After months away from the ring and WWE television, former world champion Christian returned to the company Monday on Raw.
Christian hadn’t been in a WWE ring since the July 27, 2012 edition of SmackDown, where he was unable to recapture the Intercontinental title he lost to The Miz just four nights prior.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Wrestling Inc. had previously reported that Christian was due back in late 2012—late November or early December—after missing substantial time recovering from shoulder surgery.
Now that the underrated star is back in the company, how the WWE handles the veteran will be just as important as the recovery process from his injury. With a serious lack of elite faces, it should be the company’s prerogative to bring Christian back as a good guy.
That was made clear with his battle against Wade Barrett.
While there was rampant speculation that Christian’s appearance at TNA’s Slammiversary was the reason WWE refused to put him on TV, that idea is flat-out ridiculous.
This was just a case of a superstar recovering from an injury and the company trying to find the best spot for his return.
With Christian back, the WWE gets another weapon for its arsenal. The Canadian star has world-title credentials and some of the best mic and in-ring skills in the entire company, so the possibilities for feuds are endless.
While there is no doubt that Christian is viewed by causal and hardcore fans as a championship-worthy star, he will not be close to the world title anytime soon.
Instead, the WWE will use him to further put over younger stars and increase the drawing power of the mediocre midcard. As long as Christian can stay healthy for a long run with the company, we could see the crowd favorite in some very memorable feuds.
No matter what Christian does from here on out, as long as he is back for good, the WWE Universe will be appreciative.
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