On Monday Night Raw from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Christian defeated Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio in a fatal four-way match to become the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship. The title is currently held by Big E Langston.
It was a sloppy match that was saved by a hot crowd. The Brooklyn faithful were pulling heavily for Ziggler, but after the match broke down, it was Christian who was able to take advantage with a Killswitch on the Show Off for the decisive victory.
It was announced that Christian would receive his title shot on tonight’s edition of Main Event, which will be broadcast exclusively on the WWE Network at 8 p.m. ET. It’s the first IC title opportunity for Captain Charisma since July 2012, when he was defeated by then-champion the Miz on Friday Night SmackDown.
A potential title switch isn’t completely out of the question. It seems that the WWE wants to break away from the Sheamus-Christian program and start something fresh.
An Intercontinental Championship program with Langston may be a good way to invigorate both the champion and the belt. Christian’s work as a heel has been particularly strong of late and he’s always capable of carrying guys in good to great matches.
At the same time, this match may simply be a way to give Langston a “big” victory heading into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX. Langston lost some momentum and credibility in his short program with the Real Americans, so the match with Christian could be an attempt to get some of his heat back.
Langston certainly has a good chance of winning the Battle Royal on Apr. 6, and he just might walk out of WrestleMania with both the IC title and the Andre statue.
Speculation aside, we’ll need to see how the match plays out to get a firmer grasp on the situation. A clean win for Langston would signal a one-and-done affair, but a victory for Christian or some sort of muddied finish could signal a longer lasting program.