2017 WWE Hall of Fame inductee DDP recently appeared on Ring Rust Radio. During the interview, Diamond Dallas Page revealed what Triple H told him when he called about his WWE Hall of Fame induction. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On Triple H calling him to tell him about his Hall of Fame induction: “It was really awesome the way they called me. I was filming the bio part of ‘Diamond Dallas Page:
Positively Living.’ I was on my last day of shooting and right before they were about to start, they said, ‘The boss wants to talk to you.’ I got on and it was Triple H. I was like, ‘Hey buddy,’ because I figured he was calling me back after I called him three times and he never got back to me. So I figured this is my call back, and while he’s talking to me about small talk, I’m thinking, why the hell did I call him? I couldn’t remember the reason, so I’m waiting for him to say, ‘What did you call for?’ I’m trying to think about it and I can’t remember.
At some point, he starts talking about my career and he starts really putting me over, then I’m like wait a minute. It’s October; nobody I’ve ever known has got inducted and found out before January. So, I wasn’t even thinking about that. I’m thinking is this that call? At some point man, I realized it is. For me, the guy who grew up in the Jersey shore watching World Wide Wrestling Federation, to be getting that call, I don’t think anybody’s call could’ve been more special. My career in general, from trying to start wrestling at 22 and it not working out, showing up at WrestleMania VI driving in the pink Cadillac convertible, ending up being one of the top guys in the world that started wrestling at 35, and with my career taking off at 40. To go through the story in general and now to be sitting here in my hometown doing the story about myself for WWE at 60 years young and getting that call from my buddy. You have to understand that Triple H was Terra Ryzing in WCW and he broke into the big time when I did as a wrestler. He is saying to me, you know I’m 22 and I’m looking at this 35-year-old guy like, what is he thinking? How does he think he could ever do this? He just went into putting me over and it took my breath away. I couldn’t talk; the tears were building up and running down my face by the time we got to the end of it. All I could say was, ‘Thank you, bro, I love you, man.’ To get the call from him was super special for me. Before he hung up, I said I wish Dusty was here because Dusty was my man. Without Dusty Rhodes, there is no Diamond Dallas Page and the same thing with Triple H. Triple H said that’s who gave him his big break as Terra Ryzing in WCW. He had an unbelievable relationship with Dusty as well. So, when I said I wish Dusty was here, he knew exactly what I meant. Dusty would’ve inducted me and I probably never would’ve been able to follow him. It would’ve been amazing.
I get done and I hand the producer Mike the phone and Mike asks what did I think? I said, ‘What do I think? I think that I wish you guys were filming him because he said some really awesome stuff!’ Then he says we were filming him and I said get out. He said they have wanted to catch this moment and they talked about it, but they had never been in the spot to do it. But filming the documentary, Triple H said today’s the day he finds out, so let’s film it. So, it’s on the end of my DVD of ‘Positively Living.’ If you are a wrestling fan, you watch it and you are going to get choked up. Just thinking about it I get choked up. It was awesome man, just awesome.”
On fans wanting Jake “The Snake” Roberts and/or Scott Hall to induct him: “It’s so funny because I have experience with this because I inducted Jake. It’s like who else was going to induct him besides me? Of course, they are going to ask me. So, I just think it’s done. Then about a month later, I get the call from Mark Carano and he tells me he has great news and they want me to induct Jake. It hit me like a slap in the face. I thought, oh that’s right, it’s their TV. No one gets up and gets 10-plus minutes to talk on their TV unless they really want you on their TV. I realized Jake really didn’t have a choice here. Jake did the same thing I did, I gave them a short list. There are four guys that are on that list and they are going to pick who they want. Again, it’s their TV and anyone of those four guys as far as I’m concerned could be in that spot. Two of them were the names you just mentioned.
It was just such a honor to induct Jake. It was on my 58th birthday and I got to induct Jake. People used to say to us before we got that spot, “Dude when is Jake’s movie coming out?” I would say I don’t know, when is Jake going to be in the Hall of Fame? There was no other way for the movie to end. It was awesome being in the CAC, Cauliflower Alley Club, and I’m in there too so it was awesome. There’s the WWE, there are 147 guys in there, and think about how many wrestlers there have been? There have been thousands and thousands of wrestlers and 147 of them are in there. There are still guys that I know that should be in there and hopefully they’ll get that opportunity too.”
On his DDP Yoga program: “I feel exactly the same way. It’s a huge honor. Once I got done with my career, I knew in my soul that I don’t have any negative thoughts about myself. I just don’t because I know you say you can and you say can’t, you are right. I try to keep my mind full of really positive stuff. In my mind, I always felt like I was worthy. I really felt like with my career and just the way I did it, it was Hall of Fame worthy. It doesn’t make me feel any less humble. I’m super honored to be a part of this crew, and the first one to call me was Booker T when he heard. Booker T and I have been up and down the road together, and it was really awesome to hear it from him and he said welcome to the club brother.”