As a consequence of Brian Cage’s victory over Willie Mack on the January 11 episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, the former Impact Wrestling star is now set to make his AEW TV debut.
After the broadcast, fans complimented the bout positively and after Dynamite on Wednesday night, Mack, who left Impact in May 2022, engaged in a match with Cage in preparation for Friday’s Rampage episode that will air on TNT.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said AEW President Tony Khan wanted to put the bout on television since he enjoyed it so much on Dark.
“Brian Cage beat Willie Mack, so the deal here is that they had a match on one of the streaming shows this week that was really good apparently. Tony wanted to do it again, this time on television and also because Brian Cage is wrestling Bryan Danielson (next week on Dynamite). Brian Cage getting a win on Rampage to build that up makes all the sense in the world. Brian Cage won with, I believe, Weapon X,” Meltzer stated.
Willie Mack Has Left Impact
It appears that Impact Wrestling star Willie Mack and IMPACT Wrestling are parting ways.
Willie Mack issued the Tweet to fans today stating that following the previous night’s episode of IMPACT Wrestling will be his last and he is a free agent because his contract expired and he declined the company’s offer.
Another big name moves to the free-agent wrestling world. https://t.co/mkf9hlEg1O
— Craig (Dirtsheets.net) (@DirtSheetsCraig) May 6, 2022
Mack had been with the company since 2018 and he is a former X-Division Champion
Mike Johnson of PWInsider reports that Mack was informed in March that he wouldn’t be offered a new deal with the promotion, but the company wanted to use him on a pre-date basis. Mack ultimately turned this offer down.