Though he's best known for his three world championship reigns in 1999 and 2000 in Atlanta-based (and now defunct) World Championship Wrestling, Diamond Dallas Page has always been a man of the people. Though he hasn't been a fulltime wrestler since retiring from WWE in 2002, his new (and unlikely) role as a yogi and motivational fitness guru maintain a "regular guy" mentality. These days, his energy is focused on a series of self-help books, DVDs and seminars called Yoga for Regular Guys, which endorses a "90 percent" lifestyle far removed from the burnout of many pro wrestlers. As a result, YRG has turned many a common man (and woman) into weight-losing winners. With testimonials from the likes of Rob Zombie, Carnie Wilson and a disabled war veteran named Arthur, who lost 140 pounds in 10 months and can now walk without the use of crutches, Pages YRG program would seem to work wonders.
Having wrestled what he now says was his final match at Purks International Championship Wrestling in Cedartown, Ga., last January, earning a tag-team victory with Air Paris over The Butcher Bobby Hayes and Brian Alexander The Great (with a Diamond Cutter to Alexander), Page will be back in town this weekend for the Promolast Atlanta Reunion Fanfest to meet fans and promote YRG.
For those who arent familiar, explain where Yoga for Regular Guys began.
I became a professional wrestler at 35 and [injured my back] so badly at almost 43 years old that doctors told me my wrestling career was over. Thats where YRG began and I won three world championships after that. But thats not the payoff. The payoff is seeing someone like Arthur. Sure, Im a former world champion and a top athlete, but Im not a regular guy. Arthur is a regular guy on the completely opposite end of the spectrum. Arthur just wanted to get under 215 pounds so he could have his knees operated on and maybe walk again. Arthur never had the operation. He lost 100 pounds in the first six months. Those are The Biggest Loser numbers and he was working at that time 70 hours a week. Arthur shows that workout and proper nutrition can heal your body and anythings really possible if you have the right work ethic.
Aside from signing autographs, what will you be doing at Promolast this weekend?
What Im going to do is talk about my concept of living life at 90 percent. Ill get into breathing and nutrition, then Ill do a 30-minute workout. People can do it or they can sit back and watch and see how simple and effective it is.
You lived in the Atlanta area during your WCW days. How much time do you spend here now?
My partner, Dr. Craig Aaron, lives in Atlanta and hes my co-host every Thursday night on www.blogtalkradio.com/yrgradio. Arthur will actually be our guest this Thursday talking about his journey.
I live in L.A. now, but Im back in Atlanta every four to six weeks. All my doctors are there.
Youve also done a variety of acting roles in movies such as Snoop Doggs Hood of Horror and Rob Zombies The Devils Rejects. Are you still doing movies as well?
Oh, yeah. I consider being an actor a hobby that I really, really love. I just finished doing Pizza Man opposite Frankie Muniz from Malcolm in the Middle. This was a huge role for me. Some of my other costars were Corbin Bernsen, Shelly Long, Tony Denison from The Closer and Michael Gross, who was on Family Ties. So we had a great cast. Its a superhero comedy made for families, but its funny.
How often do you get in the ring these days?
My last match was January 2  and Ive decided that that will be my final match. I started wrestling in 1979, but I hurt my knee and it didnt work out for me. I was managing guys in the 80s and my guy lost a match to Dick Slater where he got five minutes with the manager in the ring, which was me. So I wrestled once in the 80s, then had a big run in the 90s and 2000s. With that match on Jan. 2, Ive wrestled in five decades. That match was fun and I got chants of, Hes still got it throughout the building. Ive probably got between three and five good matches left in me, but I aint still got it.
Promolast Atlanta Reunion Fanfest $15-$200. June 4, 7 p.m.; June 5, 8:45 p.m. Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, One Hartsfield Centre Parkway. 404-209-9999. www.promolastevents.com.
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