He was pegged as the second coming in professional wrestling. A third generation wrestler who was going to set the WWE on fire. He had the look, the ability and wrestling acumen to become a big star. Then one day…it all ended. Today on the blog, we ask ‘Whatever Happened to‘ Ted Dibiase Junior?
Ted Dibiase Jr. is the son of WWE Hall of Famer ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase and the grandson to wrestlers ‘Iron’ Mike Dibiase and Helen Hild. He was trained by the legendary wrestler/trainer Harley Race in Troy, Missouri. After his training, Dibiase Jr. teamed with his half brother Mike Dibiase on the independent circuit. The team won tag team titles around the independents. Ted Jr would then branch out on his own and tour Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah.
A year into his career, Ted Jr signed a WWE developmental contract and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) starting in the summer of 2007. He was pushed as a top star for FCW and won the FCW heavyweight title. A few injuries sidelined Ted Jr and slowed his progress in developmental. When he returned from injury, Ted Jr was called up to the main roster and was introduced by his father Ted Dibiase Sr.
For the next few weeks, Ted Jr. teased that he would find a tag team partner to challenge the reigning champions of Bob Holly and Cody Rhodes. Originally, the plan was for Ted to reveal Harry Smith (Davey Boy Smith’s son) as his partner. However, there was a last minute change and Cody turned on Holly teaming with Ted Jr. to win the tag team titles in his very first match on the main roster. Soon, Randy Orton, Sim Snuka (Jimmy Snuka’s son) and Manu (Wild Samoan Afa’s son) and formed a second/third generation faction called Legacy. Cody Rhodes and Ted Jr. would lose and regain the tag team titles back.
When Randy Orton split up Legacy, it appeared that Ted Jr. would restart the faction up with him as leader. Carlito and Primo Colon joined his faction one week…then it was inexplicably dropped. Ted Jr.’s next gimmick was that of a spoiled rich kid and he was given his father’s Million Dollar Belt and his old bodyguard in Virgil. He then soon fired Virgil and hired Maryse to be his valet. Ted Jr. would remain a heel until the summer of 2011…when his old friend Cody Rhodes turned on him.
Ted Dibiase Jr would become a babyface for the first time in his career. He would start to tailgate before live WWE events and host parties for the fans before shows. He referred his fans as the “DiBiase Posse.” Ted Jr.’s career really began to stagnate during this time and was being used sporadically at best. In August of 2013, Ted Jr. made the decision not to renew his WWE contract as he wanted to explore other avenues in his life.
So, whatever happened to Ted Dibiase Jr? