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Dallas Page Interview

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Dallas Page Interview

Diamond Dallas Page

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On April 27, 2012, I had the opportunity to interview former WCW World Champion “Diamond” Dallas Page. Inside of the ring, DDP teamed up with celebrities like Karl Malone, Jay Leno, and David Arquette. Since retiring, he has become a fitness guru who has developed a workout system which is taking the WWE locker room over.

Eric: Recently, your name came up in the feud between Chris Jericho and CM Punk over Jericho's use of your DDP Yoga System. I was wondering if you could tell me a little about the system and what other wrestlers are using it?

Dallas Page: You're going to have to start with me for starters. I'm a guy that wouldn't be caught dead doing yoga the first 42 years of my life. But as a wrestler, I didn't start wrestling until I was 35 and my career didn't take off until I was 40 which was in 1996. As you know, '96 – 2000, that was the hottest time in wrestling ever. At the end of '98, I ruptured by L4-L5 and three doctors said that I was done. I started using rehab moves and doctors said that they were never going to clear me to get back into the ring. So I started doing yoga too, but I didn't really like all of the spiritual stuff. So I just used the moves, I combined the yoga moves with rehab moves and old school calisthenics.

The thing that all the boys love is that no one wants to do cardio. Who wants to get on a stair master or a treadmill? This workout, because of dynamic resistance (isometrics), every time you engage your muscles, your heart has to beat faster to get blood to the muscle. DDP Yoga is about zero impact. Any athlete wants less impact on their body. The guys that play football and basketball, by the time they get into their late-30's and 40's, they pay for it all. My workout is zero impact, kick-a** cardio, which will dramatically increase your flexibility and core strength conditioning.

Now, I don't call it yoga. I call it it's own animal. When CM Punk wants to bring it into a feud right as they are going into WrestleMania, that Jericho does DDY Yoga and it's not real yoga, I was like awesome. I loved it because he was bringing it to the forefront. The reason why Chris is back in the ring, and he'll tell you, is because of that workout. He was done before that. He had herniated his L4. So he was in a lot of pain. He saw a video on the site and then started doing the workout.

[Note:] At this point, DDP explained the video to me. I consider myself a pretty good writer, but I can't find the words that could possibly do justice to the transformation that took place on this video. A disable veteran that used a cane for over 15 years used the system and what happened to him over the course of a year has to be seen to be believed. Now, I'll get back to the interview with DDP discussing Chris' story.

Dallas Page: Within 5 weeks, he told me he was so addicted to it that he was doing it six days a week. He was 85% pain free in five weeks. In three months, he was 95% pain free and starting back with the WWE. Now that's a pretty damn good testimony. And when CM Punk said it wasn't real, it gave Jericho the great comeback, I don't know about Punk but DDP Yoga is the greatest workout I have done in my life. Now, I'm not paying him to say this stuff because I can't afford it, he's a million dollar guy. He's said that “Punk's got 10 less years experience in the ring than me and he's the one that's got ice all over his body at the end of the night and I'm the one that's pain free”.

The wrestlers knew about Jericho doing it. Now, when your a wrestler, you're in pain all the time. We've got Santino [Marella] doing it. Kane, Mick Foley, Zack Ryder, Miz, Daniel Bryan, Ryback, Titus, there's like 20 guys that are doing it which is really, really cool.

Eric: If my readers are interested in this, how can they go about ordering it?

Dallas Page: If you want to invest in the program, go to DDPYoga.com. I've set it up for three different levels. There's a beginners level for people that just want to try it. But if someone is serious, they want to get the combo pack. It doesn't just come with 11 workouts. It also comes with a poster that breaks down the positions and a program guide where I show you how to set goals. How to eat properly on three different levels depending on what you want to accomplish.

As I say throughout the workout, make it your own. If you feel you can do more, do more. You also wear a heart monitor with my program, so bottom line is that you don't want to work too hard. That whole thing, when you're under 25 they say no pain no gain. But when you're over 30, pain means pain, so listen to your body.

Eric: You were involved in one of the most controversial moments in wrestling history, the night that David Arquette won the WCW World Championship. I was wondering if you could walk me through that night.

Dallas Page: When I was first told by Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo that was happening, I laughed. I was like: “Yeah. What are we doing?” They were like: “No, that is what we are doing tonight.” And I was like: “This is a mistake. You don't want to do this.” Long story short, they wanted to do it. I think it was more Russo than Bischoff.

When I went to tell David Arquette about it, he laughed out loud. He thought I was ribbing him. I was like: “No. They really want to do it.” And he was like: “No. They can't do that.” David Arquette respected the belt. He didn't want that. But, with all the people who have a problem with it, I guarantee you that if they were working with me that night and were told they were going to be made the World Champion tonight, everyone of them would have lit up like a Christmas tree and would have done it. Don't you agree?

Eric: Definitely. I wouldn't have said no.

Dallas Page: Because it wasn't them and everything that goes with that, it was a major tarnish on WCW. But it is what it is. Just to clear the air, a lot of people don't know this, David gave the money he made at that pay-per-view to Melanie Pillman. Brian [Pillman] had just passed not-too long before that. It was what it was but at least something really good came out of it.

Eric: In addition to teaming with David Arquette, you also teamed up with Karl Malone and Jay Leno. How was it working with each of them?

They both had incredible work ethics. Karl is one of the greatest athletes. He was the second leading scorer in the NBA, not for his team, not in his division, but for the whole league. So this guy performs at a whole different level. He wanted to get out there and actually work. He learned and I think that the did a great job considering what he didn't know.

Jay worked really, really hard. Now Jay is not a wrestler but he is an entertainer. Going out there, the match was watchable.

The reason I got the one with Malone was because the whole thing was my idea. When I heard that Rodman was coming in, I went to Bischoff and asked what he thought of me and Malone against Hogan and Rodman. When Rodman first did it, the news was like Rodman is going to be a wrestler, Wow. But he is a bit of a freak and had done some crazy things. But you got more media coverage with Karl Malone because Karl Malone is the antithesis of that. He is the hardest working, practicing, you name it. Long story short, it lit up the whole world.

The reason why I got to do the one with Leno is because the bookers, Bischoff at the time, knew that I would really work at it. I was going to make sure that this match was going to be as good as it could be.

The interview concludes on the following page.

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