Brian Cage Talks Chris Kanyon Breaking Him Into The Wrestling Business And Paying Tribute To Kanyon

Cage takes Chris Kanyon to the ring with him every night.

"The Machine" Brian Cage will have the opportunity to capture the first major World Title of his career tomorrow night as he squares off against Johnny Impact at IMPACT Wrestling's 'Homecoming pay-per-view in Nashville, Tennessee. Ahead of the bout IMPACT posted a mini-documentary about Brian Cage on their YouTube channel which detailed how Cage got into the wrestling business, why winning the IMPACT World Title would mean so much to him and featured exclusive interviews with Melissa Santos who is a ring announcer and the fiancee of Brian Cage and the mother to their baby girl.

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During the mini-doc Cage talked about how he got started in the wrestling business and one of the individuals who went to bat for him is the late former WWF Tag Team Champion Chris Kanyon. Cage stated that he always looked up to Kanyon and pays tribute to him by sporting the logo that was on Kanyon's trunks on his [Cage] wrist accessories.

“So originally, I trained at the school up in Northern California called PCW, but the person that really broke me in the business and gave me my opportunities -- I give a lot of my credit to was Chris Kanyon. So I met Kanyon at a show, as a fan, I was a big fan of his. I made a time for him at a Sacramento RAW taping. After the show was over, he came back out to the crowd and he handed me the shirt that he had, and long story short we kind of just developed somewhat of a relationship." Cage shared. "I ended up actually getting to work with him twice in my own hometown of Chico, California. I remember thinking, ‘My wrestling career could be over and I would be pretty freaking thrilled with what I’d done’ because that was such a momentous occasion wrestling one of my all-time favorites -- somebody I idolized, wanted to get in the ring [with] and I got to work him in my hometown. It was just an awesome match." Cage continued, "[He] was actually the first person in my life that ever passed so on my gauntlets [wrist accessories] I have his logo from his tights on there as a memory for him. I feel like he would be pretty proud of me, pretty happy and I’m thrilled with what I’ve done so far."

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