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Diamond Dallas Page
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Page in 2018
Page Joseph Falkinburg

(1956-04-05) April 5, 1956 (age 62)[1]
  • Professional wrestler
  • actor
  • wrestling manager
Years active 1988–1991 (wrestling manager)
1989–present (wrestler)
1999–present (actor)
Kimberly Page
(m. 1991; div. 2005)

Brenda Nair (m. 2015)
Children Brittany Page and Kimberly Page
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Ring name(s) Diamond Dallas Page[1]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Billed weight 248 lb (112 kg)[2]
Billed from "The Jersey Shore"[2]
Trained by Jake Roberts[1]
WCW Power Plant[1]
Debut 1988 (as a manager)
1989 (as a wrestler)

Dallas Page (born Page Joseph Falkinburg, April 5, 1956), better known by his ring name Diamond Dallas Page (DDP), is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, fitness instructor, motivational speaker and actor.[1] In the course of his wrestling career, which spanned two decades, Falkinburg has wrestled for mainstream wrestling promotions World Championship Wrestling (WCW),[1] the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE),[1] and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[1]

Falkinburg first broke into the wrestling business in 1988, as a manager in the American Wrestling Association,[1] where he worked for nine months before signing with WCW in 1991. There, he continued as a manager until late 1991, when he became a wrestler.[1] Over a decade in WCW, Falkinburg became a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion,[1] two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion,[1] four-time WCW World Tag Team Champion[1] and one-time WCW World Television Champion. He is the fourth WCW Triple Crown Champion,[1] and the only United States Heavyweight Champion to defend the title in a pay-per-view main event, defeating Bret Hart at the 1998 World War 3.

After WCW was sold in 2001, Falkinburg signed with the WWF where he made his pay-per-view debut in the main event of July's Invasion show, and went on to become a one-time WWF European Champion and one-time WWF World Tag Team Champion. Due to a series of injuries, he allowed his contract with the company to expire in 2002.[1] He worked for TNA from 2004 to 2005, challenging for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of Destination X 2005.

On February 20, 2017, WWE announced that Page would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2017, and on March 31, 2017, he was officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Eric Bischoff.

Early life

Falkinburg as a child

Page Joseph Falkinburg, the eldest of three children, was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the son of Sylvia (née Seigel) and Page Falkinburg Sr.[3][4]

Falkinburg was raised by his father during his early years, after his parents divorced. Page stated that he is of German, Irish, and Dutch origin. The name "Dallas" came from his love of the Dallas Cowboys.[5]

His brother, Rory, and sister, Sally, were raised by their maternal grandmother.[5] Falkinburg lived with his father from the ages of three to eight. His father took him, at eight years old, to live with his grandmother, who raised him. Falkinburg admitted in his autobiography he is dyslexic.[3] He had many challenges hit him throughout his childhood and educational years.[5]

He attended St. Joseph's High School (now Donovan Catholic High School) in Toms River, New Jersey for his freshman and second years, spending his first season on the JV basketball team and making the varsity squad as a sophomore.[6] He transferred to Point Pleasant Borough High School in Point Pleasant, where he was a star basketball player with the Point Pleasant Boro High School Panthers.[4] He attended Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina briefly before leaving school to work full-time.[citation needed]

Professional wrestling career

American Wrestling Association (1988)

Falkinburg ran a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida called "Norma Jeans" (known for its Pink Cadillac) while he was working as a wrestling manager in the American Wrestling Association (AWA).[7] He started managing in 1988, where he handled Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka), a team he led to the AWA World Tag Team Championship on March 19.[8] Badd Company, was often accompanied by female valets known as the "Diamond Dolls" (Tonya, Jennifer and Torri). During his time in the AWA, Falkinburg also managed Colonel DeBeers,[9] Curt Hennig and Madusa Miceli as the leader of the Diamond Exchange stable.[1] He worked for the AWA at 12 dates over a period of nine months, where they filmed all the television shows in one day.

Professional Wrestling Federation (1989–1991)

Falkinburg also worked as a color commentator in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), soon renamed Professional Wrestling Federation (PWF), where he worked alongside Gordon Solie, before finally debuting as a professional wrestler. Falkinburg's first pro match occurred in May 1989 against Dick Slater.

