DDP detailed the phone call he made when he realized a WWE Superstar was using a move way too similar to his iconic Diamond Cutter.
On the latest episode of DDP’s Snake Pit, Diamond Dallas Page spoke about the early days of when he began using his iconic Diamond Cutter as a finisher, and how is was helping propel his career to new heights.
“The Diamond Cutter was really getting over. The Diamond Cutter was taking me to a different spot. You could hit it on anyone out of anywhere. And even though I was only hitting guys who were enhancement guys, it was still popping the crowd. So you know you have something there.”
However, while watching Raw one night, DDP realized that Triple H had adopted a cutter of his own. This led to a phone call in which Diamond Dallas Page asked a favor from his old friend.
“So one night I’ve got RAW on because I watched RAW. I taped it all, and I’d come home and I’d watch it and see how everybody was doing. And then one night, Triple H hit that cutter out of nowhere and pinned the guy. I was like ‘no! Bastard! No, not him!’ There’s three guys who when I say have the craziest work ethics ever, me, him, and The Rock. The three of us, insane work ethic. I’m thinking ‘man if he takes that? I’ve got to call him.’ And I just pick up the phone.”
While Triple H didn’t initially answer the phone, Diamond Dallas Page eventually got in touch with him. While it’s not unheard of for performers in different companies to do the same finishing move, DDP asked Triple H to leave the cutter alone, and The Game eventually agreed.
“He never answered the phone, he never answered before that day or after that day. But that day he answered. He’s like ‘hey D, how you doing?’ ‘I’m doing great, but listen bro.’ We talked for a bit, got the sidetalk out of the way. We had a real relationship. I said ‘listen bro, I’ve got a favor to ask you.’ He said ‘sure D, anything.’ I was like ‘don’t say that.’ And look, Sting had the Scorpion Death Lock, Bret Hart had the Sharpshooter, it’s the same move.
“It was customary for one guy to have it here, one guy to have it there. Bottom line is I said ‘ you know bro, I’m just really starting to get this Diamond Cutter over. It’s giving me some serious momentum. I saw you do it the other night to beat a guy. And I get it and I don’t have the right to ask you, but you’re so so much younger than me. The Pedigree is amazing. If you wouldn’t use it anymore, I’d really appreciate it.’ He said ‘done deal.’ That was the last time he ever did it.”
Diamond Dallas Page was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017, and recently spoke about why he wishes Dusty Rhodes would have been alive to induct him.