“Diamond” Dallas Page recently spoke with Raj Giri of WrestlingINC.com about his time in the business, his start in the AWA and WCW, being there when WWE purchased WCW, his time with WWE, starting DDPYoga and much more. We had posted the interview in three parts over the past week and a half, you can check out the interview in its entirety below.
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WrestlingINC.com: You started out in the business as a manager. Tell us about your start in the business, did you always want to be a manager?
Page: Well I tried wrestling when I was 22 and I had three matches and it didn’t work out for me. I got hurt in my knee. I got hit by a car when I was a kid. When I was 12 years old, a car hit me on my right side of my knee. My face bounced off the hood, I flew 42 feet? they thought I was dead. So my right knee was always a major hindrance to me. They wouldn’t let me play football or hockey anymore. Long story short, I came back and played basketball which is a game I hated mostly because I sucked at it, but I did get good at it because I worked my ass off like I do everything else.
Long story short is I tried it when I was a kid but in my third match, I tore the s–t out of my knee. It put me out so I started running night clubs. At 23 years old, it was the booze, the broads and the party so I never went back. And then when wrestling blew up huge, I stopped watching because I was so pissed at myself because I knew that I would have been in the middle of that s–t. I just knew it.
When I was 31 and a half and I was running a club in Ft. Meyers, FL and one night we were closing down and my DJ was playing “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” You know, Captain Lou and a couple of the boys were in that, Nikolai and a few others and I thought, I just looked at this and said, “I can wrestle. I should have been a part of that.”
And that night we were going back outdoors and he says, “What do you mean you should have been a wrestler? Back there when you talked about being a wrestler, what are you talking about? You wrestled?” I said, “I tried and it didn’t work out.” He goes, “What was your name?” And I was a big “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant fan and I was like, “Handsome” Dallas Page. We just started drinking that night and we drank into the wee hours of the morning doing shots of Goldschlager and drinking beers and I said, “What about Diamond Dallas Page? I can hear them chanting DDP now!” And I thoughtm “I’m too old to be a wrestler but what about being a manager?”
Jimmy Hart’s got the Hart Foundation, what if I had “The Diamond Exchange” with a valet here and a valet there. You had Miss Elizabeth, who was girl-next-door hot, what if I had a stripper-hot valet and called her “The Diamond Doll.” DDP, The Diamond Exchange and the Diamond Doll?! That is b-a-double d BADD! But I felt that I was too old to be a wrestler, so I became a manager.
WrestlingINC.com: How did you get your start with the AWA?
I made this video and sent it to the AWA, and they called me back two weeks later. It didn’t work out at that time? It’s all about timing, just like my DDPYoga right now. At that time in my life, it was a hobby to me. Paul Heyman left the AWA with the Midnight Express and went to the NWA, which it was before it became WCW. That left a huge hole for a guy who could talk and people could get energized about.
They [AWA] called me up two weeks later. “You bring yourself in, we’ll give you a tryout.” This chick that I was f–king at the time, who was this hot blonde, and I said, “Do you want to be on TV?” and she said “Sure” and we went to Vegas and she was sick because she was no nervous.
WrestlingINC.com: Was this [Diamond Doll] Tonya?
Page: No, it was actually LeAnne, It’s funny you say that. Tonya, she actually bartended for me. She was one of the few chicks I wasn’t f–king. [laughs] She was a buddy of mine.
I worked for the AWA for a year or so, and I did one show a week. When they were doing the buildup for Superclash is when I built an amazing relationship with Michael P.S. Hayes. He realized that I wasn’t just in this like so many people to be a TV star, I loved this sh-t like he did.
Later on, I became tight with Dusty [Rhodes] too, who was in WCW, and he loved me man. He said that I reminded him a lot of him. So Dusty and Michael P.S. Hayes called me back and brought me in [to WCW].
You went from managing in WCW to becoming a wrestler yourself. What prompted you to make the change?
Page: I came into WCW and The Freebirds were the first guys I managed and Hayes, because of the relationship we had built over the year, told Jimmy [Garvin], “let him talk? Let’s put our backs to the camera and let him talk, the guy’s got great mic skills.” And I was like, “holy f-ck! Here are two of the best talkers EVER and they’re going to let me talk with their backs to the camera!”
Magnum T.A. said to me, “DDP, with the hair, the rings, the locks, the broads? what we should do is put you in a pair of boots and tights and have you do this s–t!” I had seven months left in my deal and I said, “f–k this! I’m going to go down to the Power Plant and I’m going to learn how to wrestle.” I didn’t get in this s–t to become a manager, I got in this because I’m a wrestler.
