WWE Hall Of Famer DDP claims that his run in WWE suffered because he showed too much respect to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
DDP built a career in WCW winning the WCW World Title three times before heading to WWE when the former company was sold in 2001. Diamond Dallas Page continued his legacy there before a stint in TNA saw him start to wind down his full-time in-ring career.
Page has since made several appearances in All Elite Wrestling and was memorably one of Cody Rhodes’ cornermen in his emotional NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship match with Nick Aldis at All In.
Speaking to The Bro Show, DDP reflects on his time in WWE and feels his career suffered in the company because of the reverence he showed Vince McMahon:
“I think one of the biggest things hurting me going in (to WWE), I was too much of a mark for Vince. As a kid growing up, I freaking thought Vince McMahon was what he is – he is the grand poobah. I respected him so much walking in there – probably too much.”
“Vince (Russo) will tell you this, ‘You’ve got to be able to fight your way in there, and I was happy to be there… I wanted to just be there ’cause I loved that since I was a kid since it was the WWWF. I watched Vince interview Andre on apple carts and Vince who is six-freaking-two look like a midget next to Andre the Giant. And I loved the guy. I understood it was business.”
DDP’s WWE career got off to a rocky start as he was brought in as the stalker of The Undertaker’s then-wife Sara in a storyline that saw The Deadman decisively take out the Master of the Diamond Cutter.