Since the very beginning of All Elite Wrestling, I have been on the idea that they need to invest time into building up the unknown talent. Prior to joining AEW the current AEW World Champion was still building his name in the wrestling business as a rising star for Ring of Honor and a fresh face for New Japan to test. Hangman Page is untested as a top star and now AEW needs to spend time now building his reputation as a recognizable top talent. Tony Khan has more of an ability to get his talent on the talk shows and in the public eye because of his reach and financial standing.
The list of AEW World Champions reads as a list of proven names and now the company needs to do the work to prove his worth. After waiting two years for the story to pay off now it's time to invest in Page which means that this reign will likely last for the foreseeable future. The first PPV of the year is set for March 2022 and that will be the next big title defense of Hangman Page the only is will Lance Archer be that challenger. Names like Frankie Kazarian, Christian Cage, Andrade El Idolo, and Miro are possible proven challengers that could be given the chance to help add credibility to the title reign of the Hangman. Right now Hangman needs to be put into a position to be seen as a credible main event talent, but that will take time.
Two names that I do believe could make for interesting foil against Hangman Page are Brain Cage and Eddie Kingston. However, both those names should be held back for the time being and allow for Hangman's title reign to simmer before he starts challenging talent that some fans may like to see defeat him for the title. I'm aware of the reputation that Brian Cage has right now due to many fans wondering what happen to the powerhouse, but I also agree with AEW's decision to give talent a break from time to time instead of keeping them around for the sake of it.
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