Christian vs Alberto Del Rio – World Heavyweight Championship – WWE Extreme Rules 2010
Christian’s pretend brother Edge was the World Heavyweight Champion going into Wrestlemania 27. He defended his championship against Alberto Del Rio, but tragedy would strike soon after.
The next episode of Smackdown, Edge would announce his retirement from wrestling. Neck injuries had taken their toll on him, and he had no choice to retire or face a lifetime in a wheelchair. It was a harrowing announcement. It was one that shocked wrestling fans who had followed Edge for nearly 15 years in the WWE.
However, this gave WWE the chance to give one of their underutilised starts a real feel-good moment. Christian had long been ignored by WWE in regards to World Championship opportunities. For a man of his talent, it was unthinkable. It had taken him so long for him to hold one of the biggest titles in WWE.
Christian finally got his shot – with Edge in his corner – at WWE Extreme Rules 2010. In a ladder match, which he and Edge had become famous for in the Attitude Era, he faced Mexican star Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio was a Mexican aristocrat who flaunted his wealth in front of the booing crowd, and made Christian the prime face to beat him.
Christian won the vacant World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules, winning his first World Championship in WWE.
He celebrated with tears in his eyes with Edge, reclaiming the title that Edge had never lost, and vacated due to injury.
The title celebration would not last long, however, as 2 days later on Smackdown, Christian would face Edge’s old partner, Randy Orton.