Brian Cage’s AEW future remains up in the air amidst reports that his contract is set to expire.
Cage, who currently reigns as ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion alongside Kaun and Toa Liona, signed with All Elite Wrestling in 2020 and signed a contract extension in 2022. According to a recent report from Fightful Select, that contract is set to expire imminently unless a new deal is reached.
Now, Fightful Select has shed more light on the situation in an update, stating that AEW intended to add more time to Cage’s contract to account for time he took away from the ring while dealing with an injury. However, Cage pushed back against this as he was interested in the possibility of becoming a free agent. The report states that some of the time AEW wanted to add onto Cage’s contract was specifically because he signed with the company while he was injured after competing in IMPACT Wrestling years ago.
His interest in free agency makes good sense as WWE has maintained in interest in the star and are interested in having conversations with him according to Fightful.
The report also notes that Cage has currently agreed to work with his current employer until the end of March, specifically to participate in the ROH Supercard of Honor on March 31st. People familiar with the situation indicated to Fightful that a contract extension similar to the one he signed last year has been offered, and Cage hasn’t ruled that out despite not yet signing a new deal.
Cage also has some AEW “heavy hitters” in his corner, advocating for him with the company.
Cage became the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion alongside the Gates of Agony when the trio defeated Dalton Castle and The Boys at Final Battle back in December.
Chris Jericho Recently Called For AEW To Re-Sign Brian Cage
One of the people vocally in Cage’s corner is Chris Jericho, who praised the star in a recent interview with the Daily Star.
“I think Brian Cage over the last six months is the best Brian Cage has ever been. I think he’s finally starting to understand some of the psychology of wrestling rather than just moves and that sort of thing. He is one of a kind with his size and agility, but now there is more intensity and I think he’s really understanding who he is as a wrestler.
“Six months ago I might have said ‘Well, whatever, if he stays that’s cool’, but now I think he has become a way more valuable part of our roster and I would sign him for sure. Absolutely.”