DiBiase defeats Randy Savage, Ken Patera and Brutus Beefcake to claim the crown at King of the Ring 1988.
I identified with Randy a lot. We both had a lot in common, in that we were both buys who grew up in this industry whose fathers were wrestlers. I’ve always believed that for kids who that grew up in the industry that it’s not just a job, but it’s something they fell in love with and something they’ve known all their lives. There’s a certain camaraderie there. In a word, Randy was charismatic.
Wrestlemania 26 is held at The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The event features Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes vs Ted DiBiase, Triple H vs Sheamus, Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk, Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon, Chris Jericho vs Edge, John Cena vs Batista and The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels in a retirement match.
DiBiase is a guest on The Art of Wrestling to discuss wrestling in the 1980s and territory wrestling.
I worked territories. I came to New York and I had just turned babyface and they said to me, “That doesn’t matter. These people don’t know you on a national basis. You’re going to do this.”
DiBiase discusses his 1979 run in WWE:
I wasn’t even there for a year, but I went there and I was brought in the North American Heavyweight Champion. They had their World Champion, their World Tag Team Champions and their Womens World Champion, that was it, there weren’t any other belts. I let Vince McMahon Sr. know that one of the belts that Bill Watts had in Mid-South was the North American Championship, then when I lost the belt to Pat Patterson, Vince then made up a story about the Intercontinental title. There is a little bit of history there, people say Pat Patterson was the first Intercontinental champion, truth is I was.
DiBiase is a guest to discuss WWE, wrestling in Atlanta and Bill Watts.
Getting booked by Bill Watts was a real gift. This guy, in my mind, was one of the most brilliant minds with psychology in the wrestling business ever.