Ted Dibiase Sr. Talks Working In WWE Creative, How Ted Jr. Was Used In WWE, Religion, More
Again, the business is just a business. There's people that have labored and labored and it takes them a long time before they get that break and then they get it. Then sometimes, I've seen guys with a lot of talent never get it. It's the nature of the beast.
WrestlingINC: What are your thoughts on today's talent? Do you get to watch much of wrestling?
Dibiase: I was watching more when my son was more involved. It's kind of like, I lived so much of my life doing that, if you talked to Terry Funk or talked to any one of those old guys, they don't watch it either. We tune in every now and then to just take a look, but it's like I don't run to my TV every Monday night and watch RAW. I of course watched RAW this past Monday night because I did a RAW party up in Poughkeepsie, New York. A bunch of people came to a wing place. This guy hosted a Monday Night RAW party. He was the Million Dollar Man. It was kind of fun.
WrestlingINC: Do you enjoy doing appearances like that?
Dibiase: Oh yeah, I have fun with the fans. It's fun to mingle with them and listen to them. You get an idea of what they like and what they don't like. When you talk to the fans, a lot of the older fans say the wrestling's not as good as it used to be. Your era was the best era. In a lot of ways they're right and there's a lot of reasons for that, but by the same token, everything changes and evolves and WWE today is a tremendous business. It's marketed very well and they've got a fan base, a young fan base, that just loves them. It is a lot more drama than it used to be It is what it is. Once again, it's branding. Why do you go to Starbucks and pay five bucks for a cup of coffee?
WrestlingINC: I just feel like, from your days in Mid South, and NWA and WWF, just story lines and feuds really stood out back then. There was a real reason behind them. The matches were great. You had time in a program, it wasn't month to month or week to week and things just don't seem to resonate nowadays as they did back then.
Dibiase: I agree. I really don't understand that. I don't understand that. A lot of people will say people's attention span. I don't agree with that. I mean, I think it worked then, it would work now. Why can't you have one of these story lines, instead of it being over, you start the story line and by the time you get to the pay per view it's over. Why can't you carry that over to two or three pay per views? Keep that story line going. I think a lot of that has to do with the talent. Are you a good enough worker to carry it? Are you a good enough worker to go out there and continue to give the people their money's worth with that same guy? That might be one of the reasons that they don't continue to do it. I don't know. There's not a plethora of excellent workers. There's a few, but there's not as many as there used to be.
WrestlingINC: You mentioned that you also do public speaking engagements for churches and things like that. How can someone contact you if they want you to speak?
Dibiase: I have two websites. Once is milliondollarman.com and the other is heartofdavidministry.com. Also, I'm on Twitter @MDMTedDiBiase and I have a Facebook page that is associated with both websites, Million Dollar Man and Heart of David Ministry. There's lots of ways to get to me.
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