PAGE BOOK REVIEWS
Tito's PHAT Book Review
After a long week
of trying to find time to read with school going on, I have finally
finished the second wrestling biography that I've read. Hell, I would
stay up from 11 till 3 am reading this on school nights, and be tired
as hell the next day in class. However, the nature of this book made
it all worth it. The book I'm talking about is Positively Page,
which is the biography of Diamond Dallas Page. Coming into this book,
I've always felt that Page was a great wrestler considering I used to
watch him on ESPN as a manager in the late 80s. Also, from reading Mick
Foley's book, he had some interesting tales about DDP which I thought
could be better explained in DDP's book, therefore, I wanted this one
to be the next to review. Here is my review:
First off, let me
comment on the Authors of this very book. There are two main ones for
this book, and they are of course DDP and Larry "Smokey" Genta, who
was a friend DDP met in the bar business. Those two, combined, made
the book a great read. It seemed like DDP was talking to me when I read
his lines, and that Smokey was narrating the whole story during the
parts he wrote. Also throughout the book, there are great contributions
from DDP's friends, family, or other people DDP has been involved with
throughout his career. All of this meshed really well, and it flowed
good. Very easy to read.
Now the story
starts from the beginning of the Falkingburg family. It goes from
DDP's grandparents, to his parents, to his life from start to finish.
Throughout the book, I kept admiring on how tough it was for Page
at the beginning of his life. His high school years were very entertaining
to read, especially how he became a decent basketball player by working
It then shifts
into his Bar career, where he worked hard to get any Nightclub "over"
in a city. His bouts in Ft. Myers to establish the Nightclub audiences
were a trip to read. He did a lot of amazing things back then, and
I was impressed with each accomplishment he made in the Bar business.
After a few years
at dominating the Nightclub scene, he ended up in wrestling as a "tall"
manager. It discussed his days in AWA, which I remember seeing. He
was fun to watch back then, but it's too bad that the AWA couldn't
hold up to make his exposure on ESPN better. His climb to WCW was
neat to read about, as he was mainly used as a "4th string announcer"
in those days. After being a manager/announcer for a while, he then
decided to become a wrestler. Oh my, the respect gained for what he
went through at this point really went up for me.
Page busted his
ass to get to the point that he is at today, and it came with ridicule
from the other wrestlers or critics on the way up. No matter how bad
it was, he kept positive and kept working towards the top of the ladder.
Just that part alone gives me a lot of respect for DDP, and I take
back anything I criticized about him in my Phat Daily Columns.
I was only seeing one side of the story and not through the man himself.
The thing that
really shocked me was how he helped many wrestlers that you see on
the tube today. That was shocking to read about how he helped certain
wrestlers get to WCW. Hell, he even helped out a bigtime entertainer
in music during his days working the Bar scene. That was simply amazing
how he would go out of his way and help others.
One thing I really
enjoyed in this book was the truth of everything. He pulled no punches
and told everything in his life. He went through a good 40 years in
just 442 pages, and it was all well documented. To tell you the truth,
when I started reading when I found free time, I couldn't put the
book down. I'd sometimes think I would only read for 2 hours, but
end up reading for 4! When books do that to you, then you know it's
a great book.
GOOD GAWD, I loved this book! I enjoyed every page that I read in
this book, and afterwards, I wanted to read more about him!! DDP has
went through a very tough life, and I admire him for the way he handled
it. This book gets an easy
in my Book Review
Gradebook, as I recommend it to not only all wrestling fans, but to
anyone. This book shows nothing but pure class, and it's close to the
best book I've ever read. The other best book being Mick Foley's Have
a Nice day, and it's a toss up between the two.
to DDP, Smokey, and especially RichinKC. Go to DDPbang.com to purchase this great book!
Big A$$ Column
by Freakboy of scoopswrestling.com
thought the cover was lame (Rich in K.C. and I will be fighting over
that at Break the Barrier 2000) and they spelled Al's name wrong (I-S-A-A-C-S).
Other then that...
far we've seen books by Mick Foley and The Rock. Positively Page is
by far the best of the three.
biography of DDP was told in three parts. One part was DDP telling
his story in his own words, from the bars of Asbury Park, to his battle
with illiteracy (a battle he's won), to the world title. Then there
were quotes and testimonials from all the people in Page's life. Family,
wrestlers (WCW and WWF guys), MTV Producers, Jon Bon Jovi...everyone
had something to say about Page. Then you had the paragraphs written
by Smokey that tied it all together.
were two things I really enjoyed about this book. One was that it
showed exactly what busting your @$$ will get you. I wouldn't say
that DDP had a rough life. He had the bars, the girls, and the popularity...stuff
most of us only dream of. Only he worked his @$$ off at everything
he did. DDP's work ethic is unparalleled. Page never gives up. His
work ethic is what made him a successful bar/nightclub owner, made
contacts with MTV, and pushed him to the top of professional wrestling.
