During a recent ‘Monopoly Events’ interview, ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase revealed why he ended up leaving the World Wrestling Federation in 1996 to join Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling, where he became one of the earlier members of the famous ‘new World order’ faction.
Here’s what the 2010 WWE Hall of Famer had to say:
“WCW was kinda like nobody saw that coming, I know I didn’t see that coming.
So when the opportunity came to me to go to WCW and be a Manager and only seriously have to be there one or two days a week, that appealed to me.
Hindsight being 20/20, when I look back at that now, when I got there I wasn’t impressed.
I wasn’t impressed with the way they were booking, there were like too many chiefs and not enough Indians in my opinion.
Not too long after I got there I said ‘This is not gonna last’. I said ‘This organization will never be able to beat Vince McMahon’ and that was proven to be true.”
In 2013, Ted DiBiase was even more direct about his time in WCW, when he said the following:
“Eric Bischoff doesn’t know that much about wrestling. Eric took credit for the nWo but that wasn’t his idea, the nWo had already been done in Japan, so they had copied something that had already been done.
It was a good idea, but originally I was supposed to be the mouthpiece of the nWo and reality is I think Eric saw how it was getting over and he saw how he could put himself in the role that he had hired me for.
As each week went by, pretty soon Eric isn’t the announcer anymore, he becomes part of the nWo and I just went to him one day and told him I’m not just going to walk out there and be Hulk Hogan’s Virgil, you hired me to be the spokesperson for this, so if that’s not what I’m going to do you can send me home.
The reason I said that was because they had to pay me one way or the other because I had a contract where they had to pay me for 3 years”
Ted DiBiase is mostly remembered for his time in Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation, where he became known as the evil ‘Million Dollar Man’.
He wrestled for them from May 1987 until August 1993 and retired from the sport of professional wrestling soon thereafter, but returned to the WWF in January 1994 and worked as an on-screen manager, who even had his own stable ‘The Million Dollar Corporation’ until he left the promotion in May 1996 to go to WCW a few months later.
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