Diamond Dallas Page has admitted that his infamous feud with The Undertaker in 2001, “did nothing” for his career.
By the time that WCW closed it’s doors in early 2001, Diamond Dallas Page had become one of the most popular stars in the company. His rise from announcer and manager to multiple time World Champion despite only starting training as a wrestler aged 35 has become the stuff of legend.
With WCW being brought by WWE, Page made his way onto WWE television becoming one of the first WCW stars to do so. However, upon his arrival DDP was revealed to be a deranged stalker who had been terrorising The Undertaker and his wife. A complete contrast to the likeable babyface character fans had been familiar with.
Speaking during an appearance on the Broken Skull Sessions, Page admitted that he underestimated just what he was walking into when signing with WWE. DDP said that he didn’t realise the extent of the heat that existed between his new home and former employer. He revealed that he had even been advised against signing by WWE so quickly by Kevin Nash amongst others.
Reflecting on his feud with The Undertaker, Page said ceded that it did nothing for his career, adding that he would have liked to have worked with Taker at a different point.
“It beat me down because that angle did nothing for my career,” said DDP. “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.”
Despite getting off to a rocky start in his new home, Page explained that what came later made the initial struggle worth it.
“What ended up happening at the beginning of my career with WWE, not so good,” DDP added. “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.”
Page only remained with WWE for a year, due to sustaining a serious neck injury in April 2002. The injury effectively ended his full-time in-ring career, save for a short run with TNA in 2005.
Diamond Dallas Page inducted Jake “The Snake” Roberts into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014, before being inducted himself in 2017.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.