Through that work ethic he always seems to be able to turn negatives
into positives. If things didn't work out the way he wanted, he always
managed to turn it into something better. At the end of the book he
half-heartedly said that he's coming after Tony Robbins next for the
Motovational Championship of the World. After reading this book, if
I were Tony Robbins I'd take up basketweaving or something.
other was that while I was reading this, DDP reminded me a lot of
Satchel Page. I'll admit that my knowledge of Satchel Page doesn't
extend past HBO's Soul of the Game, but he was another person who
never gave up and fought against all odds to make in from the Negro
Leagues to the Majors. Satchel Page was also someone with whom age
didn't matter. When people asked his age he would reply as old as
I have to be. At age 42, he became the oldest Rookie of the Year in
the history of Major League Baseball. Nothing got him down, not even
the racial segregation of the time. As I was reading the book, I started
to see DDP as the Satchel Page of pro wrestling.
Apparently DDP thinks the same thing because he drew a comparison
between the two of them on page 319:-)
for wrestling? It's all there, from managing Badd Company in the old
AWA to becoming a two time (two time, two time) WCW World Champ.
- His first meeting
with Shawn Michaels
- His cameo at
on the road with The Freebirds, Steve Austin, and Mick Foley
he learned from Jake Roberts
- An ENTIRE CHAPTER
on his feud with Randy Savage
- Wrestling w/
Karl Malone and Jay Leno
the book doesn't have promoting juggernauts like the WWF and Harper
Collins behind it, so not as many people will be turned on to it like
they were to Mick Foley and The Rock. It's a shame because people
will miss out on an amazing life journey. Then again, if DDP promotes
it with the same drive and energy that he's done his entire life,
I expect it to be at the top of the New York Times list in a week
or so. Buy the book. Trust me.
by Bob Ryder of 1wrestling.com
just got my hands on an early advance copy of Positively Page, DDP's
new book, and it's one of those books you don't want to put down once
you start reading it.
copy of a Student Evaluation summary from one of DDP's elementary
school teachers describes Page perfectly. "Page is full of enthusiasm.
However, he does not follow directions and does not work independently.
If the teacher does not have him under constant scrutiny he misbehaves.
Page acts as though he is the exception to every rule."
pretty much sets the stage for the rest of the book. His elementary
school teacher hit the nail on the head when she said Page is full
of enthusiasm. I don't know that I've ever met a more enthusiastic
person in my life. It sounds like even at an early age Page was marching
to his own drummer, and was setting himself apart from the rest of
read the other books published in recent years by people like Ted
Dibiase, Arn Anderson, Mick Foley, and The Rock...and this one is
fans will love the behind the scenes stories, and this book has more
quotes and comments from other wrestlers than all the other books
combined. I had heard a lot of the stories from Page over the years,
but I still enjoyed reading them in this book. The "cookie" story,
as told by Mick Foley, is hilarious. Fans who are aware of the friendship
between Page and Eric Bischoff will be fascinated at the account of
their first meeting. Anyone who reads the section of the book about
the "Cobra" will never let Jake Roberts anywhere near their house.
episodes in the book tell you about the kind of man Diamond Dallas
Page is in real life. Page's first fan, a youngster who managed to
find the phone number to the club Page was running, turned out to
be a longtime friend who attended his wedding. A call to a leukemia
stricken child turned into a relationship with the child and his family
that lasted throughout the child's struggle with the disease. When
a con-man posed as Page in a Florida town (buying a nightclub and
an expensive car with hot checks), Page went to the town after the
guy was arrested to sign autographs and meet the people who had been
conned. A Delta Airlines employee Page had met by chance at an airport
ended up being his guest at the NBA All-Star Game.
learn a lot in the book about Page's obsession with becoming the best
wrestler he could possibly be. You learn about his courtship of Kimberly.
You hear about life on the road, injuries, days at the Power Plant,
fans will be interested in hearing how DDP and Kim got hooked on the
internet, and how shocked they were to get a huge bill at the end
of their first month online. It really is a fantastic book, and it's
one that all wrestling fans can enjoy. I highly recommend it.