Ted DiBiase Jr. has strenuously denied a story famously told by former Legacy teammate Cody Rhodes that alleged DiBiase slipped up in the ring and then tripped over his tongue in his ensuing rage.
The story stemmed from a match in 2011 on SmackDown that pitted Daniel Bryan, Ezekiel Jackson, and Sin Cara against the team of Wade Barrett, Ted DiBiase Jr., and Cody Rhodes. The match came to an abrupt end after Bryan delivered his running dropkick in the corner on DiBiase Jr. who was judged by the referee to have stayed down for the three count.
Rhodes recalled the match during a Starrcast panel a few years ago, going on to regale those in attendance with what happened backstage after the calamitous match. According to Rhodes, DiBiase Jr. uttered the priceless line of “Where is that referee? He was trying to f*ck on me.”
Now DiBiase Jr. has hit back at Rhodes’ claims in an interview with WrestleZone. According to the former Million Dollar Champion, Rhodes was at least embellishing the story somewhat.
DiBiase Jr. claimed:
“Look, I’m just going to say this – that dude will say something and beat a dead horse with it. I may have said ‘he tried to f*ck me’, but I don’t know where he got the ‘he tried to f*ck on me’. Sorry, I’m trying not to curse in front of the kids, but look that dude knows how to blow something up.”
“I think it’s hilarious and it’s probably a shot at me, but he’d do that all of the time. He’d make something up that somebody said and scream it non-stop in the locker room, and then everybody would adopt it. So, I was p*ssed because I did kick out, and you can go back and watch it, but we had a meeting that day where [they told us] ‘The referees are going to count you out if you don’t kick out!’ I did kick out, and I don’t remember his name, but anyway, I was hot [about it]. I was p*ssed, I said a lot of cuss words when I came through there, but Cody can tell a story. He can fabricate one too.”
Ted DiBiase Jr.’s father, the original Million Dollar Man will be making an appearance at the upcoming NXT TakeOver: In Your House, as he casts his eye over Cameron Grimes’ bout with LA Knight.