Full Name: William Jason Reso
Mini Bio: Before The Cap'n was makin' it happen, Reso
was honing his
craft in wrestling promotions across Canada, the United States, and Japan.
WWF/E television debut on September 27th, 1998 as Edge's on-screen brother.
And as Edge's
partner in crime, Reso
has cemented his
legacy in tag-team wrestling.
As a singles competitor, he
has captured multiple championships, including the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
William Jason "Jay" Reso (born November 30, 1973) is a Canadian professional wrestler and actor, better known by his ring names Christian and Christian Cage.
was trained by former professional wrestlers Ron Hutchinson, Dory Funk, Jr., and Tom Prichard, and made his wrestling debut in June 1995.
wrestled in Canadian independent promotions early in his
time in these promotions, he
competed in singles and tag team competition, the latter with Edge
In 1998, Reso
signed a developmental deal with the WWF
and began competing for the company the following year.
After signing with the WWF, Reso made his debut and captured his first title with the company, the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship.
went on to win the WWF Tag
Team Championship on seven different occasions.
During this time, they gained notoriety in the tag team division, partly due to their participation in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches.
In 2001 the team parted ways and Reso signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2005.
move to TNA
first of five world championships, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
, in February 2006.
recaptured the title in January 2007 and established his
Coalition, which disbanded a year later.
Reso left TNA in late-2008 and re-signed with WWE.
In April 2009, Reso
first world championship in WWE
, the ECW Championship, which he
would win again in July of that year.
became the longest reigning ECW Champion in the WWE era and later went on the SmackDown brand capturing the World Heavyweight Championship in May 2011.
has won 21 championships in WWE and TNA
, which include being a five time world champion (two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, two-time ECW Champion, and one time World Heavyweight Champion), as well as a one time WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, one time WWF Hardcore Champion, one time WWF European Champion, three-time WWF/E Intercontinental Champion, and a nine-time World Tag Team Champion.
In addition to these accolades, in May 2011 Reso
became the twenty-third Triple Crown Champion and the eleventh Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.
William Jason Reso was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on November 30, 1973 to an American father and a Canadian mother.
played hockey and was a wrestling fan as a child.
After moving to Orangeville, Ontario when he
was a youth, Reso
met Adam Copeland, who became his
best-friend and later tag team partner throughout his
early career as "Edge
" and "Sexton Hardcastle".
The two attended high school together at Orangeville District Secondary School, from which Reso
Before moving to Orangeville, Reso
lived in Huntsville, Ontario and East Luther-Grand Valley, Ontario.
is close friends with fellow wrestler Terry Gerin, better known as "Rhino
", "Rhyno", or "Rhino Richards".
currently lives in Tampa, Florida.
has been married to his
wife Denise since 2001.
In September 1994, Reso enrolled in a wrestling school at Sully's Gym, ran by Ron Hutchinson.
As a tag team on the Canadian independent circuit, Copeland and Reso
were known as "High Impact" and later "The Suicide Blondes".
won East Coast Wrestling Association's
(ECWA) Heavyweight Championship on July 18, 1998, which he
held till October 15, 1999.
When Copeland received a tryout match with the World Wrestling Federation
went with him.
and Copeland faced off in an untelevised tryout match which Copeland was booked to win.
After completing the training at the conservatory, Reso signed a contract with the WWF to become a full-time performer.
World Wrestling Federation
/ Entertainment (1998-2005)
came to the World Wrestling Federation
ring name to Christian.
made his television debut on September 27, 1998 at the Breakdown: In Your House pay-per-view (PPV) event distracting Edge during his match against Owen Hart to reveal his allegiance to Gangrel.
From early 2007 onwards, Reso
began calling himself "The Instant Classic", although he
continued to be referred to as "Captain Charisma" in off-screen appearances and sometimes wore his
"Captain Charisma" entrance jumpsuits to the ring at live events.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Debut and instant success (2005-2006)
made his debut in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
(TNA) promotion on November 13, 2005 at TNA's
Genesis PPV event under his old ring name "Christian Cage".
D'Amore then offered Cage a position in Team Canada (since Reso
is Canadian) and even giving him a Team Canada T-shirt and telling Cage to take his time on making a decision.
In March 2006, Reso
competed as "Christian Cage" three times in the United Kingdom for the One Pro Wrestling (1PW) promotion.
At Know Your Enermy: Night 2 event on May 27, 2006, Reso
fought against the champion, Abyss, and Corino for the 1PW World Heavyweight Championship in a three way dance, but failed to win as Corino gained the fall and the title.
In May 2006, Reso
made two appearances for the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion as "Christian Cage".
did not appear for the promotion until the February 10, 2009 episode of ECW
under his old ring name "Christian", as a face confronting then-ECW Champion Jack Swagger.
had a small part in the film Shoot 'Em Up, which was released on September 7, 2007.
had a larger part as the character 'Ricky', a man whose best friend is in love with his
lesbian ex, in the horror-comedy film, Dark Rising, which was released October 30, 2007 nationwide in Canada.
In mid-2007, TNA Home Video released a DVD titled "The Instant Classic: Christian Cage", covering Reso's beginnings in the independent circuit and other various subjects up to his
second NWA World Heavyweight Championship
is featured in the wrestling documentary, Bloodstained Memoirs.