In 1990, Dallas received a tryout with the WWF as an announcer, but wasn't offered a job.[7] At WrestleMania VI, he drove Rhythm and Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine) to the ring in his pink Cadillac.[1] At this time, he was virtually unknown in the World Wrestling Federation.[10] When FCW went out of business, Falkinburg was still involved in the club business until Dusty Rhodes returned to World Championship Wrestling. Rhodes started booking and brought Falkinburg in on a small contract in early 1991.[1]

World Championship Wrestling

Various alliances (1991–1993)

Falkinburg came to World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1991 as manager of The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael P.S. Hayes).[1][11] Falkinburg managed the Freebirds to a shot at the NWA World Tag Team Championship where they defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) on February 24. Before that match took place, Falkinburg unveiled the stable's new road manager, Big Daddy Dink, formerly known as Oliver Humperdink, who interfered in the match. During this match, Falkinburg introduced the Diamond Dolls. Falkinburg added Scott Hall to the stable under the name of Diamond Studd.[1] Falkinburg also worked as a color commentator for WCW with Eric Bischoff.[1] With rumors that the WCW wanted to take the Diamond Studd away from Falkinburg,[7] he decided to take the advice of Magnum T.A. and begin to wrestle himself. He headed to the WCW Power Plant where Buddy Lee Parker, The Assassin, and Dusty Rhodes trained the 35-year-old rookie. He debuted as a wrestler in a tag team match later that year. With the Diamond Studd, he faced Kevin Sullivan and his partner. He was relegated to the "jobber" list. He made his wrestling pay-per-view debut at Starrcade in 1991, teaming with Mike Graham in a losing effort to Jushin Thunder Liger and Bill Kazmaier.[1] In regards to this period, he stated: "Bischoff gave me the job as I was a good example of work ethic, passion and someone that cares about the business. Since they wouldn't really book me, I went down to the WCW Power Plant every day I wasn't working. That's how you adapt to adversity. Even when I started to make it, I still kept going back. Until I was on the road 260 days a year-plus, I was still going to that Power Plant. For five years I went there, because that's how long it took me to get to the top."[12]

Diamond Dallas Page

Falkinburg continued wrestling and brought other wrestlers into his stable, The Diamond Mine, such as Scotty Flamingo (Raven) and Vinnie Vegas (Kevin Nash).[13][14] The relationships between DDP, Flamingo, and Vegas were used in many angles over the following months. Falkinburg went in the corner of Scotty Flamingo, at Clash of the Champions XXI on November 18, 1992, when Flamingo fought Johnny B. Badd in a worked boxing match. Flamingo won this bout with a little help from Falkinburg who filled Flamingo's glove with water. The following year, after Studd and Flamingo left the stable, Falkinburg teamed with Vinnie Vegas as the Vegas Connection.[13] However, the team was disbanded shortly after its debut when Falkinburg suffered a torn rotator cuff in a match against Tex Slazenger and Shanghai Pierce toward the end of 1992 and was later fired, while Nash left WCW for the World Wrestling Federation.[7][11]

World Television Champion and feud with Randy Savage (1994–1997)

Falkinburg, determined to continue improving his character, sought the help of Jake Roberts who advised him on the psychological aspects of the business.[11] After his injury had healed, Falkinburg returned to WCW television in 1994, with his wife Kimberly[11] as the Diamond Doll, and an on-screen bodyguard,[11] Max Muscle. He held open arm wrestling challenges to win Kimberly, but Max always helped him win or arm wrestled for him. He was also involved in an angle where he was said to have supposedly amassed the sum of 13 million dollars through victories in arm wrestling competitions, a fortune that he would later lose. He also had a long feud with Dave Sullivan because Sullivan gave Kimberly gifts (and largely because Falkinburg was defeated by Sullivan in one of the arm wrestling contests, which earned him a date with Kimberly).[1] At Fall Brawl, Falkinburg won his first championship when he defeated Renegade for the WCW World Television Championship.[1] In the build-up to his first title defense at Halloween Havoc, there was growing dissension between Falkinburg and Kimberly. Johnny B. Badd defeated Falkinburg for the TV title and again at World War 3 on November 26, winning Kimberly's freedom from DDP.[1] At Uncensored on March 24, 1996 The Booty Man with Kimberly as The Booty Babe defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a Loser Leaves Town match.[1]


