Surprising news in the midst of Impact Wrestling’s Hard To Kill pay-per-view as recent Impact Wrestling World Champion Brian Cage has reportedly signed with All Elite Wrestling.
The report, confirmed via multiple sources by Socaluncensored, explained that with his contract with Impact Wrestling ended, Cage had his choice between offers from AEW and Ring of Honor. The ROH contract was said to be the, “highest dollar,” but Cage instead chose the exposure competing with All Elite would bring him. Cage previously almost competed for AEW during the Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing, but was prevented from doing so by Impact’s Don Callis, who didn’t think Impact’s world champ should be coming up short in a battle royal on the pre-show. The folks over at Mandatory say he’ll be debuting, “soon,” and that the deal he signed was, “multi-year.”
Cage, who held the Impact World Championship for the majority of 2019, competed at Sunday’s pay-per-view in a match against Rob Van Dam. That match went to a no contest when Van Dam hurt Cage so badly (in kayfabe) that the referee stopped the match.
Before holding the Impact World Championship, Cage notably held the Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship — a promotion in which he wasn’t just a man, he was a machine, quite literally — and the PWG World Tag Team Championship. As of now, he’s still set to appear at Bar Wrestling’s cross-promoted show with GCW on January 23 and wrestle David Starr.
UPDATE: Cage’s wife, Melissa Santos, says the story isn’t true. So we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.