Christian had an incredible run with WWE and he helped push tag team wrestling to the next level during his run with the company, but that’s not all he did. Christian also managed to work with many of WWE’s top stars, and he also won the World Heavyweight Championship twice.
Throughout his career Christian used different variations of his character, but at one point WWE wanted him to switch things up and basically become The Rock. On the most recent episode of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, Christian revealed that WWE pitched an idea for him to imitate The Rock and become “The Lock” but luckily Vince McMahon turned it down (transcription via ESPN).
“The Rock had been going off doing movies and stuff like that, so he was taking extended periods of time off. … I had a one-on-one meeting backstage with the Rock and he kind of anointed me his favorite wrestler and was trying to pump me up, but unbeknownst to me, he was trying to get me to take a bullet for him with Goldberg. That was the backstory. So when he wasn’t there I was doing my talking as “The Rock’s Favorite Wrestler” and I took upon myself to do the Rock’s work for him.”
“So, one day I get home, and I get this call [from someone in WWE creative]. They’re like ‘Hey, they kinda want you to do this thing where you think you become The Rock. We want you to do the eyebrow thing, cut your hair real short, and, you know, the Rock wears black, so you’ll where white and you’re gonna use all his catchphrases and you’re gonna act like The Rock and pretend you’re The Rock and you’re gonna be The Rock. But we’re not gonna call you The Rock.’ They were gonna call me, are you ready or this, wait for it … wait for it … ‘The Lock’. Because anytime I went to the ring, it was a lock I was going to win.”
It sounds like Christian really dodged a bullet on that one. You can check out the segment with The Rock that Christian was referring to in the clip below.