WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will beat hall of famer Bill Goldberg at the Royal Rumble, predicts wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page.
And king of the Diamond Cutter has also responded to the Undertaker after the Deadman spoke about his yoga program on the Joe Rogan Podcast this week.
WWE hall of famer Diamond Dallas Page believes Drew McIntyre will beat Goldberg at the Royal RumbleCredit: GETTY/WWE
Scottish bruiser McIntyre made history at WrestleMania 36 in March when he became the first ever British WWE world champion, something that DDP correctly predicted almost four years ago.
Page expects the 35-year-old grappler to hold on to the company’s most prized championship belt this Sunday at the Tropicana Field because he has all the makings of a top star and Goldberg doesn’t need the title.
DDP told The Sun: “Drew McIntyre [will win], I can’t imagine it being any other way. Bill has been such a dominating force, you know when Bill does the job it’s for the younger, stronger wrestler. Drew McIntyre looks better than the He-Man doll, he’s just a stud; 6’5’’, 265 [lbs], he’s got that incredible work ethic.
“I don’t think so [about Goldberg dethroning McIntyre], Bill doesn’t need it. They need Bill because he’s a star, Bill Goldberg is a damn icon. He’s in what I used to call the Roddy Piper spot, and that means you go away for a little while, you come back, and the place goes crazy.”
Diamond Dallas Page has a close relationship with WWE Champion Drew McIntyre – WWE
DDP has a lot of history with McIntyre as he mentored him during the closing stages of his first failed stint in Vince McMahon’s promotion that saw him getting unceremoniously fired in 2014 despite his strong start in 2009 when he was only 24 years old.
But the ex-Intercontinental Champion worked his way back up on his feet during a brief tenure with several other companies, such as TNA, and returned to WWE in 2017 when he took NXT by storm before suffering a torn bicep, which was the first serious injury of his entire career.
The British star turned to Page, who helped him recover thanks to his ground-breaking DDP Yoga programme, and convinced the three-time world champion that it was only a matter of time until he climbed to the top of the mountain in WWE.
DDP added: “I have known Drew not when he was at the top, because when he came in they pushed him to the top, but on the descent. And he was the most humble, sweetest guy. In the beginning, admittedly, he was like, ‘Doesn’t everyone get this big push at 24 years old?’ No, nobody does! So, he thought that was the way it was done.
“He didn’t realise, and he didn’t understand the politics of the business. Drew, and he’s the first to say this, needed to have it all taken away from him. That guy needed that fire under his ass.
“This cat, I have so much respect for him on so many levels and I’ve been saying he is going to be the No1 guy, a decade ago. When he didn’t really pop, there were like, “So, do you still think Drew’s gonna be the guy?’ I said, ‘Yeah, when they finally let him be Drew!’ This guy has the work ethic that Triple H, The Rock, Cody Rhodes, John Cena, or I have.
“This is who Drew McIntyre is, he drove seven-and-a-half hours to stay with me for four hours, then he drove seven hours back. Drew and I talk all the time, there were times that I know it was getting tough cause they hadn’t done anything with him yet. I’m like, ‘Breathe through it, know who you are, you’re gonna get that opportunity, it’s gonna happen’. He believed it, and that’s the biggest thing.”
But DDP also knows everything about McIntyre’s star opponent Goldberg as the two of them took the wrestling world by storm in the 1990s when they performed in WCW.
Diamond Dallas Page and Goldberg faced off during their WCW daysCredit: WWE
Page met the four-time world champion at a strip club three decades ago when he still played American football and helped him break into Ted Turner’s promotion where they shared the ring at Halloween Havoc in 1998 on a night that almost saw the ex-Universal Champion suffering a serious head injury.
DDP said: “I love Goldie! I met him at a strip joint five years before he got in the business, we were right next to each other and he knew who I was, I didn’t know him at that point, but I knew this cat is a lot of fun to be around with – he had a full head of hair, he just had this charisma about him. And when he told me he was Bill Goldberg, I knew him. He was a badass.
“Now he’s the powerhouse that has to go through everybody so everything in that match in Halloween Havoc was almost mine. I’m the leader, he couldn’t have been at that time, he was only wrestling for about a year and four months.
