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Hangman Page On The Pressure of Being AEW World Champion, Says It Made Him Better

June 23, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Hangman Page has opened up about the pressure that came with being AEW World Champion, noting that it made him a better wrestler and person. Page spoke with Wrestling Inc for a new interview and you can check out some highlights below:

On what he learned during his World Title reign: “I never realized the pressure of being world champion and that might seem to someone watching, like, ‘Oh, you defended it once every three or four weeks, how hard could that be’? I don’t know that I handled [the pressure] of anyone who’s ever handled it, but it’s my first time. I think it made me, you know, a better person, a better wrestler.”

On how the pressure affected him: “I let [the pressure] get to me more than I thought I would. I thought I would win the championship and I would be happy, that I would be the perfect version of myself, and I wasn’t, either. It’s not like I didn’t talk to [the Dark Order] every single week, because I did. But you know, maybe sometimes I was too busy or stressed to do those BTE bits every week. I let that pressure, I guess a friendship, a lot of friendships and I guess that’s, you know, the cynic in me wants to say that’s something that maybe comes with being champion, but I think as a personal thing, maybe that’s a bit of a failure or something to work on.”

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