“The Machine” Brian Cage is one of the most, if not the most explosive and intense wrestler in all of pro wrestling. He has competed for a number of promotions in the past, where he has amassed a massive amount of success and where he has won championship gold like Lucha Underground and IMPACT Wrestling. The Machine has also wrestled on several Indie wrestling shows like Maryland Championship Wrestling’s Last Call Event this past December 30th, 2021, where he beat Action Andretti in Singles action. Brian Cage has also competed for All Elite Wrestling, where it was reported on January 20, 2020 that he had signed with the promotion.
Brian Cage made his AEW debut at the promotion’s Double or Nothing PPV Event on May 23, 2020, when he appeared as the surprise final entrant in the Casino Ladder Match. He has since been part of Team Taz and feuded with members of Team Taz as well as compete against top calibre talents such as Jon Moxley and AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page. Brian Cage last competed for AEW on the October 8 episode of AEW Rampage, when he challenged FTW Champion “Absolute” Ricky Starks for his FTW Title in a Street Fight and came out on the losing end.
There has been a lot of questions surrounding Cage’s AEW status since his last match with the company and it was even believed that his contract would simply expire and he would just become a free agent, most especially due to the fact that his wife former Lucha Underground and IMPACT Wrestling announcer Melissa Santos made a number of comments in regards to how he was being used in AEW and that was said to be the main reason that Cage’s huge push in the company no longer happened and he was even written out of the storylines, but that has yet to be confirmed.
According to Fightful Select, word going around the locker room at this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite was that Brian Cage has told his family and friends that the company has picked up the option year on his contract, but he was surprised that it was picked up. There is no word yet on when Cage will make his AEW in-ring return as the company has yet to confirm his contract extension, but since Brian Cage has already told quite a number of people about AEW extending his contract for another year, it could only be a matter of time before he makes his in-ring return, though Brian still continues to work for top indie promotions.
As previously reported, several All Elite Wrestling wrestlers have their contracts coming up soon and AEW CEO Tony Khan has the option to renew most of the contracts for another year and it looks like he renewed the contract of Brian Cage, but he did say in an interview that he will not be able to retain all the talents, especially those who are not being used often.