Ted DiBiase Sr. Talks Not Winning The WWF Championship, His Sons In Wrestling, More

Source: WNS Podcast

It wasn't until the big war happened between Turner and Vince that guys started getting guaranteed money contracts. Now guys got perks. It's like when I became the Million Dollar Man, part of that was I flew around first class every night, I had limousine service every day. But the not so glamorous side of wrestling, I paid for my own hotels, I paid for rent a cars if it was a rent a car, paid for my own food. That all came off the top. That wasn't paid by the WWF. It was a different ball game back then. Some of those things are still the same today. But now you're making enough money to compensate.

Back to the question of comparing then to now, the guys today are at a disadvantage because they simply don't have the opportunity to learn this art. It's an acquired skill. The only thing I knew for sure when I got in the ring was exactly how that match was going to be. How we were going to end the match, that was important because that's what we were counting on. The finish to draw them back. Satisfy them a little bit, but keep them interested. It's like the babyface just beats the dog out of the heel and beats him from pillar to post and right at the last minute the heel does something underhanded. Cheats to win, gets the win and even though he got his butt kicked for 30 minutes he wins. So the people leave mad because even tho the hero kicked the guy's butt he didn't win so in their heads are like well we're going to come back next week. Next week he'll get it. That's it. That's the simple psychology of wrestling and it's keeping that interest in people. I call a match on the fly. I never knew what I was going to do. I never sat down and mapped out a match. Rehearsing matches is below me. If I told a young guy today I want them to go out there and go 30 minutes, they'd have a panic attack. What most guys do today in indy wrestling is they plan out the whole match from bell to bell. And that's a lot of stuff to remember. Can you remember 30 minutes worth of stuff. I've had one hour matches and like I said it's an acquired skill you learn. And it's very hard to explain but yea that's what's missing today. Fans always come to me and say Gosh, I love wrestling but there's just too much drama on TV. It's all backstage and not enough in the ring.

On any young talent today who he sees being in the same place today as he was: There've been a lot of heels. Stone Cold, who I managed, he was a heel who became a babyface. The Rock. Here's another guy who was a heel that became a babyface. There's two different type of heels. There's the tough guy bad guy. And the tough guy bad guy will always eventually become a good guy. Because people love tough guys. But if you're, what I call a chickensh-t heel. In other words, I go out there and show the people that I can go, that I've got the skills and I can wrestle. But I take the shortcuts. And not only do I take the shortcuts, but I'm a coward. I talk real big and then when somebody gets in my face I kind of back off and send Virgil in to do the work for me. That's the best kind of heel. Because people never get tired of seeing somebody kick that guy's butt. Now a heel like that today, was Bradshaw. JBL. JBL was that type of heel. Big guy, tough guy, knock your head off with that lariat. But when he would run his mouth at somebody and they would confront him you'd see that worried look on his face and he'd get scared. Everyone hates a blowhard. Someone who talks real big and then kind of cowers away. But again, that's what kind of heel I was. And everybody hated me
and they never got tired. No matter who it was. They never got tired of seeing somebody kick my butt. And eventually, sometimes the tough guy heel, eventually the fans get behind him. The fans never got behind me. They always hated me and I was very proud of that.

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