They tried to run me off, beat me up? Anybody who tries to get in this business, the first thing they do is try to run you off. If you stick to your initiation, that means that at least you’ve got some balls and you have some kind of work ethic. They realized that I wasn’t going anywhere and I started getting mad props at the Power Plant.
WrestlingINC.com: Who was your first match with?
Page: My first match was with Scott Hall, we tagged together. My first match, in the ring, was with Scott. Tony Schiavone came back to me after the match and looked at me after I was changing and said, “DDP, I’ve gotta tell you. That’s one of the best first matches I’ve ever seen anyone have in the business. You suck, but if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ve got potential kid.”
WrestlingINC.com: Just when it seemed like you were getting some TV time, you were paired with Kevin Nash and then got injured. That led to you being fired, right?
Page: Yeah, I tore my rotator cuff. That was my first major injury.
I was the first professional wrestler to ice my body because I started at 35, I iced my body. I didn’t really get the flexibility part until later on in my career? I stretched out a little bit, like every other joker does, but it wasn’t Rob Van Dam-type stretching. He’s the one who quietly, while never saying anything to me, inspired me to f–king try yoga, even though Rob wasn’t doing yoga, he was doing his own kind of yoga.
When I tore my rotator cuff, they fired me. Bill Watts came in, and I knew he was going to let me go, so I quit before he let me know. So I started doing independents and I was looking at Jake Roberts and trained with him for three months. He taught me A LOT. A lot about psychology, and that’s the key to wrestling. When you go out there in front of 20,000 people and they know and you know who’s going to win, how do you make them give a f–k? That’s the art that people really don’t understand about professional wrestling, it’s its own art form.
There was a point in time that I’ll never forget, I finally realized why my matches were? they’re good, but why am I not getting the right psychology. And then I realized, I knew I had 12 minutes for this one match and after six minutes they’re sending me home? they were short-cutting me.
So I’m in this match with Alex Wright for one of the Clashes or Primetime, and I’m gonna finally beat somebody who means a little bit of something. They gave us like 12 minutes or something like that and they sent me home like really early? like right when I started my heat. I was like, “f-ck that,” and I kept going. Freakin’ [referee] Charles Robinson ? I think it was Charlie ? was saying, “Diamond! They’re saying to go home!” I said, “I got it” and I kept going. Now I’ve got Alex on the ropes and they’re screaming in the back, “GO HOME!” And Alex is saying, “Diamond, we should go home, we should go home!” I said, “Don’t worry about it kid, I’ll take the heat.” Charlie’s yelling at me to go home, and I said, “SHUT THE F-CK UP MOTHER F-CKER, I’m taking the heat but I’m going to do what I wanna do!” I went another five minutes! When I hit Alex with the Diamond Cutter, the place blew up!
When I went to the back, I knew Kevin [Sullivan] was going to chew my a?out. He walks up to me, throws out his hand and says, “great match, kid! Tonight, you became a worker!”
WrestlingINC.com: Shortly after you returned to WCW you defeated Renegade for the WCW TV Championship. What was it like to win your first title?
Page: What you don’t know is that I was there, they were using me sporadically. They didn’t even know I was there. I really came out when Hulk [Hogan] came in. After one of my matches in Germany – I was a curtain jerker – he grabbed me and pulled me over and said, “I’ve been watching your matches the last couple of nights. You’re getting so much better. I’ve seen you on TV sporadically, here and there and when I do, you’ve got something new? You’ve got that it thing going. They’ve got you on the road like this to keep getting you better at your craft, right?” I said, “No, this is the first time I’ve been on the road in like three months. The only reason why I’m on this tour is because my last name is really Faulkenberg and the Germans know it. And I’ve got a smokin’ hot wife that walks to the ring.” Hulk said, “somewhere down the line, if you keep doing what you’re doing, you and I are doing to draw huge money together. You have the ability to draw huge money with me.” I told Hulk, “I’m over this place and I’m ready to get the f–k outta here. I said, “My best friend, Kevin Nash, is the heavyweight champion up there… I’m going up there. [to WWE]” And Hulk grabbed me later that night and took me to Eric [Bischoff] and said, “I know this guy’s your buddy, but you need to do something with this guy.”
I don’t think they wanted to put the TV strap on me more than they just wanted to take it off of poor Renegade, who was the sweetest kid and ended up killing himself. He was the nicest guy who loved wrestling and they gave him the gimmick of The Warrior, no one can just play the Warrior. They tried doing that later on when they tried to replace Nash and Hall. You can’t do that.
WrestlingINC.com: During that time, business really caught fire with the nWo. You were feuding with Eddie Guerrero at that time, and we recently saw that great video of you and Chris Jericho sharing stories about Eddie. Are there any other stories you can share with us?
