Our Full Interview With DDP: Early WCW Days, WWE Regrets, DDPYoga, Savage, Guererro, More
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.
WrestlingINC.com: 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!