Christian Cage

Christian Cage
Christian WM Axxess 2015.jpg
Christian in March 2015
Birth nameWilliam Jason Reso
Born (1973-11-30) November 30, 1973 (age 44)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceTampa, Florida, United States
Spouse(s)
Denise Hartmann (m. 2001)
Children1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Christian[1]
Christian Cage[2]
Conquistador Dos[3]
Male Nurse[4]
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight212 lb (96 kg)[1]
Billed fromTampa, Florida (WM18, TNA)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Trained byDory Funk Jr.[2]
Ron Hutchison[5]
Debut1995[5]
Retired2014[6]

William Jason Reso (born November 30, 1973) is a Canadian actor, podcaster and retired professional wrestler best known for his time in WWE under the ring name Christian, a shortened version of his original ring name Christian Cage that was also used during his tenure in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Reso was trained by former professional wrestlers Ron Hutchison and Dory Funk Jr. and made his wrestling debut in June 1995.

Reso wrestled in Canadian independent promotions early in his career, where he frequently competed in singles and tag team competition with longtime best friend Adam Copeland. In 1998, Reso signed a developmental deal with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was rebranded as the storyline brother of Edge, Copeland's WWF persona. Reso made his debut the following year and immediately captured his first title in the company, the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. Edge and Christian gained notoriety as a tag team for their participation in Tables, Ladders and Chairs matches and winning the WWF Tag Team Championship on seven different occasions. The team parted ways in 2001, after which Reso held various heavyweight singles titles, including the European Championship, the Hardcore Championship and the Intercontinental Championship.

In November 2005, Reso signed with TNA under his Christian Cage ring name, where he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice. Reso left TNA in late 2008 and re-signed with WWE, where he won the ECW Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship twice each. He is the twenty-third Triple Crown Champion and the eleventh Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.

Early life

Reso was born on November 30, 1973 in Kitchener, Ontario,[2] the son of an American father and a Canadian mother.[2][7] He played ice hockey and was a wrestling fan as a child.[7] Reso lived in Huntsville and East Luther-Grand Valley[7] before moving to Orangeville, where he met Adam Copeland, who became his best friend and eventual tag team partner.[5][8] The two attended Orangeville District Secondary School together, from which Reso graduated.[5][8]

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