In the world of WWE, where stars often emerge under the brightest of spotlights, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase expresses bewilderment over the overlooked potential of one particular wrestler, Terry Taylor. During his appearance on the podcast "Everybody's Got a Pod," DiBiase, known as the iconic Million Dollar Champion, shared his perspective on Taylor's journey in the wrestling arena.
DiBiase, who has squared off against numerous headliners during his WWE tenure, highlighted Taylor's unrecognized talent. "Terry Taylor is a great guy. He's extremely knowledgeable about the wrestling business, which is evident in his current role as one of the trainers at the WWE Performance Center," DiBiase remarked.
Despite his skills and knowledge, Taylor, a former NWA standout, never received the push he deserved, according to DiBiase. This, he believes, is a baffling oversight by WWE.
Red Rooster: Misunderstood Talent
The most notable phase of Taylor's WWE career was his portrayal of the Red Rooster character, a gimmick that many perceived as a practical joke.
However, WWE producer Bruce Prichard has revealed that Vince McMahon actually saw Taylor as having a naturally cocky demeanor backstage, making him a fit for the role. Despite this, DiBiase maintains that Taylor's potential as a babyface was significantly underutilized.
Beyond his in-ring persona, Taylor's impact is felt strongly in his current role at the WWE Performance Center. He's earned respect for mentoring the next generation of WWE talent, particularly in NXT. Wrestler Joe Coffey recently praised Taylor's guidance, especially in refining in-ring psychology.
As WWE continues to evolve, the stories of wrestlers like Taylor offer a fascinating glimpse into the complexities of character development and the unpredictability of wrestling careers. Taylor's journey, though not headlined by championships, remains a testament to the diverse paths talents can take within the industry, underscoring the unpredictable nature of professional wrestling.