Our Full Interview With DDP: Early WCW Days, WWE Regrets, DDPYoga, Savage, Guererro, More
WrestlingINC.com: It would have been crazy to see what would have happened if Kellner didn't decide on having no wrestling on the network.
Page: I'll tell you what. It wouldn't be G-rated today [laughs].
WrestlingINC.com: When WWE bought WCW, there were a lot of mixed feelings, but there were also a lot of people that thought that they would be able to turn it into a second brand, which is kind of what they ended up doing with Smackdown and...
Page: That's what I thought! I thought they were going to do that. You know, I was all psyched for it. I thought it would be awesome too. Because I saw the way Bischoff did it [with the nWo]. I was right there. If you can bring guys in -- I mean, bring in Booker T and have him start dropping guys left and right. People would have been like, "Whoa." And all those WCW fans, they would have came over. It never came, they [WCW fans] literally stopped watching television when it came to wrestling. There were millions of them.
WrestlingINC.com: Do you think you would have done it any different now? Do you think you would have sat out the rest of your contract?
Page: Me? [laughs] Dude, f--kin' hell yeah. I never would have walked away. I would have waited 'till I saw those guys [nWo, Goldberg] went in. I would have still had two years [in the business] after that.
WrestlingINC.com: It didn't really much make sense the way you were booked coming in to WWE.
Page: Well, it was what it was. You know, it was about brand. That's what it's about. It's about brand. Now are you going to put over the guy that just got spiked over there [WCW] two years ago? No, you're going to say that was bullsh-t. That was a mistake. It was what it was... there was a lot of animosity coming in there. I didn't know that. I was thinking f--k, I didn't know there was heat up there. I was thinking I can't wait to go, I can't wait to do my sh-t. And so it was what it was and I was just up there trying to be a team player, you know? When I was in WCW, dude, I fought every f--king day to get that spot, to hold that spot. I didn't really like going up there, you know. It was rough. That's what it was.
WrestlingINC.com: Would you say the politics in WWE during that time were worse than WCW or was it just different?
Page: Naw, it was just completely-- you weren't part of that family coming in there. The other thing that was true too is that THEY [WWE] were almost closed down [in the mid 90's]. Okay, they were almost closed down big time. Until the Austin - McMahon thing caught fire like a mother f--ker -- so the bottom line is it was good for the company. Who knows, you know? Again, I'll say this again... everybody on the internet thinks that DDP [said I dropped the ball in terms of signing with WWE] -- I never said I dropped the ball. What I said was I dropped the ball when it came to me making a decision whether to come in or not. And I said, "Ah, I think I'm going in." I have no animosity toward anybody. I mean, how many wrestlers have you heard about that are just so bitter? How many? A sh-tload!
WrestlingINC.com: Almost everyone.
Page: I mean, I'm never going to be that guy and that's why I say I take responsibility for fricking saying I'd do the [stalker] angle. I should have went, "You know what? I'm sure that's a great angle but it's not really for me. If you want to get people for your World champion, give me a call back." I would have made it to the airport, you know?