Johnny Impact will defend the IMPACT World Championship against Brian Cage at IMPACT Homecoming at the Asylum in Nashville. Johnny talked about facing off with Cage, and said even if ‘Option C’ wasn’t on the table, he feels like ‘Mr. GMSI’ would still be at the front of the line for his World Championship:
Absolutely. I feel like if Cage asked me for a title shot, I would have given him one. Since I’ve won the IMPACT World Championship, I’ve gone out of my way to say that I’m planning on defending it against anyone that is deserving of a title shot. Cage has only been beaten one time since he’s come to IMPACT, and it took three guys to do it.
Option C, to me, is more of a statement. That’s how bad he wants the IMPACT World Championship. He gave up the X Division title for a shot at the World Championship, and I’m taking that very seriously, and I know he’s taking it very seriously also.
I talked about Cage being impressive and versatile in the ring, noting he could beat an opponent with strength, speed or agility. Johnny complimented Cage on his physique and strength, but was quick to note that he still can beat Cage with quickness and his ability to think on the fly:
Whoa, whoa, whoa. If it’s a bench press contest, sure, Cage is going to beat me. But speed and agility? No, I think I might have his number on those two. Let me add this to the equation—bench press, sure, bet on Cage—but if it’s a brain press competition, I’d bet on me.
I don’t want to dumb-shame Brian, but he’s not the smartest guy in the locker room. Strongest? Yes, he’s a machine, he trains that way, he eats 7.2 times a day, he’s got his macros figured out and he trains twice everyday. The difference in the match at Homecoming for me is my ability to call audibles to create offense and answer whatever Brian is throwing at me in real time quicker than he’s going to answer whatever I’m throwing at him.