Diamond Dallas Page talks Macho Man, WCW Nitro DVD, Impact Wrestling, and YRG
Yeah, I saw Randy for a little bit when he faced Jeff Jarrett in that six-man tag main event on PPV. He only appeared for a minute or two on camera. Randy told Dusty he couldn’t go out there the whole time. I think he wanted fans to remember him for his prime and I admire that. Randy ALWAYS had control of his own destiny. Randy had money on top of money.
Randy has his Bar Mitzvah money. (Laughs) Between the money he saved from wrestling to movies and voice overs, he was never hurting financially. I only got to talk to him for a bit then. I never saw him again. He became a recluse. I saw pictures of him last year, after he got married to his high school sweetheart. His hair was all grayed out now.
It looked like Randy was at peace. I hope that was the case.
There’s a story that he even made THQ come to his house to record voice overs for their new “WWE All-Stars” video game.
(Laughs) That’s Randy! He always had control of his career.
No easy transition here, but Savage and yourself were a huge part of WCW Nitro’s run from 1995-2001. What was it like hosting WWE’s DVD “The Very Best of WCW Nitro?”
I had a great experience with WWE. I feel like this is the best hosting performance I’ve ever done. I think fans will really enjoy the matches and moments that made the “Monday Night Wars” between WWE RAW and Monday Nitro so fun to watch.
WWE even included a DDP highlight reel. I loved it, but I would’ve added a few more Diamond Cutters! (Laughs) I'm glad to see Randy Orton using a variation of it [the RKO].
I think Orton is the best wrestler in the world, so I always get a kick when he hits the RKO!
When we first spoke in Dec. 2009, you were pretty apprehensive about working with WWE again. You said there was probably heat on you from 2002 for not taking their color commentator offer...
(Laughs) I was burned out! I was wrestling non-stop for so long that I needed a break.
Were you apprehensive about how WWE would portray WCW when they approached you to host the DVD?
Duh....Yeah! Obviously. I remember when I first got the outline for the whole thing and it was full of subtle jabs against WCW. I told WWE “I guess you don’t want me to host this thing.” But we ended up working things out. They were actually really cool when it came to my input and pretty much let me say what I wanted on the DVD. I had a lot of fun on this project.
I was burned out and hurt at the end of my WWE run in 2002, but I would love to be a commentator or ambassador for the company now. I really like what they’re doing and honestly, I really appreciated how much freedom they gave me in the development of the DVD. WWE knows how to make money. If people buy enough Nitro DVDs, there could be a Volume II. Just know we had to get so many matches/segments into eight hours on three discs.
We couldn’t get everything, but like I said, if the fans show their support and the numbers don’t lie, we can get another Nitro DVD out. On a side note, my match with Sting for the WCW Title is on there. There's a clip of it in the teaser trailer. That's one of my favorite matches even though I lost because it proved to doubters that I could work. You can't make people chant "DDP!" (Laughs)
TNA Wrestling recently rebranded the company as “Impact Wrestling,” but it seems like they’re stuck in neutral. As a wrestler who worked for WCW and WWE and was a big part of the the “Monday Night Wars,” what advice could you give them?