• Ted DiBiase Says It Was Unbelievable How Over Stone Cold Got
During a recent interview with the Mirror, WWE Hall of Famer Ted Dibiase talked about helping Steve Austin in Austin’s early days in the World Wrestling Federation. Below are the highlights.
On seeing the talent in Steve Austin:
“I did make ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin the Million Dollar Champion on Raw. You know I saw the talent in Steve and I remember telling him – because a lot of people were telling him ‘You need to do more’ – I remember telling him, ‘Don’t do anything different, because what you do is believable, it’s real.’ And I said ‘That’s what I’ve always tried to sell is real.’ I said ‘It will take you a little longer, but once you’re over, you’re over.’ Well nobody knew just how over he would get! It was unbelievable.”
On being the A-list guy that elevated Steve Austin:
“Yeah, well, I was just that rub. It’s kind of like in the movies, they see a potential great young actor and they put him in a movie as a co-star to an A-list guy and that helps elevate them. That’s what they did with Steve and I happened to be an A-list guy at the time. So I was just the right guy at the right place, at the right time.”
On Austin exceeding expectations:
“I think he exceeded everybody’s expectations, I really do. What’s funny is you know everybody is talking about how we’re now a PG program. I think that’s great, because I’m a minister now and I have been for a long time, so I was not a big fan of the Attitude Era.
There were some things they did that were very funny and that was great, but I was never a fan of the sleazy stuff. What’s funny is, I was part of a panel, Steve and I, and they said ‘Ted, you have been quoted as saying that you would never allow your son’s hero to be a beer guzzling, swearing, finger-flipping wrestler’.
I said ‘exactly, I still believe that today’. Steve was sitting by me and he looked at me and said ‘That’s the same thing my mother said!'”
• Dana White Says “Anything Is Possible” Regarding Brock Lesnar Returning To UFC
During a recent edition of UFC Tonight, UFC President Dana White was asked about Brock Lesnar’s return to the UFC. Below is what Dana said:
“Anything is possible. Brock has always shown interest in coming over and fighting here in the UFC. I wouldn’t be shocked if he gave it one more shot.”
Lesnar’s last fight was at UFC 200 where he defeated Mark Hunt, but the decision was turned into a No Contest when Lesnar failed drug tests.
• SmackDown Live Wrestler Undergoes Surgery, Missing WrestleMania 34
SmackDown Live wrestler Tamina Snuka has undergone surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
Her last match was the Women’s Royal Rumble match and she worked the match while being injured.
She’ll now miss WrestleMania 34 as the recovery time for this injury is 6-8 months (Jeff Hardy underwent surgery for the same injury last year).