Last week marked a special occasion for Ethan Page as AEW headed to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to film Dynamite, Rampage, and Collision. After Page defeated Preston Vance in a dark match before Dynamite, he soon returned for Collision tapings. During Saturday’s episode of AEW Collision, AEW World Champion MJF challenged any Hamilton native to step up and face him for his title. This offer prompted Ethan Page to appear and accept the title opportunity.
Despite his subsequent loss to MJF, Ethan Page’s title pursuit isn’t done quite yet. Following his hometown performance, AEW released a mini-documentary. In it, Page revealed that he made a promise to his daughter, one that he intends on keeping.
“I did lose, I lost. I don’t think I came up short though. The worst thing is that everyone is going to say to me, ‘You almost touched the top. You were just this close. Everybody you love was there to see you win, but you came up short.’ I did not come up short tonight. The record will show that Ethan Page lost to MJF for the AEW World Title in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, but I did not come up short. When I walked out, I knew I was fighting for myself. I was fighting for every single person that made sure I’d be in this position in the first place — every single person from Hamilton, from the whole freakin’ country. My family was sitting in the front row and saw me almost reach greatness,” Page said.
“But you know what they also saw? They saw the referee ask me if I wanted to give up, multiple times, multiple times. Every single time, I said ‘No!’ MJF had every opportunity to make me tap, make me quit. I refuse, I refused to give up! If I didn’t show you, if I didn’t show the locker room, if I didn’t show my people in Hamilton that I have what it takes to be a champion, sure, then I came up short. Tell me I came up short now, I gave everything I had.”
“It breaks my heart to know that my family sat in the front row and saw me lose. But on my way to the back, I stopped to talk to my daughter in the front row. I told her that daddy was okay, this was not my last match. I promised her that I would win gold in AEW, and I don’t plan on breaking that f*cking promise.”
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