Hangman Adam Page has criticised the build to his first attempt on the AEW World Championship in 2019, commenting that it was all “too fast and too soon.”
Although Adam Page currently sits atop AEW after defeating Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship at Full Gear, his journey to get there was far from smooth. This is despite Page finding himself in contention to become the company’s first ever World Champion back in the summer of 2019.
After winning the Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing, Page met Chris Jericho in the main event of All Out, but was ultimately defeated.
Speaking to Renee Paquette on her podcast Oral Sessions, Page reflected on this early near-miss with AEW’s top prize. Dynamite’s resident cowboy said that he felt it was all too soon, adding that he knew people “wouldn’t but it.”
I wouldn’t even talk about, at least my journey to the AEW World Championship as some kind of grand scheme that was hatched on day one or something like that because it never was. At least to me, it was never that way. When AEW started and I realized I was going to be suddenly like — I was just the guy losing all the BULLET CLUB multi-man matches.
I was, not to say a ‘nobody,’ but I certainly wasn’t like the main event guy who was suddenly going to be main eventing the first-ever title match in AEW. I knew people wouldn’t buy it and I knew it didn’t matter what I said, it didn’t matter what I did in the time between, it was too fast, it was too soon. I knew people might — they would be forgiving, they would go, ‘Oh yeah, okay.’ But I knew deep down they wouldn’t buy it.”
Expanding further, Page said that the loss meant that he had to go back to basics in order to become a viable contender in the future.
“It felt like I got off on the wrong foot and I wanted to rectify that and it felt like the only way you can is to be vulnerable and to let that loss and that disappointment come out, you know what I mean? Over a long time and every week we would get to TV and it wasn’t like some grand scheme of, ‘How do we get back to Adam Page winning the world title?’ I just would think, ‘How do I feel about this? What would I feel about this?’ And, ‘Okay, let’s do that this week.’”
Elsewhere in the interview, Hangman Adam Page also admitted that he’s found parts of his current run with the World Championship frustrating. Page noted that he hadn’t wrestled since defeating Omega on November 13th.
Adam Page will make the first defence of his AEW World Championship at Winter is Coming when he meets the undefeated Bryan Danielson.
H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.