If I’m going to write a post-mortem on the AEW World Championship reign of “Hangman” Adam Page, I don’t think that it’s fair to say that “you need to take the good with the bad.” If I’m being honest, and I may not be in the majority here, I never thought anything from Page’s reign was bad. I think a more accurate term, and a far less cliché one, is that “you need to take the good with what left you wanting more.”
Page has been, through and through, a product of All Elite Wrestling’s booking, for better and worse. He said it himself during the pre-match video package before his title defense against CM Punk, he used to be the “Bullet Club job guy,” a mostly lovable loser that the Bullet Club would send out there if they didn’t really care about a match and another New Japan faction needed a pound of flesh. But AEW management saw potential in Page and they told a three year long story with him as the protagonist. Page built himself up, climbed to the top of the mountain, only to fail the first time, before building himself up again and eventually claiming the promotion’s richest prize.
Back in the present day, Page’s defense against CM Punk would eventually go on to be unsuccessful in a downright stellar match. But what matters more is how the “Hangman” Page experiment got to this point, what the results were, and where we go from here. I think the results speak for themselves.