3 Key Points
- Swerve Strickland highlights the significance of the “Texas Death Match” with Adam Page.
- Notable media coverage amplified the match’s impact on AEW viewership.
- Despite their on-screen feud, Strickland recognizes Page’s wrestling prowess.
Swerve Strickland Details His Memorable Clash with “Hangman” Adam Page
In a candid discussion with journalist Jim Varsallone, Swerve Strickland recounted the memorable and violent encounter with “Hangman” Adam Page at AEW’s Full Gear 2023. Strickland laid bare the essence of their “Texas Death Match,” explaining how the electric interactions and escalating intensity between the two wrestlers captivated the audience. He emphasized, “So, the lead-up is what it was all about, just the approach to the landing, and sticking the landing was the match itself.”
Grappling with the moment the battle turned particularly savage, Strickland noted the instant realization that their contest had escalated “over the top,” ensuring its place in AEW’s highlight reel. Interestingly, the buzz around this match wasn’t confined within wrestling circles; it caught the attention of wider media platforms, expanding its impact. According to Strickland, “It just covered all landscapes of pro wrestling, if you didn’t watch the pay-per-view you had to go back and reorder it and watch it for this match.”
Praise for “Hangman” From a Fierce Rival
Despite the fierce rivalry on display, Strickland did not shy away from commending his adversary’s talent inside the squared circle. Acknowledging the skills and spirit that have propelled “Hangman” Adam Page to success, he remarked, “Hangman” Page is obviously a phenomenal performer, even though I personally don’t like him at all, but you got to understand, this is why he’s in the position he is.” His words underscore the respect that exists between the athletes, even when their on-screen personas are at odds.
To wrap up his introspective take, Strickland paid tribute to Page’s dedication to the craft of professional wrestling, one that was severely tested in the fiery crucible of their Texas Death Match. The bout, seared into the memory of fans and fighters alike, exemplifies the passion and intensity that continues to define AEW’s competitive landscape.