DDP Talks Becoming A Main Eventer, Almost Quitting WCW, Feuding With Savage, Helping Jericho & More
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WrestlingINC.com: It was after your feud with Eddie Guerrero that your feud with the nWo and Randy Savage started.
Page: Yeah, what happened was it became about the NWO thing, I came up with the angle [to turn down joining the nWo]. I went to Kevin [Nash], I said, "I got this great idea. You guys come to me and want me to be NWO. You come to me [to be] number five, and I'll go, "f--k you. I don't need you! I got the baddest b-tch on the planet, I don't need you" and I walk off. It was supposed to be two weeks, and then I come down and get the shirt, Scott [Hall] and Kev hug me, Scott grabs my hand and then I pull him back... diamond cutter! That was supposed to happen ten weeks before it happened. They pulled it off TV ten weeks in a row!
By the time we did it, it was in New Orleans and I was ready to quit... I was so ready to quit. If we didn't do it that week, my life would be completely different. It was supposed to be 12 minutes.... watch it, it's four. They cut my time from 12 [minutes] to 10, to 8, to 6 to 4! I was so f--king pissed, by the time I went out there!
When we did the "Very Best of Nitro" DVD, the producers [said], "I cannot believe how much sh-t you fit into four minutes there." I was so mad, I was yelling [before the angle] and Kev said, "dude, what do you want me to say?" I said, "this whole company's always f--king me around!" He's like, "dude, breathe."
But those guys came out, the place blew perfectly... but I was so pissed. When I went through the people, I came down, I grabbed my bag and didn't say "thank you" to anybody because I was so pissed and I didn't want anybody to see how pissed I was for the favor they just did for me, which was the biggest thing in my career.
I went to the hotel, I changed and then I went to Bourbon Street and started drinking. I was taking shots of Jack [Daniels] and drinking Coors Light and wondered, "how many times will they play it?" Now, if Steve Austin did something like that -- which he did numerous times to Vince [McMahon] -- how many times do you think they would have played that if it were in the opening five minutes? How many do you think?
WrestlingINC.com: Well, knowing WCW at that time, probably zero.
Page: No, I mean WWE, if Austin did it.
WrestlingINC.com: Oh, at least three or four times that episode.
Page: Minimum! They [WCW] didn't play mine once, I was ballistic! It's a three hour show and it happened in the first hour!