Shortly after their Rebellion pay-per-view (PPV) from Toronto wrapped up last night (April 28), Impact Wrestling tweeted this:
Multiple outlets report this is legit and not storyline. Wrestling Observer points out the cupping marks Cage was sporting coming into the match - a sign he was being treated using the alternative medicine technique which uses suction to stimulate blood flow and treat pain & inflammation that was brought into vogue when Michael Phelps and others advocating for it during the 2016 Olympics. The theory is that the former Lucha Underground star was dealing with back issues even before taking this spot:
He was noticeable struggling after taking that Spanish Fly from Johnny Impact however. He finished the match, and participated in the angle which set-up Michael Elgin as his first challenger after winning the belt... set-up which included him taking a sit-out powerbomb. After that, he was barely able to walk however. Officials them helped him exit the ring area and immediately got him to the emergency room.
No word yet on the diagnosis, but the thinking obviously is that he had a serious back injury.
Cage tweeted from the hospital overnight:
Not how I wanted or ever imagined this incredible night would end. I've chased this moment and have dreamt about this my entire life. And to have this be the outcome, I'd be lying if I said it didn't break my heart. pic.twitter.com/Ogj7lD7L0x— Brian Cage (@MrGMSI_BCage) April 29, 2019
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