An AEW star has been “working out hard” for a big match on tonight’s Dynamite.
After a relatively quiet first 18 months with All Elite Wrestling, Ethan Page has received a breakthrough opportunity with the Full Gear Eliminator Tournament.
Defeating Eddie Kingston on the November 9 edition of AEW Dynamite, Page will now move on to face Bandido on tonight’s episode from Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Bandido defeated Rush in the first round on the November 11 edition of AEW Rampage.
Speaking with Bill Pritchard of WrestleZone, “All Ego” discussed his preparation for his upcoming showdown with Bandido.
“The Eddie match, I actually forced myself to put on five pounds because I figured it’d be harder to lift him. He’s one of the hardest-hitting guys on the show. I was like alright, I’m gonna have to show up a little heavier for this.”
“The Bandido match, I’ve been doing two-a-day workouts leading up to Dynamite. Every morning, I’m lifting weights, and every night I’m doing 40 minutes of cardio just in preparation for someone of his caliber, the athleticism that he brings to the ring.”
The AEW star continued on to note that Bandido has a combination of skills that makes him a tough matchup for anyone.
“He’s fast as hell and literally gorilla pressed RUSH, did a stalling suplex to Chris Jericho. So he’s a strong dude, too. I knew I had to bring something completely different to the table this coming Wednesday, and my body is a big part of that.”
“I want to be able to keep up and to perform at the level that I’m expected. Bandido is one of those performers that I’m gonna have to [do] two workouts a day to get ready for.”
In regards to the difference in his body coming into the bout, Page said:
“The clothes and the backstage, I try and put attention to every detail humanly possible. Obviously I have no clue if I’m gonna walk out of Wednesday the winner or not, but I want everyone to know,”
“I have ordered four pairs of tights. Just in case Ethan Page makes it all the way to the title match. I have a fresh pair of attire for every single match. I’m going all out.”
“If this is the chance that they’re gonna give me the ball, alright, I’m gonna dunk it. That’s my thought at least. Every aspect of this. Plus, if ‘Macho Man’ could wear three different pairs of gear in one tournament on the same day, I could do it over a couple weeks.”
On the other side of the Full Gear Eliminator Tournament, Ricky Starks will face Lance Archer on this Friday’s Rampage with the winner facing Brian Cage.
The winner of Starks/Archer vs. Cage will face Ethan Page at AEW Full Gear 2022 this Saturday, November 19. For the full lineup for the show, click here.
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