WWE Superstar Christian made his return at the 2011 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, saving his best friend and former tag-team partner Edge from an attack by Alberto Del Rio. “The Rated R Superstar” Edge retained his World Heavyweight Championship in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match, outlasting the likes of Big Show, Wade Barrett, Rey Mysterio, Kane, and Drew McIntyre in a match that lasted more than 30 minutes. Edge picked up the win after spearing Rey Mysterio in mid-air for the pinfall victory.
After the match was over, Alberto Del Rio entered the Chamber and started attacking an exhausted and defenseless Edge. Del Rio, who earlier in the night defeated Kofi Kingston in a non-title match, is the number one contender for Edge’s World Heavyweight Championship after winning the Royal Rumble in January and will get the opportunity to battle for the world title at WrestleMania 27. Del Rio wanted to take Edge out before WrestleMania and took his chance after Edge was at his weakest, beating him down with punches before putting him in his patented cross armbreaker.
At this moment, Christian’s theme music played and out came the WWE Superstar, who hasn’t been seen in a WWE ring since September 2010 due to a torn pectoral muscle injury. Christian saved Edge from the beatdown, running down to the ring and tackling Del Rio. Christian landed hard shots to Del Rio’s head and didn’t let up until the refs had to physically intervene and separate him from Del Rio. Christian saw an opening and ran past the refs to put Del Rio in his finisher, the Killswitch, and executed it to perfection. Christian left the ring, not taking his eyes off of Del Rio, while Edge celebrated with his title belt.
Christian and Del Rio have major history with each other, even though Del Rio has been with the company less than a year. They both had a mini-feud at the end of last year due to Del Rio taking out Matt Hardy, who was Christian’s friend. Christian challenged Del Rio to a series of matches, which Del Rio declined. Del Rio took advantage due to a sneak attack on Christian, putting him in his finisher, the cross armbreaker, and legitimately injured Christian, who was put on the shelf for over five months before his return at the Elimination Chamber.
Now that Christian is involved in the Edge versus Del Rio feud, and has history with both men, it will be interesting to see how things proceed on SmackDown in the next few weeks. If things go the way some people are speculating, Christian will be added to the world title picture at WrestleMania 27, making it a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Del Rio, Christian, and Edge.
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