Ted DiBiase is a retired wrestling and WWE Hall of Famer. He was a guest at The Gerry V Show on ESPN. DiBiase granted an interview with Charlotte to promote his appearance at an autograph session.
Ted DiBiase during the chat discussed how he joined WWE as Ted DiBiase, and because the WWE Chairman Vince McMahon wanted a version of himself on TV, and saw it in him, decided that the ‘Million Dollar Man’ gimmick be added to his name.
He also revealed that the wealthy lifestyle he showed on TV was lived on the outside as WWE ensured he traveled in limousines and learjets to show the watching public that he was truly wealthy. According to Ted DiBiase, he got $2,000 in “flash money” just to help him maintain the gimmick but added that he was warned never to abuse it, otherwise he would lose it.
Regarding the biggest milestone moments of his WWE career, Ted DiBiase revealed that it was his first Wrestlemania appearance, and that was Wrestlemania 4, back in 1988. DiBiase battled Randy Savage for the WWE Championship. He equally recalled having another huge moment during the episode of The Main Event where Andre the Giant won the WWE Championship and sold it to him. DiBiase as mentioned his match at Wembley Stadium, in front of the biggest crowd he has ever competed for.
On what it was like traveling with Andre the Giant? DiBiase revealed how WWE wanted him to compete for a little longer than he had wanted to, but Andre did not want to because he was in such poor health. According to DiBiase, “There were nights that we would walk to the ring and he would put his hand on my shoulder, and to the public, it was like, ‘well, that’s just his partner,’ but he was steadying himself because his back [was so bad], and so I would be the one who was doing most of the bumping and flying around the ring.”
Thanks to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.