Former WCW Heavyweight Champion DDP, short for Diamond Dallas Page, is creating headlines this week. Mainstream media outlets are electing to broadcast the story of Arthur Boorman, a disabled Gulf War veteran who has used the DDP Yoga system to make a dramatic change in his rehabilitation. Boorman was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk again. However, through DDP Yoga, and personal encouragement from the former professional wrestler, Boorman has lost 140 pounds within ten months of applying the techniques he absorbed from DDP. In addition, Boorman's flexibility, balance and strength has improved, resulting in Arthur being able to walk without the use of a cane or back brace. The inspirational story has been picked up by media outlets worldwide.
As a wrestling fan for the last 20 years, it's especially gratifying to see a retired wrestler like Diamond Dallas Page successfully adjust his lifestyle from pro wrestler to high profile yoga instructor and inspirational speaker. In the last several years, pro wrestlers from the 80s and 90s have not been able to make a proper transition out of the wrestling industry.
For example, the world's most acclaimed wrestler Hulk Hogan helped weave the sports entertainment business into American culture. But since his divorce from Linda Hogan, the former six time WWE Heavyweight Champion has twisted into a shadow of his former self. The biggest name in wrestling history now hawks couches and televisions for Rent-A-Center alongside Troy Aikman. It's a tall nose-dive from selling out Madison Square Garden. His cohort Ric Flair isn't doing any better. Grantland .com ran an article on the "Nature Boy" comparing him to fictional character Randy "The Ram" Robinson, from the critically acclaimed film The Wrestler." But unlike those men, Diamond Dallas Page has been able to steer clear of small time independent wrestling shows and he has kept his nose out of nefarious activities.
It's not surprising Diamond Dallas Page was able to be a positive and motivational charge for Arthur Boorman. Page has always fought against the odds. Page started in the sport as a manager for men like Scott Hall. But at the age of 35, Dallas Page decided to try his hand at becoming an active wrestler. In a few short years, Page went from a forgettable manager, to headlining pay per view events against legends like Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage. In his last full time role in the business, Dallas Page played an inspirational and positive character, a la Tony Robbins. Funny how life sometimes imitates art.
Regardless of the success of DDP Yoga, Diamond Dallas Page can be proud of his accomplishments with Arthur Boorman. It's a feat that not many people can claim.
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