WWE announced Monday that WCW legend and former World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page will enter the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2017, along with Kurt Angle, The Rock 'n' Roll Express and Teddy Long. The news was first reported by Rolling Stone.
Page got into the wrestling business unusually late in life, debuting in WCW as a manager at the age of 34 in 1991 and he started training as a wrestler later that year. Over the next decade, Page would eventually become one of the faces of the company along with the likes of Goldberg and Sting. He finally won the World Heavyweight Championship in 1999 at Spring Stampede, and had two other reigns before WCW was bought by WWE. Page famously lost his title to actor David Arquette in 2000 in a desperate ratings stunt that backfired.
Page is beloved by his colleagues, and was instrumental in changing the lives of his close friends Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Scott Hall, both of whom were struggling with severe addiction issues and moved in with Page seeking help. Many wrestlers have also credited his DDP Yoga program with helping them extend their careers.