Missing AEW Star Set For First Dynamite Match In 13 Months

Long-absent AEW star comes in from the Dynamite cold this Wednesday.

Brian Cage

All Elite Wrestling just announced what will be Brian Cage's first bout on the company's flagship show, Dynamite, in over 13 months.

As confirmed by CEO and founder Tony Khan, Cage will challenge for Wardlow's TNT Championship on this Wednesday's broadcast. Wardlow had previously issued an open challenge for the anniversary special, calling specifically for "Someone remotely close to my level."

Khan confirmed Wardlow vs. Cage soon after:-


30 minutes later, Brian told Twitter he was returning "to become the champion everyone else is not":-

Cage's last Dynamite match came on 1 September 2021, where he was defeated by former Team Taz stablemate Powerhouse Hobbs. The big man had been absent from all company programming since October 2021 prior to returning on 23 September's special Grand Slam episode of Rampage, where he competed in a battle royal, and he has since worked a Dark: Elevation bout against indie grappler Tracy Williams.

Although he was off television at the time, AEW picked up its one-year extension option on Cage's contract back in February. This came amidst talk that the former FTW World Champion was dissatisfied with his use in the promotion.

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