Brian Cage has been one of the brightest stars of IMPACT Wrestling since the abrupt finale of Lucha Underground. He first set his sights on the X-Division Championship, quickly dethroning Matt Sydal during his first year with the company.
It would soon go on to the IMPACT World Championship landscape. After a rivalry with Killer Kross and Moose, he would finally challenge the odds and defeat Johnny Impact to be IMPACT World Champion. However, his reign was plagued by injuries and was off television for months.
Finally, Sami Callihan dethroned him, leaving Cage with nothing else to accomplish. This Sunday night, at the IMPACT Wrestling Hard To Kill special, he was supposed to face Rob Van Dam in one hand at a time. However, he was attacked by RVD before the bell rang and the match was not carried out.
While it was a strange move by the company, it is now clear why that encounter ended the way it did, since immediately after being taken back from the stage (after the RVD attack), it was revealed that Cage He had concluded his contractual relationship with IMPACT Wrestling and signed a multi-year agreement with All Elite Wrestling.
Although Brian Cage signed with AEW, no details on when he would debut with the company have been disclosed. The only certainty is that Cage will fulfill the rest of its previously acquired independent commitments, the firm will not affect any of them, which means that it will be able to face David Starr on January 23 at the inter-promotional show between Bar Wrestling and GCW.
Brian Cage is considered one of the best free agents in the world of professional wrestling today, which has an incredible mix of high-flying movements and power. There is no doubt that Cage can rival virtually anyone in AEW and make a compelling story. It is a big loss for IMPACT, but a great addition to All Elite Wrestling, who has not yet formalized the hiring.
About AEW, Cage was close to appearing at the first Battle Royale Casino in Double or Nothing last May, but Don Callis, from IMPACT, prevented him from appearing as he did not think it was best for them to have their World Champion losing in a pitched battle that was not part of the main show.