January may feel like a decade ago for many now, but the very start of 2020 saw WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page return to the ring – and mind-bogglingly compete for a sixth consecutive decade!
At AEW’s Bash at the Beach in January, DDP rolled back the years when he competed on TNT at Bash at the Beach, decades after wrestling for WCW – the company where Page became a star in the first place. Will we see Dallas wrestle again in AEW? He told Inside The Ropes.
“God, I hope not.”
Dallas joked, before revealing that it most definitely is a possibility!
“I had a match in ’79. So, ’70s, ’80s, My big runs in the ’90s. 2000. Then 2010, I was done, But 2010 came around and I got asked to do a tag team match in Rome, Georgia, and I was already in Atlanta, which is literally 15 minutes from there. I thought, ‘God, I’ll have wrestled in five decades. ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, Millennium, 2010.’ Then when Cody asked me to do it in January, I thought, ‘Wow, I’ll have wrestled in six decades.’ There’s a handful, a very small handful of people who can say that.”
“And I plan on doing it on the seventh decade, too. I plan on it. I will do something there. If it comes around. And if I’m in the same shape – which I think I’ll be in better shape.”
Back in January, at Bash at the Beach, Dallas looked like he hadn’t missed a step, but he told ITRWrestling.com how he personally doesn’t see another match coming any time soon, but that he’s all ears if Cody can pitch him a better ending to the story – despite thinking his last outing was the perfect bookend. DDP told us how he, on his first day of wrestling, was standing on the ground as Mondo Guerrero would dive to the outside and make him wonder what he’d gotten himself into.
“For that to be on my first day and maybe, as a worker, this be my last. I’m good with that.”
DDP did reveal that Cody has asked if he may have another match in him, but stated that he believes Rhodes designed the perfect match for him.
“I don’t know how we can do anything better. If he comes up with it, then I’ll do it. If he believed it, I’d believe it but I have a lot of other things on my agenda right now, so not right now.”
DDP also discussed how he had told Cody that he would do a Diamond Cutter at All In when the AEW EVP first told him about the event, then that Cody asked him three days before the event if he still wanted to. After that, the pair discussed the possibility of a match.
“Later on, we talked about me doing a match when they became AEW. I was kind of for it, then I started thinking about it, I called them back and I was like, ‘Hey, bro, I might have bitten off more than I can chew. I don’t know if I really want to do it. I feel really good right now, so maybe I won’t do it.’ I said, “Let’s just call it off.” He said, ‘Yes, we’ll take it aside. Don’t worry about it. We’ll talk about it again.’ Then he asked me again at Christmas. We were talking about doing something, because I wanted to do that, if you told me, that interview, 19 years ago, that DDP would be back on TNT with a company called AEW, I’d have to say you’re smoking crack. Why would I think that? ‘The company’s been disbanded? Who the hell is AEW?'”
If DDP does return to the ring, though, don’t expect to see him wrestle in an empty arena – as Page told us how he wouldn’t have wrestled with no crowd – but said he has a lot of respect for those who are continuing to work during the pandemic and show their craft in front of no live fans.
You can read our full interview with Diamond Dallas Page here.