Originally Posted by AJ1981
I would have put the Smackdown Championship on Christian. He was white hot at this point and his luke warm face turn and losing to Booker T really did no one any favours. He might have stayed in WWE and become a draw had they not, for lack of a better term, buried him.
It would have been tough to handle. Christian got a pretty good pop when he arrived on Smackdown, he would have had to basically re-turn heel in order to get himself over as a villian against Batista.
WWE likely would not have wanted to invest the money in a Smackdown title belt for this angle though. It would have been great if they did. Christian could have garnered heat by declaring himself the champion of a brand that he hadn't been a part of for three years at that point. The belt could have just been a big Smackdown logo on gold or silver.
The alternative would be sticking with the angle of Teddy declaring they didn't need a Smackdown champion. Christian could have then brought out an old IC title or an old tag title and stuck a big Smackdown sticker on it. I think it could have gone somewhere.
Christian knows well enough how to work a crowd and would have been an excellent foil for Batista. His face turn was so unnecessary at this time, his move to Smackdown would have been better served to make him a top heel. He likely would have turned face later in the year given his crowd reactions.
Christian never turned babyface after being traded to Smackdown. Although he received good pops, he had been booked as a heel since early 2004 and that had continued all the way through his WWE title feud with John Cena and didn't stop with him being traded. He was a heel in his match with Booker T at the Great American Bash and all the way through his four way feud over the US title with Chris Benoit, Booker T and Orllando Jordan in October. Christian then refused to sign a contract extension and made his final appearance at Taboo Tuesday as one of the options for the Smackdown vs Raw tag match before going to TNA. Booker T didn't turn heel until he won the US championship from Benoit after No Mercy 2005. They did that whole angle where Sharmell kept helping him win matches without his knowledge (and got angry and defended her when anyone said anything) and after he won the US strap he turned heel on Benoit and revealed he'd been in on it all along.[/quote]
You're right, my memory is a bit foggy. He wasn't full babyface but he was definitely being booked as a tweener. He was still using heel tactics in matches, but his rivalry with Booker T was sparked over the problems they were both having with the Mexicools.
Christian also was the last one eliminated by JBL in his Smackdown debut. For all intents and purposes I would say he was a face, but they kept up the heel aspects of his character so they wouldn't lose what was clicking and making him get over. That and they were still fleshing out what Booker was like with Sharmell, so they could have gone either way.
After the Booker feud they essentially did nothing with him and he left for TNA. He was essentially a face that maintained his heel character traits because they had no idea (intention?) of what to do with him.