Former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page has once again found the fountain of youth…on the mat. However, instead of the main event wrestling mat that he worked on during his days as a former three-time world champion, he works out most days alone, on a yoga mat.
Known around the sports entertainment world of professional wrestling as “DDP”, Diamond Dallas Page was born Page Joseph Falkinburg in 1956, growing up in the beachside community of Pt. Pleasant, NJ. From an early age, Page was an energetic kid, who would barrel through his grandma’s kitchen on his tricycle, swing from chandeliers at the babysitter’s house, and cannonball neighborhood pool parties.
Page was big, lanky and athletic, and sports proved to be an outlet for his unbridled energy and saving grace for the grandmother who raised him. He played and excelled in both Pop Warner football, and youth hockey but he was captivated by the heroes of Saturday afternoon wrestling. He mimicked the moves and talked the talk of his favorite pro wrestlers on TV, and boasted to friends and relatives that someday, he would be the next Handsome Jimmy Valiant.
At age 12, Page was hit by a car darting through traffic on his way to school, and the doctor’s consensus assumption was that he’d never play contact sports again. Determined to compete in athletics, he picked up a new sport and became a star basketball player in high school and later went on to play collegiate ball.
But the Jersey Shore had a pulse rate that centered on the night life and Page had established a successful and exciting career in the night club business, in several towns and states by the time he moved to Florida in the mid 80’s. During that time as a master promoter and nightclub owner came the reawakening of his dream to become involved in the world of wrestling. He first latched on as a popular and memorable wrestling manager in Florida, which led him to regional and national appearances as “Diamond Dallas Page”, an over the top manager who escorted wrestlers and did all the talking.
His success and goal had seemed to be reached, but during that time he decided that he could, and would, do something that had never been done before…in any sport. Approaching 36, he became the oldest rookie in history and started wrestling. At an age at which most athletes reflect on their careers, Page was ready to put in all on the line…and on the mat, to stay healthy enough to climb from the bottom of the ladder to the main event.
His incredible work ethic, training regimen and preventative maintenance along with unmatched personal focus and determination, enabled him to battle the hands of time and stay healthy enough to wrestle with men half his age for years to come. His uncanny ability to create his character along with story lines that fans could relate to, propelled him to national notoriety, and made him one of the hottest merchandising commodities in professional wrestling.
During his fourteen year career, he captivated audiences and became a three-time world champion. Highly publicized and financially successful pay-per view and network feuds with wrestling giants such as Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Hulk Hogan and Bill Goldberg became legendary for hardcore wrestling fans, but Diamond Dallas Page also was able to bridge the gap between sports entertainment wrestling…and mainstream entertainment. As networks, actors and professional athletes became more interested in the fan base and ratings that professional wrestling was attracting, Diamond Dallas Page became the unlikely tag team partner of late-night talk show host Jay Leno, basketball great Karl Malone and movie star David Arquette. Those pay-per-view and charity match appearances versus Hollywood Hulk Hogan and perennial” bad boy” Dennis Rodman are memorable to both fans and non-fans alike.
Along with the championship titles and main events came pain and injury, however. During his career DDP suffered torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders, and a torn meniscus in his left knee, and while performing wrestling stunt sequences during the making of the movie, “Ready To Rumble” he severely damaged his back when he suffered ruptures of his L4 and L5 discs. Now in his mid-forties, it seemed that he should listen to all those who suggested that either surgery or retirement would ease the pain and be the best solution to the loss of mobility that his injuries had caused.
But Page continued to search for a better answer, knowing that his positive attitude was equal to the challenge of rehabilitation. Along with the support of doctors and physical therapists, he decided to become an expert at healing his own body. He studied and experimented with chiropractic, applied kinesiology, nutrition, organic juicing and supplementation to create the perfect mix of wellness for a person who was trying to, as he put it, “put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”
His quest led him back to the mat…except this time it was a yoga mat. After studying the positive healing effects and increased flexibility that yoga positions provided, he became a devotee and adapted the discipline to meet his own needs. He developed YRG: Yoga For Regular Guys, which is a comprehensive, creative and motivational approach to longevity and better understanding of health and fitness that is presented in 20, 30 and 45 minute workouts.
Wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page has always found youth on a mat, and now you can add the title of “yogi”, as he continues to entertain and motivate as an actor, speaker and author. Page travels extensively demonstrating the YRG program. On a recent visit to our troops in Iraq Dallas, who is 51, took on a young soldier in a push-up contest.. Dallas won even though he was twice the age of the soldier. YRG is the fountain of youth.
Film credits include Ready to Rumble, First Daughter, Rat Race, The Devil’s Rejects, Splinter (2006) Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horrors (2006) and Driftwood (2006). Television credits include The Tonight Show, Entourage, Hollywood Squares, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Regis and the Best Damn Sports Show. He conducts inspirational seminars in the corporate and educational environment, guiding audiences through branding and goal-setting using his own formulas and self-taught techniques. In 1999 he published his autobiography: Positively Page: The Diamond Dallas Page Story. And his second book, YRG: Yoga for Regular Guys was published November 2005.
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The YRG DVD series will be available July 17th. Visit the web to buy. www.diamonddallaspage.com
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