Christian Says Cinematic Matches Allow WWE To Branch Out & Do Something New For A Change

Christian weighs in on cinematic matches and Dana Brooke getting over at WWE Money in the Bank.

A key component to the survival of the professional wrestling industry over the years is its ability to adapt and evolve. This is a feature that has been on display in the modern-day era of wrestling as the world continues to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. WWE has taken many risks in the form of cinematic matches which push the boundaries of what is typically seen in the world of sports entertainment even given its evolved state of being.

Christian, a superstar who made a career out of being innovative, appeared on the WWE After The Bell podcast to weigh in on the recent string of cinematic matches, including last week's Money in the Bank Ladder Match that took place at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.

“Obviously, it wasn't the traditional ladder match in the sense of what I came up doing and those sorts of things but you know we're in a unique situation. Having WrestleMania at the Performance Center, it's unheard of but for me, it was necessary to do that show to give the world some entertainment to give an escape,” Christian began. “That being said, it also gives an opportunity to do more unique things like we saw with the Fun House and the Boneyard Match and now with this Money in the Bank match. I thought it was innovative. I thought it was well done. I thought it was different and different is hard to do these days and more than anything, I think that every participant in it came off looking better [than they did] going in, and to me that's important.”

After Corey Graves mentioned being impressed by Dana Brooke’s efforts as the comedy relief in the Money in the Bank match, Christian concurred, citing her as an example of somebody who may have not been able to get over in a traditional setting.

“I think that to me, it's taking advantage of the moments that you get and those moments for [Dana Brooke] might not have happened in a regular setting in a ladder match situation. Having the chance to have those facials and you know to hear the conversation like I said I think it changed maybe the perception of her as a performer in a good way.”

Christian was one of the first six competitors in the inaugural Money in the Bank match 15 years ago and continues to watch the business evolve as a correspondent on WWE Backstage on FS1.

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