Christian Cage is a retired Canadian wrestler, actor, podcaster and an executive producer. He is best known for being a popular wrestler in WWE (World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, formerly WWF) and TNA (Total Nonstop Action wrestling). He has won many awards throughout his professional wrestling career, including 22 championships, and has been the four-time WWE World Champion. He has wrestled under many monikers like ‘Captain Charisma’, ‘Instant Classic’, ’Christian’, etc. He developed an interest in wrestling at a young age and enrolled in a wrestling academy after leaving high school. He trained under famous former wrestlers and started his career by competing in independent matches in Canada and abroad alongside his wrestling partner, ‘Edge’. He soon landed a contract with WWF, where he earned multiple titles and earned much fame. But he soon moved to TNA, where he enjoyed much success too. Within three years, he went back to WWE where he remained until his retirement from an injury. He appeared in numerous TV shows, specials, series and video games associated with WWE and TNA. He has also acted in popular TV shows and films. He has also hosted a podcast with his childhood friend and wrestling partner, ‘Edge’.
Childhood & Early Life
Christian Cage’s original name is William Jason ‘Jay’ Reso and he was born on November 30, 1973, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to a Canadian mother and American father.
He reportedly has two siblings, an older and younger brother. He lived in several places as a child, namely Huntsville, East Luther-Grand Valley and Orangeville.
He studied at Orangeville District Secondary School, where he met his friend and future wrestling partner, Adam Copeland ‘Edge’, in the 5th grade.
He enjoyed playing ice hockey as well as watching wrestling matches. In September 1994, he joined a wrestling academy, ‘Sully’s Gym’, run by a former Canadian wrestler, Ron Hutchison.
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In June 1995, Christian Cage debuted as a professional wrestler while competing in independent matches in Canada, either in single or tag team matches with ‘Edge’.
During the same time, he and Edge also wrestled in promotional matches in Japan and the U.S. under nicknames like ‘The Suicide Blondes’ and ‘High Impact’.
In 1998, Edge started touring with WWF and tried to get in Cage too. As a result, the latter was asked to join ‘Funking Conservatory’, a training camp run by former wrestler and trainer, Dory Funk Jr., which led to a full-time contract with WWF.
In 1999, he began performing in wrestling matches for WWF under the name ‘Christian.’ During his television debut, he allied with another wrestler 'Gangrel’ and against ‘Edge’. He won the Light Heavyweight Championship during his debut match against Taka Michinoku.
Soon after, he got back together with Edge and they joined hands with Gangrel to form ‘The Brood’, where together they managed to defeat the legendary wrestler ‘The Undertaker’.
In 2005, he left WWF to join TNA. In 2006, he appeared on a TV program ‘Casino Cinema’,
In 2007, he made his film debut with ‘Shoot ‘Em Up’, where he portrayed the role of a bodyguard. He was the central feature of a DVD film, ‘The Instant Classic: Christian Cage’ that showcased his rise as a wrestler. He also acted in a television film, ‘Dark Rising’.
In late 2008, he re-signed with WWE (formerly WWF) after leaving TNA. In 2009, he was featured on the online documentary film on professional wrestling called ‘Bloodstained Memoirs’.
In May 2011, he became the World Heavyweight Champion in the ‘SmackDown’ show of WWE.
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He has won several awards and titles during his WWE, TNA and WWF career and was well-known for his signature moves like ‘Frog Splash’, ‘Killswitch’, ‘Tornado DDT’, etc.
On December 9, 2013, he made an announcement that he was taking time off from wrestling to recover from his recurring concussion-related issues.
From 2014-15, he appeared on many episodes of a TV series ‘Haven’. He and Edge were part of the ‘Stone Cold Podcast: Live!’ in 2015.
In 2016, after his contract with WWE expired, he retired from active wrestling on account of his injuries.
He has been featured as a character in several video games like WWF Attitude, WWE 2K19 and TNA iMPACT!.
In 2017, he started hosting a podcast called ‘E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness’ with ’Edge’. He was also seen on an episode of the TV series ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ that year.
In 2018, he appeared in a movie ‘SuperGrid’ and a chat show ‘Table for 3’.
In 2020, he will be seen in an action movie, ‘Cagefighter: Worlds Collide'.
Awards & Achievements
In July 1998, he won the ‘East Coast Wrestling Association Heavyweight Championship’.
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In 2000, he and ‘Edge’ became winners of the first ‘WWF Tag Team Championship’.
In February 2006, he won his first ‘NWA World Heavyweight Championship’.
In April 2009, he earned his first ever ‘ECW Championship’ title.
He has reportedly been the ‘World Champion’ four times, ‘World Heavyweight Champion’ two times and ‘WWF/E Intercontinental Champion’.
He has also won the ’WWF European Champion’, ‘WWF Light Heavyweight Champion’ and ‘WWF Hardcore Champion' title.
He is also the 23rd winner of the ‘Triple Crown’ and 11th winner of the ‘Grand Slam’ competitions.
Family & Personal Life
Christian Cage met a German model, Denise, during a wrestling tour of England. On May 25, 2001, they got married.
In 2013-14, during his break from wrestling, his daughter, Isla, was born.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, USA, with his family.
His wrestling name is a mix of actors, Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater’s names.
He is said to have begun using the finishing move ‘Frog Splash’ in memory of his wrestling friend, Eddie Guerrero, who died during his debut match with TNA.