Page Joseph Falkinburg hails from Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The now 60-year-old was born on April 5, 1956 and has enjoyed a long and storied wrestling career throughout WCW, AWA and WWE.
Falkinburg’s parents divorced when he was very young and his formative years occurred with his father as his sole parent. At the age of 8, he was transferred to the care of his grandmother.
In high school he excelled in basketball, but experienced many roadblocks owing to his cognitive disorder known as dyslexia. He made it through high school and did a stint of time at the Coastal Carolina University before emerging into the workforce.
He started off running a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida while also acting as a wrestling manager for Verne Gange’s American Wrestling Association (AWA). Known as “Diamond” Dallas Page, he managed Badd Company (Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond) whom he led to the AWA Tag Team Championships.
Page’s roster continued to expand including a pre-Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, the racist South African Col. DeBeers and Madusa Miceli (later known as Alundra Blayze in the WWF). Collectively, they were known as the “Diamond Exchange”.
Page also worked as a color commentator in Florida Championship Wrestling before embarking on a solo in-ring career and did not have much success between the years of 1989 – 1991.
“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes soon became the booker for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and recruited Falkinburg in 1991.
He debuted again as a manager, this time for the Fabulous Freebirds (“Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin and Michael “P.S.” Hayes) and led them to win the WCW Tag Team Championship. His stable also included Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall under the name of the “Diamond Stud”. Page also did color commentary alongside Eric Bischoff at the time.
Eventually Page knew he had to improve his in-ring skills despite his advancing ring age, so he went to WCW’s Power Plant and started to undergo training. After he gained some more experience under his belt, he started appearing on WCW programming mostly in a “jobber” role, but nonetheless, Falkinburg persevered and continued to train at the Plant.
His stable expanded to include Scotty Flamingo (Raven) and one of the many bad Kevin Nash gimmicks, Vinnie Vegas. Page would mostly accompany his protégés and stood by ringside, aiding them wherever needed. He teamed briefly with Vegas but the team split shortly after forming as Nash went to the WWF and Page tore his rotator cuff.
Page returned to WCW in 1994, appearing with his real-life wife Kimberly known as the “Diamond Doll”. He would challenge other players to arm wrestling competitions which he typically won by cheating.
With the use of his signature neck-breaker finish the “Diamond Cutter”, Page did gain a championship belt as the WCW World Television Champion by defeating the late Ultimate Warrior clone, the Renegade. Page ultimately dropped the strap to Mark “Johnny B. Badd” Mero who also won the services of Kimberly.
He had a few matches thereafter with Brutus “The Booty Man” Beefcake and the Barbarian. He then started to feud with the late Eddie Guerrero when the faction the nWo started to form. Page refused Nash and Hall’s invitation to join the nWo and this turned Page face and began his long standing war against the heel group.
One of Page’s chief targets was against the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage after Savage had joined the nWo.
After a memorable series of violent bouts between the two, Page recruited his former stablemate Curt Hennig to help him in his crusade against the nWo. Hennig turned on old friend Page however, and this started a rivalry between the two.
Page also battled with “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan to losing efforts courtesy of the Hulkster’s nWo friends’ interference.
Page later won the US Heavyweight Championship to Curt Hennig and lost it several months later to Raven. Vince Russo, head writer of WCW at the time, had a penchant for bring non-wrestling celebrities into matches. As such, Page was teamed with both late night talk show host Jay Leno and NBA star Karl Malone in gimmick matches.
He then had a championship belt shot against the undefeated Goldberg which he lost, but was not aired at the “Halloween Havoc” Pay-Per-View event as the event went on too long. It was later shown for free on WCW programming to a large boost in ratings.
Page later traded the US Heavyweight Championship with Bret “Hitman” Hart before he hit paydirt and won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in a 4 way match against Sting, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Hogan.
After 15 days, Page lost the belt to Sting on WCW Nitro. However, WCW being as crazy as it was, saw it fit to put the title up for grabs again in a 4-way match 90 minutes after Sting won. The competitors would consist of Sting, Nash, Page and Goldberg with Page winning the title for the second time. Shortly thereafter, Page would drop the belt to Nash.
Page then formed a successful tag team with the late Bam Bam Bigelo and they captured the WCW Tag Team Championship from Raven and Perry Saturn. The late Chris Kanyon joined them and the three became known as the “Jersey Triad” and defended the belts under the Freebird Rule that any two of the three could defend at any time.
The triad would trade the championship between Saturn and the late Chris Benoit as well as Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray).
As 2000 rolled around, Page was granted a shot at the WCW Heavyweight Championship against reigning champion Jeff Jarrett. After an initial loss, Page eventually beat Jarrett in a steel cage match to win the belt for the third time in his career. This turned out to be short-lived however, as three days later Page dropped the belt to actor David Arquette.
Arquette at the time was the star of a WCW themed movie ”Ready to Rumble” also starring Page. Many fans were outraged by Arquette, a non wrestler, gaining the championship and felt that it tarnished the respect of the title forever thereafter.
After some time off, Page returned as a tag team with old rival Nash and the two captured the WCW Tag Team Championships. They would later trade the belts with Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo and later, Palumbo his new partner the late Shawn O’Haire.
After this time, the WWE had purchased WCW in the disastrous “Invasion” angle. Page was recruited onto the WWE roster and was involved in a silly storyline whereby he would stalk the Undertaker’s wife Sara, igniting an anticipated feud between the two.
All the while his feud with ‘Taker was going on, Page teamed with the late Chris Kanyon and the two won the WWF Tag Team Championship. Later on, ‘Taker and his kayfabe brother Kane would grab the belts from Kanyon and Page in a steel cage match.
He was then promoted in a terrible gimmick, whereby Page would be a heel motivational speaker and constantly demonstrate a wide grin with bleached false teeth saying things like, “That’s not a bad thing… that’s a good thing.” The fans did not take to this annoying gimmick even from a wrestler as adept as Page.
Page later won the WWE European Title from Christian only later to drop it to William Regal not that long after gaining it. Due to his advancing age and nagging injuries, Page quietly left the WWE.
He then played the independent scene sporadically until he showed up on Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action (TNA). Page had mixed success in TNA and left after about 1 year of being with the promotion.
He later returned to the WWE in 2009 acting as a host on its DVD series related to WCW’s history as well as appearing on shows like WWE Old School.
Most notably, Page developed his own successful business as an instructor for DDP Yoga: a tough-guy style active approach to Yoga. His DVD series proved to be a great success and helped turn around the lives of alcoholics Jake “the Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall.
Page is all passion; from his commitment to the profession despite odds against him, for helping out those in need and for consistently providing the fans with as quality a product as he could. He is legend for good reason.. and that’s a great thing!
Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Balsky for contributing the above wrestler profile.
Dr. Stephen Balsky is a chiropractor currently in practice in his native Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been a wrestling fan since age 13 and is very passionate about the product, especially the “old-school” 80’s – 90’s era. He completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015 and currently is also working part-time as a professor in both business and healthcare.