WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase, renowned as "The Million Dollar Man," recently shared fond memories of his diverse and illustrious career spanning nearly half a century in a recent episode of "Everybody's Got A Pod." With a career encompassing roles as a wrestler, manager, commentator, and member of WWE's creative team, DiBiase's experiences in the ring have been rich and varied.
Yet, one particular encounter stands out for him: his match with Ricky Steamboat. DiBiase expressed deep admiration for Steamboat during the podcast, reflecting on their singular encounter in the ring. "I only had one match with Ricky Steamboat and brother; we tore it down," DiBiase revealed, adding, "For me, it was like being in heaven." This high praise underscores the exceptional skill and in-ring chemistry that both wrestlers brought to their 1991 King of the Ring tournament match.
Despite ending in a draw due to the time limit, this remains a significant highlight in DiBiase's career.
DiBiase's Unfulfilled Dream
DiBiase also lamented having yet to have the opportunity to engage in a more extensive program with Steamboat, imagining the potential of a long-term feud culminating in a high-stakes stipulation match.
Such a storyline could have further showcased their remarkable synergy in the ring. DiBiase achieved numerous accolades throughout his career, including being the inaugural and two-time Million Dollar Champion, a one-time North American Heavyweight Champion, and a three-time WWF Tag Team Champion.
His King of the Ring triumph in 1998, seven years after his memorable match with Steamboat, is a testament to his enduring talent and popularity in the wrestling world. DiBiase's impact and contributions to WWE were formally recognized with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.
Most recently, fans saw him on "WWE Raw's" 30th anniversary episode, where his legendary persona was on full display, albeit in a playful poker game with Baron Corbin. Ted DiBiase's reflections highlight his extraordinary journey in the world of professional wrestling and underscore the profound respect and camaraderie among wrestling's most notable talents.
His recounting of the match with Steamboat offers a glimpse into the magical moments that define the sport and its storied history.