Do you think DDP should wrestle Randy Orton in WWE?
WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page, or DDP, hasn’t wrestled since a six-man tag team match in AEW in 2020. This was his last match in wrestling and put an end to an incredible career that spanned through four decades and countless championships, despite him not making it in WCW until his mid 30s.
The former WCW World Heavyweight Champion was asked to appear in Ric Flair’s last match. He stated that he was “feeling great” and didn’t want to jeopardise his future, adding that he told Conrad Thompson “Nah bro, I’m good. I had my last match, it’s never going to be better than that.’ I was lucky enough to have all my boys around me and it was fun. I’m good with that.”
His last match ever came on the January 15th 2010 episode of AEW Dynamite, where he wrestled alongside Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall to take on the trio of MJF and The Butcher & The Blade. DDP took the pin for MJF to lose the match, after hitting many of his trademark Diamond Cutters, and put over the young star in his last ever outing as a wrestler.
While he appears to want to stay retired, he has stated on his podcast “Snake Pit“, alongside Jake “The Snake” Roberts, that he would love to come out of retirement one last time for a match that would pit the Diamond Cutter against the RKO – DDP vs Randy Orton.
Diamond Dallas Page said about facing Randy Orton;
“I would love to have a match with Randy Orton and I really wanted that to happen. He thought it was going to happen, which makes sense: RKO vs. Diamond Cutter.
I would’ve loved it and I’d put him over in the middle and he’d kick out…It would’ve been a great match, we would’ve had some great promos. It would’ve been awesome to go do something with him because he’s the total package really.”
This is not the first time he has admitted wanting to face off with the son of “Cowboy” Bob Orton. Back in 2012, he reiterated that the one match he would love to come out of retirement for was against Orton, as a way to put over the 14 time world champion as a continuation of Orton’s “Legend Killer” gimmick.
Speaking to Wade Keller, DDP said;
“That’s the only match I would come out of retirement for. I would put my body on the line only to be able to show I could still go. I would take my body to the limits I never thought I could at this age only for that angle, but that’s not going to happen because he’s already beat up all the old men. The only thing I’ll hook him with is he’s killed all the legends but he ain’t killed me yet.”
DDP and Randy Orton never wrestled at the same time, so the opportunity for a match between the two never materialised. DDP left WWE in 2002 after a serious neck injury ended his career, just as Randy Orton was coming through the system as WWE’s top young prospect. He took the Diamond Cutter finishing move and made it his own winning 14 world championships with it and becoming one of WWE’s most famous stars.
A feud between the two of them in their prime would have been one of the greatest of all time. Even in 2012, with DDP 10 years younger than he is today, the match would have been a spectacle. DDP has a great mind for the business and knows the right thing was to put over Orton. Seeing him killed once and for all with a brutal RKO would have been a poetic moment in his career and something that happened earlier to his friend and mentor Dusty Rhodes, at the hands of Randy Orton.
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Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.