‘Hangman’ Adam Page recently lost the AEW World Championship and had a decent run as the champ. He defended the AEW World Title successfully six times over his 197-day reign against some top names of the company such as Bryan Danielson (twice), Lance Archer, Adam Cole(twice), and Dante Martin. However, he ended up dropping the championship to CM Punk in the main event of Double or Nothing 2022. ‘The Cowboy’ recently revealed how the title reign transformed him.
‘Hangman’ Adam Page recalls his AEW title reign
In an interview with Wrestling Inc.’s Nick Hausman, ahead of his big IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, Page opened up about what he learned while holding AEW’s top prize:
“I never realized the pressure of being world champion and that might seem to someone watching, like, ‘Oh, you defended it once every three or four weeks, how hard could that be’?” Page said. “I don’t know that I handled [the pressure] of anyone who’s ever handled it, but it’s my first time. I think it made me, you know, a better person, a better wrestler.”
Page had won the AEW World Championship by defeating Kenny Omega back at Full Gear 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota after a gruesome battle that lasted for 25 minutes. This championship win marked Page’s first singles title win in a major wrestling company, only previously winning the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Championships with the Young Bucks and the AEW World Tag Team Championships alongside Kenny Omega.
Page wrestled against the debuting former ROH World TV Champion Silas Young on the latest edition of AEW: Dynamite. He defeated Young with the Buckshot Lariat. This Sunday, at the AEW x NJPW Pay-Per-View, Forbidden Door, Page will take on Adam Cole, Kazuchika Okada, and IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White for White’s title that he recently won by defeating Okada at NJPW’s Dominion event.