Hangman Page plans on being a fighting champion.
AEW World Champion Adam ‘Hangman’ Page recently spoke with Bleacher Report’s Chris Mueller to discuss what’s next for him should be successfully defend his title against Bryan Danielson.
“Where do I go from here? It’s a tough question. Immediately, I want to defend this championship frequently, as often as I can. And I think I’ve been a little pissed off about not having that opportunity yet. I have a No. 1 contender who is dead set on fighting all my friends before he fights me for some reason. So I’m sitting here waiting for the first defense.
“I don’t know if that’s an attempt at mind games, or trying to build the confidence within himself that maybe he doesn’t realize. But I do want to defend the championship every chance I get. I know that I will not hold this for the rest of my life, but I’d like to try. In a larger sense, winning AEW World Championship is the mountain top. It’s the pinnacle achievement in wrestling right now. And I’ve managed to achieve that at 30.”
Looking at things through a wider lens, Page said that his overall goal is to just help wrestling grow in the future.
“I would like to make wrestling better for the fans, and ultimately, for the wrestlers involved. I was very excited about the prospect of starting AEW three years ago when I got those first few phone calls, not just for fans and not just for me, but I knew what it meant for wrestlers.
“There would be a dozen, hundreds, maybe more, guys who would be able to make a stable living at this when for so long so many people did this as a side job or do this and lose money. Ultimately, it’d be a place where people could have a real job doing this and not at the cost of other jobs. So, at the end of the day, whenever that is, I would like to know that whatever I do next would ultimately help wrestling and help the wrestlers.”
Page is set to defend his title tonight at AEW Dynamite: Winter Is Coming against Bryan Danielson.
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