“Bill kept going and hit his shoulder and that’s how Bill wanted to work, he wanted to feel it; he would bang his head off the lockers before he went out there. When he hit me with that Spear, the funny part is his head hit first. If he didn’t have those crazy traps, he might have been quadriplegic, and he was knocked out the whole of the rest of the match. When he picked me up for that Jackhammer and put me down, I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s selling’, but his shoulder was killing him.
“I have four matches that are my favourite, first one was [Randy] Savage, the four-way dance where I win the title, Goldberg and me, and Sting [at] Nitro where I drop the strap and win it back later that night.”
Diamond Dallas Page believes either Shayna Baszler or Bianca Belair is going to win the Women’s Royal Rumble MatchCredit: WWE
DDP will be watching the women’s Royal Rumble match and has high hopes for Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler, both of whom he met on NXT.
The 64-year-old legend understands a big return could take place, such as Becky Lynch, but would advise WWE to hold back on that as this kind of booking needs a live crowd to pop – something that won’t be possible at the Royal Rumble, which takes place behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions.
Page added: “To have Becky Lynch come back with no people yet… I would wait for that because they would all lose their minds. But Bianca I know from NXT and she’s a great athlete, she’s the real deal. Shayna Baszler and Lacey Evans, that girl came on strong in the beginning. Shayna Baszler and Bianca, I’m between them.”
DDP’s wrestling days are behind him as he now focuses on DDPY, a popular fitness programme which combines the very best of yoga, traditional fitness, sports therapy, dynamic resistance, martial arts techniques and old-school calisthenics.
WWE legend The Undertaker praised Diamond Dallas Page on Joe Rogan’s podcast and the DDPY founder insists his door is always open for himCredit: WWE
The workout has helped many people with various conditions, such as obesity, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, depression and multiple sclerosis, get back on their feet.
Wrestling legends, such as Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and Scott Hall, also overcame their battle with addiction thanks to Page’s help – all of which was depicted on the documentary The Resurrection of Jake the Snake – and that caught the attention of none other than The Undertaker, who recently rolled credits on his 30-year-long career.
Undertaker told Rogan recently on his podcast that he has contemplated getting in touch with the WWE hall of famer and the DDPY founder insists the door will always be open for his fellow legend.
DDP said: “I consider Mark [Calaway/Undertaker] a friend, when we were together he had seen Resurrection and he was like, ‘Man, that was so… What you’ve done for the boys…’ He knows that’s what I love to do, I love to help the guys out. He’s a monster icon and I just appreciate him saying nice things about me.
“Whenever he’s ready… I’ll fly down there to help him and just to get him started. I know that when guys are at that spot, they’re so tight and I know I can help him, it would make my day. Taker, I consider him one of my bros; we’re all family, all of us. I know the miles that are around the body, I know where my body was at 55 and when I turned 60 it was a different league, even with all this stuff I’ve done.”
DDP has released his biographical documentary Relentless, which depicts the end of his wrestling career and the evolution of DDPY.
And the ex-WCW world heavyweight champion admits that for years he didn’t know how to end the project until he found the perfect climax in his last ever match at AEW Bash at the Beach last year, when he teamed up with Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall to put over MJF with Butcher and The Blade by his side.
Diamond Dallas Page released his biographical documentary Relentless after his AEW returnCredit: STEVE YU
DDP said: “Originally we started this [Relentless] about five years ago, and it was more about wanting people to know what we are as a company. The whole premise starts with me blowing up my back – Kevin Nash hit me with that Powerbomb. I was told by three spine specialists I was never gonna wrestle again, that is where DDPY comes from.
“All the footage that we had it just became more, and more, and more powerful and then it was actually done in August of 2019. But we were helping AEW and even though the documentary was done, it never went anywhere. And then in November 2019 Cody asked me, ‘Do you think you got one more match in you?’ And I said yes immediately. When Cody asked me at that time, I was thinking I would have six decades of having at least one match per decade. I don’t know how many people can say that, but it’s not many.
“The next morning [after the match] I woke up next to my girlfriend Payge and I said, ‘I know why we haven’t released Relentless’. And she said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because this has to be it. How can this not be in it?’
As for DDP’s wrestling Mount Rushmore: “Ric Flair, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rowdy Roddy Piper.”