Why did Christian Cage Leave WWE?

Published 03/08/2021, 12:27 PM EST


At Revolution, WWE legend Christian Cage made his AEW debut, sending shock waves throughout the industry. The former World Champion is now a part of Tony Khan’s young promotion, and fans will be excited to witness his first move. However, what led to him leaving WWE in the first place?

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Why did Christian Cage leave WWE?

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Christian was one of the favorites to debut at Revolution, as a part of Paul Wight’s surprise. It looked like AEW jumped the gun in terms of over-hyping the debut, but a wrestler of Christian’s status satisfied fans. He may not be Brock Lesnar or CM Punk, but the multi-time WWE Tag Team Champion is a terrific wrestler.

According to Tony Khan, Christian Cage, as we will know him in AEW, approached him. In a post-show media call, the AEW CEO revealed Cage has been his friend for about seven years.

He reached out to Tony first, and not the other way around, as many expected. Many would’ve expected AEW to hijack WWE’s contract negotiations with the star.

According to Wrestling INC, Christian’s WWE contract talks fell through. Tony Khan also revealed a plausible reason the contract talks fell through. He claimed Christian expressed his desire to wrestle regularly, while WWE seemingly wanted him to stick to a part-time schedule. Fightful Select also reported that WWE creative had nothing for Captain Charisma.

Have WWE missed out on a great opportunity?

CHRISTIAN / William REGAL – 25.09.2009 – WWE SmackDown et ECW Live Tour – Palais Nikaia de Nice, (Photo: Icon Sport via Getty Images)

By losing Christian, WWE have lost out on many potential storylines that would’ve boosted ratings. Captain Charisma is one of the most popular WWE superstars of all time, and his Royal Rumble stint proved he could still hang in there with the best in the world.

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Seeing Edge and Christian team up in the Royal Rumble was a heartwarming sight, but it would’ve been significantly better if they reunited for a standard tag team match. A potential Fastlane clash between Christian and Edge vs Roman Reigns and Jey Uso would’ve set the world on fire. It would’ve also been a great preview for Edge and Roman Reigns’ WrestleMania showdown.

An Intercontinental Championship match with Big E was also touted for WrestleMania. In 2014, Christian won a No. 1 Contender’s match to challenge for Big E’s Intercontinental Championship, but the match never happened. In 2021, that match would’ve absolutely killed, given Christian’s Hall of Fame status and Big E’s rise to prominence.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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