The champ is here. There are a lot of things that can change the wrestling landscape and a new World Champion is one of the most important. It can represent a new era for a wrestling promotion, especially if it has been a long time coming. That was the case this weekend, and we did not have to wait long to hear from the new champion, who was still rather emotional.

The main event of this weekend’s AEW Full Gear pay per view saw Hangman Page defeat Kenny Omega to become the new World Champion. Following his win, the Dark Order came to the ring to celebrate with him to end the show. After the pay per view went off the air, Page addressed the crowd. Here is what he had to say, with transcription courtesy of

“I told myself all day that if this was the outcome, I would cry like a little baby. I guess I lied to myself about that. That seems to be a thing with me. I lie to myself. When I joined the Bullet Club, I thought I’d never measure up. I thought I’d never belong and I lied to myself. When AEW started, I told all of you I’d be the first champion. I might have believed it a little bit but I lied to myself then too.

As time went on, the lies, they kept flowing. I said I shouldn’t try to hold onto my friendship with Kenny and The Bucks. That was a lie to myself. I said these guys right here [points to Dark Order], they’ll never be my friends and let me tell you, honest to God, they are some of the best friends I’ve ever had in my life.

As we got closer tonight, there was a little bit of myself that doesn’t go away. I told myself I really woudn’t win it so I guess I lied to myself about that too, didn’t I? So, if you’ll humor me, I’ll go for one last lie to myself. I will hold this for the rest of my life.”

This was a long time coming. Check out some of Page’s path to the title:

Opinion: There was no way that Page was leaving without saying something, and giving him the change to give the big farewell speech is a great idea. Page winning the title was the top moment on the show and should be a turning point as AEW moves forward. I’m rather glad that he got to win the title and now we can see where he goes with it from this point on.

What do you think of the title win? How will Page do as champion? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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