‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase has revealed that in the past he has considered opening up a wrestling school.
Speaking to Bill Pritchard of WrestleZone, the WWE Hall of Famer said that his teaching method would have been “old school”.
“This is the first time I’m saying it publicly, but I’ve thought about starting my own wrestling school. In wanting to do that, it’s like ‘old school’ and for me, teaching young wrestlers how to wrestle is that you wrestle with them.”
The 1988 King of the Ring explained that when he got into wrestling, the way he was taught was very practical, and he would get into the ring to learn the basics. However, he said he truly began learning the craft when he started performing in front of an audience.
“My way of learning the business was that I got in the ring with a couple of guys and I learned how to take the basic bumps, and I learned how to stand on my feet and fall on my back which is the most uncomfortable thing to do.
“Where I really learned my trade was doing it in front of a live crowd because you learn to react to the people and ‘read’ a crowd, if you will.”
Reading the crowd was a big part of wrestling in DiBiase’s era, as matches were improvised rather than mapped out as they are today and no doubt would have played a large part in his method of teaching had he opened a school.
Ted DiBiase had a legendary career both as a wrestler and a manager. He continues to make appearances for WWE, and was last seen losing the 24/7 Championship to Drake Maverick on the Raw Reunion special on July 22, 2019, having bought it from Alundra Blayze earlier in the show.