Jim Ross has named Diamond Dallas Page as one the “greatest overachievers” in the history of the wrestling business after building a career of unlikely success.
Ross was discussing DDP’s career in WWE on his Grilling JR podcast [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] and his beginnings with the company after becoming a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion in WCW.
Page was memorably introduced to the WWE audience as the stalker of The Undertaker’s then-wife Sara. Jim Ross didn’t think the company did right by DDP by introducing him in this way but praises Page for “overachieving” throughout his career:
“I don’t think WWE, I’ll take responsibility too, to some degree, I don’t think we did justice with Tazz creatively, and I don’t think we did justice for DDP. I don’t know why he wasn’t as liked as he should have been. You [Grilling JR host Conrad Thompson] have been around DDP. He likes to control the room and talk and talk and talk [laughs], but I think he’s one of the greatest overachievers in the history of pro wrestling.”
DDP had been a part of the wrestling world since 1988 mainly in managerial roles but at the age of 35 he started to train to compete in the ring. Page more than made up for his late start in the ring, going on to capture the WCW Television, United States, and Tag Team Championships as well as holding the WCW World Heavyweight Title on numerous occasions.
Page’s run in WWE only lasted one year as a full-time competitor but during that time he captured the European Championship as well as the WWE Tag Team Championship alongside Chris Kanyon. DDP was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2017.