Former AEW Champion Adam Page has shocking admitted that he refuses to take advice from other wrestling veterans – declaring himself too “stubborn” to listen.
“Hangman” has been one of the top stars in AEW since being one of the first men to sign for the company in late 2018. As part of the titular “Elite” in “All Elite Wrestling”, he was a key figure in the formation of AEW, being marked as a future AEW Champion from the moment the company was conceived by Tony Khan.
He has become one of the best workers in the world over the course of the past four years of AEW. Matches against Kenny Omega, Bryan Danielson and The Young Bucks have earned him international acclaim and he is regarded amongst the best wrestlers on the planet. He has come a long since his days as the “Bullet Club’s Jobber” (according to Matt Jackson) and is now a main event in whatever promotion he competes in.
However, he has come under fire recently for refusing to listen to advice behind the scenes. Many veterans have complained about superstars behind the scenes not wanting to listen to the veterans in the locker room, instead not picking the brains of those with a wealth of experience to learn from. Page has been named as one of those by some, something he freely admits by admitting to the flaws in his character in a surprisingly candid interview.
Speaking at Galaxycon, he called himself “stubborn”, stating that “I don’t know if I need their advice” due to his status as a former World Champion in AEW.
“Oh boy, I don’t know, I’m stubborn, I don’t take advice. It’s a good question and that’s probably the honest answer. I listen to people say things, but very rarely do I listen hard. I was part of the movement that created the entire company and I’m a World Champion. I don’t know that I need their advice. I’ll certainly listen, but there is something to be said about trial and error and doing it on our own. I take more pride in that.”
The complaints toward Page’s attitude are not an uncommon thing, unfortunately. During his explosive press conference after All Out 2022 that likely led to his firing, CM Punk ran down Adam Page’s attitude backstage and in front of the camera, with his main gripe being him throwing shots at Punk during a promo which insulted him and his spot in the company.
“What did I ever do in this world to deserve an empty-headed f*cking dumb f*ck like Hangman Adam Page to go out on national television and f*cking go into business for himself? For what? What did I do? What did I ever do? Didn’t do a goddamn thing.”
“[…] I’m trying to run a f*cking business and when somebody who hasn’t done a damn thing in this business jeopardises the first million dollar gate this company has ever drawn off of my back and goes on national television and does that, it’s a disgrace to this industry, it’s a disgrace to this company. Now we’re far beyond apologies. I gave him a f*cking chance and it did not get handled and you saw what I had to do, which was very regrettable lowering myself to his f*cking level.”
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