Christian Says Seeing Edge Return To The Ring Gave Him The Itch To Attempt A Comeback
In a Royal Rumble where nobody expected big things to happen, the pay per view delivered an early contender for feel good moment of the year when Christian shocked the world and returned to the WWE after a lengthy layoff. Despite a 10-second “unsanctioned” match last year against Randy Orton, Christian returned and gave the world a shock in the best way.
This week on The Bump, Christian talked about getting medically cleared to compete and the fact he now has the opportunity to finish his career on his terms.
“It’s been a long process to get myself to the point where I could step into the ring again. I retired because of injuries seven years ago and I’d be lying if I didn’t say Edge returning last year at the Royal Rumble made me think a little bit. When I heard him step through that curtain — as a performer, you’re a control freak. When you’re out there and it’s you in the ring, you can control what happens. I felt out of control in that situation for him. I wanted it to go so well for him that I got nervous and had to walk away because I was getting so anxious and wanted him to do so well and be okay. When I heard his music hit and that reaction, there’s nothing like that live reaction from the WWE Universe. When I watched him, I know we had different injuries, but it put that bug in my ear and I started thinking maybe it was a possibility. I put it to the side and didn’t think anything of it. In the summer, when I had the unsanctioned match against Randy Orton, I looked at where I was in my life and was like, ‘am I making healthy choices?’ I wasn’t in the best shape ever. Living that retired life. I started thinking I should make some physical changes and get back into shape and see if it can actually happen. I was thinking did I want that to be the lasting memory people had of me, getting punted in a 10-second match. The way my career ended before never sat well with me as it was. I needed to get back in there and finish it on my terms and my way. If it was just the one match at Royal Rumble then so be it, but I needed to end it on my terms. I told myself if I do these tests and I pass, then opens new doors. If I don’t, then I’m in no different position. They told me I wasn’t crazy and it snowballed from there.”
While Christian said “no decisions have been made” regarding if we’ll see him in the ring again, it’s been strongly hinted Christian will return on a part time basis. Only time will tell if that’s the case.
h/t to Fightful for the quote
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