WWE News EXCLUSIVE: MDM Ted DiBiase addresses Ultimate Warrior "feud," why he feels Warrior disrespected the industry, what he would say to Warrior in a conversation today
Jul 20, 2013 - 6:40:08 AM
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With The Ultimate Warrior in the news this week after returning to the WWE fold for a video game deal, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase talked in-depth about his past disputes with Warrior and what he would say to Warrior today in an exclusive interview on Friday's PWTorch Livecast.
"There was a miscommunication back in 2010 in terms of - this was the year I was inducted into the Hall of Fame - and if I'm not mistaken, Vince had offered Warrior the Hall of Fame that year. The word I had was it was conditional with him on getting an apology for the DVD, 'The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior.' And Vince did not do that," DiBiase told PWTorch editor Wade Keller and PWTorch columnist Bruce Mitchell on the Livecast.
"Here's the thing I respect about Vince. Number One - he's a businessman. And if he can make money with you, he will make money with you. He doesn't have to like you. And burying the hatchet is tremendous.
"My biggest problem with Jim Hellwig is his lack of respect for our business because he's not shown that to anybody. The first time I met him was when he and Steve Borden - Sting - came into Mid-South as a tag team. Warrior was never a great wrestler; he was a good character. Yes, he had a lot of charisma. But, unless he had someone in the ring, like me, or any number of other guys who could work, to lead him, he couldn't work.
"How many Warrior matches have you seen? And how many are the same? All. Probably one of the best matches I ever saw him have was the match he had with (Hulk) Hogan in Toronto when he put him over for the (WWF) Title. He had that match because Hogan led him around the ring and Hogan showed everybody that he really could work."
DiBiase then went into detail about his professional criticism of Warrior, which was contained in WWE's "Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior" DVD released in 2005.
"I was one of the guys who was interviewed for that. All of those interviews took weeks. We didn't all sit down at a conference table and say, 'You say this and I'll say that,' but, collectively, everybody on that tape basically said the same thing. And that's been the problem," DiBiase said.
"Now, the last big (blow-up) with me and Warrior was someone asked me, 'If Vince McMahon would have asked me, [Ted, do you think Ultimate Warrior deserves to be put in the Hall of Fame?] What would you have said?' I said I would have said no. In my opinion, the Hall of Fame isn't just about how good you are as a wrestler, it's about your total contribution to the industry. Knowing his history, it's kind of like he came in and used the business and everybody else in it.
"Somehow word got back to him that I had been asked by Vince McMahon. Of course, that wasn't true. Then, he went on a tirade about me and how I let myself go toward the end of my career. I was like, 'Do you not have anything better to do?' I said I am not going to spend the time answering all of this, but I am simply going to say: 'When that DVD was done, independent of one another, 10 or 12 of the most-respected guys in our industry said the same thing.' And I said, 'I never heard you say nothing negatively about yourself. As far as my faults go, I wrote a whole book about it.'
"Again, I don't hate Jim; I don't hate anybody. I would be more than happy to sit down with Jim Hellwig and talk this thing through. If you're willing to admit to having a fault. But, to this day, it's like he doesn't have any.
"Here's my point. Does Jim Hellwig have some charisma? Absolutely. Was the guy absolutely - you can't look like that and not be dedicated. You talk about to maintain his body like that and work the schedule that we had to work is incredible. I always gave him credit for that, but that aside, what did you bring to the plate?
"It's kind of like talking about Junkyard Dog (earlier). JYD was not a great wrestler; he was a great character. He did not have a great physique, but he knew it and he appreciated the people who took care of him, like me and so many other guys. That's all; that's all many of us are saying. 'Come down off your pedestal.'"
"Here's the thing with him and me or him and any number of other guys, there wasn't a whole lot he could control because he didn't know how to work. He had to be in there with someone who could tell him what to do.
"He had a phenomenal body and he had a gigantic push, (but) he couldn't do that today because there aren't as many guys available today who could take him in the ring and make him look that good.
"Overall, if Jim and Vince can bury the hatchet, that's great. No one was happier to see Bruno Sammartino get inducted into the Hall of Fame this year than I was. There was another hatchet I was glad to hear buried - if it indeed is. Again, I am a minister, I do not hate anybody. All I would want from Jim is 'Let's be real. If you want to sit down and talk, let's sit down and really talk.' But, do I hate the guy? No, I don't hate the guy."
[ LINK: DiBiase appeared on Friday's Livecast to discuss Mid-South memories ahead of WWE releasing a Mid-South DVD later this year, his WWF run, and his "Heart of David" Ministry, which can be read about HERE at HeartofDavidMinistry.com ]
[ AUDIO: 90 minutes of DiBiase's Livecast interview can be heard HERE at PWTorchLivecast.com. The full interview, which includes VIP Aftershow questions, will be posted for VIP members later. ]
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