WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett has described how a WCW World Championship match helped inspire Diamond Dallas Page to create DDP Yoga.
Diamond Dallas Page created DDP Yoga as a way to help deal with the injuries that he sustained during his career. In the years that have followed, many former and current wrestlers have credited DDPY with getting them back in shape.
Speaking on his My World podcast, available via Ad Free Shows, Jeff Jarrett recalled which match laid the foundation for the now popular workout. The match in question took place at Slamboree in May 2000 and wasn’t just any regular match. The bout featured actor-turned WCW Champion David Arquette, Jarrett, DDP and three cages stacked on top of one another. Each cage was smaller than the one below it with the WCW Title hanging from the ceiling.
Jarrett described how DDP got injured during a walk through ahead of the match.
“We both knew we had our work cut out,”
“The triple cage is a great concept. Dealing with this triple cage and how we were going to make sense of it and just the storyline of it with David, a non-wrestler, but the belt being hung. If you’re familiar with DDP Yoga, I’m about to tell you folks this in a lot of ways is where the origins of where DDP Yoga came from. We were walking through the match and having the discussion.
“There’s one level, two level, three levels, but there’s a hole in the cage up between the first and second level. Dallas backed up and one of his legs dropped straight through the top, so half his body went down. It really threw his hips and back and threw him out of whack, and he’s got to have a match in 24 hours. He went to work and flew in his doctor. He was coming off a back injury. DDP Yoga, I won’t say it’s the origin of it, but it’s certainly a huge step in the progression of Dallas really wanting to change how he dealt with his body. To this day, I do DDP Yoga. I’m a huge fan. I’m a big supporter of it and a big believer of it.”
Jarrett continued by breaking down the finale of the match, revealing that the event took place in the same arena where Owen Hart sadly lost his life a year before.
“Me and Dallas were both climbing each corner of the small cage on top, and Arquette had already got up there and there’s a guitar in his hand. Is he going to nail DDP or me?’ Jarrett said. “That was the story. He chose to nail Dallas, and I climbed on up. We shook hands, I grabbed the belt, and I’m the champion again. That was the finish, the storyline. I could remember getting real comfortable up there on top, and me and Dallas had a good brawl. It’s not the easiest psychology to lay out, but I was comfortable. Dallas was comfortable.
“We laid out the best match possible. We were instructed that Kanyon had to take the bump off the top. To jump right into it. Owen fell the year before. I didn’t really, at the time, certainly go there or connect the dots. I can remember specifically thinking, do we really have to have Kanyon [jump off the top]? It just felt like a big payoff match, like telling too much stories. It was such a protected bump through boxes and all that stuff. People seeing it live we’re not going to [react heavily], and even if they would’ve bought into it, then you distract from the finish of the match. It was a lose/lose situation, and I can remember thinking that and probably voicing that to Dallas that day.”
After the match Jeff Jarrett went on to lose and then regain the title from Ric Flair. Heading into the summer Double J entered a feud with Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash. This led to the now infamous match at Bash At The Beach where Jarrett lay down in the ring for Hogan to pin him with one foot, while arguing with WCW writer Vince Russo.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.