Falkinburg returned on the edition of May 18, 1996, of WCW Saturday Night as a tweener defeating Billy Kidman. On May 19, Falkinburg participated in the Lord of the Ring Tournament (Battle Bowl) at Slamboree. Falkinburg was victorious when he defeated The Barbarian with two Diamond Cutters. The winner was to be the number one contender for the World Title which at that time was held by The Giant.[1] However, he never received the title shot that he earned that night. Page was feuding with Eddie Guerrero when the New World Order (nWo) was formed. Since Nash and Hall were both former partners of Page, they assisted him in his matches in the tournament being held for the vacant United States Heavyweight Championship. Believing their assistance was not appreciated, however, Hall and Nash attacked him during the tournament finals, therefore handing the belt to Guerrero.[1] After demonstrating the benefits of the nWo, they asked him to join. He responded by giving them Diamond Cutters on January 25, 1997 at Souled Out, starting a face turn and a feud with the nWo.[1] Soon after, Page began a feud with recent nWo recruit "Macho Man" Randy Savage.[1] On an episode of Nitro, Savage, aided by Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, attacked Page and spray-painted "nWo" on his back. A few weeks later at Uncensored, Savage and Miss Elizabeth "broke" (a worked shoot) by revealing to the world that Page and Kimberly were, in fact, married. Savage then proceeded to beat up Page, ensuring a future match between the two. At Spring Stampede, in Page's first pay-per-view main event, he and Savage battled in a match where Page emerged victorious, but it was not the end of conflict between the two.[1] A few months later at The Great American Bash, they squared off again in an anything goes, lights out match. The match ended with Savage defeating Page with help from (then) Tag Team Champion Scott Hall.[1] At Bash at the Beach, Scott Hall and Randy Savage defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Curt Hennig. Curt Hennig, who Diamond Dallas Page had recruited personally to join WCW and team with him, turned on DDP during the match.[1] Hennig defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a Grudge match at Road Wild.[1] At Fall Brawl, Page teamed with Lex Luger to defeat Scott Hall and Randy Savage in a No Disqualification match.[1] Page even dressed up as masked wrestler La Parka and beat Savage. Around this time, Page also started fighting nWo leader, Hollywood Hogan. Page and Savage battled for the last time at Halloween Havoc. The match was billed as a Las Vegas Sudden Death match, where Savage pinned Page after Hogan, dressed as Sting, came out and hit Page with a baseball bat in his already "injured" midsection, resulting in Savage picking up the win.[1] On an episode of Nitro shortly after Halloween Havoc, Page fought Hogan, but was again beaten down by the nWo.

United States Heavyweight Champion (1997–1998)

In 1998, Page tagged with Karl Malone and Jay Leno at two different pay-per-views.

At Starrcade, Page won the United States Heavyweight Championship from Curt Hennig.[1] The following year at Uncensored, Page defended the title in a Triple Threat, Falls Count Anywhere contest against Chris Benoit and Raven, putting Raven through a table with a Diamond Cutter to retain the belt. Page later lost the title to Raven at Spring Stampede.[1] Later in the year, Page tagged with Karl Malone against Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman at Bash at the Beach, losing due to interference.[1] Page tagged with late night talk show host Jay Leno at Road Wild, where they defeated Hogan and Eric Bischoff.[1]

At Fall Brawl, Page won the WarGames main event, and got a World title shot against the undefeated Goldberg at Halloween Havoc. Page did not win the match,[1] but the match was voted WCW Magazine's "Match of the Year" 1998. Halloween Havoc ran slightly longer than expected resulting in a number of cable companies blacking out the end of the Hogan versus Warrior match and all of the DDP versus Goldberg contest. WCW decided to air the Goldberg versus DDP title bout in its entirety on the edition of October 26 of Nitro, which proved immensely popular in the ratings and resulted in a ratings win for Nitro over Raw – the last win Nitro ever had. Despite this setback in the World title picture, Page rebounded this same following night of Halloween Havoc, on the edition of October 26 of Nitro, with a win over Bret Hart to capture the United States Heavyweight Title. The two headlined the following month's World War 3, in a title match which Page won.[15] Page lost the title to Hart on the edition of November 30 of Nitro in a No Disqualification match, when he was assaulted by The Giant.[16]

