Wrestling / Diamond Dallas Page

"Bada Bing, Bada Boom, Bada BANG!!!"
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"Yo! It's me, it's me. It's DDP!"

Diamond Dallas Page (born Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr.; April 5, 1956, name legally changed to "Dallas Page" in 2003) is an American professional wrestler best known for his stint in WCW. He'd actually debuted as a manager in the AWA in the 80s, but some time after he showed up in WCW, he made the transition to wrestler. Gradually, over the next decade, he became one of the biggest names WCW had to offer, with a showy personality and one of the most popular Finishing Moves in the business (the Diamond Cutter), until the company's buyout in 2001.

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 and Kanyon 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.

Feel free to check out That Other Wiki for more info about his career.


"These tropes are gonna feel the BANG!":

  • '80s Hair: Had long, thick curly blond hair until he cut it off in 2000.
  • Arch-Enemy: Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero), Randy Savage, the Booty Man (Brutus Beefcake), the nWo in general
  • Badass Grandpa: At the time of his debut in 1991, he was, at 35 years old, the oldest rookie in history. Since then, however, The Boogeyman has taken that title.
  • Bookends: Very early in Page's career, he made a cameo at WrestleMania VI in Toronto's SkyDome 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 Championship against Toronto native Christian, who attended WrestleMania VI as a young fan.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: When questioned on why he attacked Raven on an episode of TNA Impact!, all he had to say was "Nevermore".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Used his real name in his last WCW promo on the last Nitro.
  • Captain Ersatz: In the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance versions of Fire Pro Wrestling.
  • 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 Finger Poke of Doom would happen.
  • 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, which certainly didn't help silence the claims that Vince McMahon gets upset that someone got over in another company without his doing.
  • 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 Championship at Spring Stampede 1999.
  • Finishing Move: The Diamond Cutter, one of the most iconic finishers in WCW history. Randy Orton would later slightly modify it into the RKO.
  • 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, though 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.
    • The Alliance, in WWE.
  • 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.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: 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?!"
  • Tag Team:
  • Took a Level in Badass: Despite starting his in-ring career well into his thirties, he went from a boring midcard heel into WCW's third biggest babyface (behind Sting and Goldberg).
  • True Companions: DDP has a lot of friends in the industry, but he's particularly close to Jake Roberts and Scott Hall, both of whom he invited to come and live together with him (in his "Accountability Crib") to help them fight off their crippling substance and alcohol addictions and put their lives back together. Both men are unashamed to admit that DDP unambiguously saved their lives. This is unsurprising in Jake's case, as Jake is one of the guys who trained Dallas to wrestle.

Alternative Title(s): DDP

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