Ted Dibiase Jr. Talks Leaving WWE And If He'd Return, His New Documentary, Part Timers At 'Mania
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Wrestling INC: You were in a high-profile match at WrestleMania 26 [against Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes]. You were then part of the battle royal at WrestleMania 27. It seems like every year it's getting harder and harder for talent to get on the card even though it's longer than it used to be with the four hours for the event and then the pre-show. Is it frustrating with how hard it seems to be to get a spot on the card?
Dibiase: Yeah, it is frustrating. It's frustrating coming from our perspective. But at the same time, you've got to understand and realize that Vince McMahon is running a business. Like I said before, it's publicly traded. You can say what you want about the guy, but as far as a businessman, I don't think that there is many that are much smarter than he. And, he's always going to do what draws numbers. He owes that to his stockholders. It's hard because we put in the grind and the midcard guys and the lower-tiered guys, there at all the house shows, all the European tours. And you got guys coming back now and getting in those main event spots and getting that big payday, and that's where we want to be. But, on the flipside of that, those guys put in that grind at one time or another and made a big enough name for themselves that they can come back and draw those numbers.
So, you've got to respect that and if it doesn't, let it inspire you or motivate you to do something else. I mean, look at [Daniel] Bryan. If he would've given up, he wouldn't be where he is this year. So, it's just one of those things man. It's how bad you want it. So, I don't know, I've got mixed emotions.
Wrestling INC: When you finally made your decision to leave WWE, how long had you been considering it?
Dibiase: Honestly, it was probably around seven or eight months to be honest with you. It's just something my wife and I just start praying about and I really just felt like the Lord was just drawing me away. Again, it was not an easy decision. It wasn't that great for me in the WWE at the time. They were trying to find stuff for me and I was pitching ideas, and nothing was really happening. And I told Vince, "Man I don't play for second place. I don't sit on the sidelines. I want to be a part of the team and contribute." I was willing to learn and try anything.
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