Ted DiBiase On Vince McMahon Creating The "The Million Dollar Man," Bobby Heenan, His Career

Ted DiBiase spoke with Ring Rust Radio on his career in pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights via Bleacher Report:

Getting a lot during his career, but not what really mattered to him:

"What I really want people to really realize walking away from this is that what everybody seems to think in the world if I have this great job and I make a lot of money and a nice house and a big car and all the stuff that it'll make you happy. Guys, I had that and not only did I have it, but Vince McMahon was promoting me. He was sending me everywhere first-class, Learjets, limousine, the whole star treatment, and I came to a place and realized that with all of that, if I didn't have the love and respect of my wife and my children, I didn't have anything."

"The Million Dollar Man" gimmick:

"The Million Dollar Man the character is actually a Vince McMahon original. It was presented to me and Vince kind of started laying it out. In a moment when he was called away and I was just sitting there with Pat Patterson who at the time was his right-hand man, Pat looked at me and said, 'Ted, if Vince can be a character in his own show, this is it, this is who he would be.' It had never been done before. Vince said, 'I chose you because you're articulate; you carry yourself well; you interview very well; you are a great wrestler; you're perfect for this.'"

Bobby Heenan:

"Bobby Heenan to me, he was the best. Of all the guys that have been managers that can pick up a microphone and talk, he was a natural and so good. His character like mine was so hated, it was like a little weasel. Everybody wanted to kill him and that was the whole point. Bobby Heenan was as quick-witted off the cameras as he was on the camera and just as funny. A great guy and I just thought the world of him as a person."

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Source: Ring Rust Radio


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