AEW star Adam “Hangman” Page recently spoke with WrestlingInc.com about his tryout with WWE and the mindset of those trying out for the company:
I guess when I started wrestling, I guess it’s been, whew, 12 years since I started wrestling. There was really only one way to make a living. It was if you got signed to WWE, that was the end-all-be-all. Everything that you did was an attempt to get a job there. It was not to be a better wrestler. It was not to gain a following. The only end goal was to be in WWE, so you could pay your bills with wrestling. That’s changed a lot, obviously, these past few years. Man, I’m just glad to be a part of something that’s kind of helping change that, I guess. So thinking back over like formative years, the things that I worry about then are just not even remotely a consideration at this point
Hangman Page then spoke about not being signed by the company:
I mean, I guess like when you’re 18-19, you start doing that kind of stuff. You feel so close to the only thing you think matters at the time. You think getting that job is the only thing matters, and you feel so close, so your so enthused, but then nothing ever happens after you go. And then you get pretty damn depressed about it, and you sort of consider, if this is the only avenue to make it in wrestling, and you show up and nothing happens, you start to wonder like, ‘can I even keep doing this? What’s the point?
As they say, everything happens for a reason. Page went on to have success with Ring Of Honor and NJPW where He was also at one point a member of The Bullet Club. He now enjoys success on AEW as he was in the first ever AEW World Championship match with Chris Jericho:
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