Kenny Omega, the current AEW World Champion, has had more than his fair share of long-term stories, most notably his stories with Kota Ibushi, Kazuchika Okada, and the Bullet Club.
It seems like this weekend at AEW Full Gear, we will see the culmination of his two-year long feud with ‘Hangman’ Adam Page. This story has been underway longer than All EIite Wrestling has been in existence
Leading up to Full Gear, Omega talked about the Bullet Club accepting Page when he spoke to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated.
“We don’t just bring just anyone into our group. If there is one area where the Bucks and I have really honed in, it’s realizing the types of people that have potential for greatness in professional wrestling. This industry has no set of rules or a template for what creates a star. All you need is that raw talent, and it was clear Hangman had that. Hangman had a never-say-die attitude, incredible athleticism and a very clean slate in terms of major injuries. He had this southern cowboy-ish nature, and a personality behind the scenes—one that people now see on camera—of a very lovable human being. We knew this guy was going to be an elite performer. And once AEW came along, we knew this company was meant for him,” Kenny said.
The story between Page and Omega has been extremely realistic detailing a man’s struggles to fit in, feel accepted, fight his own demons, and make new friends. It is a classic coming-of-age story detailed through wrestling.
Omega took the opportunity to comment on the reliability of the feud, “Both of us have put a lot of heart and soul into this. We haven’t been handed scripts or sat in production meetings to build this story. A lot of this comes from reality. Maybe we’ve sensationalized some of the details, but there is a lot of truth to the story we’re telling. There is real-life emotion attached to this clash. “After this pay-per-view ends, will I be able to take this story—the one that ‘Hangman’ and I have told—and place it amongst some of my favorites? Can I hang the ‘Hangman’ story on the mantle alongside the Okada story, the [Kota] Ibushi story, the Moxley story, The Elite story and the Bullet Club Civil War? Will the ‘Hangman’ story belong there? My hope is that it will.”
Page also recently spoke with Men’s Health about the amount of emotion and how much the storyline mirrors real-life.
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