DDP Segment on HBO’s Real Sports

Howdy BoD’ers!

I got a chance to watch last night’s HBO Real Sports and catch the segment on DDP helping out Jake Roberts and Scott Hal with DDP Yoga. I just wanted to run down some of the key points of the segment that ran around 8-10 minutes.

— The opening sees DDP, Roberts and Hall sitting in recliners watching old footage of themselves.

— Roberts said he begged to die. As he saw his friends in the business dying he wondered why he couldn’t have been him. Roberts was raised by an alcoholic and sexually abused as a child. He broke down pretty quickly. He told Frank Deford (the guy doing the story) is that he was afraid “[Frank] was going to hurt him.” He was never able to explain why he felt that way. Or he did and it was cut.

— DDP says that Jake gave him the knowledge when no one else believed in him. Jake says he taught DDP wrestling psychology and how to read a crowd.

— DDP took up Yoga when he had a serious back injury that wasn’t improving. He mixed it in with his rehab and added old school calisthenics. Out of that he created DDP Yoga, which he describes as “non-peaceful Yoga”. He holds free classes at his home to his neighbors and over a dozen people come by daily.

— Page traveled to see Roberts and said he looked so brittle. DDP asked him to drop 20 pounds and he would move him to Atlanta. Roberts has now lost 60 pounds and Roberts does Yoga and other workouts daily.

— They chronicled Roberts’ set backs and the cameras catch DDP bitching Roberts out for getting drunk at an airport bar. He had another set back but he’s been clean for about 4-5 months now. Roberts says he wakes up excited and he’s staying at the “Accountability Crib” a.k.a. DDP’s Atlanta home for the foreseeable future. Roberts says that Page “ain’t getting rid of him.”

— They play the tape of DDP calling Scott Hall and Hall said he doesn’t remember the phone call because he was drunk out of his mind. Hall has taken 12 trips to rehab. Pills and booze became his routine because his life was falling apart. He said that Razor Ramon was living well but Hall was dying. When Hall arrived in Atlanta he describes himself as “Elvis before he went to die on the toilet.”

— Hall has lost 50 pounds and spends much of his non-Yoga time with his son Cody, who is trying to break in the business. He says he’s got a new lease on life. He moved out of the Accountability crib but according to his podcast with Steve Austin, he lives about a block or two away and spends most of his spare time there.

— DDP says Jake should have died 10-12 times but today he’s a different guy. Same with Hall. DDP knows there are no guarantees and both Roberts and Hall have been through too much to say their demons are gone for good. Roberts is deathly afraid of the mention of overcoming is demons but the segment closes with the three men, happy and growing old in health together.

— Deford discloses that DDP has sold over 50,000 copies of his $100 Yoga program, making for a nice little chunk of change.

My thoughts are simple: DDP is a hell of a guy. I’m convinced there are a lot of good characters in wrestling and few good men but he seems to be the real deal. Roberts and Hall look a billion times better than where we saw them at their lowest point. It was very nice and uplifting piece that would make you like DDP even more than you already do.

HBO’s Oz

Scott,
I remember a loooooooooooong time ago you reviewed a couple seasons of Oz on DVD and though I had never seen the show, I always had the show in the back of my mind based off these reviews.  I finally got around to it on Netflix and have been blasting my way through all the seasons.  I'm currently up to Season 4, but I was wondering if you ever got around to reviewing the rest of it.  I find it very much like 24 in that it keeps you thoroughly entertained with all the twists, turns, and deaths, but if you start thinking about it your head will hurt.

Damn you United Statesians with your awesome Netflix streaming.  The Canadian service is totally worth $8/month still, but there's way better stuff available down there.  Still, thanks to Netflix I'm just wrapping up the second season of Buffy and WHY DIDN'T I WATCH THIS SHOW BEFORE?!?  Although any spoilers for the finale of season 2 or beyond will be met with stern anger from me because I have no idea what's upcoming and I'm loving it.  
Anyway, I only ever did the first two seasons of Oz, although (and I think I mentioned this recently) but just last year my wife was really into prison reality shows so I suggested watching Oz and we also blasted through the entire series in a couple of weeks.  Which was great because I hadn't watched it since the original airdates and I had forgotten all the crazy twists aside from some vague memories (like Robeson's education on the new definition of "spooning" and who killed who and where), so it was like a whole new show again.  Plus, and I've also mentioned this before, there's a MILLION storylines that could easily be adapted for wrestling, because Oz is as close to the pure form of male soap opera as our-so-called-sport is.