‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase has broken his silence over which match throughout his storied career he considers his favourite and the man he wishes he’d gotten to work with more.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers never to be WWF Champion – his purchase of the championship from Andre the Giant in 1988 isn’t recognised as an official reign – Ted DiBiase was one of professional wrestling’s true greats between the ropes and was handpicked by Vince McMahon, from Mid-South Wrestling, to portray the character which many believe the boss modelled after himself.
Prior to making his name in the WWF as The Million Dollar Man, DiBiase had been a known in the company in the late seventies under Vince McMahon Sr. and was awarded the inaugural reign with the forgotten WWF North American Championship. Though the reign didn’t last long, DiBiase was part of history when he lost the strap to Pat Patterson in 1979 who then unified it with the fictional WWF South American Championship to make the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
As The Million Dollar Man, DiBiase was arguably one of the top heels in the company in the late eighties and early nineties, with one his biggest achievements being headlining WrestleMania IV with Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage in the Final of the WWF Championship Tournament.
Though he never managed to get his hands on the strap – legally – DiBiase abandoned his pursuit and created the Million Dollar Championship. His own heavyweight gold that belonged exclusively to him and was exchanged between himself and bodyguard Virgil upon the hired help’s babyface turn at SummerSlam 1991.
They say that everybody has a price for The Million Dollar Man and WrestleZone matched that for an interview with the legend prior to his virtual signing for 80’s Wrestling Con. Sitting down with the website, DiBiase talked at length about one of his favourite ever matches and the man he wished he’d have been able to have more time with between the ropes: