Examining How DDP Yoga Has Increased WWE Superstars' Longevity

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJanuary 13, 2014

Goldust battles Ryback.
Goldust battles Ryback.WWE.com

In lieu of discovering the fountain of youth that Ponce De Leon once searched for, WWE Superstars can apparently turn to DDP Yoga to extend their careers.

The blend of yoga, dynamic resistance and dietary changes that former WCW world champ Diamond Dallas Page has created has done more than earn him profits and give him a post-wrestling profession; it has lengthened wrestlers' careers in the ring.

Page's yoga program earned renown because of inspirational testimonials like this one and the now well-documented redemption it afforded Scott Hall and Jake Roberts, as seen on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

In terms of what fans see between the ropes, though, DDP Yoga has pushed back retirement and injected new energy into the careers of men like Goldust and Chris Jericho.


Goldust (Dustin Rhodes) is 44 years old.

For most wrestlers, that's years beyond one's prime and a time to find a new source of income. For Goldust, though, his recent return to WWE has seen him zip around the ring. His endurance and agility have somehow improved with age.

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On Sept. 9, 2013, Goldust battled Randy Orton on Raw. At stake for "The Bizarre One": getting his brother Cody's job back with a victory.

Fans expected a rush of nostalgia and the next chapter in an exciting story, but they couldn't have expected Goldust to have seemingly snatched a younger version of himself from the past for the fight.

Goldust is among the many wrestlers who have discovered Page's brand of yoga. He told Monday Night Mayhem, via Wrestling Inc, "With DDP Yoga, there a couple of benefits. I stand up straighter now, and I can bend in ways I couldn't bend. I feel so much better; my joints, muscles and bones. It is awesome."

As different as the worlds of yoga and WWE may seem, added flexibility and improved joint strength from a low-impact source of exercise makes perfect sense as a tool in a wrestler's arsenal.

When a fan asked Goldust about the program, he said it was now a regular part of his routine.

That helps explain how he's not only managed to excel in his 40s, but improve on what he was doing in his 30s. Tagging with his brother, Goldust has been a part of the most exciting matches of the last few months, including the tag team title match from Oct. 14, taking down The Shield at Battleground, and the duo's hard-fought battles against the Wyatt Family.

Goldust grabs hold of Luke Harper of the Wyatt Family.
Goldust grabs hold of Luke Harper of the Wyatt Family.WWE.com

This has been no nostalgia tour, either. Goldust doesn't need to be protected or carried because of his age; he's as quick and agile as many of his younger peers.

Were he the only case of a WWE Superstar reinvigorating his career at such a late stage, one could easily dismiss how much DDP Yoga had to do with it.

He's not the only who has found resurgence after finding Page's program, however.


Jericho, like Goldust, spent much of 2013 wrestling at a high level. That's something Jericho has done over the course of his career, but what is surprising is how long he's been able to do it.

The former world champ turned 43 this past November.

He wrestled long, dramatic matches against younger foes and put on outstanding shows on a regular basis. His work against CM Punk, Cody Rhodes and Alberto Del Rio, for example, belied his age.

His secret, at least partially, is the magic of DDP Yoga.

In an interview on WWE.com, Jericho said he suffered from "excruciating pain" thanks to a herniated disc and the aftereffects of a wrestling career that began back in Ponoka, Alberta in 1990. He contacted Page and found a way to keep performing.

"The program has helped immensely; had I not started doing DDP Yoga, I would not have been able to return to WWE earlier this year," he said in 2012.

Had he retired then, fans wouldn't have begrudged him. He was at retirement age and had a career worthy of the Hall of Fame.

DDP Yoga, though, helped him continue to wrestle.

Chris Jericho does the broken table pose.
Chris Jericho does the broken table pose.WWE.com

Jericho has since been one of the most prominent users of Page's form of yoga. Not coincidentally, he's been one of WWE's best performers despite coming and going from the company and being in his 40s.

He has looked so good in his recent runs that it's hard to imagine him slowing down. Could he keep this up until he is 46, 47, 50?

Regardless of the answer, the definition of "retirement age" is shifting.

On the July 15 edition of Raw last year, Jericho had a lengthy match against Rob Van Dam, who was 42 at the time. The result was a showing that exceeded many expectations. Both men flew around the ring and looked just as good as they did in their battles from 10 years prior.

Van Dam, as you may have guessed, is an advocate for DDP Yoga as well.

He joins Ryback, Primo, Marc Mero and Titus O'Neil on the list of WWE Superstars featured on the "Who does DDP Yoga?" section of Page's website.

The longer the list of Superstars who discover DDP Yoga gets, the more common the kind of late-career excellence Jericho and Goldust are experiencing will be.


With a radiant grin on his face, Jake Roberts made a surprise return to Raw on Jan. 6 at age 57. 

"The Snake" had been through a dark odyssey since his heyday. Drugs, alcohol and depression turned him into a cautionary tale. As he told WWE.com's Zach Linder in a recent interview, "I had squandered everything. I hated what I’d become."

DDP Yoga helped him escape his addictions, shed pounds and dramatically alter the narrative of his life and career.

Diamond Dallas Page and Jake Roberts celebrate Roberts' return to Raw.
Diamond Dallas Page and Jake Roberts celebrate Roberts' return to Raw.WWE.com

Before living with Page and sweating through the program, there would have been no talk of an in-ring return. Now there is serious buzz about him being a part of the Royal Rumble.

Roberts told Linder, "I pray for the moment to be in the ring again. I desperately want to give my fans, my friends and myself that one last shot."

It's no certainty that he'll get that shot, but it's now a realistic topic of discussion. During his recent cameo, Roberts looked to be in the best shape that we've seen him in for a long, long time. DDP Yoga may just help The Snake extend his career, to prepare him for that one final moment.

Page's post-retirement contributions to WWE are beginning to surpass what he did as an active wrestler.

An industry once infamous for steroid use and steroid-related deaths has found a cleaner, more sustainable path. As Hall tweeted, "All the cool guys are getting clean."

Wrestlers slowed down by age, by nagging injuries and by accumulating pain now have something proven to lean on to delay retirement. Goldust, Jericho and Van Dam should be in the twilight of their careers, not experiencing their second prime.

DDP Yoga's transformative powers are reshaping WWE Superstars' timelines, stretching out how long fans can expect greatness.

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