Brian Cage Almost Debutted For AEW In 2019

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Right now in AEW, Brian Cage is the number one contender for Jon Moxley and the AEW Championship. He won the Casino Ladder match at Double Or Nothing to earn the shot, and if things went as planned, he’d be facing Moxley this Wednesday for the title at Fyter Fest. COVID-19 stopped this, but he will get his shot soon. Cage is here to play for keeps, but he intended to be in AEW much sooner.

Brian Cage Was To Be In The 2019 Casino Battle Royale

During the Buy In for the 2019 edition of Double Or Nothing, there was a huge battle royale. The winner would become one half of the first AEW Championship match at All Out, and would face either Chris Jericho or Kenny Omega. It was the first official match under the AEW name, and names like MJF, Orange Cassidy, Jungle Boy, Billy Gun, Brian Pillman Jr., Jimmy Havoc, Tommy Dreamer, and even Glacier were involved, alongside eventual winner ‘Hangman’ Adam Page.

However, one of these 21 spots almost went to Brian Cage. He was set to appear, but was shut down by his employer at the time, Impact Wrestling.

Impact Wrestling Didn’t Want One Of Their Top Stars Losing A Pre-Show Battle Royale

In early 2019, Brian Cage was on top of the world in Impact Wrestling, and would be closing in on the Impact Heavyweight Championship, then held by Johnny Impact. While he wanted to be part of the huge show that was Double Or Nothing, Impact didn’t agree. He would have gotten a chance to shine for sure, but if he wasn’t going to win, it might reflect poorly on the company as a whole. Playing on the safe side, they kept Cage out of the match.

Once his deal with Impact Wrestling was up, Cage would quietly sign with All Elite Wrestling and make his debut at the 2020 Double Or Nothing instead. He’d be chosen to win this time of course, and very well could be our next AEW Champion come Fight For The Fallen.

Should Cage have been allowed to be in the 2019 Double Or Nothing battle royale? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.

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