DDP Talks Becoming A Main Eventer, Almost Quitting WCW, Feuding With Savage, Helping Jericho & More
Page: [laughs] Yeah.
WrestlingINC.com: But in a way, it worked out, because they showed the match in its entirety on Nitro and even more people saw it.
WrestlingINC.com: Did you know that you were getting close to being the champion when you were feuding with Goldberg?
Page: I knew that I was a viable candidate. [Eric] Bischoff never saw me as "the guy." And I think it's because we were so close at the time. But, I was the guy. If Bill [Goldberg] would have put me over there, I would have jetted into a whole 'nother level there, to that Austin - Rock level. Even JR said when I came to WWE, he goes, "you were right there. In '97 you were the hottest property out there." Austin was coming up, he was lightning hot, but I was on the team that was kicking a-- too. Dusty pulled me aside and said, "you know, I pulled Eric [Bischoff] aside and I said to him, are you sure? This might be the guy to drop him." Because it would have been believable, everyone would have bought it. I would have went to the next f--king level, but they didn't.
But it was what it was, and I'm so happy when I look back at my run. I lived the dream man, on a whole 'nother level.
Page: I knew they were talking about it, because Hulk... it was actually Hulk and Kevin Nash's idea. They were like, "he's overdue. It's time." For Ric [Flair] of all people taking the finish -- my finish -- right there in the middle, and Randy Savage handing me the belt... think about that. Two years earlier, Randy puts me over at Spring Stampede... that's obviously my favorite PPV ever, Spring Stampede.
WrestlingINC.com: Yeah, that had to be wild winning the title in a four way where you've got Sting, Hogan, Flair in the match and Savage as referee. You can't duplicate that kind of star power in one ring today.
Page: No way. When you think of all the years of lineage that's there and... I don't think you can do it ten years from now, even if all the guys stay healthy. Those four guys, they were all mega-icons. And after that match, it was just me and Hogan when I walked in the door. He looks up at me and goes, "that you, of all people, who people that was a joker and you worked so hard. That you would become a world champion is the way this business should be. That's what it's all about."
WrestlingINC.com: Yeah, it's a great story to see someone who wasn't born into the business make it through sheer hard work.
Page: Absolutely, you never can give up. I mean, think about what I'm doing right now with DDPYoga. I'm branding it as "it ain't your mother's Yoga" and I'm branding it to a group of people that wouldn't be caught dead doing yoga. There's that saying to take the path less traveled. What I have done is gone into the woods where there is no path and taken a bulldozer and cleared my own way.
And now I've got [Chris] Jericho, who's been so vocal about it -- no one's been as vocal as he's been -- and saying "DDPYoga changed my life" is really something. That I can help one of my brothers like that. And Chris has turned Kane onto this, Santino [Marella] on to this, Marc Mero, Glacier, Tazz just got ahold of my on Twitter. For me to be doing this, and helping these guys who are wrestlers and helping them get pain relief... I mean, Jericho had said his career was over and he was 85% pain free in three weeks! In three months, he's like 95% pain free.
Make sure to check back this weekend for part three of the interview where DDP talks about the end of WCW, WWE buying WCW, his WWE run and much more. Click here for part one of the interview where DDP talks about his early WCW days, Rob Van Dam inspiring him, Eddie Guerrero, being fired By WCW, Hulk Hogan and more.
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