Tony Khan: Brian Cage Signed With All Elite Wrestling In January, He Was Paid During Rehabbing Injury
Brian Cage won his debut match at AEW Double Or Nothing but it turns out he’s been signed with the company for several months.
During tonight’s post-show media scrum, Tony Khan confirmed Cage had been signed since January .
“It’s true. Brian was injured when he signed. People were like ‘it’s crazy that you would pay this guy good money and this whole time he’s hurt. He didn’t get hurt in your company.’ But I really like Brian and I really believed in him. I had plans with Brian and I wanted to do this with Brian and Taz all along; there was a method to it. He wasn’t going to be ready to go until around Double Or Nothing but I always knew Brian was going to factor in to [the PPV]. I always knew he’d show up here and he expected to be cleared in May, so we signed him and he rehabbed and got ready. He had no idea what he was coming in to do—we totally kayfabed him—but he’s great and I really, really believe in him. We strapped a rocket to him, you could say, and I think he’s awesome.”
I’m really glad that he and Taz were able to have that moment finally, but this was always the ultimate plan.
Cage has been out of action since January with a torn bicep.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) May 24, 2020