heel status, Christian joined the Alliance.

"I don't think it was too soon for me to join the Alliance," he said. "I'm already an established WWF performer. I feel like I'm bringing something to the Alliance -- more mic time. Hopefully, it will help, and it won't take away anything I've done up to now."

Christian and Edge not only worked well together in the ring but also creating names for moves and skits. Edge named Christian's idea `The Con-chair-to.' Playing songs with kazoos -- including a song for Kurt Angle -- highlighted the amusement. Poking fun at the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Bills, Colorado Rockies and other sports teams also brought many laughs -- except to fans of those teams.

"The funny skits with Mick Foley were great," Christian said. "The first time with Mick we nailed it. There was some instant chemistry. So we always looked forward to doing things with him."

Christian notes the work backstage by Paul Heyman.

"He is very creative and very hands on," Christian said. "He sees something you're doing and may help you tweak it or give you a suggestion. He is always there and always available to work with the guys.

"We talked a little bit about my turn, and after my turn, he helped me as well."

Christian looks forward to wrestling Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and The Rock. He also mentions The Undertaker and Kane.

"When Triple H gets healthy, that would be great to work with him," Christian said. ``The possibilities are endless as long as I keep working hard and perform well."

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