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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 08: Christian during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


Christian, along with Edge, were trailblazers in an era of tag-team wrestling. While Edge was pushed to higher placement once the group split, Christian refused to be outdone.

Their legacy as a team is well-documented, but once they split in 2001, Christian would go on a singles career that few could have predicted. After winning multiple mid-level titles as a singles competitor, joining TNA in 2005 would be the point that pushed him to a main eventer. He was one of the first individuals to join the promotion and be able to carry a show on skill and entertainment value. When he would return to the WWE in 2009, his time in TNA built him into a main event star.

Like Edge, Christian can deliver both in the ring and the microphone. His matches against Edge, Jeff Hardy, Triple H and Randy Orton are among the best of his career. However, he will be known for his time as a part of E&C but it was also those years that caused his career to be cut short. Issues with concussions pushed him out of action in 2014. While his formal retirement announcement was never made, his career is in a trying place that may see him never return to the ring.

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