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Christian On Why He Chose AEW Over WWE, Edge’s Reaction

Last Sunday night’s Revolution PPV saw Christian Cage be revealed as the major star that has signed a contract with AEW. Christian made his way down to the ring, didn’t speak, signed his AEW contract and left the contract in the middle of the ring. Christian then flaunted his AEW shirt, which read, “Out. Work. Everyone.”

Christian recently appeared as a guest on Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast, where he said he is confident that he would be able to go like he did and attempt this. Christian Cage also noted this is something that he takes pride in and if he is involved with something, he is all in on it.

This is what Christian said:

“If I didn’t have the confidence that I would be able to go like I did, I wouldn’t be attempting this.” “This is something that I take pride in. If I’m involved with something, I’m all in on it. I’m coming back to prove I’m one of the best, in my mind – I hate to say this – to ever do this.”

Christian then talked about supporting Edge during The Rated R Superstar’s Royal Rumble return and in turn, Edge also supports his decision in signing with AEW.

This is what Christian said:

“Well, he was one of the very few people who knew. When I told him what I was thinking, he was very supportive.” “When you get to that point where you think it’s gone, and then it comes back, it’s like what just happened?”

“When he came back at Royal Rumble from the year previous, he’s always been good at keeping his nerves in check. I’ve never seen him nervous before. And he was super nervous for that Rumble. I was there to lighten the mood. And he kind of did the same for me. It’s just reverse roles. He’s a great sounding board.”

Christian then talked about how his AEW signing came about and since this is probably the final stage in his career, the pro wrestling veteran wanted to make sure that he was going to sign with a company that had his best interest at heart.

This is what Christian said:

“It happened really quick.” “I wasn’t sure how it was going to go after. All the talks I had were very cordial. Obviously, I’m good friends with you and good friends with your husband, Jon. He talked to me and, you know, had his opinions on it, and it kind of made me think, ‘Ok. Maybe I am doing myself a disservice if I don’t at least discover all of my options.’”

“At this final stage of my career, I ended up having a conversation with Tony [Khan], and it just escalated pretty quickly and went very fast. Within a week, it was a done deal.”

Christian then talked about this being a decision of wanting the best platform to showcase his skills and where he can help the next generation and that is kind of what he felt in All Elite Wrestling. He then said this wasn’t an easy decision, but it wasn’t a hard decision and there is nothing wrong with WWE and how they do things, but he needed this for him at this point.

This is what Christian said:

“Of course. There’s always that life-altering decision that has a lot of thought going into it. Obviously, I had a lot of time to think about this.” “What I really needed was the best platform for me to showcase this and where I can help the next generation. That’s kind of what I felt here at AEW…There’s something intriguing about that to me. And I like a challenge. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it wasn’t a hard decision.”

“There’s nothing wrong with WWE and how they do things. I needed this for me at this point.”

Christian then talked about the trials and tribulations he faced when trying to get medically cleared for his comeback run.

This is what Christian said:

“So, I went up to Pittsburg after the one [I did] in Tampa. And I went through a five-hour test.” “I had to do a full 45-minute workout and balance tests. They had me wear these ski goggles on my face, and they were putting lights in my eyes to see my reaction. I saw four different specialists in those five hours. It was very thorough.”

“I had a discussion with that doctor after, and he said the same thing the other doctor in Tampa said…He told me not to go to the ring with any fear or anxiety because I was going to make myself more susceptible. He said, ‘You can’t go in there thinking that you’re going to get hurt. You’re not a greater risk now than you were in your life or in your career. You have to go in there with full confidence that you’re going to be fine.’ I felt that way going into the Rumble. It did not cross my mind once.”

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