WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page was recently interviewed by Mirror, to promote various “DDP Yoga” sessions that are happening across the UK. He discussed a number of topics, including his initial WWE run in 2001, the feud with The Undertaker and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

How excited are you to be bringing your tour to the UK?

I’m loving the fact I’m coming back. I’m bringing my wife with me, Brenda, and we’re going to see the countryside too in between doing our tour. We’re going to be flying to London first, then heading up to Yorkshire, we’ve got some castles that we’re going to be staying in that have been turned into sweet hotels, because I love that whole medieval thing, then we go up to Glasgow, work our way back down to Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and then London.

When you look back now at your initial and short-lived WWE run, as part of the Invasion storyline in 2001, what are your thoughts on it?

You know I learned a lot of lessons from it. I learned my biggest lesson that you can’t be afraid to walk away from the table. I shouldn’t have done it, but it was a great lesson learned. That’s what I took away from it. You guys have Dragons Den, which became Shark Tank over here. If I hadn’t have gone through that, going into WWE at the wrong time, I never would have got up and walked away from the table when I went on Shark Tank. We went through a lot of s*** to get to the end of Shark Tank, but they wanted me to sign everything away to them. Basically, not my company, but all my rights, my PR, everything. At the end of it I said to my business partner, ‘tell Shark Tank we really appreciate the opportunity, we love the show, but we’re going to pass’. My partner was like ‘what are you talking about bro? We’ve worked so hard on this’. I said ‘I can’t let anybody control me man, I learned that when I went to WWE. I have to be in control of my own destiny. We’ll see if they call back’. Ninety minutes later they called back and said ‘how do we fix this?’

WWE Hall of Fame 2017 inductee Diamond Dallas Page

Returning to that initial spell in WWE – there was so much excitement when you were preparing to face The Undertaker. But it fizzled out as quickly as it began. Was that because injuries were starting to affect you?

No, more than anything, it was designed like that, like beat down the WCW guys. There was a lot of heat that was before us when we first came in there. But bear in mind this was 15 years ago. It is was it is and it lasted a long time. But now when I’m there, forget about it. Ever since I did The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 1, after that I was back in, because they loved what I did. Then they kept bringing me back to do it and we kept selling DVDs. They don’t even do DVDs any more, but I see I’ve got one, Scott Hall’s got one, Eric Bischoff’s got one… I was so happy just to have it and see it on the shelf. I really can’t wait until it gets to the WWE Network, so people can really see it.

They also discuss the documentary filmed about him, being in the hall of fame and more.

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