The DDP vs Randy Savage match-up was memorable on screen, but the real story behind their feud will warm your heart and make your day.
Page on the DDP vs Randy Savage match-up: “Without Randy Savage, I would never have got the incredible ride that I had. And it WAS incredible, man.”
When the name Diamond Dallas Page comes up in conversation with fans or those who know him personally, it is usually followed up with a comment highlighting how he is genuinely one of the nicest guys in the business. Each story we come across involving DDP has an element of respect and selflessness which comes as no surprise given how many lives he has had a positive impact on through his DDP Yoga program.
In the wrestling world, too often we as fans get jaded and caught up with negativity around storylines, the current product, etc. We hope this story about these two true good guys in the business allows you to take a moment to step away from all that and provides you something to smile about and share with your friends.
In a tribute video shared on DiamondDallasPage.com, DDP tells a heartwarming Randy Savage Thanksgiving story:
“Two years before we actually worked together, he pulled me aside in a nightclub and we talked ‘psychology’ and about the character Diamond Dallas Page having too many gimmicks with the sunglasses and the cigar and the gum…he was like, ‘Brother, ya need to knock it back…’
“And I did. It took me time and I was lucky enough to get [the Diamond-Cutter hand sign] over and next thing I know, Savage is talking to Eric Bischoff about wanting to work with me.
“So here we are in Florence, South Carolina…place is sold out, people hanging from the rafters.
“Arn Anderson walks into the dressing room and he says, ‘So Mach’…what do you wanna do for the finish tonight?’
“Randy controlled his own booking just like Hulk.
“He’s putting on his boots, he’s lacing them up and I’ll never forget it…he stopped and looked up at Arn and he goes, ‘Hmm…I think I wanna take the Diamond-Cutter tonight.’ And he went back to lacing his boots.
“Arn was shocked.
“‘Diamond…you realize what an honor this is?
“I’m like, ‘Uh, YEAH – are you kidding..?’
“We had a hell of a match. He shut me down, got some heat on me out of my comeback…then he went to slam me and – boom – I reversed it, spun him and hit the Diamond-Cuttter.
“The roof blew off! The ref slid down: One! Two! Three! And the place erupted.
“While we’re laying there, Randy said, ‘We got our finish for Spring Stampede…’
“When he put me over at Spring Stampede on April 5th, it was my 41st birthday.
Watch DDP vs Randy Savage at Spring Stampede 1997 below:
“For Randy Savage to put me over in the middle with the Diamond Cutter in 1997, it made me not only a top guy, but a main event PPV draw, which was mind-boggling to me.
“That November, on Thanksgiving, everybody was calling me and saying, ‘Thank you, DDP, I appreciate you helping me out…’ There were so many people I helped get jobs.
“I thought, ‘God, who am I thankful for – besides my family, besides Dusty Rhodes who was my mentor, beside Jake Roberts and Jody Hamilton – who am I really thankful to?’
“I thought, ‘Fuck…I gotta call Savage.’
“I never even HEARD of anyone getting a message like this from one of the boys…”
“So I picked up the phone and I got his answer-machine. I go, ‘Randy…I know you’re probably gonna think this is a little corny…but I just gotta tell you, man…without you, I’m not sitting in this spot in life right now. And I want you to know, for what it’s worth, I really appreciate it, man. I hope you have a really great Thanksgiving.’
“And that was it.
“Two weeks goes by, I didn’t even see him and I forgot about it.
“Next TV taping he comes up to me. ‘DIAMOND!’ [Stomps over] ‘C’MERE!’
“He was just as intense behind the scenes, y’know? He pulls me aside and I’m like, ‘Oh man…what’d I do..?’
“He goes, ‘I got your message. And I gotta tell ya…I played it for my dad. And I said, ‘Dad…did you ever get a message like this from one of the boys?’ And he said, ‘Randy…I never even HEARD of anyone getting a message like this from one of the boys…”
“Then Randy said, ‘I just want you to know…it meant everything to me.’ And he gave me this big bear hug, man…”
Transcription above contributed by Matt Pender and shared here with thanks to our friends over at ‘Wrestling’s Glory Days’ Facebook page.