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.

Opening segment

If you think this question is stupid, you can refrain from posting it to the blog, but:

You weren't a fan of all the guys in the MITB ladder match coming out to talk about the match at the beginning.  All you could say about it was it was long.  But isn't "hyping up the PPV match" basic booking 101?  You had everyone in the match, all saying they'd win, then they started getting feisty with each other.  It makes people want to see what'll happen when they go full-bore at the PPV.

Is it because you're not interested in the match, or because it wasn't concise, or what?  What wasn't working about it?

Andy PG

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f we started worrying about stupid questions on the blog then we'd be down to 1 post per day.  
The issue was that:
a)  It was too long.

b)  It didn't have a point that it was building towards, given that everyone just sort of walked off.
c)  Half the guys were doing bad comedy and the other half were doing intense badass and I had no idea what the tone of thing was supposed to be.  PPV hype or ironic comment on PPV hype?  I don't think Punk even knows anymore.  

d)  I just have no idea what's going on with Daniel Bryan right now because he's not likeable at all.  He's becoming the loudmouthed little overcompensating creep that you just want to shut up at this point.  

e)  RVD wasn't even there.
f)  The speeches just stalled and meandered and didn't build off each other, and basically yes, it was just too long.

Greatest Non-Wrestling Segment

Ratings show that the most popular non-wrestling segment in WWE history was Rock: This Is Your Life, but my personal favorite was The Alliance singing Wind Beneath My Ring to Stone Cold and Kurt Angle spoiling their fun with the old time-y Milk Truck.  What do you consider the greatest non-wrestling segment in WWE to be?

You know that angle was just a ripoff of the beer truck angle from three years earlier, right?  To each their own. My personal favorite is the reunion of Bret with Owen and Bulldog from 1997, where they took the standard heel team breaking up angle and completely turned it on its ear by having the heels pull together in a heartfelt moment that actually turned them into even BIGGER heels.  I loved the nuance of Bret’s disgust at the fans booing him while he was trying to have a real moment with his brothers, which was made all the better because that was exactly the reaction Bret was looking for.  People wanted to the Owen-Bulldog team implode for the Bulldog face turn, and instead the Hart Foundation screwed them out of it.  It was just awesome.