Christian Cage was as surprised as anyone when Paul Wight announced a ‘hall of fame worthy’ signing coming to AEW at the Revolution pay-per-view.
The former 2-time World Heavyweight Champion in WWE made the admission in conversation with Renee Paquette on her Oral Sessions podcast. Cage told Paquette that when the announcement by Wight was made, no contract had been signed.
Christian Cage elaborated:
“I didn’t know [they were going to announce the signing], as far as I knew at that point in time it was going to be a complete secret. I would just show up and be a surprise, I didn’t realise there was going to be anything. And honestly, this is 100%, on Wednesday [the night of Paul Wight’s announcement] there was nothing signed. It was a shock to me when I heard it but obviously, I think Tony and I hit it off pretty quickly. We felt comfortable enough that we were definitely going to get something done and work together.”
During Paul Wight’s own debut in AEW, he announced the new star would be signing their contract at Revolution. Speculation was rife as to who the ‘hall of fame worthy’ acquisition would be.
At Revolution, AEW ring announcer Justin Roberts announced that the new signing would be making their appearance. A countdown of ten seconds then played on the screen before a re-worked version of Christian Cage’s TNA theme music played and signalled Cage’s arrival in the company.
Cage’s last appearance in wrestling before this came at the 2021 Royal Rumble. Where he was a surprise entrant in the men’s Rumble match. Entering at number 24 Christian would help eliminate Bobby Lashley and make it to the final four. After just over eighteen minutes, Seth Rollins would eliminate Christian from the match. The Rumble was one by Christian’s long time tag-team partner and friend, Edge. The two shared an emotional embrace after Christian had entered the match.