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PRO WRESTLING: Former WCW, WWE superstar Diamond Dallas Page discusses DDP Yoga, Royal Rumble

Meet WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2014) Jake The Snake Roberts, WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2015) Rikishi, Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria in WWE/Tara in TNA), Lucha Underground’s Ivelisse and Son of Havoc and more during the Shock Pop Comic Con Feb. 13-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Because of severe throat issues, a disappointed Diamond Dallas Page will not be appearing.
Meet WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2014) Jake The Snake Roberts, WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2015) Rikishi, Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria in WWE/Tara in TNA), Lucha Underground’s Ivelisse and Son of Havoc and more during the Shock Pop Comic Con Feb. 13-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Because of severe throat issues, a disappointed Diamond Dallas Page will not be appearing. Photo Courtesy Shock Pop Comic Con

Former WCW and WWE superstar Diamond Dallas Page has been changing lives with his DDP Yoga program.

Everyone from Chris Jericho to members of the military to everyday people looking to lose weight has seen results from the workout regimen.

DDP Yoga’s reach has transcended the pro wrestling business.

However, one of the fitness and diet program’s biggest success stories is Jake The Snake Roberts. The WWE Hall of Famer received the tools to battle his demons on a daily basis thanks to Page and his motivational tactics. The journey is chronicled in “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake”, a documentary that premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah.

“I brought my whole crew, and everyone was crying like babies,” said Page during an interview before his recent health issues with his throat. “It’s an emotional piece, but it’s really emotional when you realize what Jake has overcome. He and Scott [Hall] were both at the premiere, so it was really cool. Jake has grown so much. I don’t know this Jake Roberts. He’s the most together. He really cares. One of his goals is to help change lives. He is just excited to help the next person, which is really cool.

“He trained me back in the day when nobody would really help me at that level. His whole thing was, ‘Listen, you don’t owe me s---. Pay it forward. Teach other guys what I’m teaching you.’ It’s the same thing right now. The Cauliflower Alley Club is 50-years-old this year. It’s the real deal. They are giving two awards. One is the humanitarian award. Jake is going to induct me. The other is the wrestling award. Dusty Rhodes, my other mentor, is going to induct me into that. It’s pretty cool.”

Page can see the movie resonating with wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike.

“Everyone is connected to somebody with some type of addiction. It’s so ramped now. Everyone has an uncle, a cousin, somebody who has addiction. We all have addiction. Some people with food addictions are worse than alcoholics. They are so addicted that they can’t let the food go. No matter if you show them a food is poison. I can show them documentation that it’s poison. They still eat it. That’s a serious addiction. Everybody has some kind of addiction. It’s about how you get around that addiction. First, you have to break the habit like anything. You have to define the hurdle or the objective. It took Jake a long time to admit drinking and drugs don’t work for him.”

Page has enjoyed a stellar career working all over the world in front of sold-out crowds. Now the New Jersey native gets his thrills inspiring people to manifest dreams into reality and achieving their goals. Positively Page is taking his brand and company to greater heights with the building of the DDP Performance Center in Atlanta.

“The WWE has their Performance Center in Orlando. I loved the name of that,” Page said. “I didn’t want to call it a studio because it’s not a studio. It’s a soundstage studio. It’s more of a corporate headquarters, but when I heard Performance Center, I said, ‘That’s the name.’ It’s not just our corporate headquarters. It’s also our production headquarters where we do all of our filming and our editing. Our first film we ever made got accepted into Slamdance. What are the odds of that?”

Fans popped when DDP’s walked the aisle one more time as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble. The veteran had 12 hours of travel before he made it to the hotel the night before. A limo took him to the building in secret.

“We stayed on this bus,” Page said. “Bubba [Ray Dudley] was losing his mind. He was stuck on this bus for seven hours. He said, ‘It’s like going to jail. I can’t take this.’ It was so worth it. For me, I never had the exit from wrestling I should have. Walking away, being on top. I had such a great run. I retired and then went to TNA to show I could still go. Though TNA is not WWE, so getting to come back two months from 59 and go out there and move in that ring and hitting the Diamond Cutter out of nowhere like I was doing it every night. People were like, ‘Man, you didn’t miss a beat.’ I was more worried about going from the top rope to the floor because my knees can’t take that kind of impact anymore. The way I got thrown out I caught myself and made it to the floor. I thought, ‘Thank God! I blew the roof off, and it’s over.’”

Page anticipated his appearance at the Shock Pop Comic Con Feb. 13-15 in Fort Lauderdale and paying a surprise visit to his dad who lives in West Palm Beach. However, the beloved former world champion had to cancel because he is battling serious health issues with his throat. During a recent hospital stay doctors diagnosed him with subglottic tracheitis, which will likely require surgery. Days before the scare, he reminisced fondly on his time in South Florida.

“I worked the bar business in Fort Lauderdale,” Page said. “I had a lot of good times there. I had to get out of there before I had too good of a time. Through wrestling, my second home was Fort Myers, Florida. All the Floridians took to Diamond Dallas Page because they knew me from Florida Championship Wrestling, and I really paid my dues. It was hard to get to the spot I got.

“At the Rumble, Philly loved me. They were awesome. Philly don’t like the good guys. They like the bad guys. There are certain good guys they love, and I was lucky I was one of them. With Florida, when I showed up in WWE in Tampa and took the stalker mask off, the place went bat s---. It was probably one of the biggest pops in Monday Night Raw history. I never wanted to do that gimmick. I wanted to do ‘People’s Champion’ vs. ‘People’s Champion’ [with The Rock]. I think if my exit from wrestling would have been where I wanted it to be, I don’t think I would be the type of businessman I am today. Everything happens for a reason.

“I’m really happy the way things turned out. When I showed up to the Rumble, Stephanie [McMahon] gave me a big hug. Triple H gave me a big hug. Vince [McMahon] gave me a good handshake with a, ‘Good to have you here Diamond.’ It wasn’t like when you’re coming from WCW 13 years ago as the enemy. Now it’s like I’m part of the family.”

- Meet WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2014) Jake The Snake Roberts, WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2015) Rikishi, Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria in WWE/Tara in TNA) and a host of other celebs at the Shock Pop Comic Con Feb. 13-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

El Rey Network’s booth will include Lucha Underground’s Ivelisse and Son of Havoc.

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