Ted Dibiase Talks About Who Really Created The Million Dollar Man Gimmick

Ted Dibiase recently revealed who created the "Million Dollar Man" gimmick.  It's a character that was hated for a large portion of the late 80s, and one that couldn't be played by another man. Something about the Million Dollar Man gimmick stuck with wrestling fans, and it's still revered.

The 63-year-old DiBiase started his wrestling career back in 1975 with Mid-South Wrestling. He then moved onto the WWF in 1979. Then in 1980, DiBiase left the WWF for the National Wresting Alliance before he returned to Mid-South Wrestling.


In 1987, DiBiase returned to the WWF and then the Million Dollar Man was created by McMahon. Money Inc. was then created in 1992 and lasted until 1993. that then turned into The Million Dollar Corporation from 1994 to1996. While he got a lot of mileage out of the gimmick, he recently revealed to Bleacher Report that it wasn't his brainchild.

Via WWE.com

“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.'”

In 1996, DiBiase left the WWF in order to join World Championship Wrestling. He then became the fourth member of the notorious nWo along with Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hollywood Hogan. In 2004, DiBiase decided to retire as a wrestler. He was then offered a job with WWE Creative, which he accepted even though he didn't want it. DiBiase was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010. He still makes random wrestling appearances from time to time.

Believe it or not, DiBiase is now a Christian minister. He founded Heart of David Ministry back in 1999 and has been traveling all over the world in order to help other churches, camps, and conferences that include the Promise Keepers and Youth of the Nation.DiBiase was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010. He still makes random wrestling appearances from time to time.


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