AEW Star's Contract Expiring Soon, WWE Interest Gauged

This AEW wrestler's deal is reportedly up within a matter of weeks.

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Brian Cage's AEW contract is due to expire within the next few weeks, reports Fightful Select.

The writeup states that there have been "feelers within WWE" to gauge the market-leading promotion's interest in Cage, who could become a free agent if he doesn't agree to a renewal with AEW. Whether or not WWE and Cage are interested in each other is currently unclear, however.

This comes roughly 11 months after AEW caught Cage by surprise by triggering a one-year renewal option on his contract during a period of inactivity. At one point, 'The Machine' went 13 months between Dynamite appearances, with his absence sparking speculation on his future prior to the renewal.

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News that Brian had signed with AEW broke in January 2020, though injury prevented him from debuting until Double Or Nothing that May. Though he slotted into a regular role with Team Taz, Cage's summer 2021 feud with Ricky Starks saw him effectively disappear after his conclusive defeat, not resurfacing under Tony Khan's promotional umbrella until ROH Supercard of Honor XV in April 2022.

Cage has since returned to a more regular role in AEW and ROH. The reigning ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion faces Bryan Danielson at MJF's behest on tonight's Dynamite.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.