Adam Page may not be a pillar of AEW but he certainly is engrained in its foundation. As a member of The Elite, “Hangman” was one of Tony Khan’s first signings for the new promotion. Unlike The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Cody Rhodes, the cowboy was not given a coveted Executive Vice President role like the rest of the group. Instead, he was rewarded with something arguably more valuable, entry into the AEW World title picture.
At the first AEW All Out event, Page squared off against Chris Jericho to crown the company’s inaugural world champion. It was a hard-fought battle but ultimately, the former Bullet Club member fell short and it was the Fozzy frontman who became the promotion’s first champion. Following that, Page tagged with Kenny Omega, eventually winning the AEW tag team titles, before splitting and beginning a feud. Page finally captured the AEW World Championship at Full Gear in 2021 when he defeated Omega, for the title.
Fightful is reporting that AEW is looking to “lock up” Page to a new contract. Details regarding when Page’s contract expires were not provided but it was noted that he signed his initial contract on January 1, 2019. According to the report, negotiations between the two sides started recently and there is no timetable for how long they will last.
Page apparently has the same representation as The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, who are also currently involved in negotiations with the company about extending their deals. The rumored return of CM Punk and the yet-to-be-announced Saturday show may play a factor in the decision-making for all of the members of The Elite.
Page notoriously had issues with Punk during their world title program. The Second City Saint took issue with Page alluding to reports about how he may be affecting Colt Cabana’s booking and treatment, something that has yet to be proven. The line from Page seemingly broke Punk’s trust in the stable and issues continued to complicate until the post-AEW All Out media scrum altercation, which Page was not involved in.
Punk will reportedly be on AEW’s upcoming Saturday show with The Elite staying on Wednesday night’s Dynamite. Giving the two sides space will hopefully ease tensions and give everyone the peace of mind to re-sign, or so Tony Khan would seemingly hope. Of course, this appears to be a very volatile situation and decisions could be made on the spin of a dime if someone says, or does, something that upsets those in negotiations.
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