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In a storyline that lasted well over a year, "Hangman" Adam Page defeated Kenny Omega at AEW Full Gear for the company's world title, ending Omega's 11-month run as champion.
With the win, Page becomes AEW's fourth World champion in company history following Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley and Omega. Page lost to Jericho in the inaugural title match at 2019's All Out and had been on a path of redemption ever since.
The match went more than 20 minutes and ended following two buckshot lariats from Page to Omega as the Young Bucks watched at ringside as they happened. They came out late in the match with Matt Jackson simply nodding at Page before he delivered the second one.
The match was competitive one that saw Page bleed from the head, both a terminator dive and springboard Liger bomb from Omega, a One-Winged Angel from Page, and a Page lariat from the ringpost to the outside that partially put Omega through a ringside table.
Don Callis interfered plenty as he looked to nail Page with the title belt after the referee was knocked out following Omega pulling him into the way of a buckshot lariat. Page took out Callis, Omega missed with a belt shot of his own, and Page nearly won the title after a deadeye after Aubrey Edwards ran out to take over.
Page earned the title shot by winning an October Casino Ladder match on Dynamite as a surprise participant due to him taking several months off due to the birth of his first child. He was thought to be getting a shot at Omega at September's All Out, but things had to be changed because he was gone.
At last year's Full Gear, he lost to Omega in the World title eliminator tournament final and the build to the match was based around him being unable to win the big one dating back to the aforementioned first-ever title match. The two were also former AEW Tag Team Champions which helped play into last year's Full Gear match.
The loss leaves Omega with just the AAA Mega title after he held that, the AEW title and the Impact World title as recently as August. He defended the title six times after defeating Jon Moxley last December.
Unless the company decides to do an Omega rematch, Page's next opponent will be Bryan Danielson who won this year's World title eliminator tournament Saturday with a victory over Miro.