What Hangman Page Thinks Of CM Punk Botching The Buckshot Lariat

'Hangman' Adam Page on CM Punk's Buckshot Lariat botches in AEW.

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'Hangman' Adam Page isn't surprised that CM Punk hasn't yet hit a Buckshot Lariat successfully.

Punk has attempted to nail Page with his own finishing move on two separate occasions, falling short each time. This last happened at Double Or Nothing 2022, where Punk tried to go for the move on 'Hangman' during their AEW World Championship match, only to slip.

Interviewed by Wrestling Inc., Page said that Punk's pair of Buckshot botches made him feel good about himself, as the Lariat isn't easy to perform:-

“It made me feel better about myself that I can do it, I know that. Grabbing the ropes and flipping over like that and landing on your feet and hitting the guy in the face is hard on any day at any time, much less, you know, 20 minutes into a match, and I think that made me have a little more appreciation and pride in the ability to do it."

Continuing, 'Hangman' stated that he wasn't surprised by the situation as he, unlike Punk, has had time to practice the move over and over. Page also acknowledged that his version of his rival's Go To Sleep wasn't the smoothest thing he'd ever hit either:-

“It doesn’t surprise me that he couldn’t do it, and that’s not a knock on him because it’s a tough-ass thing to do, and it’s something I’ve done for a long time. I’ve had time to sharpen it, he hasn’t. So, I don’t know that I have the best Go To Sleep in the world either, certainly not as good as his because he beat my ass with it.”

Punk is currently on the shelf after a post-Double Or Nothing injury necessitated surgery (and time on the sidelines), but he hasn't been stripped of the World Championship he defeated Page for. Jon Moxley currently reigns as Interim AEW World Champion, keeping that strap warm until Punk returns, when the duo will unify the straps.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.