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Adam Page Explains the Origin of His Hangman Gimmick, Discusses the Bullet Club Storyline Unfolding Over a Long Period of Time, and His Goals Moving Forward

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 04/14/18


The Pittsburgh City Paper recently interviewed Adam Page. Below are some highlights.

Adam Page on the long-form Bullet Club story: ďThis, for me, is what wrestling is about. This is why I love it, why I enjoy doing it long term. Long-term stories, people attach to that. With Being The Elite, people watch that every week, and people message us to say that itís something they consistently look forward to, something that gets them through the week, and some of the people have really latched onto it. Itís the work of our lives, and itís what we love doing.Ē

Adam Page on his Hangman gimmick: ďI found out that I was joining Bullet Club and going to work for New Japan just a few weeks before it happened, and it was something that kind of took me by surprise. I hadnít anticipated going that direction, but it was a great surprise. It caught me off guard, and one of the things that was suggested to me, since Adam Cole was joining Bullet Club, was that I have some sort of different name. Someone from New Japan suggested the name Hangman Page, and Iíd take the gallows from Luke Gallows and fill that role a little bit.

Looking back itís something I wish I wouldnít have done, or I would have done differently. But I think in the time, I was rushed to get gear ordered, to figure out who I was going to be, what I was going to be. And at this point Iíve figured it out, but with just two weeks notice? I had the noose for awhile, and I tried to be as sensitive as I could about in every way I possibly could, but I still had people writing me who were kind about it, but who had family members that had committed suicide and it made them uncomfortable, or maybe the racial connotations of me carrying a noose were uncomfortable, and I get that. I tried to be really sensitive about it, but it was something I wanted to get away from. I still carry a big untied rope with me to the ring, and honestly I kind of carry it out more now out of habit than anything, and Iíve kept the name because itís kind of a cool sounding name, and at this point people connect it with me. Itís just become my name.Ē

Page on his goals moving forward: ďI feel like in the earlier years of my career I was good, but I just floated around a little bit. But now Iíve had some direction, Iíve had some exciting things going on with being part of the Bullet Club and Being The Elite. Iíve not had, until recently, a chance to stand out as a singles wrestler. A lot of the stuff Iíve been doing has been tags with the Bucks and Cody [Rhodes] and Marty [Scurll] and whoever else, but just now Iím starting to get these bigger singles matches, against Jay White, against Kota [Ibushi] this past weekend and against Kenny [Omega] in a couple weeks. I kind of want to focus on my singles career, especially not knowing whatís going on with Bullet Club, honestly not knowing whatís going on with BTE. I kind of have to start over a little bit in a sense and need to go back to focusing on my solo careers. Iíd love opportunities for singles championships, Iíd love to wrestle in the G1 in Japan as well. Itís something Iíve always wanted to do, I just havenít really said it out loud.Ē