DDP On Whether He Was Asked To Wrestle On Raw, If He Was Contacted By WWE In The 90's
|By Daniel Pena | July 09, 2012 | Comments|
The reaction he received last week on Raw: "I'll tell you, more than anything, it sort of made me say, 'Wow.' It set me back a second, you know? I always hear DDP chants when I do these independent things but that building, I don't think I ever wrestled there. If I did, I don't remember because it was just a blur at that point when we were going everywhere, but I don't remember ever coming to Laredo.
"You'd think I grew up there with the way the people were chanting. I knew they didn't have a big segment for me to come out there and do this, and just to hit someone with the Diamond Cutter again and to hear the explosion - those DDP chants were so loud, I had to look back like seriously? Wow. I must have done something right 10-plus years ago, because I haven't been on TV in over 10 years."
Heath Slater: "He took an awesome Diamond Cutter. He's a guy who grew up watching me and loving the business. He told me he loves what he's doing right now, and it's a great attention getter for him. People went from really hating him, to now you find people writing some really good comments about him too, and he'll grow with his character. He's got awesome time on primetime TV."
Whether or not he was asked to wrestle on Raw: "No, and you know, people always bust the balls of the booking of WWE. Now, if they just booked me as another one, well then it's just like Sid and Vader. But Johnny Ace called me up and said, 'Hey, you want to hit someone with the Diamond Cutter on Monday night?' I was like, 'Sure, I'd love to.'
"The whole week I was in Louisville for a horror festival because I do a lot of those because I was Billy Ray Snapper in The Devil's Rejects. Wrestling and horror just sort of go together. So I'd been working all week, I had to use like 3:30 in the morning to catch the flight to get down there, or I would've missed it, but it was worth it.
"So Johnny asked me about that, and then he told me about the Doink thing and I was like, 'Oh that's awesome,' because no one knew about the Doink thing except for me, so that was an awesome secret. The people popped. There was a little bit of, 'Oh, I thought DDP was going to come out.' That's what fans have told me, and then that's why I think that pop was even better.
Whether he feels he will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year: "No, you know, I never would hope for that because then you never get it. If something like that comes up, that would be awesome. The reaction I would get there would be insane. That's my home area; I really did grow up there. When it happens, it happens. I've said a bunch of times, and some of these jerks on the Internet will take what I say and take what I say out of context so I'm going say this really clearly for anyone who's listening: Until Randy 'Macho Man' Savage is in there, until Jake Roberts is in there, I can wait. Because those two were two of the greatest of all time, and I consider myself to be pretty good within my era, but those are two guys that I was a mark for."
His appearance on WWE's Legends of Wrestling discussing celebrities in wrestling with Jim Ross: "First of all, I love J.R. He's just like me, he can be very opinionated … J.R. went after the easy target because it pissed him off because he was WCW too. It pissed him off that David Arquette was the world champion like it pissed off a lot of people. But every guy on the Internet that has buried that situation, let me just reverse it: Now it's you. And for some reason, they want to make you the world champion because it's going to get whatever. There's not one person who wouldn't have done what Arquette did, not one. I mean, Vince McMahon made himself the world champion. Everybody wants to be the man, and that's understandable.
"So getting that out of the way, when I told David, he started laughing. He was like, 'Yeah, right.' And I was like, 'They really want to do it.' He said, 'We can't do that. No, I can't do that.' And then I said, 'They're going to do it no matter what. You're here, they want to do it. Unless you're going to adamantly say no, they want to do it.' So they talked him into it and he did it, and I wanted J.R. to know. But I thought it was the stupidest thing ever too; they didn't have to preach to the choir to me about it because I felt the same way. But I said, 'Did you know that David Arquette made like $10,000 for that spot or something, and he gave it to Melanie Pillman?' When [Jim Ross] heard that, finally his demeanor changed.
"One of the things that J.R. said was that it's all about what that celebrity brings to the company. Well if that's the case, no one besides maybe Mike Tyson being involved in wrestling brought as much PR. Because at the time, we just got done with the '98 NBA Playoffs. The Bulls against the Jazz. Rodman against [Malone]. They were diving on the floor for balls against each other. Rodman didn't show up on Monday night for practice because he went to Nitro to hit me with a chair. And when Rodman did it the first time, it got a lot of attention, but it's Rodman. He's a wild man. He's a freak show. He'll do anything for PR, that type of thing. But when Karl Malone did it, the world shook its head and went what? It was the biggest pay-per-view ever.
How he developed as a wrestler: "I'm in Germany [in 1994] and I'm getting done with a match with Jim Duggan. I'm the curtain jerker. I'm the first guy out. I come back through the curtain; it's like our sixth day on the road. Hogan grabs me and pulls me over. He goes, 'How you doing it?' I go, 'Doing it? Doing what?' He said, 'Getting so much better.' I was like, 'Well Hulk, thanks.' He said, 'No seriously, how are you doing it?' Now Hulk had just come in; this was his big first tour he was doing that wasn't TV. He said, 'They got you on the road like this where you're learning your craft right?'
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