Melissa Santos has reflected on some previous comments she has made about her husband Brian Cage’s AEW push.
A few months ago, Santos had been vocal about the fact she felt Cage deserved to be used more prominently, but this drew a lot of criticism from fans to not only herself, but to Cage as well.
In a new interview with Chris Van Vliet, Santos has clarified and explained those earlier comments, saying:
“You know, and I think… I’m his wife, right? And I’m spicy. I’m not gonna be like, ‘Well I really wish things were different’. No! F**king use him more. Like, I love my husband. He is my favorite wrestler. He is. I actually have a couple of favorites but he’s for sure my favorite. That’s how we even started talking. I’d call him my favorite in Lucha Underground all the time so, yeah, I think he’s incredible.
“It’s just like really, there aren’t many wrestlers that look like him and have the discipline and have, you know, I know they all love, everyone loves wrestling. I’m completely enamored by it as well, a different way but I feel like my gosh, I wanna see him more like I used to, right?
“It’s just at Lucha Underground, he was being used all the time and it was different companies, right? In IMPACT, you’re the champion, and I’m not asking, ‘Hey! Let’s just make him the champion’. No, it’s just like I wanna see my husband more, you know? He comes out the first episode, you see him at AEW, he’s f**king ripping f**king ladders apart.
“The first time, I don’t know if you guys know this but when he was at Lucha Underground, one of the first things we see him (doing) is ripping the freakin’ belt apart. He comes down, he’s like… and he’s doing these body guy, strong things that you don’t really see that guy as much anymore. You see more of like, you know, the cruiserweight.
“You don’t see that and I don’t know, just for me, yes, I am biased. Like, he’s my husband. I wanna see more of that and so I did get heat because I’m spicy. I’m spicy. I’m very straight-forward. I’m not just gonna be like, ‘Well I’m just gonna… I really wish…’. Like no, f**king use him. Come on.”
Brian Cage hasn’t had a match on AEW TV since losing a street fight to Ricky Starks on the October 6 episode of Rampage, but did work an AEW sanctioned match on the Jericho Cruise on October 22, which saw him and Christopher Daniels lose a tag match to Isiah Kassidy and Angelico.
Santos did also say that she feels bad about Cage getting heat because of her comments. She added:
“I got really spicy about it. Maybe I shouldn’t have. But then he got all the heat. He didn’t even say anything. I know, I know. He got all the heat. I do feel bad about that because he loves wrestling, he loves AEW, absolutely adores Tony (Khan), loves being there and I feel like all of it came from the love of wanting him to be more involved and that’s really it.
“It was just from a passionate place and because I’m all loud, loud, loud, I got him in trouble and I do feel bad for that because that wasn’t my intention, even though when I look back at the videos I’m like, ‘Damn, I should have just not been as spicy’, but damn, it’s hard. It’s hard man. I get myself in trouble. I gotta sugarcoat things a little bit.
“But yeah, so hopefully I can see my husband killing it a little bit more now that, you know, hopefully some of the heat falls off because I feel like in wrestling, there’s always something new that’s happening that’s like the talk of the town and so, you know, I’m sorry babe. I didn’t mean to get you all the heat. I just miss seeing you on TV, that’s really what it is and you know, AEW’s dope. I love more wrestling on TV. I love more of my husband on TV too. That’s really what it is.”
Brian Cage hasn’t done anything in AEW since being kicked out of Team Taz and losing to both Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs, so you do have to wonder what the promotion has planned for him, if anything.
Apologies once again for the misleading and mispresentative headline we used when first covering this story a couple of days ago.
You can watch the full interview here:
Quotes via POST Wrestling