Updated: Jan 29
Hello and welcome to a giant issue of In-ring Statistics, where we will look at Adam Page's defence of the AEW World Championship in his second match against Bryan Danielson. We will contrast this with the first before moving on to look at the four matches between Page, Danielson and Kenny Omega.
Adam Page vs Bryan Danielson
The kind of contrast in styles you may have been able to predict in advance; Danielson brought the strikes and submission whereas Page utilised grapples and dives. Surprise may arise at how few strikedowns the hard-hitting cowboy achieved but just how many times he was willing to take to the sky. The other thing that jumps out is Danielson's liberal use of rule-breaking and gloating. It's also worth noticing that Danielson dominated the total offence but Page used more big offence.
Two very different Flow of Offences here, Danielson is more consistent but Page reaches higher highs. To illustrate this, Page achieves three of the four biggest offence peaks of the match but Danielson achieves at least one piece of offence in 5 more minutes than Page. Overall, Danielson achieved the advantage in 14 minutes of the match compared to Page's 12.
The cumulative damage dished out in this match seesawed in terms of who had inflicted the biggest total upon their opponent as the match progressed. It was back and forth until 10, which saw Danielson take the lead for the longest period in the match. Page had a solid period of offence before a back and forth before Page pipped Danielson at the last.
This match essentially had four peaks built upon a fairly consistent pace throughout. This was punctuated by the fact only 2 of the 29 minutes saw no offence. Meaning the two wrestlers set an ambitious pace where they did not give themselves a huge amount of time to recover before ramping up the excitement.
Check out the combined graphic overview for Page/Danielson 2. You will be able to see how the different presentations of the Flow of Offences reflect each other.
Here we have the two matches between Danielson and Page compared and contrasted.
To me, the second match felt more urgent and like a struggle, this was reflected by the reversal stats as the second match almost doubled with this metric. I'd also suggest Danielson's liberal use of fouls added to the gravitas and urgency to win, the second go round. The first encounter was somewhat stretched out by submission use; well over double the pace of the second. This was added to by Danielson's taunting and pin attempts.
What is interesting however, is Danielson's striking in the first encounter was not really sped up by the faster overall pace of the second as Page's most certainly was. In fact, it is most through Page that the second match's speed of offence was affected; his increase in strikes, dives and high-impact grapples really forcing the issue. This is backed up by his increase in offence percentage; he is not allowing Danielson to control his as much.
This next graphic is included so people can be reminded of the four matches and I can use this image as the thumbnail to this article! What it does highlight is that Page never dominated the offence and Danielson always does, regardless of opponents.
This slide compares and contrasts each matches' Flow of Offence to highlight similarities and differences between match structures. Things that jump out include:
- Page/Danielson 2 relies far less on rest periods.
- Danielson's containment of Page in their first was unusual.
- Danielson seems to encourage a slower start.
- Page vs Omega lacked the quantity of offence used in Danielson's matches.
- The two draws look more similar to each other than the other 2 and the same is true, vice versa.
So, let's compare the numbers from all four directly:
- Omega and Page actually wrestled similarly against Danielson.
- Danielson and Omega's heel styles are difference; strikes/submission compared to strikes/fouls.
- Grapples and dives seem to be a winning formula for the explosive Adam Page.
- Page/Danielson 2 was a departure from Danielson's usual structure; note increased reversals.
- Foul rates seem to correlate with the competitor's confidence.
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