World Heavyweight Champion (1999–2001)

Page became WCW World Heavyweight Champion in April 1999, at Spring Stampede when he defeated Sting, Hogan, and Ric Flair for the title in a Four Way Dance with "Macho Man" Randy Savage as Special Guest Referee. Page pinned Flair after giving Flair the Diamond Cutter.[1] Page began to have a change in attitude, fans quietly began to start booing Page and he quietly turned heel. During the match, Page knocked Goldberg out with brass knuckles and repeatedly struck his leg with a steel chair as it was propped against the ring stairs, then taunted the fans by saying "boo me now" repeatedly. He only stopped when Kevin Nash, an ally of Hogan's who was angry at Page for (kayfabe) injuring Hogan's knee during the match at Spring Stampede, came back from injury and chased him away.

On April 26, 1999, Page lost and regained his title in the span of two hours. Sting challenged him to defend his title in the first hour of that night's Nitro and defeated him to regain the title he had lost had a year earlier. This ended Page's reign at 15 days, but he gained an opportunity to get the title back ninety minutes later. Nash came to the ring and made a challenge for a four-way match for the title, and the just-dethroned Page joined defending champion Sting and Goldberg in the match. Page regained the world title by using a foreign object to hit Nash and take the win and regain the title without actually defeating the reigning champion.[1] Nash became the number one contender shortly after and vowed to get revenge on Page for his friend Hogan, culminating in a match at Slamboree in May. Page originally retained the world championship after Savage interfered and hit Nash, but the match was ordered to continue by Eric Bischoff and Nash pinned Page to win the title after a powerbomb.[1] Page dropped out of the title picture shortly thereafter.

Shortly after Slamboree, Page entered into an alliance with fellow New Jerseyan Bam Bam Bigelow and won the WCW World Tag Team Championship from then champions Perry Saturn and Raven on May 31, thanks to Chris Kanyon turning heel on former ally Raven and costing the team the championships. Page, Bigelow, and Kanyon became known as the Jersey Triad and through their alliance with WCW "President for Life" Ric Flair took advantage of the Freebird Rule in their subsequent matches (meaning any combination of the three could defend the championship). The Triad held the titles until June 10, when Saturn and Chris Benoit (now stablemates in The Revolution) took the title from them. They regained the belts at The Great American Bash three days later, and lost them to Harlem Heat at Road Wild in August.[1] Later that night, Chris Benoit defeated Diamond Dallas Page to retain the United States title.[1] The group broke up shortly thereafter and Page began feuding with Hogan again, joining Sid Vicious and Rick Steiner in a team effort to take on Hogan, Sting, and Goldberg. Soon after that feud ended Page turned into a hero again and feuded with both Kanyon and Bigelow before the year ended.

In 2000, with WCW under new management, Page earned a shot at the vacant World Heavyweight Championship belt at Spring Stampede against Jeff Jarrett. In a surprise twist, Page's wife, Kimberly, turned on Page and helped Jarrett become the new World Champion.[1] Page got the better of Jarrett on the edition of April 24 of Nitro, where he defeated Jarrett in a steel cage match to become WCW World Heavyweight Champion for the third time, then lost the title to his tag partner, actor David Arquette, three days later on Thunder; the rules stated that whoever got the pin would win the title, and Arquette pinned Jarrett's partner, Eric Bischoff. Page attempted to win the title back at Slamboree later that month in a triple cage match against Arquette and Jarrett, but lost after Arquette hit him with a guitar. Page then entered a feud with Mike Awesome, who defeated him in an Ambulance Match at The Great American Bash after Kanyon turned on Page.[1]

Page took some time off shortly after this, but returned in late 2000 as a full-time wrestler. After Page came back he formed a tag team with Kevin Nash called The Insiders, and the team won the tag team championship on November 26 at Mayhem by defeating Perfect Event (Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo).[1] The team was temporarily stripped of the titles but won them back at Starrcade defeating Stasiak and Palumbo again. Page and Nash lost the titles to Palumbo and Sean O'Haire at Sin in January and broke up shortly thereafter. After his tag team run Page briefly feuded with the returning Kanyon, which saw Kanyon defeat Page at SuperBrawl Revenge, and Page defeating Kanyon the following night on Nitro, ending their feud. Page then moved into the World Championship picture again by facing Scott Steiner. Their feud hit a climax at WCW's final PPV Greed, saw Page's final match in WCW and a semi-burial type defeat as he passed out in Steiner's finisher, The Steiner Recliner.[1]

