After starting his wrestling career in his mid-thirties, WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page found great success as one of WCW’s top stars. He became a three time WCW Champion and had feuds with the likes of Randy Savage, Ric Flair, and Goldberg.
DDP recently took to social media to praise fellow former WCW star Raven for his handling of a bizarre incident in the middle of WCW Thunder. As the former ECW World Heavyweight Champion cut a promo calling out DDP, he was grabbed by a fan and pulled out of the ring.
Raven was clearly startled, but he stood up immediately as security detained the individual. Picking up his title belt, he got back into the ring, seemingly unfazed. He attempted to continue his promo despite his microphone not working, and after the mic cut in and out, he was handed a new microphone to finish the segment.
DDP praised Raven’s professionalism during the situation, and said that he wasn’t aware this incident had occurred.
“Never knew this happened. WCW was so wild at times. Never knew what was in store some nights unless you were DIRECTLY involved. Raven handled this like the PRO he was and still is! The element of surprise back then was something special @theraveneffect what’s the story? DDP”
Never knew this happened. WCW was so wild at times. Never knew what was in store some nights unless you were DIRECTLY involved. Raven handled this like the PRO he was and still is! The element of surprise back then was something special💥@theraveneffect what's the story? 💎DDP pic.twitter.com/4b0rEaM3EY
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) December 8, 2022
DDP Had Trouble Finding In-Ring Success After Signing With WWE
While he found great success in WCW, Diamond Dallas Page wasn’t able to replicate that success when he joined WWE after the company bought WCW. Despite being an incredibly popular performer, WWE made the decision to bring him in as a heel who was stalking The Undertaker‘s then-wife Sara.
Speaking to Steve Austin on the Broken Skull Sessions back in December of 2021, Diamond Dallas Page reflected on his storyline with The Undertaker, saying that it didn’t do him any favors.
“It beat me down because that angle did nothing for my career. I wish I could have worked with ‘Take before that or after that, but because of the way it was… it was. The bottom line is it taught me when you have all this [money], you can’t be afraid to get up and walk away from the table.”
While DDP only spent a year as an active performer in WWE before an injury took him out of action in 2002, he believes the later parts of his relationship with the company make his rocky beginnings worth it.
“What ended up happening at the beginning of my career with WWE, not so good. But when I got to do the best of Nitros, to do the appearances, and then to induct Jake in the Hall of Fame and all that, that made it all worth it.” (h/t Sportskeeda)
Diamond Dallas Page inducted Jake “The Snake” Roberts into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014, before being inducted himself in 2017.