Adam Page has issued a statement to fans following his AEW World Championship defeat to CM Punk at Double or Nothing.
Hangman Adam Page walked into Las Vegas and Double or Nothing determined to successfully defend his AEW World Title for a seventh time. However, standing across from the ring from him was a man who he had never wrestled before, CM Punk.
While Page had adopted a prickly exterior in recent weeks which hadn’t been since in AEW to this point, Punk was on a mission of his own. The former WWE Champion seeking to become World Champion for the first time in almost a decade.
When CM Punk walked away from WWE in early 2014, it was widely expected, including by the man himself, that he would never wrestle again. However, fast forward seven years and the allure of AEW proved too much as Punk laced up his boots once again.
Over the next eight months Punk set about proving that not only could he still ‘go,’ but that he was still the ‘Best in the World.’
Despite Page’s best efforts, which included hitting a GTS on his rival Page was ultimately defeated after deciding not to use his title belt to try and score the win.
Two days removed from the defeat, AEW’s resident cowboy has now issued a statement on social media thanking fans for their support.
“i’ve had a while to reflect on my time as aew champion now that it’s come to an end. thank you all, not for supporting me, but for supporting the vision. it’s not about the gold or the glory, it’s about the common love and dignity with which we treat each other. change the world”
i’ve had a while to reflect on my time as aew champion now that it’s come to an end. thank you all, not for supporting me, but for supporting the vision. it’s not about the gold or the glory, it’s about the common love and dignity with which we treat each other. change the world
— HANGMAN PAGE (@theAdamPage) May 31, 2022
Hangman Adam Page’s first and to date only AEW World Title run lasted a total of 197 days, beginning when he saw off Kenny Omega at Full Gear in November 2021.
Over the following six months, the star defeated Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole twice, while also overcoming Lance Archer and Dante Martin.