Brian Cage is the “newest” member of the AEW roster, making his debut as a surprise entrant during the Casino Ladder Match at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view.
However, according to AEW President Tony Khan, while Cage might just have debuted now, he was actually signed by AEW in January – and AEW signed him even though he was injured and unable to perform at that time.
“That’s true,” said Khan in response to a question during the Double or Nothing media scrum. “Brian signed and he was injured when he signed.”
“There were people who are like you’re crazy,” continued Khan. “You paid him the whole time he was hurt. He didn’t get hurt in your company.”
According to Khan, he was willing to sign Cage so early – when he wouldn’t even be able to perform yet – because he really liked and believed in him and wanted to have Cage and Taz during Double or nothing.
“I always knew Brian was going to factor into Double or Nothing,” said Khan. “He was always expected to be cleared in May, so we signed him, he rehabbed and got ready.”
“He’s great, we really believe in him and strap a rocket to him you could say and I think he’s awesome,” he added.
Cage won the Casino Ladder Match which means he has the right to challenge the current AEW World Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley for the title.
Khan also announced during the scrum that Cage versus Moxley for the AEW Heavyweight Championship will take place during their next pay-per-view, Fyter Fest. The date and venue of this pay-per-view will be announced during the week.