Last week on Smackdown:
Sunday night was supposed to be a very, very, happy night for me.
We then see a shot of Christian retaining the championship at Summerslam over Randy Orton.
And while I retained my World Championship, I left Los Angeles disappointed. The reason for that was my friend Edge, my very best friend Edge, told me that I had become......
The package now flashes to Edge at Summerslam.
I didn't know why, but it wouldn't go away. This awful, empty, feeling..... it just wouldn't go away. So, while everyone went to the bar, I went back to my room. I lay there, staring at the World Heavyweight Championship, thinking about two things. What Edge said and my path to where I am today.
Christian actually gets a bit choked up before he continues speaking.
I started my career in 1995, with my friend Adam. He was Sexton Hardcastle and I was known as Christian Cage. I had the time of my life! I was living my dream with my best friend. Then we got hired by WWE, and we became known as Edge and Christian.
Multiple flashes are shown of Edge and Christian’s greatest matches and moments.
We put our bodies on the line each and every night for each and every one of you. And we loved it. We held the WWE Tag Team Championships more than any other team in WWE history!
Many TLC spots, including of course, Edge’s legendary spear to Jeff Hardy
Eventually, we had to go our separate ways, and both he and I pledged to be a World Champion. And credit to him, he did it, he became WWE Champion.
Edge holding up the WWE Championship in multiple different times
I was another story. No matter how hard I tried, how hard I fought, I couldn't do it. I just couldn't become a World Champion. It became extremely frustrating, to the point where I left the WWE in 2005.
Christian in 2005 looking frustrated
Eventually, it ate at me so much, that I came back, and you people welcomed me back with open arms. However, I came back here because I had unfinished business. I was on my way to a World Title shot when I got hurt by Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio hurting Christian is shown.
It was at this point...... that I started contemplating retirement.
The package takes a much more sad turn.
I figured it was never going to happen... I was not meant to be the World Champion. Once more, however, I got a call from a guy who's name you've heard me say a few times, Edge. He told me that the only guy who could stop me was myself. I thought about that for a long time, and decided that no matter what I had to do, no matter how long I had to wait, I was going to be a World Champion!
The crowd cheers.
And so I stood in the corner at Wrestlemania, watching my best friend defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio, not knowing it would be the last time I would see him wrestle, jut knowing how proud I was of my best friend.
A shot of Del Rio being speared and Christian and Edge celebrating by Del Rio’s car
Eight days later, was a night I'll never forget, for a number of reasons. On RAW, Edge told the whole world that he had to retire from the business he and I loved so much. That night, I probably cried more than he did, and then he told me something I'll never forget.
Christian gets choked up again and now the entire crowd is in his favor. Meanwhile we are shown clips of Edge’s retirement week including Christian and him posing and the entire locker room applauding him.
Christian (Holding back tears):
He told me, "My loss is your gain." I was confused, I asked him what he met, he said, "This is the chance you've been waiting for. The chance to take the ball and run with it." And he was right, I had a chance, and I took it. At Extreme Rules, I defeated Alberto Del Rio in a ladder match! And let me tell you, every bump, every bruise, that I'd suffered over the past decade and a half, when I grabbed that title it seemed to go away in an instant.
The crowd really applauds Christian's efforts now; meanwhile we are shown Christian celebrating at the top of the ladder with the World title in his grasp.
Then five nights later, it all ended like that. Every bump, every bruise, every broken bone, every second that I missed with my family, for the past 15 years..... gone in just four days.
Orton catching Christian with a RKO and Christian looking at Orton with a look of absolute disappointment
I can't tell you how frustrated I was. I was mad at Teddy Long. I was mad at Randy Orton. And although I didn't want to admit it...... I was mad at...... myself. As the months continued and I complained and complained, I got more and more mad at myself. I didn't realize it, but I was hindering myself. Every time, I had a match with Randy Orton, it was in the back of my head the whole time. The fact that all my years of hard work had been ended in four days by Randy Orton. Every time I lost was a dagger right through my heart. Each time I wondered if I could ever again be World Heavyweight Champion. I wondered if all my years of hard work, all my years of falling off of ladders, all my years of getting my head ended in by chairs, all my years of getting put through table, were worth it. Then my frustration turned to desperation, I became almost like an addict. I NEEDED the World Heavyweight Championship. I can't tell you how many sleepless nights I had. Just imagine dedicating your body, your whole life to one purpose, and having it taken from you in less than one week. It changed me into a guy I really didn't like and not many people did.
We are shown flashes of the Christian/Orton rivalry with Christian’s words narrating.
I didn't want to admit it; I didn't want to hear it from anybody who tried to help me..... but, once more my best friend told me exactly what I needed to hear at Summerslam. I didn't want to hear it, but I needed to hear it. Even though, it didn't feel good, it was the kick in the ass I needed. I beat Randy Orton!
Again Christian we see hitting a Killswitch from the ladder and subsequently defeating Orton.
But, for the past few days, I've been wondering: how was I able to do it this time? How was I able to beat the man I couldn't beat before? After a very long time I realized what it was. I realized that I wrestled that match not as who I've been for the past 3 months, but I as who I've been for the past 15 years. I was no longer the whiny, sniveling, Christian..... I was Captain Charisma!!
The crowd pops big at this realizing what this means.... Christian is turning face! The package now takes a more upbeat tone.
"I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD!"
Orton comes down to the ring.
Christian.... or Captain Charisma, I don't give a damn who you are. The only thing I care about is that you have MY World Heavyweight Title! So if you are no longer the man who hides behind his lawyers and contracts, the man who thinks his win over me wasn't a fluke, give me a REMATCH!
The crowd pops wanting this to happen big time. Christian continues to smirk.
You want a rematch, Orton? You want me to put your head through the ring again? Anytime. Anywhere.
The crowd cheers loudly again.
Orton (smirking himself):
You don't fool me Christian. You may come out here and act all brave and tough. But when we do have our rematch, I will expose you, for the bitch, you ar-
CHRISTIAN SLAPS ORTON IN THE FACE! The crowd goes pretty nuts considering Christian just slapped perhaps the most dangerous man in the WWE. Orton's face is stone cold, his head not moving since being slapped.
You do NOT call me a bitch, you understand, Orton?! I was wrestling while you were going A-Wall in the army! While I was clawing my way to the top, you were riding Triple H's coattails there! I had to work my ass off to get where I am today, while you got here because your daddy is a hall of famer! I'm not the bitch Orton, you ar-
ORTON TAKES CHRISTIAN DOWN WITH A DOUBLE LEG TAKEDOWN AND BEGINS TO HAMMER CHRISTIAN WITH RIGHT HANDS! The crowd is going abosolutley wild as Orton continues to pound Christian's face in! Suddenly, CHRISTIAN TURNS THE TABLES AND GETS ON TOP OF ORTON AND WAILS AWAY AT ORTON!! Several referees and lower card superstars come to break it up! They fill the ring and hold Christian and Orton in opposite corners. Orton is forced out of the ring and Christian remains in. Orton tries to break through at the same time Christian does but, the masses hold them back. Christian yells, "ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! ORTON!"