Former star backs 16-time champ to ‘kick out’ and hails the Nature Boy for helping him to reach the ‘pinnacle’ of his wrestling career back in WCW in 1999
WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page has revealed his biggest moment with Ric Flair – and believes “The Nature Boy” will make recovery from his current heath issues.
Flair was hospitalised last week and is reported to still be in a “critical condition”.
But DDP – famous for his positivity – believes the 16-time world champion will fight back.
Speaking exclusively with Sun Sport, he said: “I know the son of a b***h is going to kick out, because that’s what he does.
“He is the 60-minute man. He loves life, he’s going to be alright.”
DDP also credited Flair with the pinnacle of his career in WCW – winning the World Heavyweight Championship at Spring Stampede 1999.
DDP said: “The biggest Ric Flair moment for me was when I had that four-way dance with Ric, Sting, and Hulk Hogan.
“Ric took the Diamond Cutter in the middle of the ring – no bulls**t finish, just straight cut. He takes the Diamond Cutter, one-two-three. Then special referee Randy Savage hands me the belt.”
30 of the best
Greatest WWE contests in the 30-year history of SummerSlam, including Ultimate Warrior and Rey Mysterio
BEAST OF A GAFFE
Brock Lesnar to retain WWE Universal title at Summerslam after Barclays Centre LEAK main event result
‘HE STILL NEEDS PRAYERS’
Ric Flair in ‘critical condition’ as fiancee reveals WWE star dealing with multiple organ problems
WWE legend Shawn Michaels reveals his heartache after Ric Flair hospitalised with heart problems
‘DON’T NEED HELP’
WWE does not need UFC stars like Ronda Rousey to join to keep the company going, insists Seth Rollins
“Naitch didn’t have to do it. It meant the world to me. I never really got to thank him the way I wanted to.”
DDP’s Diamond Cutter finisher – a precursor to Randy Orton’s RKO – would leave him to become a three-time WCW Champion.
He wrestled for WWE after the collapse of WCW but retired from full-time wrestling in the mid-2000s – and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.
The 61-year-old star has also taken the fitness world by storm with the groundbreaking “DDP Yoga” – helping troubled wrestlers such as Scott Hall and Jake “the Snake” Roberts back to health.
He’s now set to come to the UK for a tour of DDP Yoga workshops and spoken word events next month.
Though DDP and Flair and close friends now, DDP revealed was friction between them for several years – before DDP approached him to bury the hatchet.
DDP said: “Because we had friction, we both said things we probably shouldn’t have said – but that’s two brothers who are at times irritated with each other.
“I didn’t want to live that anymore. He’s the Nature Boy, so it was up to me to be the one who goes up to him. That’s just respect.
“I saw him at an autograph session just after he’d retired in WWE. When he walked into the green room I was there.
“I said, ‘Hey Naitch, you got a second? I want to talk to you about something.’
“So we walk off to the side and I say, ‘I know over the years you and I have had heat together’. And he goes, ‘Diamond, don’t worry about that.’
“I said, ‘Naitch, I ain’t worried about it… I want to fix. I don’t even know how it happened. I know I said some sh*t, I know you said some sh*t.’
“I said, ‘I don’t care. I want to to start all over again.’
“So I put my hand out and said, ‘I’m Dallas Page’, and Ric laughed and gave me a big hug.
“That was the beginning of the friendship.”
To see Dallas and attend a DDP Yoga workshop visit ddpyogaworkshops.com/uk
Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog
How Man United and Barcelona could get PSG kicked out of Champions League over Neymar
DRAX THE ONE
Arsenal set to make £32m move for PSG winger Julian Draxler after French club told him he can leave
THE ANSWER IS THE SAME
Liverpool reject Barcelona’s third bid of £114MILLION for star midfielder Philippe Coutinho
Bak in Blue
Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko shock contenders to face Spurs after secret 8-0 friendly rout of QPR’s kids
Parked the bus Jose?
Man Utd superstars board plane before jetting off on international trip… a mere 147 miles away in Swansea
AD SOME OF THAT
Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms greatest ever team-mate…and it’s not who you would expect