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DDP Reveals His WCW Salary When He Was On Top

DDP Diamond Dallas Page

• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (February 9, 1997) – WWF Superstars

On this day in 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show WWF Superstars.

This episode was pre-taped at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 13: Final Four’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

– The Sultan vs. Goldust

– Hector Garza & Octagon vs. Heavy Metal & Guerra

– Farooq vs. Ken Reha

– “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Vader

• DDP Reveals His WCW Salary When He Was On Top

During a recent appearance on Talk Is Jericho podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page talked about getting heat when he joined WWF, his WCW salary when he was on top & more.

Below are the highlights:

On getting heat when he joined the WWF:

“For me, growing up on the Jersey Shore with the WWWF, like, everything in my soul was saying ‘I’m going to end up in the WWF.’ So, for me, personally, I didn’t know going to WWF was going to come with the heat that it did. If I’d left when you (Jericho) left or right after you left, it would’ve been a whole different story. WCW had a lot of heat rolling in there. Everybody came in there. I did not understand it.”

On how much money he made in WCW:

“I never made money. I worked on top for two years. I made $275,000, bro. Yes, in ’97. In ’98, I made $295,000. I was holding out for WWF. I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

On how Eric Bischoff helped him in WCW:

“Here’s what Bischoff did for me that I never really appreciated until I was in WWE: he protected me. And what I mean by that is when I was being buried.I wanted to help Chris Benoit with his promos, so Disco Inferno, he had a really unbelievable understanding of our business. Like, what to promo or what to do, he couldn’t really do it himself, but he was a good teacher.

Like, there were things he said to me, where I went like, ‘oh yeah, I’m going to use that.’ So I wanted to put him with Benoit. He’ll help you become a great interview. And when they heard that, the bookers, they buried me! And Bisch is sitting in my driveway and we’re having beer just like we’re sitting here having a couple of beers and he tells me, ‘why would you have Disco help Benoit?’

I go, ‘because he has got a really great mind for the business and he really understands the art of interviewing.’ He goes, ‘it looks bad. It looks like you’re setting Benoit up to fail.’

I go, ‘that’s the last thing I’m doing.’ He goes, ‘yeah, I get that and that’s what I told them.’ He said, ‘but also, you have to stop being so honest with everybody. So stop helping people and stop being so honest!’ And I said, ‘well, I’m not going to do that because that’s not who I am.'”

On Vince McMahon not knowing who he was:

“Dude, in the beginning because I was treated so well, I didn’t see it coming. But once I got in there, I realized Vince has no idea who I am. I mean, I was like, ‘please let me show you the Goldberg match.’ I had no idea because of the way I was talked to and what they wanted.”

On his WWF run:

“I only wrestled there for 6 months and for a month of it, I tore my meniscus and I was back in four weeks! Torn meniscus! Maybe not the smartest thing, but I wanted to get away from the stalker thing and I was bringing back the ‘Feel The Bang’ guy and the smiley guy. And the smile got over! And then, they were letting me go back to being myself and I know I had that match with Christian at WrestleMania 18 and the one goal I always focused on was, ‘I’ve got to work a WrestleMania’ and we had a hell of a match.

Christian, Jay Reso, I think he’s one of the most underrated guys. I mean, what an amazing hand in the ring and a great guy too. I had signed a 3 year deal, but they wanted out of it after 1 and I thought I had that million dollar policy I had been paying for 4 years with Lloyd’s Of London. I had one of those deals.”

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