DDP Talks WCW's Last Days, His WWE Run, Future Plans With WWE, DDPYoga & More
Here is the final part of the interview. 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. Click here for part two, where Page talks becoming a main eventer, almost quitting WCW, feuding with Randy Savage, helping Chris Jericho and more.
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WrestlingINC.com: Okay, when we left off, we were talking about your run as champ in WCW and then towards the end in 2001, WCW was kind of going under. You main-evented their last PPV Greed against Scott Steiner. What was the mood like backstage?
Page: Yeah … well you know, no one knew that Vince [McMahon] was actually going to take over WCW until that Monday night and I was gone from there at that time. Scotty [Steinter] had put me out as part of the angle, and I came back for that TV. Basically, I wanted to come to TV and say goodbye to the fans.
WrestlingINC.com: It's crazy just how high the high was just a few years earlier and now the company was going under. What were your feelings on that?
Page: You know, it wasn't going under, that's the farthest from the truth. Our average rating back then was a 3.8-4.4. It's not getting that today! You know?
WrestlingINC.com: Yeah, I meant just WCW as it was known then.
Page: It's important because that's what the fans think and that's not what happened! What happened was Eric Bischoff was going to buy the company for $50 million and he didn't want to put it on TV on TNT, he wanted Fox -- that's who he was negotiating with and to sign the deal, he had to agree to a ten year contract and then he could do whatever he wanted with it. So the new guy came in, Jamie Kellner, [who] called Brad Siegel's office and said, "We're not going to be the wrestling network anymore. Cancel them." Not friggin' tell Eric to go get another deal. That's how they work in TV. "Cancel them!"
Bischoff was going to buy it for $50 million! And take over $30 million in contracts! If they turned to Warner Brothers or whatever the hell it was, $80 million. Do you know what Vince paid for WCW?
WrestlingINC.com: It was like $2 million right?
Page: 5 [million]! You tell me how much sense that makes. There was so many people that lost out. Now I wasn't one of them and I knew that. I knew that I was going to end up in WWE and left a lot of money. If I had left later, it wouldn't have been like that. But if I wasn't 45, I wouldn't have left a half a million dollars on the table. That's why I went. I had to walk away from $487,000. How many people make that in their life? I left it on the f--king table while they were f--king us for our gimmicks and sh-t. The bottom line that we were never going under! Bischoff was going to f--king bring us up. We were going to frickin' go head to head with Vince again. But it never got to happen because Jamie Kellner killed it!