Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #24 - "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts with WWE verbage in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than any Seth Rollins theme song (you know, ”Burn It Down?” Okay, I’ll see that bad joke right out the door).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All" (with a little help from Wikipedia to fill in the blanks), I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990, factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
#24: Ted DiBiase
Hailing From: Omaha, NE
Finisher: The Million Dollar Dream
Unless you’re a sociopath, nobody likes a millionaire waving his money around and kicking basketballs away from kids. Vince McMahon really liked it, however.
Who’s a better counter-balance to that vitamin-eating and prayer-saying Hulk Hogan than “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase? The act found major success in the late 80s as Vince had DiBiase “live the gimmick” outside of the squared circle too. All that considered (along with DiBiase’s natural charisma and talent) the act transitioned smoothly into the the early part of the decade. He feuded with the Ultimate Warrior and Jake Roberts in 1990, then had a longstanding grudge with his former valet, Virgil. At Survivor Series 1990 he was an key cog in the debut of The Undertaker.
Then through the years of 1992-93 DiBiase, along with his accountant, I.R.S, Ted formed a tag team called Money Inc. and they would become a major force in WWF’s tag division going up against The Road Warriors, The Steiners and even Hogan & Brutus Beefcake during WrestleMania IX. Money Inc. would win the belt three times and it wasn’t long after that until DiBiase retired from in-ring competition.
“The Million Dollar Man” would still carry on as a manager, however as he formed a stable called “The Million Dollar Corporation” that included the likes of Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy, I.R.S., Sid Vicious and eventually Steve Austin (going by his most notable moniker as “The Ringmaster”) .
It may have been during a rebuilding period for WWF, but the Million Dollar Corporation was a primary focus on WWF television. Having a heelish character like DiBiase around provided a mouthpiece for some of the talent who weren’t as good on the mic.
DiBiase left for WCW in 1996 and became the fourth member of the N.W.O. with Hogan, Scott Hall & Kevin Nash. His time in the faction wasn’t immensely long and he soon turned face to manage the Steiner Brothers until he eventually was transitioned primarily to a backstage role.
A chunk of DiBiase’s 90s success was in great deal to his work in the 80s, but it really shows how much longevity the character had.