Wrestling: Diamond Dallas Page
Diamond Dallas Page
(Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr.; April 5, 1956) is an American professional wrestler best known for his stint in WCW
. He became a major player in the "Invasion" storyline following WWE
's buyout of WCW, and was so excited to work for WWE that he took a buyout on his contract to the tune of $.50 on a dollar. What happened was an abysmal trainwreck of a storyline that ended with him playing the part of a stalker, and later leaving the business altogether. He now maintains a health and fitness website called DDP Yoga
(formerly Yoga for Regular Guys).
He is a former "3X, 3X, 3X" WCW World Heavyweight Champion
, a former 2x WCW United States Heavyweight Champion
, a former WCW World Television Champion
, a former 3x WCW World Tag Team Champion
, holding the belts w/Bam Bam Bigelow
as the Jersey Triad and 1x w/Kevin Nash
as the Insiders, a 1x WWE World Tag Team Champion
w/Kanyon and a 1x WWE European Heavyweight Champion
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for more info about his career.
"These tropes are gonna feel the BANG!":
- Arch-Enemy: Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero), Randy Savage, the Booty Man (Brutus Beefcake), the NWO in general
- Badass: Page only had a few months of training before his first match. Afterwards, one of his opponents began to argue with Page about how some of the match had gone, but since he'd been around the business for several years as a manager, Page wouldn't back down. His opponent threw a punch, Page took it, grabbed the guy in a front facelock and choked him out. Reportedly Page was so angry the other wrestlers in the dressing room had to pull him off the guy.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: As a heel.
- Bookends: Very early in Page's career, he made a cameo at WrestleMania VI in Toronto's Sky Dome driving Rhythm and Blues (the Honky Tonk Man and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, w/manager Jimmy Hart) to the ring in his pink Cadillac. Fast forward 12 years later to WrestleMania X8 in the same building, DDP wrestles one of the last matches in his active career, successfully defending his WWE European Heavyweight Championship against Toronto native Christian, who attended WrestleMania VI as a young fan.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Used his real name in his last WCW promo on the last Nitro.
- Catch Phrase: "Self High Five" and "Get ready to feel the BANG!"
- Later, in WWE, he built up a gimmick as a self-help guru: "It's not a bad thing, it's a good thing."
- Also had "It's me, it's me, it's DDP."
- Cassandra Truth: Rejected Kevin Nash's offer to join the nWo Wolfpac for War Games in late 1998 because he didn't trust Nash, and in particular implored Sting and Lex Luger not to do so either. Not only did they continue to trust Nash, so did the fans, who in fact booed DDP for his rejection of the massively popular red and black stable. Come the first Nitro of 1999, the Trope Namer for Fingerpoke Of Doom would happen.
- Cluster F-Bomb: According to Mick Foley, DDP is a walking example of this; he jokes that Page "uses at least two f-words to describe a newborn puppy." During one of their trips around the country, Page ended up screaming "Who put fucking cookies in my bed?!"
- Cool Shades: As a heel.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being in the top card at WCW, when he moved to WWE, he was put in an angle where he stalked The Undertaker and his wife. After he jobbed there, he was stuffed into the lower mid-card, given his "self-help guru" gimmick and never even came close to the main event scene.
- This could have been Vince being upset that someone got over in another company without his doing. Only Vince can make stars after all.
- Determinator: Page spent a lot of time with "injured ribs", and one of his trademark things was when he was too beat up to stand up he'd still try to pull himself back to his feet using his opponent's pants.
- In real life, due to his advanced age and lack of natural athleticism, trained extremely hard and taped every match he had to study his strengths and weaknesses. He still went to wrestling school until he finally started working a full-time schedule.
- Face-Heel Turn: After he first won the WCW World Heavyweight Title at Spring Stampede 99.
- Finishing Move: The Diamond Cutter
- Heel-Face Turn: When he turned down the NWO at the start of 1997.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The aforementioned "cookies" incident, which ended with him getting his revenge on Austin and Foley, all while shouting, "How do you like it?! HOW DO YOU LIKE FUCKING COOKIES IN YOUR BED?!"
- Foley, however, responded to this by making fun of Page's tendency to sleep in the nude: "It's not the cookies that I mind. It's the fact that you're rubbing your naked ass all over me."
- Hold Up Your Score: In his heel run in WCW in 1995, his valet Kimberly would hold up scorecards whenever he executed a particularly effective move. Naturally, winning the match earned him a "10."
- Impersonation Gambit: On the July 7, 1997 WCW Monday Nitro, Randy Savage was scheduled to face Masked Luchador La Parka. The match seemed to be going along as usual, with Parka doing his usual dancing and strutting. Out of nowhere, "Parka" hit a Diamond Cutter and unmasked as DDP and got the pin. This actually raised Parka's profile in WCW a bit, as, for a short time, he would walk out to the ring and Kimberly would be standing by the entrance and raising the sign of the Diamond Cutter. On DDP's section of WCW's website, someone asked how he got Parka to loan him his costume. DDP said, "I gave him a hundred bucks."
- Jerkass: His character was one pre-nWo.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: One of the many factors that sunk WCW was the gimmick of using celebrities in actual matches, and worse, as PPV main events. While Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff deservedly get some heat for that (Jay Leno?), one of them was actually the brainchild of DDP himself. According to Page's own admission on The Rise and Fall of WCW, it was DDP who suggested the match of teaming him and Karl Malone against Hogan and Dennis Rodman to Eric Bischoff.
- In all fairness to DDP, Karl Malone didn't actually suck in the ring all things considered.
- Older Than They Look: DDP really doesn't look much different now than he did in WCW apart from his shorter hair.
- Power Stable: The Diamond Exchange, in the AWA, and less so in WCW.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Became interested in Yoga while rehabbing from an injury and eventually became an instructor, at a time when Yoga was seen as a very feminine form of exercise
- Small Name, Big Ego: Showed signs of this in an interview in early 2012, saying that he was the biggest star in wrestling in the 90's and drew more than any other Attitude Era wrestler. While he was immensely popular with the crowds, to call him a bigger star/draw than such wrestlers as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, the Rock, Sting and Hulk Hogan is ridiculous.
- Tag Team:
- Took a Level in Badass: Despite starting his in-ring career well into his 30's, he developed into a skilled wrestler.