Early on during Dec. 14’s “Winter is Coming” edition of Dynamite, Jon Moxley and his Blackpool Combat Club mates Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta got some promo time.
It was a chance to reaffirm the group in the wake of William Regal leaving AEW to return to WWE, and for Castagnoli & Yuta to remind us they regained Ring of Honor gold at last weekend’s Final Battle PPV. Mox closed by setting up his match with Sammy Guevara on Rampage, and telling Hangman Page that if wants some, he should come get some.
The Moxley/Page beef centers around the real concussion Hangman suffered in their World title match back in October. It’s not the greatest basis for a feud. Mox didn’t cheat or do anything underhanded to cause Page’s injury. In kayfabe, he knocked Hanger out to win the match. By all accounts, in reality it was the kind of “stuff happens” injury we see in pro wrestling.
We could stand to have more of an explanation for why Page is pissed at Mox (for example, he could just be a competitor looking to finish what he started, being answered by a guy who loves to fight, when both men know a win will get them closer to regaining the AEW World title). But at least it gave us this Hangman interview from the trainer’s room, a response to Moxley’s words earlier in the night:
“I’ll give you a status update. I’ll give you the one I never gave in October. When I was laying face down, on the mat, snoring for 60 seconds. They rolled me over and they put me in the back of an ambulance, and I started to come to on the way to the hospital and they’re asking me questions — and I kind of started to get them right after a while.
“‘What’s today’s date?’ October 18th, I knew it. ‘Where we at?’ We’re in Cincinnati. Who are you wrestling? The World champion, that’s who I’m wrestling.
“And they said that, ‘Hey man, you’ve got about 100 missed calls, text messages. If you want to answer your phone you’ve got to unlock it,’ and they hand me my phone and the screen lights up and they say, ‘Is that your son? He’s cute, what’s his name? What’s his name?’ And his green eyes look back up at me, and I — I didn’t know. I didn’t know — for a whole hour I didn’t know.
“I’ve been to hell. That’s hell. If Jon Moxley wants to fight me this Friday, I’ll fight him. I know where the ring is. But if he’s gonna tempt me to go back to hell — I’m gonna take his ass with me.”
I know he has his detractors in our community, but this promo is a good example of why Hangman Page will always be my guy. He knows how to take a relatable challenge or fear (overcoming self-doubt, even temporarily losing any piece of your child) and weave it into a pro wrestling story. He can then turn on a dime to deliver a cold af threat — all while rocking a man bun.
Shout out to Evil Uno’s casual backstage look, too.
Let us know what you think about this Page/Moxley program in the comments below. And check out the rest of the highlights from this week’s Dynamite. AEW doesn’t release all their YouTube videos at the same time, but we’ve compiled what they’ve released as of this morning in a playlist. There are Twitter clips of the other big moments and matches below that.
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- What Happened After MJF’s First AEW World Title Defense?
"Tonight we are going to find out what happens when pressure is applied to the pebble. Will he turn into the diamond everyone claims him to be? Or will he simply turn into dust?" @The_MJF @starkmanjones— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 15, 2022
Tune in to #AEWDynamite: #WinterIsComing LIVE on TBS! pic.twitter.com/lCrfy7sFOG
#AEW World Tag Team Champions #TheAcclaimed (@PlatinumMax @bowens_official @RealBillyGunn) have just been ambushed by @hellosatnam, @RealJeffJarrett, @TheLethalJay and @sonjaydutterson!#AEWDynamite: #WinterIsComing is LIVE on TBS! pic.twitter.com/wSaLrDWE5v— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 15, 2022
The #JerichoAppreciationSociety has a lot to say about their recent losses to the #BlackpoolCombatClub @sammyguevara @GarciaWrestling @RealJakeHager @IAmJericho @TheAngeloParker— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 15, 2022
It’s #AEWDynamite: #WinterIsComing LIVE on TBS! pic.twitter.com/XLaZd9eSN6
A shocking turn of events as #FTW Champion @730Hook comes in for the save, after #BigBill @TheCazXL drives @boy_myth_legend into the mat!#AEWDynamite: #WinterIsComing is LIVE on TBS! pic.twitter.com/0HmxIyYeIW— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 15, 2022