Hangman Page on His ROH Best in the World Match with Frankie Kazarian


Hangman Page has his sights set on Frankie Kazarian. The two will battle it out in a strap match at the Ring of Honor Best in the World pay-per-view on Friday, June 23.

Hangman Page recently sat down with me on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show to hype his match against Frankie Kazarian, and gave the listeners an inside scoop of what to expect.

Since debuting for ROH in 2013 in the Top Prospect Tournament, Page has become one of the hottest commodities on the roster. After having a babyface run that allowed fans to witness his in-ring skills, his character started to exude after becoming a member of the faction known as The Decade. At this point is when Page started to hone his craft as a villain.

After dissension within the group, Page left his alliance with BJ Whitmer, who had become the last original member. In what seemed to be a fresh start as a babyface, Page shocked the wrestling world and became a member of Bullet Club, one of the most notorious groups in both ROH and its original home, New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Being known for using his bullrope to hang his opponents and add insult to injury, Page takes his role in the group very seriously. So, when Kazarian joined the group simply as a ruse to unveil the ultimate plan of Christopher Daniels winning the ROH World Championship, Page took great offense to what happened.

“We gave Frankie what I would say the opportunity of a lifetime to be in Bullet Club,” said Page. “Look what it’s done for me here in just over a year. We gave that to Frankie and he threw it away. So, we don’t take that very lightly and at Best in the World, hopefully this is our final matchup. I’ve beat him once before. This time, the beating is going to be bad enough that he won’t come back.”

Regarding the origin of the “Hangman” name, Page explained that it had a lot to do with Adam Cole, who he recently defeated on an episode of Ring of Honor TV.

"“I knew Adam Cole was [joining Bullet Club] as well. Especially, when the Japanese fans, we didn’t want two Adams that looked fairly similar. Two American guys who both were in Bullet Club at the same time with the same first name. So, we wanted to change things up a bit, and in order to do that, it was an opportunity for me to start something new for myself.”"

As he continues to ascend up the ROH ladder, Page has some goals to accomplish in the immediate future.

"“I think, within the next year, [I want to have] championship gold of some sort. Not just there in Ring of Honor, but also New Japan. On the first of July, I’m in the tournament to crown the first-ever IWGP US Champion. So that’s something in my immediate future I’m looking forward to as well.”"

Ready to compete against Kazarian, Page explains what he plans to do in the strap match at Best in the World.

"“I’ll be wrestling Frankie Kazarian hopefully for the last time. And this time, it’s a strap match. We’re not doing one of those four corners where you touch the four corners either. To me, [that’s] stupid. I just really want to wear him out with the belt. So, that’s what it’s coming down to. Each of us will have a belt strapped to our hands, and we’re just gonna go at it. I’m gonna whoop him to death. It will be disgusting, it will be vile. It will be uncomfortable. I will guarantee you that.”"

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Page is looking to put the nail in the coffin on this rivalry with Kazarian at Best in the World, and focus on competing against Jay Lethal in the first round of the tournament to determine who the very first IWGP United States Champion will be.