During a recent interview with Sport Bible, WWE Hall of Famer and former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page talked about “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan’s arrival in WCW and how The Hulkster motivated him.
Below is what DDP said regarding Hogan:
“Hulk had just come into the company. I really don’t remember what city we were in but I finished my match and I walked through the curtain. He grabbed me by the arm and pulled me over, and said, ‘how you doing it?’ I said, ‘doing what, Hulk? what am I doing wrong?’ and he goes, ‘no, you’re not doing anything wrong – how are you getting so much better?’ and I was shocked.
This is like 94′, maybe 95 and he said, ‘I’ve been watching you and this is what they’re doing with you – putting you on the road like this and it’s helping you learn your craft”. And I was like ‘no, this is my first road show in three or four months’. He’s like, ‘how are you getting so much better then?’ and I told him I went down to the powerplant, started training the young guys because they weren’t doing anything with me.
I figured out the more you teach someone, the more you learn and the better you get. Hogan didn’t really get that because he grew up going from one federation to another; you might go from Georgia to Kansas City, to New York.
He said, ‘whatever you’re doing, you need to keep doing it because if it’s not this year or next year, or the year after, somewhere down the line you have the ability to draw huge money with me’ and he walked away.
If you look four years later, he’s sitting on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno and Dennis Rodman, and me and Karl Malone come out from the wings, throw the chairs on the ground, throw the Diamond Cutter sign and shoot our angle not in a wrestling studio, on the world stage on ‘The Tonight Show’.
You talk about manifesting a dream into a reality. And it all started in England, somewhere!”