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Diamond Dallas Page Reveals Incredible Story Behind AEW Debut

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Diamond Dallas Page recently shared details of his return to the ring in AEW, revealing that cocktails with Cody Rhodes lead to one more match.

Appearing on a recent episode of ‘Talk Is Jericho’, DDP recalled meeting with Cody Rhodes as AEW were preparing to make their TNT debut. Although Page retired from full time in ring competition around 2010, a tipsy conversation with Rhodes drew his mind back to the squared circle for one more match:

“As soon as I found out they were going to be back on TNT, I was like ‘what the…?’. It was just so amazing to me, me and Cody were having cocktails you know and I turn to him and I go, “You know, I think I got one more match in me, I really do, I think I do”. He was like “really?!” I said, “Yeah.”

The bottom line is, the next morning when I had sobered up, I called him up and said “err… I think I might’ve overshot my mouth there bro”. And he goes ‘Ah, don’t worry about it. But if you ever change your mind…’”

Diamond Dallas Page made his official in ring debut in 1991, at the age of 35. Previously a manager/valet, Page trained at WCW’s Power Plant, debuting at the Great American Bash that year. DDP would become one of WCW’s homegrown stars, becoming a fan favourite and multiple time World Heavyweight Champion with the company until their closure in 2001. He would go on to appear in WWE and TNA, before launching an extremely successful yoga system. Although in his 60’s, Dallas continues to train and maintain a physically impressive stature, thanks to DDP Yoga.

Page recalls turning down Rhodes’ invitation to perform in AEW in October 2019. But, as time progressed, he admitted that the allure of the spotlight proved too tempting:

“So, that’s October, right? Then it gets down to December. And so, around Christmas time, it comes up again. He says, ‘Do you think you might wanna do that?Wecould make it easy, it could be a lot of fun’. I thought, you know what, that would be six decades [I had wrestled in]. I gotta do it.”

Page would team with Dustin Rhodes and Q.T Marshall at Bash At The Beach 2020 in a losing effort against MJF, Butcher and The Blade.

In an exclusive interview with Inside The Ropes in October 2020, DDP revealed that although he has no immediate plans to step back in the ring, anything is possible in pro wrestling:

“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.”

You can read Inside The Ropes’ full interview with Diamond Dallas Page here