Former WWE and WCW star Diamond Dallas Page recently took some time to participate in an exclusive in-depth interview with PWMania.com. DDP spoke on a variety of subjects from his time in WCW and WWE, Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff, WWE purchasing WCW and more. Here are some highlights from the interview:
WWE purchasing WCW: I knew my career was going to continue in WWE no matter what. So it didn’t affect me personally until I realized that a lot of people were going to lose their jobs and essentially lose their dreams. However, I always knew I would get to WWE because that was my goal since I was 17 years old.
His time in WWE: The positive side of it is it was an awesome learning experience. What I should have done was say “This is an awesome angle, but not for me; let me know when you want to do People’s Champion vs People’s Champion” and then walk away. Since I didn’t, I learned a huge lesson. I always tell people it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes as long as you learn from them. So in reality, the Stalker angle was probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
I may not have had the run that I wanted in WWE, but I got a great Wrestlemania match with Christian and I got to be on the same card as The Rock vs Hulk Hogan. It’s also funny how things come around because I was a competitor at Wrestlemania X8, but 12 years ago when Wrestlemania was held in that same arena, I was driving a pink Cadillac.
Eric Bischoff: Bischoff was my close friend that I met in the AWA. We were nobodies together and we came up together. Nobody believed in either of us. We helped each other out with angles, matches, etc. He protected me when guys tried to mess with me. I missed having that when I got to WWE because there was a ton of egos.
Vince McMahon: As far as Vince is concerned, I never really got to know him. I have respect for him, but I don’t know the guy that well because I wasn’t a top guy in WWE.
DDP also talks about his overall experience in WCW, Eric Bischoff, his career taking off at 40 years of age, his Stalker character in WWE, DDP Yoga and more. You can read the interview in its entirety at this link.