In a stunning display of athleticism and storytelling, Swerve Strickland and "Hangman" Adam Page captivated audiences at AEW's Full Gear pay-per-view with their Texas Death Match. This high-stakes bout has been the talk of the wrestling community, with AEW broadcaster Tony Schiavone heralding it as a potential "Match of the Year." During his "What Happened When" podcast, Schiavone expressed his awe at the match's intensity and innovation, particularly noting the unexpected use of cinder blocks.
"I was blown away by it," he remarked. The match's physicality and creativity left Schiavone and fans alike in disbelief, with moments like the cinder block usage adding a raw, visceral edge to the already heated rivalry.
Feud Turns Personal
The feud between Strickland and Page has been brewing for months, escalating into a deeply personal conflict.
A turning point occurred when Strickland, alongside his Mogul Embassy ally Prince Nana, invaded Page's home. This bold move, while drastic, added layers to their narrative, fueling the anger and intensity within the ring. Schiavone lauded this development, recognizing its effectiveness in enhancing the emotional stakes of their confrontation.
Strickland's prowess in the ring was evident as he clinched his second victory over Page in this match, adding to his win at their first encounter at AEW WrestleDream in October. His performances, characterized by agility, technical skill, and a flair for dramatics, have consistently impressed fans and commentators alike.
Schiavone, in his conversation with Strickland, didn't shy away from praising his abilities, acknowledging his role in what could be a landmark match for the year. This bout wasn't just a wrestling match; it was a narrative masterpiece, combining athletic excellence with storytelling that resonates with the audience.
As Strickland and Page continue to define their places in AEW's history, matches like the Texas Death Match at Full Gear not only redefine the standards of wrestling entertainment but also continue to push the boundaries of what professional wrestling can be.