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#1 Posted on 11.6.02 2031.25
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Page Falkenberg – a k a Diamond Dallas Page – is retiring from wrestling because of neck problems. DDP’s decision came after a meeting Tuesday with Vince McMahon and Greenville, S.C. Essentially, Page felt he was too old (46) to continue wrestling after the lengthy rehabilitation process that corrective surgery would require.

Page, one of the bigger stars in the boom period for World Championship Wrestling, is hoping to continue working in another capacity for WWE.

Man, that sucks. I'm a big DDP fan and it's sad to see him go. His run in the WWF was so uneventful due to no fault of his own. I remember the night he was revealed as the stalker. It was so surreal to see him in a WWF ring and officially kicking off the Invasion angle. Too bad, in the end, it sucked. Oh well. Hopefully, they can still do something with the guy, but I don't think his name means much nowadays to your average WWE fan.
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#2 Posted on 11.6.02 2139.22
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Well, there's always hope? I'm pretty sure "the double A battery" has stopped wrestling, but I've gotten to see tons of him on Raw these past few weeks. Maybe Page will come back and get puked on by Tommy Dreamer? One can only hope...

Seriously, though, I am also a huge Page fan, and it's too bad, because I didn't become as big of a fan until about 2000, and that was after he did his cooler stuff..

alright peace,
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#3 Posted on 11.6.02 2144.30
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I am going to miss DDP and Kimberly.

Whatever he does now, I wish him the best.

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#4 Posted on 11.6.02 2148.14
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I've missed him since he's been off. I wish him the best.
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#5 Posted on 11.6.02 2156.51
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That is probably the right decision. Health is the most important thing.

You know, DDP started off as a manager in the AWA back when, you know, they had managers in wrestling. Maybe that is something that DDP can do. He was pretty good at that back in the day.
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#6 Posted on 11.6.02 2208.02
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Even though he was drafted onto SmackDown, maybe DDP can be the new Heat color man? I think he`d do a good job. Not that D`Lo didn`t do fine this past Sunday, but I want to see D`Lo in the ring.
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#7 Posted on 11.6.02 2310.04
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I think DDP's motivational speaker gimmick would be great in a managerial role. He could have a stable of wrestlers who are down on their luck, and he motivates them. They would be like a support group, giving each other hugs and encouragement...well maybe not that far, but you get the idea.
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#8 Posted on 12.6.02 0017.19
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    Originally posted by Swordsman Yen
    I think DDP's motivational speaker gimmick would be great in a managerial role. He could have a stable of wrestlers who are down on their luck, and he motivates them. They would be like a support group, giving each other hugs and encouragement...well maybe not that far, but you get the idea. would make therefore they won't do it...

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#9 Posted on 12.6.02 0025.29
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Eeehhh, I remember when DDP commentated for the WCW syndie shows. . .it wasn't pretty. Not quite as terrifying to contemplate as the WXO team of Chris Cruise and Stan Lane but close.

(Disclaimer: I liked the WXO. It was like getting Florida Chamionship Wrestling again for a few weeks)

But I'll miss DDP. He never failed to give it all he had even when he was in terrible angles or jobbing to Sara. That run he had with Raven in 1998 in WCW was pretty good.

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#10 Posted on 12.6.02 0134.23
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Maybe he'll become a manager again. Who knows?

Man, those teeth..... :)

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#11 Posted on 12.6.02 0347.29
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I share with all of you my DDP markout moments, which a few people have already talked about on other threads on the board:

--The night La Parka battled Randy Savage. Savage pretty much kicked La Parka's ass. The Macho Man went up for the flying elbowdrop, but La Parka got both feet up! Then he stood up, turned around, DIAMOND CUTTER! La Parka ripped his mask off-- it was DDP! Page flashed the Diamond Cutter sign and, if I remember correctly, promptly high-tailed it out of the ring because Kevin Nash was running in from the announce position.

--Starrcade '97, when DDP defeated Curt Hennig for the WCW U.S. Heavyweight Title. This was sweet not only because I was a DDP mark, but also because I couldn't stand Curt Hennig.

