Brian Cage isn’t at 100 percent heading into Slammiversary XVII.
The Impact Wrestling World Champion puts his title on the line against Michael Elgin today, July 8, in Dallas, Texas. However, Cage is still recovering from an injury suffered when he first won the title in April.
“I’m still not 100 percent and there’s still a lot of things that I could normally do that I’m probably not able to do,” Cage admitted, “but I have a vast array of moves in my repertoire and I’m not concerned about it.”
With his mobility compromised, Cage will have to alter his game-plan for Elgin. “The Machine” is confident he can match his opponent strength-for-strength.
“Last time I checked, Big Mike isn’t as big as The Machine so I think I still got a size advantage on ol’ Elgin,” he said.
While Elgin’s attack in April dropped the Impact Wrestling newcomer straight into the title picture, it also served to motivate Cage. Elgin now finds himself challenging an intense, angry champion.
“I kinda just want to take his head off,” Cage revealed. “I think I want to clothesline the crap out of him more than moonsault on top of him.”
Cage concluded: “I’ll make him wish he never left New Japan to begin with.”
Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XXVI airs live today from 12pm NZST on Fite TV. The pay-per-view costs $31.99 NZD. First-time users of Fite TV can use NZPWI’s referral code “j2oynd” for a $10 credit on their Fite account to put toward future pay-per-view purchases.
Anyone who purchases Slammiversary XVII on Fite TV will also receive a coupon code to redeem a free three-month subscription for Impact Plus, Impact Wrestling’s video-on-demand (VOD) and live event service.
Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XVII Card:
- Impact World Championship:
Brian Cage (c) vs. Michael Elgin
- X-Division Championship:
Rich Swann (c) vs. Johnny Impact
- Impact Tag Team Championship:
The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) (c) vs. LAX (Ortiz & Santana) vs. The Rascalz (Dez & Wentz)
- Knockouts Championship, Monster’s Ball:
Taya Valkyrie (c) vs. Havok vs. Rosemary vs. Su Yung
- Sami Callihan vs. Tessa Blanchard
- First Blood Match:
Eddie Edwards vs. Killer Kross
- Moose vs. Rob Van Dam
- TJP vs. ???