Monday, February 5, 2007

WCW: Diamond Dallas Page

WCW: Diamond Dallas Page

Page Joe Falkinburg (born April 27, 1956) is an American former professional wrestler and occasional actor, better known by his stage name, Dallas Page (the name on his current SAG and AFTRA cards).

Page achieved a degree of fame throughout the 1990s and early 2000s as a professional wrestler, competing under the ring name Diamond Dallas Page (often abbreviated to "DDP"). The addition of the word "Diamond" was inspired by Page's admiration of the rhythm of the name of wrestler "Classy" Freddie Blassie. In the course of his wrestling career, which spanned two decades, Page wrestled for World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on three occasions.

Page's first wrestling appearance was in Canada in 1979 as Handsome Dallas Page. Shortly thereafter, he gave up wrestling. His next notable appearance was not until WrestleMania VI, where he drove the Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine to the ring in his pink Cadillac. At this time, he was virtually unknown in the WWF and claims to not have been paid for the event, fondly recalling it on the WrestleMania XIX DVD.

Page served as a manager in 1988 in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), where he managed the tag team of Badd Company, who were often accompanied by a pair of female valets known as the "Diamond Dolls". Page also worked as a color commentator in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) before finally debuting as a professional wrestler.

Page came to World Championship Wrestling in 1991 as manager of Diamond Studd and the tag team of the Fabulous Freebirds. Later in the year, he debuted as a wrestler, almost always losing in his matches. He made his wrestling PPV debut at Starrcade, teaming with Mike Graham in a losing effort to Jushin Liger and Bill Kazmaier. The following year, Page teamed with Vinnie Vegas as the "Vegas Connection."

Page returned to WCW TV in 1994, with his wife, the Diamond Doll Kimberly and got a bodyguard, Maxx Muscle. He held open arm wrestling challenges to win Kimberly but Maxx always helped him win or arm wrestled for him. He also had a long feud with Dave Sullivan because Sullivan gave Kimberly gifts. At Fall Brawl 1995, Page won his first championship when he defeated Renegade for the WCW Television title. In the build-up to his first title defense at the Halloween Havoc PPV, there was growing dissension between Page and Kimberley. Johnny B. Badd would defeat Page for the TV title, and again at the World War 3 PPV on November 26, 1995, winning Kimberly's freedom from DDP.

On May 19, 1996 Page participated in the Lord of the Ring Tournament (Battle Bowl) at Slamboree. The winner was to be the number one contender for the World Title which at that time was held by The Giant. Page was victorious when he defeated The Barbarian with two Diamond Cutters. However, he never received the title shot that he earned that night. Page was feuding with Eddie Guerrero when the nWo was formed. Since Nash & Hall were both former partners of Page, they began assisting him in his matches in the tournament being held for the vacant US Title.

Seeing that their help was not being appreciated, Hall and Nash turned up the heat on Page by attacking him during the tournament finals, therefore, handing the belt to Guerrero. After demonstrating the benefits of the nWo, they asked him to join. He responded by giving them Diamond Cutters, starting a face turn and a feud with the nWo.

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