--The night DDP shocked the world by upsetting Randy Savage on pay-per-view. I think it might have been Spring Stampede or Slamboree '97.

--The night DDP made his first appearance on WWF television (other than as the driver at WrestleMania, wiseasses! LOL)...

--WrestleMania X-8, when DDP successfully defended the European Title against Christian.

DDP is a very inspiring person, and I'm very pleased that he was able to wrestle at WrestleMania at least once in his career. We may or may not have seen the last of the former three-time, three-time, three-time Heavyweight Champion of the World, but I myself would love to see him continue in a managerial capacity.

And you know, that wouldn't be a bad thing... that'd be... a good thing. :)
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#12 Posted on 12.6.02 0449.49
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    Originally posted by evilwaldo
    I am going to miss DDP and Kimberly.

    Whatever he does now, I wish him the best.

I don't think that we've seen the last of *either* of them. DDP could easily slip into a manager or a "color" role. And Kimberly - Playboy veteran that she is - would be a logical candidate for Vince's drooling brigade.

I'm just glad that DDP didn't try to push things too far and end up in a wheelchair next to Droz.

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#13 Posted on 12.6.02 0518.10
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I think Kim will never be on tv again..(darnit! *grin*)
She made it clear in WCW that she doesn't want to do it anymore.
If she wanted to, she would have been back by now.

As for DDP, yeah I am glad he made the wise decision.
Hopefully they can find something else for him..
Or hopefully he has enough money in the bank to BANG! his way through the rest of his life..
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#14 Posted on 12.6.02 0613.57
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I thought DDP was only a 2-time champ. Did he get another run in there during the David Arquette era?
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#15 Posted on 12.6.02 1004.14
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I keep flashing to the first-ever (and last-ever) installment of WCW's "The Diamond Mines" DDP interview segment.

where DDP put himself way over as a heel host, then introduced his guest, the premiere of the Diamond Stud, who was of course -- Scott Hall.

but when the segment ended, Page thought his mike was dead and let fly with a few choice cursewords -- heard loud and clear by the entire audience, including me -- that actually stunned Jim Ross into complete, total silence for almost a minute.

Which is why it ended up being both the first AND last installment. In fact, if memory serves, it took Page almost a year to crawl out of the hole that JR buried him in.

I'm talkin' OLD school, dude ....

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#16 Posted on 12.6.02 1016.14
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I'm definitely for Page as a manager. He's got a cool look and is still buff, so he'd be good in a "why's he a manager?" Everyone would know he was really out there to interfere and kick people's asses.

As for Heat commentary, I would imagine Heenan's going to get the job.

I hope they do a Confidential segment on DDP.
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#17 Posted on 12.6.02 1155.14
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To quote Ron Simmons...."Damn."
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#18 Posted on 12.6.02 1238.02
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I always have a soft spot for people excelling in something most folks say thier to old to do. Nolan Ryan, George Forman and DDP. He moved better than some cats 15 yrs younger. I wish him the best. BADABANG!!!
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#19 Posted on 12.6.02 1243.01
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I remember seeing DDP move from being a manager to a wrestler in the early 90's and it wasn't a good thing. But he kept working at it and turned himself into one of the few shining moments in WCW history.
DDP had awesome matches with Johnny B. Badd, and he could even pull good matches out of the Bootyman. But what I will remember DDP most for was the fact that he was the ONLY person (IMO) to get a really great match out of Goldberg.
Good luck DDP, who only gets to look forward to spending more time with his smokin' hot wife (*sniff*).
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#20 Posted on 12.6.02 1350.49
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Well it's a sad day. I was really looking forward to seeing him back in the ring since all the exposure I had was those few times I saw him on WWF. I guess he's doing the right thing. He's getting up there in years and with most rehabs taking a year or more, in most cases, he's made a good choice.

Although I wish he would stay on in some kind of non-wrestling role. A manager would be a good choice and give him more use of his motavational speaker gimmick. If not that then in an announce role on Heat. I miss Raven and all but they need to get someone in there full time.

Not D'Lo though. I waited two years while he was buried in OVW after that poor pairng of a tag team. I want to see him back in the ring.
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