Flashback Audio: Million Dollar Man Talks Nixed WWE Title Run, Working With Randy Savage

Above is audio from an interview WrestlingINC.com conducted with "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase regarding a variety of topics, including his feelings over having never held the WWF world title as well as his work with "Macho Man" Randy Savage, who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend. We are posting interesting clips and stories from our interviews to our YouTube channel, so please take a moment to subscribe to our YouTube channel at youtube.com/WrestlingINC1.

Regarding his run at WWF's world title, DiBiase said he was originally booked to win the tournament at WrestleMania IV but that the idea was reconsidered. He noted that he had no hard feelings over this in hindsight.

"I believe it was a conversation I had with ... Pat Patterson." DiBiase recalled. "(H)e said to me, he said 'Let me ask you a question. What would put greater heat on you? If we go and at Wrestlemania have the tournament and in any underhanded way you win the title?' It's kind of like, that's been done... 'Or, you don't win the title and as a result of not winning the title and getting your way, you create your own title? Basically you just turn your nose at the World Championship and say, 'You know what, I don't need that belt. I'm creating my own championship belt. Here it is and parade around with this thing. It's like you have your own championship match every night. You're declaring yourself the Million Dollar Champion' and I said, 'That's the ticket. That will just make people boil.' And so that's what we did... I've been asked many times, do you regret never having been the world champion, you know? I kind of laugh. I say well, you know, this business is a work. It's like, none of those guys are ever really the world wrestling champion. The titles are props in this business."

DiBiase also confirmed that Honky Tonk Man didn't want to drop the Intercontinental title to Randy Savage but said that all things considered, everything worked out for the best in the end.

"It's kind of like, I guess they wanted everybody to be happy," Said DiBiase. "If Honky Tonk Man wasn't going to drop the Intercontinental belt to Savage, what can we do? I really think that what they did was the best thing they could have possibly done for business because it was unique. It was different. It took Randy and overnight made him, he went from this heel who abused his wife to a baby face. Everybody was covered."

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