"Hangman" comments on a number of topics.
The man who some fans of professional wrestling view as the unsung hero of Bullet Club, Adam "Hangman" Page has found himself in the spotlight in 2018. "Hangman" has been dubbed the "enforcer" of Bullet Club, made his G1 Climax tournament debut, challenged for the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship and had a featured spot on the 'All In' match card. It is coming up on a full month since 'All In' took place and with that amount of time having passed since the independent wrestling event commenced, Adam "Hangman" Page reflected on why he believes the show was a success while he was being interviewed by 'Hollywood Life'.
"All In was a huge success all around for Matt and Nick and for Cody. For me, for Marty, for Kenny and everybody involved in any way possible." He said. "It was excellent, with over 11,000 people in attendance and who knows how many people watched at home. I am sure many people were watching from home. It was a huge accomplishment and one of the biggest wrestling accomplishments for any company outside the [WWE]. How [All In] changes the course of wrestling is yet to be seen, since we are only a few weeks removed from it but I think that will be a point that a lot of people will look at and say it was a major turning point for wrestling. To be a part of it was a huge thing for me. I think the most important thing for me at All In is that this wasn’t run by WWE or Ring Of Honor or New Japan. It was a group of friends that had an idea for what it would look like if they did it, and to know that three people and people around them could put something like this together and to get the support and the attendance and the eyeballs that it did it speaks to the important part of all of it."
As mentioned, "Hangman" has had an eventful 2018 and is looking to have an even better 2019. Page was asked what was next for him in the coming year and he responded with the following:
"I guess, I would be hesitant to say this but I will say it: when I was younger and just getting into wrestling — even in the first few days of Ring Of Honor — for me, it was and wrestling was all about me checking off all these boxes to get to the WWE. I wanted to make a living there, and that is what it all was for me." He shared. "For a lot of wrestlers, no matter what they did, they saw the WWE as the end goal. I think that sometime in the middle of all that, it started changing for me. I know that has changed a lot for other people too. As far as character development and creative, I have to make sure that I am always going upwards and not downwards. I never want to be stagnant and I want to have fun and enjoy the art of putting together a match." Page explained. "Once I let go of all those old concrete goals — that, looking back, seem foolish now – that is when I started to be successful. Now, my goals are to just have fun with my cohorts, to be creative, and give the fans something to sink their teeth into."
On a related note, Adam Page was not able to capture the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship earlier this year but his fellow Bullet Club-faction mate Cody will have that chance come tomorrow night at NJPW's 'Fighting Spirit Unleashed' show where Cody is challenging Juice Robinson for the title.