WWE Hall Of Famer DDP has discussed what he calls his “favourite night ever” in a wrestling career that has lasted decades.
DDP is a former 3-time WCW World Champion and has shared the ring with the greats of the wrestling business from The Undertaker to Goldberg to Randy Savage.
Speaking to GOW MEDIA 216 Diamond Dallas Page reminisced about what he thinks is the best night of his career, being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame:
“You know that was my favorite night ever. Not winning the world title, not wrestling in front of 22,000 people, but being able to thank everyone who helped me get there. And you know the only story in my brain was I’m gonna blow everybody away. I’m gonna make ’em laugh, I’m gonna make ’em cry. I’m going to inspire them.”
DDP was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2017 in a class that included Ravishing Rick Rude, Beth Phoenix, Theodore Long, The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express, and Kurt Angle.
Page then explained the process of having his speech signed off, saying it was Kevin Dunn that allowed him to go way over the original 15 minutes he was allotted:
“What was funny was two nights before the Hall Of Fame, up walks this guy, he’s one of the writers. He was like ‘Hey DDP I’ll be writing your speech with you’ and I’m like ‘boss do you not think I’m working on this for last three months? Are you kidding me? I don’t need anybody’s help.'”
“He goes ‘well what is it? Got it down to 15 minutes?’ I said ‘No. 27 minutes.’ He said, ‘Oh gee, we can’t go that long’. I’m like ‘are you f*cking kidding me?’ You’re telling me this now?’ So I go up and I spend that whole night re-writing it and the next day he calls me and he goes ‘I want to hear the original. Can I come up, will you do it for me?'”
“I said ‘absolutely.’ He came up, I did and I had him laughing, I had him getting choked. I mean all the shit that I knew was going to happen in front of the crowd, he was doing in my room and he goes ‘let me go talk to Kevin Dunn’ because Kevin Dunn, he’s the guy who runs the show.”
“So he called me up and he said ‘Kevin said do it. And you’re coming out first, don’t go over 30’. That was my finest moment in pro wrestling and it was the best thing I’ve done. It’ll be around forever for people to watch and be inspired when I’m long gone.”
DDP’s post in-ring life has been taken up by launching the hugely successful DDPYoga – now better known as the DDPY fitness program.