Ted DiBiase recently revealed how his iconic laugh became a pillar of his character and had the timing been slightly different, it might never have happened.
Thanks to the wide, wide world of wrestling podcasts, fans have been able to hear all sorts of stories about how certain wrestling characters came to be. How Stone Cold came up with his 3:16 gimmick, and the transformation of Batista from the terrible Leviathan idea to The Animal who would go on to win multiple World Championships.
A lot of the time, it sounds as if gimmicks that end up being huge parts of a wrestler's career almost happen by accident. That if the timing hadn't have been just right, the history of the business would have been very different. Take Stone Cold, for example. Had the smack in the mouth he received on the night he came up with Austin 3:16 been any worse, he'd have missed the chance to become King of the Ring and deliver that line.
It sounds as if Ted DiBiase has fate to thank for a big part of his character too. When most fans think of The Million Dollar Man, the first thing that springs to mind is his laugh. DiBiase recently told Wrestling Inc.'s Andy Malnoske that the laugh is very similar to his real-life one, just turned up a little.
"It's an exaggeration for the way I really laugh and Vince happened to be walking by," DiBiase explained. Apparently, McMahon heard the laugh, walked back in and said, "That's The Million Dollar Man and I wanna hear that laugh every time you cut an interview." With that, DiBiase's iconic Million Dollar Man laugh was born, and his career was taken to the next level.
If McMahon didn't happen to walk past at that exact moment, DiBiase's character might never have had its iconic laugh. It might seem crazy to say, but there's no way of knowing if The Million Dollar Man character would have taken off in the way that it did had it existed without the laugh. Clearly, the chairman was a big fan of that element, and it might be one of the main reasons he pushed him so hard in WWE.