I spoke with Diamond Dallas Page, better known to the wrestling world as DDP, about The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, DDP Yoga, and his wrestling career.
After a long successful career in the wrestling business, DDP suffered recurring injuries and decided to take up yoga. He rebranded the yoga routine he incorporated from Yoga for Regular Guys into what came to be DDP Yoga. Yoga not only reinvigorated his life, but it also gave him newfound purpose.
With his program started and improving his life, he found one of his best friend and mentors in need of help, Jake the Snake Roberts, who was struggling with his demons battling alcoholism.
“I reached out to Jake, because he helped me become the superstar I came to be. He was one of my mentors, him and Dusty (Rhodes). “
As documented in The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, Jake ultimately agreed into participating into DDP Yoga. The film journeys Roberts’ ongoing struggles into sticking with Page’s program and his occasional relapses. When Roberts was showing more progress, he answered the call to another friend of his, Scott Hall. Hall, like Roberts spent time in the WWE, then WWF, and WCW primarily in the 1980s and 1990s. Page joined the WWE after they bought WCW in 2001.
Scott, the only reason why I contacted him was because Sean Waltman (X-Pac) sent me direct message on Twitter asking me to please reach out to Scott.
He said ‘He’s got a gun. I think he’s going to use it this time.’ So I called him. In this scenario, Scott was annihilated at the time when I talked to him. We talked a couple of times after that. He made the decision to come on board. A lot of people want me to help certain people and you can’t help anybody who doesn’t want to help themselves. I don’t ever try to and I don’t go out of my way to.”
As it turned out, the power of friendship helped Roberts and Halls’ paths in their ongoing struggle to sobriety.
The film touched those, who have been able to experience it primarily through Netflix.
“For starters, ‘The Resurrection of Jake the Snake’ is the second highest-rated sports documentary on Netflix and presently, the number one highest rated biopic of all the documentaries I believe on Netflix. We’re the sixth highest rated by the fans, which is pretty damn cool.”
Page’s success stories reached locally from wrestlers past in present like Chris Jericho, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Adam “Edge” Copeland, AJ Styles and Dustin Rhodes (aka Goldust) to as far out as Hollywood and actor Josh Brolin.
“Josh Brolin saw the movie. This is before anybody did. Chris Bell, who done the movie, ‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster’ sent [The Resurrection of Jake the Snake] to him to see what he thought, because Josh is a recovering addict.
He wrote to Chris, ‘Just watched the doc. I’m in stunned silence, a happy ending. He put in (for now?). Wow, DDP, what an amazing guy. Thank you so much for turning me on to that. This is a great story of hope, love and real compassion. I needed to see that.’
I think that pretty much sums up, ‘hope, love and real compassion’ for my fellow man. My whole life is about helping people, not just change their lives, but own their lives. Being able to do that for two buddies of mine to help turn their lives around is pretty special for me.”
Page touched on the secret of his life trying to stay positive even in light of Super Bowl LI.
“Our app is so instructional DDP Yoga Now. I make it so it’s fun. Every Monday, I do Motivational Mondays where you get a message from me. Today (02/06) I did it on ‘Never give up.’ I surrounded it by that amazing Super Bowl game. If you’re an Atlanta fan, which I am, it’s kind of depressing.
I didn’t look at it like that. I look at Tom Brady as the guy, who’s never going to give up. I told that story and he proved to be the best ever.”
When it came to the wrestling business, Page doesn’t miss it, but he knows the guys are taking better care of themselves and he offers one bit of advice of those who are going in.
“It’s okay to want the fame and the money. You can’t just want it first. You got to put the work in.”