WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Comedian and host Jay Leno arrives at the 26th Annual White House Correspondents' Weekend Garden Brunch at the Beall-Washington House on April 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
Diamond Dallas Page And Jay Leno Teamed Up For A PPV Match Worth Revisiting
From Mr. T at WrestleMania 1 in 1985 to Bad Bunny at WrestleMania 37, plenty of entertainers have found their way into the squared circle, with varying results. Perhaps one of the unlikeliest celebrities to try his hand at professional wrestling was Jay Leno, who teamed with Diamond Dallas Page in a match against "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff during 1998's WCW "Road Wild."
As soon as Bischoff heard that Leno was interested in wrestling, they began working on a storyline to connect “The Tonight Show” and the WCW. After a series of back and forths on “The Tonight Show,” including trash talk and Hulk Hogan invading the show, a Leno vs. Hogan rivalry was founded, and Leno was set to assist Diamond Dallas Page at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Leno and “The Tonight Show” bandleader Kevin Eubanks underwent a crash course in wrestling moves to make sure their "Road Wild" appearance was not being played for laughs. After Hogan and Page battled it out in the ring with little interference, Bischoff and Leno joined in and finished the match fighting each other, with Leno eventually getting the final pin.