World Wrestling Federation

Feud with The Undertaker and The Alliance (2001)

When WCW was purchased by WWF owner Vince McMahon in 2001, Page was one of the few major WCW stars (along with Booker T and Buff Bagwell) who accepted buyouts of their AOL Time Warner contracts in order to immediately sign with McMahon. He debuted in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on the edition of June 18, 2001 of Raw when he unveiled himself as the stalker of The Undertaker's wife, Sara.[17] Page revealed he didn't care about Sara; he only did it to make an impact and wanted to take on the "biggest dog in the yard".[17] At King of the Ring, he fought The Undertaker in an unsanctioned brawl that was never announced as an official match.[18] On the July 5 episode of SmackDown!, Page competed against WCW Heavyweight Champion Booker T, but failed to win the title after a distraction from the Undertaker.[19] On the July 9 episode of Raw, WCW owner Shane McMahon and ECW owner Paul Heyman joined together to create The Alliance, with former WCW and ECW alumni joining forces in an attempt to take control of the WWF.[20] At the Invasion pay-per-view, Page formed part of Team Alliance alongside Booker T, Rhyno and The Dudley Boyz, defeating Team WWF, after Team WWF member Stone Cold Steve Austin turned on his team members mid-match.[21]

Page and Chris Kanyon reunited on the edition of August 6, 2001 of Raw when Kanyon helped Page attack The Undertaker backstage.[22] Three days later on the August 9, 2001 taping of SmackDown!, Page and Kanyon defeated the APA to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.[23]

His feud with the Undertaker culminated when he and Kane defeated Page and Kanyon at SummerSlam on August 19, 2001 in a Steel cage match for the WWF Tag Team Championship, where Page got injured which kept him out of action until late October 2001.[24]

While Page was injured, he developed a new gimmick in which he became a motivational speaker. The character involved Page constantly smiling and acting optimistic, with his trademark phrase "That's not a bad thing... that's... a good thing".

His return televised match was on November 3, 2001 at Rebellion losing to Big Show.[25] After the Alliance lost at Survivor Series, Page, along with the rest of the Alliance members, kayfabe lost their jobs.[26]

European Champion and departure (2002)

Page eventually returned as a face and won his job back by defeating Big Boss Man on the edition of January 17, 2002 of SmackDown!.[27] Page competed in the Royal Rumble match at the titular event on January 20, 2002 but did not win.[28]

Page became the WWF European Champion on the edition of January 31, 2002 of SmackDown!, when he defeated Christian, a former follower of his positive "philosophy."[29] At WrestleMania X8, Page successfully retained in a rematch against Christian.[30] However, he lost the title to William Regal on an episode of SmackDown! that aired March 21.[31] On March 25, Page was drafted to the SmackDown! brand as part of the 2002 WWF draft lottery.[32]

On the April 18 episode of SmackDown!, he sustained a serious neck injury during a match with Hardcore Holly, after botching a superplex.[33] After receiving opinions from multiple doctors, Page eventually announced his retirement in June 2002.[34] He left the promotion soon after.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004–2005)

On April 1, 2004, Diamond Dallas Page announced his return to the ring. After working for several independent promotions, he debuted with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on November 12, feuding with Raven and Erik Watts.[1] At Turning Point, DDP defeated Raven, and at Final Resolution (2005), Page competed in a three-way elimination match which was won by Monty Brown. On the February 4 episode of Impact!, Page and Monty Brown defeated The Naturals, then on the February 11 episode of Impact!, Page defeated Chris Candido. At Against All Odds, Page and Brown defeated Team Canada (Bobby Roode and Eric Young). Page received an NWA World Heavyweight Championship title shot on March 13, 2005 at Destination X, but was defeated by reigning champion Jeff Jarrett when Monty Brown turned heel and hit Page with the Pounce.[1] On the March 18 episode of Impact!, Page and Sean Waltman defeated Lex Lovett and Buck Quartermain, on the April 15 episode of Impact!, Page and Waltman lost to The Outlaw and Monty Brown. At Lockdown, DDP teamed with B.G. James and Waltman to defeat Jeff Jarrett, Monty Brown and The Outlaw in a Lethal Lockdown match. At Hard Justice, Page and Ron Killings faced Monty Brown and The Outlaw where they were defeated in what was Page's final match in TNA. Page left TNA shortly thereafter.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2009)

