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Christian Cage on why he left WWE and why he signed with AEW

Christian Cage was interviewed on Renee Paquette’s “Oral Sessions” podcast, fresh off Cage’s AEW debut. He talked about leaving WWE, how he was cleared to return at the Royal Rumble, why he decided to join AEW, and a lot more.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Christian talking about coming back to wrestling:

“If I didn’t have the confidence that I would be able to go like I did, I wouldn’t even be attempting this.  This is one of the things that I’ve always taken pride in.  If my name is on something, if I’m involved in something, I’m all in on it.  It’s no different here.  I’m coming back to prove that I’m one of the best, in my mind to ever, and I hate saying these kinds of things, but I feel like I’m one of the best to ever do this and that’s what I was born to do.  I’m coming back to prove that and to prove to the fans and in a weird sense, my body has been preserved for seven years.  I’m seven years older, but also, I haven’t put any damage on my body in seven years. I think that’s saying something. It’s given all those nagging things that accumulated over the years have been given the proper amount of time to heal. I feel good, not just physically, but mentally. I’m in a good place.”

Christian talked about passing his medical tests:

“The whole thing started when I did the unsanctioned match (on Raw) with Randy (Orton) where I couldn’t get physically touched.  It was a real thing and I thought, really?  This is where I’m at that I can’t get touched?  So, I took it upon myself and I made my own appointment and all those sorts of things.  I went to the University of South Florida Concussion Center.  I saw them before I was retiring.  I saw the same doctor.  I made the appointment and went on my own.  I didn’t tell anybody I was doing it.  My thought process was, if I go in and they tell me that they think I’m good, it opens up new doors.  If they say you shouldn’t do this, then I’m in no different situation than I was when I woke up that morning.  I went in and did the tests. I sat down with the doctor after and he said, ‘You crushed these tests.’  This was in June.  He said, ‘You’re average or above average on all these test scores.  You didn’t fail anything.  Your physical scores are good.’  We had a conversation and I told him where my head was at.  I said, ‘If you think I’m crazy and you don’t think I should do this, that’s fine, but I need to know.’  He said, ‘I don’t think you’re crazy at all.  I think you can do this.’

Christian was asked if when he was in the Royal Rumble in January that he would be in AEW a short time later:

“No, I would not think that at all to be honest with you.  It all happened really quick.  I wasn’t sure I was going to go.  All the talks I had were very cordial (with WWE).  Obviously, I’m good friends with you and I’m good friends with Jon (Moxley).  He talked to me and had his opinions.  It made me think that maybe I am doing myself a disservice if I don’t at least explore all my options at this final stage of my career.  I had a conversation with Tony (Khan) and it escalated very quickly.  It went very fast.  Within a week, it was a done deal.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “Oral Sessions with Renée Paquette “ with a h/t to for the transcription.

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