In a promo as tone-deaf to the industry as the performer himself was to the room, Diamond Dallas Page infamously once begged The Undertaker to make him famous.
The implication - and it hadn't been made apparent by weeks of salacious video footage of 'The Deadman's wife being shot without her notice by stalker Page - was that the former WCW World Champion was happy to dive in to WWE's choppy waters via any means necessary. If that involved poking the biggest bear (or specifically, the biggest bear's wife) with his...ahem, biggest stick, then that's exactly what he'd do.
It foreshadowed the failure of the entire 2001 WCW Invasion storyline, summarising exactly how the programme would ultimately collapse. Vince McMahon had won a wrestling war without ever focussing heavily on what his rivals were doing, and more power to him for that. But others - his trusted advisors, those that sat in the war room with him - were tasked not with being critical voices on the world outside the bubble, but simply saying "yes" to the whims of the man they now needed more than ever for their paycheques.
A WCW World Champion - the first, post buyout, to appear on Raw - was a sub-sex offender jobber already, and it wasn't going to get much better.
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