Brian Cage made his AEW debut at Double or Nothing, winning the Casino Ladder Match. This guaranteed him a shot at the AEW World Championship but now we know he was supposed to debut a year earlier.
Appearing on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Cage revealed he was going to appear at Double or Nothing last year. However, his position with Impact Wrestling got in the way. Here is the full quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“I was actually supposed to be on Double Or Nothing last year in the Battle Royale also as a surprise. It was about 90 minutes until showtime, I remember a lot of people in the Battle Royale didn’t know and I was so stoked because almost nothing is kept a secret in wrestling anymore. Nobody knew I was supposed to be in that. IMPACT caught whiff of that and they were more mad because I was their world champion at the time and that I wasn’t winning. They were mad that I was on their pre-show on a Battle Royale and I wasn’t even winning as their champion and I got where they were coming from.”
While many of these rules have seemed to disappear from top promotions like WWE, most other promotions still protect their world champions heavily. Cage remained in Impact until he left the promotion earlier this year.
Cage is now set to take on AEW World Champion Jon Moxley at Fight for the Fallen on July 15.
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