Christian Cage debuted at AEW Revolution and there were plenty of surprised fans, but some saw it coming. The AEW roster knew who was debuting at Revolution, but WWE Superstars were not smartened up beforehand.
According to Fightful Select, WWE Superstars they spoke to were unaware that Cage was going to AEW. They had some suspicions because he hasn’t been on WWE television since the Royal Rumble.
It was also said that WWE higher-ups might have had a better idea about what was going on. They didn’t mention Christian much since his Royal Rumble return for a reason.
Some people in WWE also felt a bit let down that Captain Charisma made the jump to AEW. It’s really on WWE for not having him locked into a deal.