On August 9, 2009, Diamond Dallas Page made a special appearance with JCW aligning himself with the jWo. He hit his trademark Diamond Cutter finisher on Trent Acid late in the match.[citation needed]

Return to WWE (2011–present)

DDP on Raw's 1000th episode in July 2012

In late 2010, Page agreed to work on a DVD for WWE, titled The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro, after being approached on the project due to his ties to WCW. Page hosted the DVD, which was released on June 7, 2011. On the June 27 edition of Raw, Page made an appearance promoting this DVD with Booker T.

In 2012, Page appeared on WWE Classics on Demand in Legends of Wrestling Roundtable: Renegades along with Jim Ross, Michael P.S. Hayes, Roddy Piper, and Gene Okerlund. Page also appeared alongside Kevin Nash and X-Pac at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on March 31, 2012. On July 2, 2012, Page made an appearance on Raw, where he hit a Diamond Cutter on Heath Slater. He also appeared at Raw 1000, accompanied by other WWE Legends, during Slater's match with Lita.

On the January 6, 2014, episode of Raw, Page, along with a number of other legends, appeared on the show as part of its "Old School" theme. On April 5, Page inducted his wrestling mentor and noted DDP Yoga practitioner Jake Roberts into the WWE Hall of Fame.[35]

On January 25, 2015, at Royal Rumble, Page was a surprise entrant in the Rumble match, entering at number 14, where he would hit his finishing move, the Diamond Cutter, on Stardust, Bray Wyatt and Fandango from the top rope, before being eliminated by Rusev.[36] At WrestleMania 32, Page competed in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but was eliminated by Konnor.

In 2016 Page was featured on the Nine Legends Expansion Pack to talk about his friend Bill Goldberg.[37]

On March 31, 2017 Page was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in Orlando, Florida.[38]

Other media

Page developed a yoga fitness program initially called Yoga for Regular Guys Workout or YRG after recovering from ruptures to his L4/L5 discs in 1998 and discovering the health benefits of yoga through his former wife, Kimberly.[39] His favorite kind of yoga (according to his "Yoga for Regular Guys" book published in 2005) is "Power Yoga," an American-style version of "Ashtanga Style" yoga. Page worked with Doctor of Chiropractic Dr. Craig Aaron, the "Yoga-Doc"[40] and developed the Yoga for Regular Guys Workout.[1]

Page developed the book into a series of workout videos titled DDP YOGA (formerly YRG). DDP Yoga was featured in a video about Arthur Boorman in May 2012.[41] The story was picked up by the mainstream media,[42][43][44] including Good Morning America.[45] The video describes the journey of Arthur Boorman, a disabled war veteran who was told by doctors he would never walk again. After 15 years on crutches,[46] Boorman lost 140 pounds in 10 months and regained the ability to walk and run without his crutches, back braces or leg braces.[47] DDP Yoga hasn't been without its critics: former WCW announcer Mark Madden, who has never gotten along with Page and has often referred to him as "DDMe" on his online articles and his radio shows, cited that Page used TV cameras to film the progress of Jake Roberts and Scott Hall while they were rehabbing in Page's home, which he felt was unnecessary.[48][49]

On February 21, 2014, Page appeared on the ABC series Shark Tank, where he was seeking $200,200 for a 5% share in the company. He declined to sell a 50% share for that same amount. He had hoped to use the money to develop a mobile app. The investors believed the company's profits ($800,000 in the previous year) would fall.[50][unreliable source] Page later said he sold more than $1 million worth of product in the first six days after his appearance.[51][52]

Page also hosts a radio show titled DDP Radio.[53]

