If you are a fan of professional wrestling, you might have wondered if some of the wrestlers who share a last name are actually related. For example, is Adam Page, the current AEW World Champion, related to Diamond Dallas Page, the former WCW World Champion? The answer is no, they are not related by blood or marriage. They just happen to have the same surname, which is not uncommon in the wrestling business. Here are some facts about Adam Page and DDP, and how they became two of the most popular wrestlers in their respective eras.
Who is Adam Page?
Adam Page, also known as “Hangman” Adam Page, is an American professional wrestler who is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he is a former AEW World Tag Team Champion and the current AEW World Champion. He was born on July 27, 1991, in Halifax County, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in graphic design. He made his wrestling debut in 2008, working on the independent circuit as Adam Page. He joined Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2011, where he stayed for seven years. In 2016, he became a member of the villainous stable Bullet Club, and changed his gimmick to “Hangman” Adam Page, a cowboy-inspired character. He also worked for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he was part of the Bullet Club sub-group The Elite. In 2018, he left ROH and signed with AEW, where he became one of the top stars of the promotion. He participated in the tournament to crown the first AEW World Champion, but lost to Chris Jericho in the finals. He later formed a tag team with Kenny Omega, and they won the AEW World Tag Team Championship in 2020. They held the titles for 228 days, before losing them to FTR. Page then went on a singles run, and earned another shot at the AEW World Championship by winning the Casino Ladder Match at All Out 2021. He finally defeated Omega for the title at Full Gear 2021, ending Omega’s reign of 372 days.
Who is Diamond Dallas Page?
Diamond Dallas Page, also known as DDP, is an American retired professional wrestler, fitness instructor, motivational speaker, and actor. He is best known for his tenure in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he was a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a four-time WCW World Tag Team Champion, and the winner of the 1997 King of the Ring tournament. He was born on April 5, 1956, in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. He started his wrestling career in 1988 as a manager for various wrestlers in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and WCW. He became a wrestler himself in 1991, and gradually rose up the ranks in WCW. He became a fan favorite in 1996, when he rejected an offer to join the New World Order (nWo), and feuded with its members such as Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan. He also had memorable rivalries with Randy Savage, Goldberg, Ric Flair, Sting, and Bret Hart. He left WCW in 2001 after it was bought by WWE. He then joined WWE in 2001 as part of The Invasion storyline, where he portrayed a stalker of The Undertaker’s wife Sara. He later changed his character to a motivational speaker who used his catchphrase “That’s not a bad thing… that’s a good thing!” He retired from wrestling in 2002 due to injuries but made occasional appearances for WWE and other promotions afterwards. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.
There are several reasons why some wrestlers share a last name without being related. One reason is that some wrestlers adopt a last name that is already established or famous in the wrestling industry, either to pay tribute to their idols or mentors or to capitalize on their popularity or reputation. For example,
- Cody Rhodes took his last name from his father Dusty Rhodes and his brother Dustin Rhodes.
- Charlotte Flair took her last name from her father Ric Flair.
- Brian Pillman Jr. took his last name from his father Brian Pillman.
- Tessa Blanchard took her last name from her grandfather Joe Blanchard and her stepfather Magnum T.A.
Another reason is that some wrestlers use a last name that suits their character or gimmick or that sounds catchy or marketable. For example,
- Seth Rollins chose his last name because it sounded like a rock star’s name.
- Alexa Bliss chose her last name because it matched her cheerful personality.
- Roman Reigns chose his last name because it implied his dominance and royalty.
- Bray Wyatt chose his last name because it sounded like a cult leader’s name.
A third reason is that some wrestlers use a last name that is common or generic or that has no particular meaning or significance. For example,
- John Cena chose his last name because it was his real middle name.
- Randy Orton chose his last name because it was his real last name.
- Kevin Owens chose his last name because it was his son’s first name.
- Adam Page chose his last name because it was his real last name.
Adam Page and DDP are not related, but they are both successful and respected wrestlers who have made their mark in the wrestling industry. They have different styles, personalities, and backgrounds, but they share a passion and dedication for their craft. They are both examples of how a wrestler can create a memorable and unique identity with their chosen surname.