One TNA star could’ve gone to the sports entertainment company.
That star is Brian Cage, who actually has a past with the WWE. Back in June of 2008, he signed a developmental contract with the WWE and was placed in FCW.
He and Justin Gabriel defeated The Dude Busters (Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta) to become FCW Florida Tag Team Champions in 2009.
However, their reign didn’t last long as they lost the titles to Bo Rotundo and Duke Rotundo that night. Cage was eventually released from his contract in mid September 2009.
Cage recently spoke with Chris Featherstone on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show about various topics including his time with the sports entertainment company and why he was ultimately released. Here is what he had to say (transcript courtesy of Wrestling Inc):
"I had a groin injury, and was put into this squash match that lasted about 3 minutes. During the match, I was supposed to get spot where I was going to get a boot, but I couldn't race to the boot because my groin was torn and so he threw the boot like 12 feet away, and you were wondering what he was doing," said Cage. "Despite having awesome matches with TJ Wilson, none of that mattered, it was only that spot where they felt that I didn't want to do that spot, so I was really upset about it.
"I ended up on Tough Enough, and when we ended up in a town in Fresno, I met with John Laurinaitis and asked him how the match went, he said it went great. He said that let's just get through WrestleMania because there was a month left until WrestleMania, and I was okay with that. I thought to myself why he would lie to me. Why would he bring me down, so I was confident about it. WrestleMania came and went but I never heard back from them.
"I called him and he said to me, 'Nevermind, we are going to release you.' I asked what he meant by that and he said that they are no longer interested in me. I was so pissed; I said that it was okay, thank you for responding and doing business with him. Through all the ups and downs from being signed, to being released, to Tough Enough, I said, enough of this. I don't care about that anymore. I don't care if I don't go back now. My life is substantially better, both personally and professionally after my release."
In January of this year, Cage signed with Impact Wrestling (formerly known as TNA Wrestling). He made his debut with the promotion back on the February 15 episode of Impact on Pop TV where he beat John Cruz in a decisive victory.
In this interview, he actually revealed that he was in recent talks with the WWE but decided to sign with Impact instead.
"I had been recently in talks with WWE and they said that there were these trials coming up and whether I was available, then they changed their minds saying that they couldn't bring me in for those upcoming tryouts, they would try again for the next one, and so on and so forth," said Cage. "That was the way it went through, about a year and change. Finally, when they were going to bring me in for a tryout I said okay. After I booked my flight and everything, I thought about it and the next day I said, nevermind, I don't want to do it anymore. They said, what do I mean I don't want to do it? I responded by saying that I had signed with Impact Wrestling, Lucha Underground, AAA. I just didn't want to go on that weekend that they were offering so I said that I am not interested at this time. It just felt really good to say that."
"They asked if I wanted to come through for the next tryouts and I said that we will see what would happen. Since then, I haven't been to a tryout since. Am I willing to go back? I'm not begging to go back, but it would have to be where the opportunity would be perfect for me to go back. Right now, my life is great, my life is awesome, and there is no need for me to go back. I wouldn't say that I would never go back, but if it doesn't ever end up happening, I am okay with that."
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