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Five Feuds For Hangman Page

At this year’s AEW: Full Gear, Adam Page finally got his hands on the title in a match for the ages, against Kenny Omega. But now that the dust has settled on this – a piece of storytelling that was over two years in the making and that ranks right up there with the greatest wrestling has ever told – the question remains what should the next five feuds for Hangman Page actually be?

*Alright, that might not be the question, as I’m pretty sure it should be who Hangman Page faces next or something, but if you want to get a good SEO score then you’ve got to include the title of your article in your opening paragraph. I tell you, this s*it ain’t easy.*

What follows is who I think Adam Page should step into an AEW ring with next. Some are already on the AEW roster, some I think could and will be. Basically, this is fantasy booking, Neil Gray style.

Bryan Danielson is my number one choice for Hangman Page

Bryan Danielson

Well, this is a no-brainer. Danielson won the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament – cause that ain’t a mouthful – by defeating Miro to become the #1 contender to Hangman Page’s belt. Personally, I thought this was the wrong decision and that Miro should’ve won. And before you start questioning my sanity, allow me to explain why.

Both Hangman Page and Bryan Danielson are faces and crowd favorites, and unless they intend to do a massive swerve and turn either heel before they meet in the squared circle, then it’s going to be two good guys duking it out. Historically, these things can be quite boring. The build is just a couple of blokes saying how much they admire each other, but when it comes to game time, blah, blah, blah, and I fall asleep.

Having said all that, however, Danielson vs. Hangman Page has me intrigued because of the wrestlers involved. We all know how good Page is and Danielson could have a five-star match in a bloody phone booth, so to actually see these two in the ring together is quite a mouth-watering prospect.

The only problem I can see is how they’re going to do a decent enough build to capture the imagination.

Chris Jericho is my second choice to face AEW World Champion Adam Page

Chris Jericho

Jericho has been getting some unfair stick in certain quarters of the IWC of late, with keyboard warriors across the globe questioning if The Demo God has lost a step or two as he’s gotten older. As I always like to say in these situations, these people are idiots and y’all need to put some respect on Chris Jericho’s name.

Jericho vs. Hangman Page has money written all over it. After all, it was Jericho that denied Page the opportunity to be crowned the first-ever AEW World Champion and sent him on his redemption story. A redemption story that could be carried on here.

Page and Jericho have some unfinished business. The Inner Circle leader owes The Hangman a chance to set the record straight and Page could offer him a title shot in exchange. Hell, Jericho could turn heel on Page, demanding that he give him a run at the belt as he’s never beaten him and “How can you call yourself World Champion when you’ve never defeated me”.

If the rumors are to be believed and Jericho is going to be working with younger talent and stepping away from the title picture, then perhaps one last run at the AEW World Championship – with only Hangman Page standing in his way – would be a great way to go out.

Adam Cole is my third choice to feud with Hangman Page

Adam Cole

During his match with Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks came out to the ring. When this kind of thing usually happens it’s so they can interfere, but this time around they just seemed to give their approval to Hangman Page as he laid two heavy Buckshot Lariats into their friend’s head. This is intriguing and might be about to prove my erstwhile boss – Andrew Grevas – correct.

He has this theory that Kyle O’Reilly is about to leave the WWE and is AEW bound, where he will re-team up with Adam Cole (Bay Bay!) and Bobby Fish in an Undisputed Era 2.0. And though it pains me to admit it, he may be right.

It would be the perfect way to turn The Bucks face again. Cole betrays his old friends for his newer ones – probably still pissed about being murdered by them on BTE – and it sets off a chain reaction that sees Hangman Page rejoin The Elite to take on the Undisputed Era 2.0, head-on. Fish and O’Reilly go after the tag-team titles – putting them at loggerheads with The Young Bucks – and Cole goes after the World Title, setting him on a collision course with his one-time friend, Hangman Page.

Simple when you think about it.

Windham/Wyatt is my fourth chocie to feud with Hangman Page

Windham/Wyatt

There is no doubt in my mind that the former Bray Wyatt – who we shall call Windham from here on out – is going to sign for AEW. It’s not a matter of if, but when, and when he does he’s going to need a big old feud to reintroduce himself to those fans who may have forgotten what a genius wrestling mind lives inside his head.

If you’re going to bring Windham in, bring him in for the big one. Have him go after Hangman Page, in whatever manner he feels is correct. I can’t imagine he’d come in as an ass-kicker in the mold that Moxley did, but if he wants to bring a variation of The Fiend with him – into a company that will allow him to do it properly – then I’m all for it.

I can imagine tonight’s AEW Dynamite having a fully blown celebration for Hangman Page’s title win when suddenly the lights go out. Ominous music starts playing and a video package appears on the screen announcing that “He” will soon be among them. This then leads to weeks of build, during which time Page fights and beats Danielson. At the end of the match, a solitary figure is seen standing at the top of the ramp and when the spotlight lands on him we see that “He” has finally arrived.

Or, y’know, just have him come out and point at the belt. Either way’s good.

Kazuchika Okada is my final chocie to feud with Hangman Page

Kazuchika Okada

There is an obvious working relationship between NJPW and AEW, so why in the blue hell wouldn’t we see Kazuchika Okada in an AEW ring? And if you’re going to bring in the best that NJPW has to offer then you sure as s*it aren’t going to have him go after the TBS Title.

I’m not sure how they’d do it. I genuinely don’t care. All I know is that I want to see Hangman Page face off against Kazuchika Okada more than I’ve ever wanted to see any match in the entirety of pro-wrestling ever.

Tony Khan, make this happen!

Written by Neil Gray

SPOBS very own Mouth Of The South (West)

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