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Reigning AEW World Champion Adam Page may be on the verge of becoming a villain for the first time in his promotion career. It makes sense because he’s up against one of the most popular babyface superstars of this generation.
On this week’s episode of Dynamite, Adam Page delivered a heel promo stating that fans won’t be treated as a “masturbatory tribute to Bret Hart” when he defends his championship against CM Punk at Double or Nothing 2022. PPV, later this month.
“At Double or Nothing, there will be no handshakes,” noted Adam Page. “There will be no Bret Hart masturbation tribute match. I will destroy CM Punk.
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The champion also called out a fan in the audience wearing a CM Punk shirt that he would run to the merchandise stand for a refund once Double or Nothing 2022 was over.
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CM Punk’s first AEW match against Darby Allin was a tribute match to Bret Hart’s match against The 1-2-3 Kid from a 1994 episode of RAW. His dog collar match against MJF at AEW Revolution ended Bret Hart’s match against Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 8. Then, Punk also paid homage to The Hitman by running a small win over Wardlow earlier this year. . It was a reincarnation of the Bret Hart vs. Diesel match from the 1995 Survivor series.
Now you know why Adam Page was shooting his challenger by taking the name of the legendary Bret Hart. Eventually, Hart was the one to kick off the AEW World Title and in the inaugural title match, Page faced Chris Jericho, three years ago.
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Punk’s match against Dustin Rhodes was also a homage to a Bret Hart match against Goldust from 1997. The end of the match was a Hart reference where Punk rolled up Rhodes for the win. It was similar to how the British Bulldog beat The Hitman for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event of SummerSlam 1992. (courtesy info Fight Inc.)
Adam Page vs. CM Punk has been announced for the upcoming Double or Nothing pay-per-view alongside Thunder Rosa (c) vs. Serena Deeb for the AEW Women’s World Championship. Additionally, the Owen Hart Cup Men’s Tournament Finals and the Owen Hart Cup Women’s Tournament Finals will also take place at the PPV event.