Hangman Page has been ranked the eighth best wrestler of 2020 in the first-ever ITR 50 as announced in the latest issue of Inside The Ropes Magazine.
Page kicked-off 2020 in a big way, winning the AEW World Tag Team Championships from SCU alongside Kenny Omega during a special Dynamite hosted on the Jericho Cruise. The pair would go on to have stellar defences against both The Lucha Brothers and Young Bucks – the latter being Dave Meltzer’s highest-rated match of the year at 6 stars – before Hangman was forced off TV due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Page returned in the phenomenal Stadium Stampede match at Double Or Nothing and successfully retained the tag titles against The Natural Nightmares, Best Friends and Private Party over the summer, but the seeds of dissension between himself and Omega had been sown in the process. The duo would finally unravel at All Out, losing the belts to the manipulative FTR who exploited the champions’ waning alliance to capture the gold.
After the match, Omega walked out on his on-and-off partner and ended their union – leaving Hangman more conflicted than ever.
Page would return to singles action following All Out, making it to the finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament after great showings against Colt Cabana and Wardlow. Here, Page would confront his former partner and the two had a brilliant match to open Full Gear where Omega ultimately triumphed. Despite the loss, Page is coming out of 2020 more compelling than ever and it isn’t hard to conclude the ‘Anxious Millennial Cowboy’ will pick up singles gold in 2021.
The reason behind the compelling nature of Hangman Page was outlined by Inside The Ropes Magazine writer Justin Henry:
“With his brilliant character work (chiefly the myraid of unspoken emotions and thoughts), Adam Page provides enormous depth to AEW. The slow-burn storytelling featuring the Elite members has been held together by Page’s well-displayed paranoia, insecurity, and fear of failure.”
Issue 4 of Inside The Ropes Magazine, which features the ITR 50 in full, is available for both digital and physical purchase online worldwide as well as in the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland through select retailers.