Following the surprise signing of Christian Cage AEW at Revolution, AEW President Tony Khan has opened up about how, and why, he’s decided to sign the former WWE star.
Speaking on the post-show media scrum for AEW Revolution, Tony Khan opened up about his lengthy friendship with Christian, and how he’s admired him for many years.
“I met Christian Cage seven years ago and he’s a great person and I’ve always really liked him as a person but long before that, I’ve been a huge fan of him as a wrestler. I think he’s one of the great wrestlers the last couple of decades. He’s had great matches in different companies, he’s been a great singles wrestler, a great tag champion, and I think he’s one of the best minds in wrestling.”
Khan would continue, revealing that Christian actually called him and said he’d love to wrestle in AEW.
“He’s in great physical condition and we saw him very recently compete on pay-per-view. There was a lot of interest in it, it generated a lot of interest, and he was interested in wrestling on a regular basis and you know he gave me a call and said, ‘I’d really like to come wrestle in AEW for you,’ and I said, ‘I’d really like to have you come and wrestle for me.’ It all came together great and I think it’s going to be really good.”
Christian made his shocking return to the ring at the Royal Rumble after several years of medical disqualification. Former AEW Champion Jon Moxley recently revealed to Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy how Christian would be a dream signing for AEW.
“I’ll tell you, a guy I’d like to see here is Christian. I don’t know if that was a one-off for him in the Royal Rumble but he looked frigging good to me, looked like he was in great shape, he looked sharp, man. I tell you, he’s one of the guys that’s – the wrestlers know it more so than anybody – Christian is so good. Like, his brain and his execution, and his mind for wrestling is just like next-level.”
Moxley would add that Christian in AEW, with extended creativity, would be “extremely exciting” for him, calling him his “number one dream guy” to sign with the company.
“The people who work with him know, in the industry, you know, his respect level is huge, the things that he could do with the wrestlers in AEW and all the creative kind of freedom, but, you know, taking things but there’s no hindrance on anything creatively here, obviously, we’re having a frigging Exploding Death Match, so the things Christian could do at AEW, I would be extremely excited to see that. That would be that would be my number one dream guy.”
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