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November 22, 2021 Observer Newsletter: AEW Full Gear review, WWE cuts eight more wrestlers


Stephen Woltz, 30, better known as Hangman Adam Page, became the world champion of the second largest wrestling company in the world in the latest stage of a storyline that started at the promotion’s first press conference nearly three years ago in Jacksonville

From the start of the promotion, the plan was to make Page, who Tony Khan at the time referred to as their potential Shawn Michaels-like character, the eventual centerpiece. It took years, and had many twists and turns, including a heel turn which wound up not taking and him becoming a babyface, and instead Kenny Omega became the heel.

Page beat Omega in a classic match to headline Full Gear, a PPV that was named after a BTE storyline where the Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes years ago had done a tongue-in-cheek long series of skits making fun of Page’s physique and that by the PPV, they wanted him to look good in his trunks, or his full wrestling gear.

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