Eric Bischoff: Why Diamond Dallas Page Failed as WWE Heel



by NOMAN RASOOL

Eric Bischoff: Why Diamond Dallas Page Failed as WWE Heel
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Former WCW executive Eric Bischoff, the man who inducted "Diamond" Dallas Page (DDP) into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, recently shared some candid thoughts on why he believes DDP never excelled as a wrestling villain, commonly known in the industry as a "heel." Speaking on his podcast "83 Weeks," Bischoff detailed why DDP's real-life persona may have hindered his ability to be convincing as a bad guy.

"Diamond" Dallas Page started his wrestling career later than most but rose swiftly through the ranks, impressing fans and colleagues alike with his undeniable work ethic. Bischoff highlighted this journey during DDP's Hall of Fame induction, but in a surprising turn, the conversation pivoted to areas where Page may have struggled.

"Certain performers are better suited to playing a dialed-up version of themselves. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin is a prime example," Bischoff noted. "DDP, however, always felt inauthentic as a heel because he had to overcompensate for who he genuinely is—arguably one of the nicest guys in the business."

DDP's Innate Goodness

Bischoff cited Page's philanthropic work with DDP Yoga as evidence of his innate goodness, pointing out how the program has helped thousands improve their physical and mental well-being.

Such charitable work aligns with his belief that Page was destined to be a "babyface" (industry term for hero) rather than a heel. "Reflecting on WCW's Halloween Havoc 1999, Page's attempt at playing a heel came off as forced," Bischoff added.

Although Page oscillated between hero and villain roles throughout his WCW tenure, it was as a babyface that he captured his first world title in 1999. While his heel turns were short-lived, DDP's natural charisma and earnestness made him a fan favorite during the pinnacle years of WCW.

As the company folded less than two years after Page's inaugural world championship win, one could argue that the wrestling world never fully explored the complexity of his character. Though Page has retired from active competition, his legacy continues to spark conversations, and Bischoff's recent comments add another layer to the multifaceted career of this WWE Hall of Famer.

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