Page: One of my favorite moments with him was? if Eddie knew he was taking the [diamond] cutter ? and a lot of times I was taking the [frog] splash ? he’s the one that came up with the powerbomb diamond cutter, it’s the greatest diamond cutter out there. The only one that can touch it is the one that [Randy] Orton did with Evan Bourne. I think the one with Eddie was really, really amazing.
The one inside story I can tell ya, we were at Halloween Havoc and that’s where Eddie was supposed to go over. If you look back and you watch that match, you’ll see Eddie do this splash to me off the top rope down on the ground. He nudged up somewhere doing that and tore his right cartilage along his ribs, which is one of the most “Oh my god!” painful things ? and he still kept going. I didn’t even know he was hurt until right at the end, you’ll see me grab him and hit him with the diamond cutter. I don’t do anything spiffy with it, I just grab him and hit him. That’s because when I’m going to pick him up and wanting him to reverse it on me, he’s yelling, “diamond cutter! Diamond cutter!” so I said “OK” and hit him with the diamond cutter and pinned him, 1-2-3. He was in so much pain? but he kept going, though. But he could not do the frog splash off the top.
WrestlingINC.com: It was after your feud with Eddie Guerrero that your feud with the nWo and Randy Savage started.
Page: Yeah, what happened was it became about the NWO thing, I came up with the angle [to turn down joining the nWo]. I went to Kevin [Nash], I said, “I got this great idea. You guys come to me and want me to be NWO. You come to me [to be] number five, and I’ll go, “f–k you. I don’t need you! I got the baddest b-tch on the planet, I don’t need you” and I walk off. It was supposed to be two weeks, and then I come down and get the shirt, Scott [Hall] and Kev hug me, Scott grabs my hand and then I pull him back… diamond cutter! That was supposed to happen ten weeks before it happened. They pulled it off TV ten weeks in a row!
By the time we did it, it was in New Orleans and I was ready to quit… I was so ready to quit. If we didn’t do it that week, my life would be completely different. It was supposed to be 12 minutes…. watch it, it’s four. They cut my time from 12 [minutes] to 10, to 8, to 6 to 4! I was so f–king pissed, by the time I went out there!
When we did the “Very Best of Nitro” DVD, the producers [said], “I cannot believe how much sh-t you fit into four minutes there.” I was so mad, I was yelling [before the angle] and Kev said, “dude, what do you want me to say?” I said, “this whole company’s always f–king me around!” He’s like, “dude, breathe.”
But those guys came out, the place blew perfectly… but I was so pissed. When I went through the people, I came down, I grabbed my bag and didn’t say “thank you” to anybody because I was so pissed and I didn’t want anybody to see how pissed I was for the favor they just did for me, which was the biggest thing in my career.
I went to the hotel, I changed and then I went to Bourbon Street and started drinking. I was taking shots of Jack [Daniels] and drinking Coors Light and wondered, “how many times will they play it?” Now, if Steve Austin did something like that — which he did numerous times to Vince [McMahon] — how many times do you think they would have played that if it were in the opening five minutes? How many do you think?
WrestlingINC.com: Well, knowing WCW at that time, probably zero.
Page: No, I mean WWE, if Austin did it.
WrestlingINC.com: Oh, at least three or four times that episode.
Page: Minimum! They [WCW] didn’t play mine once, I was ballistic! It’s a three hour show and it happened in the first hour!
WrestlingINC.com: I remember the place going nuts and people raving about the angle on our site. It was weird that it was such a hot angle to kick off the show and it wasn’t talked about after that.
Page: I was so pissed and got so drunk. Scotty [Hall] and the guys were like, “Oh yeah! You got your big break tonight! Brother, you’re off and running!” I was like, “f–k them!” F–king Scott goes, “man, that’s like my spot. I’m going to have to stay semi-sober tonight and carry Dally!” Scott and I were talking about it a couple of months ago, it was so f–ked up, Scott Hall was taking care of me!
WrestlingINC.com: That’s crazy, because everyone was talking on WrestlingINC that night about how a new main-eventer was born.
Page: That was the one… that was the rocket and Randy [Savage] was the one who sent it to outer space. He put me over, with the diamond cutter, it was… it was my time. And it couldn’t be denied anymore. I mean, Randy Savage is saying, “I want to work with him. And I want to put him over.”
WrestlingINC.com: It always seemed like Savage never had a problem putting people over if it was right for business.
Page: If it was going to draw money. Randy Savage, who has feuded with every great on the planet, when he died… the top four angles that were up there, I was one of them with him. Think about that. They guy who worked with [Ricky] Steamboat, [Hulk] Hogan, Jake [Roberts], I mean everyone! And my angle with him was “Feud of the Year” in 1997.