Video games

Year Title Notes
1997 WCW vs. nWo: World Tour Video game debut
1997 Virtual Pro Wrestling 64
1997 WCW Nitro
1998 WCW/nWo Revenge
1999 WCW/nWo Thunder
1999 WCW Mayhem
2000 WCW Backstage Assault
2002 WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth
2004 Showdown: Legends of Wrestling
2012 WWE '13 As downloadable content
2014 WWE SuperCard Mobile game
2014 WWE 2K15 As downloadable content
2015 WWE 2K16
2016 WWE 2K17
2017 WWE: Champions Mobile game
2017 WWE Tap Mania Mobile game
2017 WWE 2K18


Page demonstrating his "Diamond Cutter" hand symbol in June 2011

Page is commonly associated with the "Self High Five" as well as the "Diamond Cutter" symbol, a hand gesture made by joining the thumbs and index fingers on each hand to form a diamond shape, then parting the two hands in one swift motion. He created the symbol in 1996 and later trademarked it. In December 2005, Page filed a lawsuit against rapper Jay-Z, who, he claimed, had "illegally adopted his trademark hand gesture". Page accused Jay-Z of trademark infringement, and sought a prohibitive injunction and monetary damages.[54][55] It resulted in Page dropping the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money. On August 31, 2010, Page filed a lawsuit against American electronica musical duo 3OH!3 for infringement of his trademarked "Diamond Cutter" hand gesture.[56][57][58]

Page's WCW entrance music, "Self High-Five", intentionally contained similarities to the 1991 Nirvana song "Smells Like Teen Spirit", as composer Jimmy Hart and Page felt it exemplified the "sound of the '90s".[59] According to Page, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in turn claimed that "WCW owes us [the band] money", but before any further actions or lawsuits took place, the track was altered to "sound like it was it, but wasn't".[59]

Personal life

Page published his autobiography, Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Journey, in 2000.[60]

In 2003, he had his name legally changed to Dallas Page.[61]

On December 1, 1991, Page married Kimberly Page. On July 3, 2004, they announced their amicable separation, before divorcing in 2005.[62]

In an August 2014 New York Times article, Page was described as being engaged to a woman named Brenda Nair of Smyrna, Georgia.[63][64] They married in Cancun on July 25, 2015.[65] Page has two daughters, Brittany Page (born 1987) and Kimberly Page (born 1994),[66] and two stepdaughters, Alexandra Nair (born 1996) and Rachel Nair (born 2001).

Championships and accomplishments

DDP as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Page sometimes presented the belt this way to symbolize a diamond
Page performs the Diamond Cutter on Goldberg.

1 Page defended the title with either Kanyon or Bigelow under the Freebird Rule.


DDP as Skullbucket in Gallowwalkers


  • Genta, Larry and Page, Diamond Dallas (2000) Positively Page, ISBN 0-9679922-0-6
  • Aaron, Craig and Page, Diamond Dallas (2005) Yoga for Regular Guys: The Best Damn Workout on the Planet, ISBN 1-59474-079-8

See also


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  3. ^ a b Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Journey. Positive Publishing. 2000. ISBN 0967992206.
  4. ^ a b Delaney, Bonnie. "This Diamond may be literacy's best friend: Homegrown wrestling star returns to Point Pleasant to help children grapple with challenge of reading", Asbury Park Press, January 13, 1999; accessed July 17, 2011. "Falkinburg, a native of Point Pleasant, is a professional wrestler with the World Championship Wrestling organization.... 'I was a good athlete' said the 1974 graduate of Point Pleasant High School, where he was a basketball star."
  5. ^ a b c "Own Your Life" audio book on CD Archived October 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Davies, Ross. Diamond Dallas Page, pg. 20. The Rosen Publishing Group, 2001; ISBN 0-8239-3493-4; accessed July 17, 2011. "By ninth grade, he was a starter at St. Joseph's High School in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. In tenth grade, he made the varsity team."
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  9. ^ American Wrestling Assiciation (1988-08-27). "DDP introduce Col DeBeers in his stable; Todd Becker Vs Col DeBeers /w DDP & Tonya". AWA.
  10. ^ WrestleMania XIX DVD
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  13. ^ a b Milner, John M. (October 21, 2005). "Kevin Nash's bio". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
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External links

  • Official website
  • Diamond Dallas Page on IMDb
  • Diamond Dallas Page on WWE.com
  • Diamond Dallas Page's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database
  • Diamond Dallas Page Article
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