Now, hindsight's 20/20, I should have just gone and sat down and talked to Vince. I really should have done that. But at the time I thought, well, Vince has made a business decision and he's going to do what's best for his company. He's not concerned with what's going on at home for me. That's for me to deal with and if I can't deal with that, Vince is the way he wants it. We later had that conversation and he said yes, you should have come to talk to me. At the time, I didn't. So I basically sent them a letter saying that I wanted to kind of renegotiate my contract. I'm sure that somebody had gotten word to Vince that this was a possibility anyway. I just showed up at TV one day and he said, "you'll finish tonight." I said okay. So I went to WCW for three years and quite frankly, it was the most miserable three years of my life in terms of business, in terms of the most poorly run company I ever did business with, ever, in spite of the money.
Basically, I think they tagged me as Billionaire Ted. I was supposed to be the mouthpiece and financial backer of the nWo but what really happened as this thing got hotter, Eric Bischoff saw where he could slip himself into the role that he hired me for. And that's what he did. So, a couple weeks go by and I'm not having anything to say anymore, I'm just walking out there, standing in the corner with the rest of the gang. And I just went to Eric and I said look, I said I didn't spend my career so I could end it being Hulk Hogan's belt wearer. I'm not Virgil. I said if you want to have my job, great. You hired me, so do it, I said. Bottom line is, you still have to pay me. So he agreed. I went home and they brought me back as a babyface manager to the Steiner brothers, which really didn't make a whole lot of sense either.
So I just did my time there and when it was over, basically at that point, I was out of the business. I had been going out and doing a lot of speaking. I was ordained into the ministry through my local church in February of 2000. I had already been doing a lot of speaking. So basically, my vocation in life changed and I went from a professional wrestler to a itinerate preacher. Not a lot to do with wrestling at all and I had a great run. I wasn't mad about anything, I wasn't disappointed about anything.
Make sure to check back tomorrow for the third part of our interview, where Dibiase talks working on the WWE creative team, working on his ministry, not wanting his children to enter the business, how WWE was using Ted Jr. and much more.
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