Jim Ross has revealed who he believes is the biggest overachiever in professional wrestling.
Speaking on the latest episode of his Grilling JR podcast [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] Jim Ross took a deep dive into the career of Diamond Dallas Page. Despite rising to the top of WCW and winning the World Championship on three occasions, DDP never hit those same heights while in WWE.
Reflecting on DDP’s time in WWE, JR said that the company never did the star justice, describing him as one of professional wrestling’s biggest overachievers.
“I don’t think WWE, I’ll take responsibility too, to some degree, I don’t think we did justice with Tazz creatively, and I don’t think we did justice for DDP. I don’t know why he wasn’t as liked as he should have been. You [Grilling JR host Conrad Thompson] have been around DDP. He likes to control the room and talk and talk and talk [laughs], but I think he’s one of the greatest overachievers in the history of pro wrestling.”
DDP took his first steps in the crazy world of professional wrestling back in the late 1980’s. Page initially appeared as a manager before deciding to train as a wrestler aged 35.
Despite the late start DDP went on to win the WCW Television, United States, and Tag Team Championships as well as holding the WCW World Heavyweight Title before the company closed it’s doors.
With the closure of WCW in early 2001, Page headed to WWE debuting as the mysterious stalker who had been tormenting The Undertaker’s then wife Sara. The angle was poorly received by fans and DDP only appeared as a full-time wrestler in WWE for one year. Despite this he still claimed European and Tag Team gold.
DDP was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2017.