7. Hangman Page vs. Kota Ibushi – ROH Supercard of Honor XII
Set during the Bullet Club Civil War, ROH Supercard of Honor XII was the setting for two big matches for the faction. While Cody took on Kenny Omega, Hangman Page looked to take down the “homewrecker” he felt was tearing Bullet Club apart, Kota Ibushi. It is no secret how talented Ibushi is and the Ring of Honor crowd was treated to another great match here.
Page was truly coming into his own as a singles performer during this time. The Bullet Club Civil War was not a story about him but he turned in great performances at every turn. This was one of them. From getting German Suplexed from the barricade to the floor to doing a moonsault to the floor, Page had one of the best matches of WrestleMania weekend in 2018.
6. Hangman Page vs. PAC – AEW Full Gear
Hangman Page was disappointed by his loss to Chris Jericho at AEW All Out. He had the chance to become AEW World Champion but he failed. Therefore, he needed a rebound performance. He was meant to face PAC at Double or Nothing before their match was canceled and so their long-awaited match was booked for Full Gear.
To date, this is Page’s only singles win on pay per view for AEW. It is also one of Page’s best matches of his career. PAC has been incredible since arriving in AEW and together with Page he had a fantastic bout here. This was more of an old-school match than you might expect, but Page is a classic talent. Before his tag team with Kenny Omega, this was one of the biggest star-making matches for Page in AEW.
5. Hangman Page vs. Kazuchika Okada – NJPW G1 Climax 28 Day 5
Hangman Page did not come away with a good record in his lone G1 Climax tournament. While he finished with a mere six points, Page was able to have one fantastic match when he battled Kazuchika Okada in the main event of day five. If this match happened today this would be a main event anywhere in the world. In 2018, it was merely another good G1 Climax main event.
As Page’s second and final New Japan singles main event, this match showed how far he had come since joining Bullet Club two years earlier. There was no chance that Page would win this tournament so his focus was simply on having the best matches he could. This match was designed to get Page over. Fans thought there might be an upset when Okada continued to sell big for him but it was not to be on this night.
4. Hangman Page vs. Chris Jericho – AEW All Out
As far as significance, this was the biggest match of Hangman Page’s career. After winning the Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing, Page was set to face Chris Jericho to become the inaugural AEW World Champion. It was a great showing of faith in the young star and he put in a hell of a position to succeed. The match may not have been an all-time classic but this was definitely a look into Page’s very bright main- event future.
Don’t get me wrong, this match was still very good. Jericho as the desperate veteran, needing this win was a great antagonist to the popular Page. It wasn’t Page’s time to win the title but this match showed that AEW had made the right choice in making him one of their stars of the future.