The public will have the chance to watch former county resident and 2009 Halifax County High School graduate Stevie Woltz face Chris Jericho in an AEW World Championship title match as “Hangman” Adam Page at the South Boston Public Library on Saturday.
The All Out pay-per-view will be shown for free at the South Boston Public Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.
Woltz became known as “The Hangman” Adam Page when he began wrestling in the Ring Of Honor pro wrestling circuit and New Japan Pro Wrestling before joining forces with All Elite Wrestling.
The 28-year-old wrestler who got his ring name, Adam Page, from the combination of the first name of a childhood friend and the last name of Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page, signed with All Elite Wrestling the first of the year.
Working with AEW president Tony Khan and wrestlers such as Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, they’re “reigniting interest in wrestling” to bring back to TNT.
The network will begin airing weekly matches from new professional wrestling league All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on Oct. 2, as announced in July at a Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A.
Pro-wrestling is returning to the network for the first time in 18 years.
“The Elite is setting independent wrestling on fire,” said Page.
In May of 2016, Cody Rhodes, then portraying Stardust, was released from WWE after 10 years with the company, and now, he’s the executive vice president of AEW. The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega also are in executive ranks.
The Young Bucks, or Matt and Nick Jackson, along with Omega started gaining attention and attraction with their YouTube channel Being the Elite that was first created in February of 2016.
With over 42,627,539 views, the channel promises to take viewers on their adventures as they “rule the world” and “dominate the professional wrestling business.”
Between their channel and “road wrestling” with shows selling out in minutes, they garnered the attention they needed for their first official live “Double or Nothing” event that was held in May in Las Vegas and now their All Out pay-per-view event.
At “Double or Nothing,” Page won the Casino Battle Royale, and Jericho defeated Omega landing the two in the World Championship match.
“This is huge. This is history,” said Page, who spent his childhood watching Jericho.
“I could’ve never imagined this. There’s a lot of weight riding on this, Hopefully I’ll be on the right side.”
In a recent interview with announcer Jim Ross, Page called Jericho “psychically desperate” for the title, and said the difference between them was that Page “wants” the title rather than “needs.”
“He has been wrestling longer than I have been alive,” said Page. “He only has so much time left. This could be his last chance for stardom.”
But, whether Jericho is wrestling or with his band, Fozzy, Page believes his rival always will be doing well.
“This is my first big opportunity. I have to win this,” said Page, who added, “I like to think that when I win, I’ll be bringing this win back home.”
When Stevie Woltz began wrestling 11 years ago, he wrestled for free in small armories to learn the sport, showcase his talent and get his name in front of promoters. On Saturday, Woltz will be wrestling in front of millions in a sold-out arena in an All Out pay-per-view event in at the Sears centra Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
Throughout his career, he has had the support of not only his parents, family and friends, but the community.
“A lot of people are driven by the desire to prove people wrong,” said Page. “I owe a lot to not just my family, but everyone back home who has supported me. I need to prove them right.”
In addition to the AEW World Championship match between Jericho and Page, other matches include the “Cracker Barrel Clash,” a triple threat bout between Darby Allin, Joey Janela and Jimmy Havoc, The Young Bucks vs. the Lucha Brothers in the “Escalera de la Muerte” Triple AAA World Tag Team championship and Cody vs. Shawn Spears.
It also will feature a 21-woman Casino Battle Royale during the pre-show, with the winner earning a shot at the inaugural AEW Women’s World Championship title on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Washington, D.C., on AEW’s first weekly show.
Woltz is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications in two years.
Woltz was a full-time high school teacher, teaching journalism and graphic design for five years at Halifax County High School while also wrestling before resigning his day job to concentrate on wrestling endeavors.
He is the son of Stephen and Debbie Woltz of Virgilina and is married to the former Amanda Dennis.