Diamond Dallas Page recently spoke with Rolling Stone about being inducted into the 2017 class of the WWE Hall Of Fame. Here are the highlights.
Where were you when you got the big news?
“We were filming Positively Living, the Diamond Dallas Page three-DVD set. I’m a Jersey boy, so I was on the Jersey Shore in my hometown, and it was the end of the day and we were filming one more thing. They handed me the phone and said, “Boss wants to talk to you.” It’s HHH. I called him a couple weeks earlier and he hadn’t gotten back to me yet, so I thought this was that return call. So we’re talking about casual stuff, and then I start to hear him talk about my career and where I’ve been and how I got here, and then it hits me – is this that call? I’m not a guy who has trouble talking, but I couldn’t talk. Tears are running down the sides of my cheeks and I just said, “Bro, I love you man.”
You’ve been sitting on this for months then. Where are your emotions at as we near the announcement on Raw?
“Still choked up. You can hear it in my voice. I don’t know if you watch Stranger Things, but in that third episode, you got a chill through your whole body. It wasn’t goose bumps. You couldn’t control that. Bottom line is, work ethic equals dreams, and I am walking proof that that’s a fact. They had you give them an inscription for inside your ring. I wrote, “Work ethic = dreams!”
The inevitable question: Where does being in the Hall rank compared to winning world titles?
“It surpasses everything. I remember Dusty Rhodes saying to me, “In our business, the things that are really real are your first world title and the Hall of Fame.” I would love for him to be here. I get choked up just thinking about it.”