Hangman Page and CM Punk. On one side of the ring, we have a 13-year veteran, who is a one-time and reigning AEW World Champion who has grown to an ultimate babyface status in All Elite Wrestling, and, on the other side, we have a 20-year plus veteran who is a former WWE Champion, former ROH World Champion and former WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Hangman Page and CM Punk –
The Millennial Cowboy BATTLE The Best In The World
On Sunday, May 29th in Paradise, Nevada, AEW World Champion ‘Hangman’ Adam Page will defend his championship against the Best In The World, CM Punk. After Punk’s victory over MJF in a brutal Dog Collar match at Revolution 2022, the fans wondered what would be next for CM Punk, but he knew what his next target would be. This is Adam Page and CM Punk, never crossed paths.
On the 23rd March edition of Dynamite, CM Punk defeated Dax Harwood in his first match after his brutal war with MJF at Revolution 2022 and made his intentions clear by taunting the world champion, Adam Page, by signaling a noose around his neck, referencing the ‘Hangman’ nickname of the champion and even taunting a belt motion around his waist on the ropes, showing his desire to become the AEW World Champion and even though Adam Page was currently bashing heads against Adam Cole at the time, he was taking notice.
Hangman Page and CM Punk: Climbing Up The Ranks
CM Punk continued to get the attention of Adam Page by picking up wins in AEW against Max Caster on the 30th March edition of Dynamite and going as far to state in a post-match promo that he doesn’t care if it is Page or Cole; he will be coming for the AEW World Championship. He continued to gain wins in order to climb up the AEW rankings, beating Penta Oscuro and Dustin Rhodes, and after the Dustin match on the April 20th edition of Dynamite, the champion finally came face-to-face with CM Punk after his victory with the intensity between the two men bleeding through to the audience.
On next week’s edition on Dynamite (April 27th), the match was made between Hangman Page and CM Punk for the AEW World Championship for Double or Nothing 2022, and after the bombshell announcement, CM Punk cut a promo where he stated that he would be in a fight on May 29th. Page responded the next week with a scathing promo about CM Punk and how he won’t be having a ‘Bret Hart tribute’ and will beat the hell out of Punk, building the hatred and intensity in this feud.
Punk continued to get under the skin of Page after defeating his stablemate, John Silver, with Hangman’s Buckshot Lariat and mockingly extending a hand, in which Adam Page responded by flipping the bird in his face. Page returned the favor after his victory with Punk’s iconic GTS over Konosuke Takeshita on the May 18th edition of Dynamite to once again take a shot at The Best in The World, which elicited Punk to rise from the commentary desk and have one more heavily intense face-off with the champion before the title match on May 29th.
Hangman Page and CM Punk: A Huge Test for The Hangman
The champion now has his biggest challenge ahead of him from a man that made his long-awaited return to professional wrestling after 7 years on August 20th, 2021, and has been on a roll ever since. CM Punk was trained by guys such as Fit Finlay, so he is no stranger with grappling with his opponents, and with his love for old-school wrestling from Bret Hart and the NWA that has seen him take himself to the limit in wars with guys like Samoa Joe and John Cena.
Ever since leaving the WWE in 2014, Punk lost his fire for professional wrestling until All Elite Wrestling came along with Punk’s return to wrestling which has seen him be freer with his promos and wrestling style, allowing for a more technical approach along with the ability to tell brutal stories with blood. CM Punk has been doing some of the best work of his career with a consistent work rate in his matches.
Both elevating future stars like Daniel Garcia and creating iconic rivalries with guys like Eddie Kingston and MJF, and now, he is gunning for a prize, and the man looking down the barrel is ‘Hangman’ Adam Page. There is also a great air of unpredictability as it is very unclear who will come out on top: do you have Adam Page prove himself as a true world champion and overcome CM Punk to continue his classic reign?
Or do you have CM Punk win the AEW World Championship from Page and add a prestigious name like Punk to its lineage with great matches and promos?
The AEW World Championship
Adam Page won the AEW World Championship from Kenny Omega on November 13th, 2021, at Full Gear 2021, and ever since, he has created a legacy of putting on wrestling classics for the title’s lineage with his duology of technical wars against Bryan Danielson that took both men to the limit at Winter Is Coming 2021 and the TBS debut of Dynamite on January 6th, 2022.
He went on to have a brutal blood-soaked Texas Deathmatch against Lance Archer on the Feb 9th edition of Dynamite and a hate-fuelled rivalry against Adam Cole, dealing with the shenanigans of him and ReDragon and going at it in the main event fights at Revolution and on the April 15th edition of Rampage.
This brings us to today. On May 29th at Double or Nothing, Hangman Page and CM Punk will stand across the ring from each other in a match that they have never been in against each other. CM Punk is going in with the motivation to prove that he is still the Best in The World and become the number one wrestler in All Elite Wrestling as the world champion, whilst Adam Page’s intentions are set on remaining the AEW World Champion after the night is done and proving himself by beating a legend such as CM Punk.