YMMV / Diamond Dallas Page


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Page presented himself as a hard-working everyman who made good. He uses this persona in his DDP Yoga presentations. He put a lot of work in turning the lives of Jake Roberts and Scott Hall around no doubt; helping them towards addiction recovery and adopting a more healthy lifestyle. Roberts and Hall have both said that they're only alive because of DDP. However, a skeptic might point out that he conspicuously had cameras around to document these magnanimous acts to deliberately use them as marketing tools. DDP did definitely come from a humble background and work hard to get where he is; but he is also a very shrewd businessman and marketing mind. Those who knew him during his wrestling career have noted this when speaking about him in later years. Page and Eric Bischoff were former neighbors and friends, and Page did exploit that connection to get some favorable treatment. (He was the first wrestler allowed to stand up to the nWo by Diamond Cutting the Outsiders, for example.) Ric Flair once said on a podcast that Page was a nice guy, but that he was a "smooth operator" and had a talent for getting himself over, "...and making you think it was your idea".
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Winning his first WCW World Heavyweight championship in April 1999.
    • Reversing the Jackhammer into the Diamond Cutter.
  • Memetic Mutation: When evaluating Van Hammer once upon a car trip, Page once (honestly) said "he's got the look, the rap, the size; I SMELL MONEY!" The problem being that Van Hammer was awful. The other wrestlers knew it, the fans knew it, and reasonably soon, Van Hammer's career was mired in obscuritynote . However, news of this appraisal filtered back to Scott Hall and Kevin Nash who began using the line regularly on WCW's on line after-show called "WCW Live" with Mark Madden. To this day, Madden and Nash still use the line on a regular basis, and some smarks use the line when evaluating some new on-air wrestling talent who they think to be overrated and assume will be out of a job in short order.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: "BANG! Yo, it's me! It's me! It's D-D-P!"
  • Older Than They Think: A cutter that can come out of nowhere, be used at pretty any time, and will instantly end a fight? Randy Orton might be the one younger wrestling fans think of, but DDP was the first to do so in North America.
    • And the RKO/Diamond Cutter was originally called the "Ace Crusher" as it was developed in Japan by the wrestler Johnny Ace, known to current WWE fans all over the world as Mr. John Laurinaitis, Former Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and General Manager of Both Raw And Smackdown.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Page's theme music was an off-key rendition of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
  • Tear Jerker: His tribute to his friend and fellow wrestler Chris Kanyon, who committed suicide in 2010 due to pressure from being gay and bipolar. Page reminisces on their relationship and by the end of the video is visibly choking up as he says his last goodbyes to Kanyon and tells him, "God bless ya, because I'm sure that wherever you are, man, that you're happier than when you were here."
    • Also, with Kanyon's death and Bam Bam Bigelow's death in 2007, this makes him the only surviving member of the Jersey Triad.
    • His tribute to Randy Savage is pretty heartbreaking as well.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Of all the heinous wastage of potential the InVasion inflicted on viewers, the handling of DDP's debut in the WWF probably stung the most, mainly because it could have actually been not just good, but fantastic! While casting him as a creepy stalker of The Undertaker's wife Sara wasn't a very promising angle for a wrestler of DDP's profile, the pop he got when he unmasked in the center of the ring was thunderous and the promo he proceeded to cut on 'Taker was amazing, and looked like it would be able to redeem the whole feud.In brief  Unfortunately, this actually made DDP look like a brilliant mastermind rather than a worthless buffoon, which was the entire point behind the angle (and the entire InVasion, honestly), so everything DDP had said in the promo was promptly disregarded to have him act like he really was insanely in love with Sara, building a stalker shrine to her and at one point even breaking into her house while she and her husband were out and stealing one of her bras. And then the feud played out with 'Taker brutally flattening DDP without mercy every time they met in what was quite possibly the most one-sided feud of all time, culminating in DDP being beaten up and pinned in the final match by Sara, just to prove once and for all what a pathetic chump the former WCW champion really was. What could have been a classic feud was reduced to hanging a talented and eager worker from the rafters and shouting "Hey, look at this WCW guy! Isn't he a loser?!"
  • X-Pac Heat: He was getting booed relentlessly at the beginning of 1999, which led to his heel turn and it became regular heat again.

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