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Hall Of Famer Comments On Plans For Him To Defeat Hulk Hogan To Win The WWF Title At WrestleMania Getting Cancelled

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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (November 20, 2000) – WWF RAW IS WAR

On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.

It was broadcasted from the TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Florida and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Rebellion 2000’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. WWF World Tag Team Titles: Dudley Boys vs. Right To Censor

2. Hardcore Match: William Regal vs. Hardcore Holly

3. Chris Jericho & The Rock vs. Kane & Rikishi

4. Billy Gunn & K-Kwik & Road Dogg vs. Dean Malenko & Eddie Guerrero & Perry Saturn

5. WWF World Women’s Title: Ivory vs. Molly Holly

6. Handicap Match: The Undertaker vs. Christian & Edge

7. Steve Austin vs. Chris Benoit

• Hall Of Famer Comments On Plans For Him To Defeat Hulk Hogan To Win The WWF Title At WrestleMania Getting Cancelled

During a recent appearance on Apter Chat, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase talked about signing with the WWF, plan being for him to defeat Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Title at WrestleMania 4 & more.

Below are the highlights:

On Vince McMahon presenting him an interesting offer:

“Well, the first time I went to New York and we spoke, all he said was, he said, ‘Ted, I’ve got a great idea.’ He said, ‘There’s so many things in wrestling that have been done and redone and repackaged, but this is fresh, it’s original and I think you’re the perfect guy for it.

Here’s the deal, I can’t tell you what it is unless you agree to sign a contract with the WWF. If I tell you and then you don’t sign with me, I’ve given away a great idea and I’m not going to give this idea away.’ It kind of put me on the spot, so I said, ‘I need a little time to think about it.’ He said, ‘Okay, that’s fine.’

It was very cordial that first meeting and I called my buddy Terry Funk, who I pretty much would turned to for just about every decision I ever made in my wrestling career and I said, ‘Terry, what do you think?’ He just said, ‘Teddy, if Vince has something that he thinks is tailor-made for you, it’s his idea and never been done, pack your bags and don’t look back.’

I said, ‘I thought that’s what you would say.’ ‘If he thinks it’s tailor-made for you, he has watched you, and he knows if you’re a babyface or a heel. He knows what type of guy you are. So obviously he sees this as fitting your character.’ I called Vince back and said, ‘Okay, I’m your man. So what’s the deal?'”

On the original plan for WrestleMania 4 being for him to defeat Hulk Hogan in the end to win the WWF Championship:

“I get asked that question a lot and originally it was discussed. It was discussed that I would somehow underhandedly end up in the last match with Hogan and screw him to win the title.

But along the way it was almost like, I think people expected that because, as it is in wrestling, Hogan obviously after beating Andre, he was the man and he’s the champ. WWE or WWF, you want primarily because you’re catering to the kids at this point because it’s family entertainment. You want your champion to be the good guy as much as possible.

But there was the thought of having me screw Hogan and then have the run with Hogan. Usually a heel champion in the WWE, back then anyway, was somebody who was transitional. He either gets the belt and he drops it to the new babyface champion, or he drops it back to the guy that he beat.

It was Pat Patterson who approached me and he said, ‘Ted, here’s what we’ve been thinking.’ He ran all those things by me which I knew, which was the standard deal.”

        
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