Diamond Dallas Page
Diamond Dallas Page (Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr.; April 5, 1956 - ) was an American professional wrestler best known for his stint in WCW. He became a major player in the "Invasion" storyline following WWE's buyout of WCW, and was so excited to work for WWE that he took a buyout on his contract to the tune of $.50 on a dollar. What happened was an abysmal trainwreck of a storyline that ended with him playing the part of a stalker, and later leaving the business altogether. He now maintains a health and fitness website called Yoga for Regular Guys.
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- Catch Phrase: "Self High Five" and "Get ready to feel the BANG!"
- Later, in the WWE, he build up a gimmick as a self-help guru: "It's not a bad thing, it's a good thing."
- Cluster F-Bomb: According to Mick Foley, DDP is a walking example of this; he jokes that Page "uses at least two f-words to describe a newborn puppy." During one of their trips around the country, Page ended up screaming "Who put fucking cookies in my bed?!" The incident is also a Crowning Moment of Funny.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being in the top card at WCW, when he moved to WWE, he was put in an angle where he stalked The Undertaker and his wife. After he jobbed there, he was stuffed into the lower mid-card, given his "self-help guru" gimmick and never even came close to the main event scene.
- This could have been Vince being upset that someone got over in another company without his doing. Only Vince can make stars after all.
- Doing It for the Art / Awesome, Dear Boy: Page, however, never cared how he was booked during this period as he was so happy to simply be in the WWF that he was willing to do anything the writers (and purportedly the Undertaker) asked him to.
- Determinator: Page spent a lot of time with "injured ribs", and one of his trademark things was when he was too beat up to stand up he'd still try to pull himself back to his feet using his opponent's pants.
- In real life, due to his advanced age and lack of natural athleticism, trained extremely hard and taped every match he had to study his strengths and weaknesses. He still went to wrestling school until he finally started working a full-time schedule.
- Finishing Move: The Diamond Cutter
- Hey, It's That Guy!: You might recognize him as Rythem And Blues' driver in Wrestlemania VI.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The aforementioned "cookies" incident, which ended with him getting his revenge on Austin and Foley, all while shouting, "How do you like it?! HOW DO YOU LIKE FUCKING COOKIES IN YOUR BED?!"
- Foley, however, responded to this by making fun of Page's tendency to sleep in the nude: "It's not the cookies that I mind. It's the fact that you're rubbing your naked ass all over me."
- Hold Up Your Score: In his early WCW days, his valet Kimberly would hold up scorecards whenever he executed a particularly effective move. Naturally, winning the match earned him a "10."
- Jerkass: His character was one pre-nWo, and pretty much anyone who worked with him in WCW maintains that he was a jerk who abused his relationship with Eric Bischoff to maintain his political power and gain preferential treatment in angles. While he wasn't the only one to do this in WCW (not by a long shot), he was definitely viewed as part of the problem, and part of the reason WCW folded. Mark Madden has been particularly unflattering in his editorials since becoming a regular commentator for Wrestlezone.com.
- Life Imitates Art: That whole "Self Help Guru" schtick he had going towards the end of his WWE run? That led into this, where his "Yoga For Regular Guys" was able to help a disabled Gulf War veteran lose 140 lbs (and regain the ability to walk unassisted) over the course of a year. Also doubles as a Heartwarming Moment and Moment of Awesome, as the guy was rejected by other Yoga instructors he'd approached.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: One of the many factors that sunk WCW was the gimmick of using celebrities in actual matches, and worse, as PPV main events. While Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff deservedly get some heat for that (Jay Leno?), one of them was actually the brainchild of DDP himself. According to Page's own admission on The Rise and Fall of WCW, it was DDP who suggested the match of teaming him and Karl Malone against Hogan and Dennis Rodman to Eric Bischoff.
- In all fairness to DDP, Karl Malone didn't actually suck in the ring all things considered.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Page's theme music was an off-key rendition of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
- Small Name, Big Ego: Showed signs of this in an interview in early 2012, saying that he was the biggest star in wrestling in the 90's and drew more than any other Attitude Era wrestler. While he was popular with the crowds, to call him a bigger star/draw than such wrestlers as Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, Dwayne Johnson, Sting and Hulk Hogan is ridiculous.
- Took a Level in Badass: Despite starting his in-ring career well into his 30's, he developed into a skilled wrestler.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: DDP wasn't especially ugly per se, but compared to his ex-wife Kimberly? Damn.
- What Could Have Been: DDP reportedly had two of his friends in his early days at WCW tape his matches for him so he could study them. His friends proceeded to add their color commentary to the matches. Later on, DDP joked he could make a fortune of these DDP matches with commentary by Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Foley.
- Very shortly before his WWE career ended, the WWE bookers had decided to try pushing DDP as... wait for it... DDP. They let him go back to his old gimmick, and even started hyping the Diamond Cutter as a devastating finisher that could come out of nowhere. About 3 matches into his push, DDP fought Hardcore Holly. First DDP botched a super-plex and landed hard on the back of his neck, and a bit later Holly concussed him with a dropkick. The combined injuries ended his wrestling career.