Real Reason Christian Cage Was Never A Top WWE Star

Jim Ross reveals why WWE never pushed Christian Cage as a top guy.

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Jim Ross believes that look and size were behind WWE's decision to never push Christian Cage as a top guy during the veteran's time with the promotion.

The legendary announcer said as much during the latest episode of his Grilling JR podcast. Ross stated that the aforementioned factors "didn't do [Christian] any favours", adding that in Vince McMahon's eyes, Christian lacked the "wow factor" possessed by his real-life best friend, Adam 'Edge' Copeland, whom WWE pushed heavily.

Said Ross (h/t Fightful):

“His size (and) look didn’t do him any favors at certain points in his career. I know that my belief is that McMahon did not push him more because he didn’t like Christian’s look. It didn’t sell. It wasn’t the ‘wow factor.’ He wasn’t the guy, except for his hair, that could walk through an airport and be noticed. He fit in. Edge, being 6’4, stood out. So, yeah. Size had a big issue there, at times. He’s passed it now, thank God, for AEW. That’s why he’s one of the best heels in the friggin’ business.”

Cage, 50, stands at just three inches shorter than Copeland at 6'1". Though he was WWE World Heavyweight Champion twice, the promotion never presented him as the true top performer in the company. Copeland, meanwhile, enjoyed 11 world title reigns in Stamford.

Christian Cage defends his AEW TNT Championship against Adam Copeland on this Wednesday's Dynamite.

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