When Brian Cage misplaced a Philadelphia Streetfight to Ricky Starks on October sixth, 2021 in a match for the FTW Championship, it felt like a mildly consequential contest. Constructive, Cage had merely been turned on by Workforce Taz earlier throughout the yr, and had his FTW Championship stripped by Starks as a result of an assist by Powerhouse Hobbs at Fyter Fest, nonetheless did anyone really anticipate that talked about Rampage match might be the final word time AEW followers would see him until Grand Slam 2022, when Cage took half throughout the Golden Ticket Battle Royal?
Now granted, in keeping with Tony Khan, this was intentional; the multi-brand promoter, by his private admission, wished to utilize Cage on Ring of Honor shifting forward, as he was quietly in search of to fill out a roster for when ROH secured a television deal, nonetheless considering the company has run merely two reveals as a result of it was acquired by Khan, thought-about one among which, Supercard of Honor, was booked beneath the sooner administration, that wasn’t exactly encouraging for the performer or the followers who have the benefit of his work.
Unfortunate? For Cage, most positively; going from an uppermidcarder who secured wins over as quickly as and future champions like “Hangman” Adam Net web page, Darby Allin, and Cody Rhodes to an undesirable performer relegated to wrestling indie dates can’t be simple. Nonetheless, Cage sucked up his ego and made it work, wrestling for XPW, CCW, VxS, MCW, WSW, and most notably Warrior Wrestling, the place he had a unbelievable run with “Little one Cage” KC Navarro. When ROH ran reveals, Cage confirmed up and confirmed out, and even when his preliminary run wasn’t drama free, as he joined Tully Blanchard Enterprises solely to have a look at the faction get “bought out” by Prince Nana and be renamed The Embassy, the earlier Have an effect on Champion saved points expert and even made light of the situation on social media.
Nevertheless now? Now Cage isn’t letting Nana, Blanchard, and even Taz converse for him and his enterprise. No, after watching Wardlow ask for any individual to step up and take part in his TNT Championship Open Downside on social media, Cage purchased out the earlier video digital digicam and shot himself a video in entrance of a very fascinating background to lastly stake his declare in his private phrases.
This Wednesday, October 5
Wednesday Night time time #AEWDynamite
3 12 months Anniversary Current
LIVE on @TBSNetwork 8pm ET/7pm CT – w/ a BONUS quarter-hour, alter your DVR so you don’t miss any movement!@tntdrama Championship Open Downside#MrMayhem @RealWardlow
vs #TheMachine @briancagegmsi pic.twitter.com/pxZ8LeDL2D
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 3, 2022
Cage needs to go away his first AEW Dynamite of 2022 as a champion.
Slicing a promo in entrance of a inexperienced show display screen favor it’s the Nineties, Cage spoke on his wish to not solely return to AEW nonetheless come once more in a big means.
“Oh hey, Cage, the place you been, man?” Cage requested rhetorically. “’The place you at? Are you even with AEW anymore?’ These are the questions I get week, after week, after week, and the place I’ve been is thrashing a– on ROH and in all places on the earth for that matter. Creating an undefeated streak, prepared for the correct various to return to AEW. It just so happens that this Wednesday is the three-year anniversary of AEW Dynamite, and thru these three years, you’re looking at one of many important dominant forces that current has ever seen. And look it was not merely me prepared, it was the followers, the followers have been prepared for the return of ’The Machine’ set off they know the reply to the question ‘who larger than Brian Cage’ is nobody. So not ‘who betta’ nonetheless what larger date than the three-year anniversary of Dynamite for ‘The Machine’ to make his return. For one among many biggest, the right, most likely probably the most jacked AEW stars we’ve ever had and ever can have, to return and turn into the champion he’s destined to be?”
Alongside along with his one-man hype-up routine carried out, Cage lastly made his intentions clear that his forthcoming return is about enterprise, not pleasure.
“TNT Championship Open Downside, that’s correct Wardlow, I’m talking to you,” Cage declared. “You assume you’re specific now, huh? You assume you’re some star, you assume you’re some stud? Why, because you vitality bombed some bums? Because you’ve crushed some sloppy joes? Get precise, that’s no large deal, that’s not specific; I can do that any day of the week and twice on Sundays. You’ve been taking the path of least resistance when the true rivals is appropriate proper right here, standing in entrance of you, calling your a– out. Man vs. Machine, three-year anniversary of AEW Dynamite.”
Will it work? Will the side of shock be adequate for Cage to biggest Wardlow and reestablish himself on the AEW diploma? Or will Wardlow win out so he can proceed to… honestly, no one is admittedly sure what the plan for Wardlow is at the moment, as Brian Alvarez and company discussed here. Each means, it’ll be good to see “The Machine” once more on AEW television as quickly as additional, as he’s put throughout the work to deserve a second chance.