Christian Cage has revealed what he said to AEW President Tony Khan after he competed in his first official singles match in over seven years.
Cage made his AEW in-ring debut on Dynamite against Frankie Kazarian. The two men competed numerous times when they were both part of TNA. This included a ladder match in November 2007 that Kazarian won.
“I wanted to have a match where it didn’t matter who won or lost, both guys came out looking better,” he said. “There’s also that trust factor there where he knew I would be extra motivated. I had Frankie forefront in my mind. When I called Tony and we talked about it, ‘I talk about outworking everyone. The work has to start pretty soon.’
We decided we’d do something to set the match up and then we’d do the match. The first person he said was, ‘What do you think about Frankie Kazarian?’ I said I was thinking that too. We batted a couple of names and it came back to Frankie. I let it marinate for a couple of days and I texted him and said, ‘You were right from the start. He’s the guy.’ He sent back a heart. I didn’t even talk to Frankie. Just showed up and it was on.”
Christian Cage defeated Kazarian in a hard-fought contest. Cage defeated the SCU member with his patented Kill Switch.
As far as what happened after the match, Christian Cage explained what was said between him and Tony Khan:
“I’m my own worst critic, I won’t say anything more, but I remember going to the back and having these emotions and people congratulating me. Tony was sitting there and he was the first person waiting for me. I doubled back to him and I said him to quietly, ‘Tony, you signed me sight unseen. You have no idea how much that means to me and how hard I will work for you going forward.’ He hugged me and that was it.”
Christian Cage also explained his contract status with WWE when he returned in January at the Royal Rumble.