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Brian Cage has signed a multi-year deal with All Elite Wrestling SoCalUncensored.com has confirmed with multiple sources. No start date was given but we were advised “soon.” The former Impact World Champion and Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Champion went to a no-contest with Rob Van Dam earlier tonight at Impact’s Hard to Kill pay-per-view.

Cage, who became a free agent when his contract with Impact expired, reportedly received offers from Impact to stay and an offer to go to Ring of Honor but decided to go with AEW. The Ring of Honor contract offer is said to have been for the highest dollar amount, but they do not offer the exposure that AEW currently has.
It was not revealed to us when Cage would debut for AEW. He almost appeared in the first Casino Battle Royale at AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view on May 25, 2019, but was prevented from appearing by Impact’s Don Callis, who didn’t feel it was in their best interest to have their World Champion lose in a pre-show battle royal.
With his pedigree, Cage would be considered one of the top free agents to hit the market recently. After beginning his in-ring career in 2004 in Sacramento, Cage has wrestled for Impact, AAA, Lucha Underground, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla among others. In 2019 he was ranked 48th on the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 and was nominated for the Southern California Wrestler of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.
On April 28, 2019, Cage defeated Johnny Impact to win the Impact World Heavyweight Championship. His championship reign lasted 180 days before losing to Sami Callihan on October 25, 2019.
We were told Cage’s signing with AEW should not affect any of his previously scheduled independent wrestling bookings. He is scheduled to face David Starr at Bar Wrestling’s inter-promotional show with GCW on January 23, 2020, in Baldwin Park, CA.
Source: Brian Cage signs with AEW | SoCalUNCENSORED.com
 

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Yeah, I'm currently watching highlights of his cage match with Sami Callihan, he seems very promising.
Yeah this came out of nowhere. I'm shocked news didn't leak of his deal running out. I figured Impact would have locked him up with how they were pushing him as their top face for a while. This is a big signing for AEW. Once they put title on Moxley this is perfect type of monster. You stack the odds against Moxley with. I thought they might bring in Ryback for this type of role. But they clearly don't need him now.
 

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So what vanilla midget is he going to be a bodyguard for while never wrestling or doing anything of note?

I’ll go with Kip Sabian.

Yeah this came out of nowhere. I'm shocked news didn't leak of his deal running out. I figured Impact would have locked him up with how they were pushing him as their top face for a while. This is a big signing for AEW. Once they put title on Moxley this is perfect type of monster. You stack the odds against Moxley with. I thought they might bring in Ryback for this type of role. But they clearly don't need him now.
Why don’t they need Ryback? You’ve decided that there can only be one big man on the roster? While the rest of it is filled out with 180 pound lightweights?

The more people they bring in that actually look like wrestlers, the more people will watch.
 

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I wonder if they will wait to Revolution for him to make his debut? It's funny all these people saying they need to add more guys. Then out of nowhere they sign big free agent and guys like Brodie Lee, Killer Kross and Matt Hardy are still gonna be available.


Like I said all along you gotta give AEW time to build up their roster. With how many wrestling companies they're today. You can't expect them to have perfect roster from day 1. AEW roster is only gonna get better and they will only continue to grow as a company.
 
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