So we were at a house show in South Carolina. Arn Anderson was the agent, and Randy comes in. I say, “Randy, what do you want to do tonight.” And Randy says, “I think I want to take the diamond cutter.” And f–king Arn almost fell over… I almost fell over! So we go out there, we have the match… bing bang boom and I hit the diamond cutter, and the roof blows off! My face is laying there, Randy’s on his back and I put my arm over his chest. One-two-three, the roof blows off.! They just kept screaming and screaming and screaming and Randy says, “I think we have our finish to Spring Stampede’!”
WrestlingINC.com: That was a crazy time for the business. WCW was on fire, Austin was catching fire in the WWF. What was it like being in the business at that time?
Page: Dream. It was like… I never thought about being in that spot. I remember telling Dusty, “They’re never going to give me the opportunity to be in that spot.” I told Dusty, “I’m never going to be you, or Flair or Hogan, I’m never going to be a world champion.” Dusty goes, “what did you just say?” I said, “I’m never going to be you…” He said, “no, what did you say after that?” I said, “they’re never going to put the world title on me.” He said, “what the hell are you doing this for?! If you don’t believe that you have the ability to be a world champion, then kid, you need to get the f–k out now.”
And he was so right, that day I wrote it down that I would be world champion in five years and it took four years, four months and like 14 days. You know, you talk about dreams manifesting into reality, I did that before the Savage thing ever happened.
WrestlingINC.com: A year later you had that great match with Goldberg at Halloween Havoc. I remember the PPV timing got screwed up and the PPV went off for a lot of people as the match was going to the ring.
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.
WrestlingINC.com: You won the title the next year at Spring Stampede in a four way with Sting, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, how far in advance did you know that you were getting the belt.
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.
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!
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?
So it was what it was and — I tell you what, I would never have the deal I have today with Warner Brothers for getting my DDPYoga, and that to me dwarfed what I did in wrestling for the next 20 years. It dwarfed. And that’s the f–king gold standard. When you got the guys that are like Mick Foley who’s coming to my house fricking on Wednesday to come and work out with me.
I mean, I’m going to get there eventually [with DDPYoga] because I got the thing that is holding up, that gives you the benefits and it helps heal your body and nobody’s beat up their bodies like we [wrestlers] have. Kane’s doing it [DDPYoga] right now and Jericho … It’s so funny, one of these wrestling websites said DDP is using Jericho to push his DDP yoga. But you know, Chris is the one who said he’d put it out like a son of a b—h. I didn’t say that it changed his life. Chris said that, not me! I’m honored, I’m f–king honored that it’s helped him, you know? It feels great.
WrestlingINC.com: It seems like with WWE, that you guys have a good relationship now having just recently done the Best of Nitro DVD. Could we look forward to seeing you doing more with them?
Page: I just signed a legends deal. [laughs] I always loved the WWE. I don’t care. My career didn’t really end the way that I wanted it to but I had the greatest career ever. I had the career that no one is supposed to have. You know, so there is no animosity or. I want to do things with the WWE like their new channel. That’s exciting for me.
WrestlingINC.com: Is doing something like their Legends House TV show, is that something you’d be willing to do?
Page: Everyone’s been asking me about that, you know! I’ll do it — it depends what — I don’t know what they’re going to do with that. I don’t know what the mode is going to be. I’m not going to work with the [Iron] Sheik on TV to try to get him to do DDPYoga. [laughs] These people would look at me like I’m f–king crazy.
When they can see the sh-t that I can do, it will freak them out. Because none of them, not even the young guys, can do it. You know, so what does that tell you? So if there’s a positive role model for me to come in on, absolutely. Am I going to make it kooky or dilute my brand in anyway? Never. I worked for ten years on this. If we can make it awesome and there’s a spot there, absolutely, you know? Am I going to be the smarmy guy? It’s like, no. I’m going to be f–king DDP, you know?
WrestlingINC.com: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. What else can you tell us about DDP Yoga?
Page: I say in my opening video on ddpyoga.com that this can be for everybody. This workout is for young kids, which we do this really fun video workout with kids. Probably in about six or eight months I’m going to push my infomercial and all that sh-t. We’re going to come up with a kids version… I’ll make it fun for them but it’s for kids, it’s for adults, it’s for people who are beat up, it’s for people who want to have that edge, it’s for that athlete that wants to be better than everyone else because their endurance is suitable, their flexibility is insane, and when you’re flexibility is insane along with your core strength like Rob Van Dam, you’re hurt once in 20 years, you know? To me, it’s just like this workout is the fountain of youth and I’m passionate about it because I’ve watched it help so many people and I love it.
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