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Ted DiBiase Thinks The Biggest Problem With WWE Is The Lack Of Selling, Talks Not Fitting With WWE Creative



The “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase recently sat down with his fellow Hall Of Famer, Jim Ross on JR’s podcast, “The Ross Report”. DiBiase discussed how WWE’s business is doing, him regretting not telling Vince McMahon about his problems while on the road & how selling is lacking in the company.

Here are the highlights: (transcripts by WrestlingINC)

DiBiase On How Well WWE Is Doing Despite Complaints:

“I hear the same stuff all the time from fans everywhere. Of course, they are fans that are my age or older and remember me and they go, ‘it’s just not the same anymore.’ I said, ‘I agree with you.’ I said, ‘but, like, the fish’s still selling out!’ They’re still selling out and I’m not going to be one of those old farts that just knock the business and everything because things do change and there reasons why they change. We can talk about that stuff all day. Maybe there’s hope that it’ll go back to more action and not so much talk, but who knows?”

DiBiase On Not Fitting In With WWE Creative:

“I understand the psychology of the business. I understand who I am and I know how I interact with other people, but that’s a gift, the storytelling. Not everybody has that gift and it’s kind of like the way I work and Vince finally looked at me one day and he said, ‘you remind me of Ray Stevens.’ I said, ‘how’s that?’ He said, ‘well, Ray was one of the greatest workers we ever had. So are you.’ He said, ‘but if you ever asked Ray why he did anything, at any given time, he couldn’t explain it and I said, ‘exactly, Vince!’ And see, Vince doesn’t understand that because he never done it.”

On How Selling Is Missing From The Current Product:

“Selling’s missing. The other thing and I don’t know if it’s the company; the company is a publicly held company and I don’t know if there are restrictions now or what, but there aren’t any real heels. I guess the closest in my book and I’m not watching close enough anymore, but as far as character and realism, I thought Bray Wyatt, Mike’s kid, came across as one of the most genuine heels we had recently.”

Regretting Not Telling Vince McMahon His Problems While On The Road:

“When I left and went to Japan, it wasn’t because I was disappointed or unhappy. I just had to separate myself from the environment and the next time, when I came back as a manager and a commentator and I left and went to WCW, that’s when I should have had a talk with Vince because Vince took me. When I went back to work for him, the managers then, they only did TV and they didn’t go on the road and then, I was doing one day in the studio every week up in Stamford, so I was home all the time. Well, Vince put me back on the road. He put me on the road with Sid, then put me with Steve Austin and I get that. Of course, my attitude then was, ‘okay, the guy’s running a business. He’s putting me where he thinks I can best help his business. He’s not interested in my personal problems and I had a chance to have that conversation with him after Hawk died. When Hawk died, I spoke at the funeral and Vince was actually there and I got him off to the side and we had the opportunity to have that conversation and I guess mend that fence because it was never anything about me being unhappy with business. It was just I was afraid of the road and, of course, he told me, he said, ‘you should have come and talked to me.’ I mean, you can talk to the guy.”

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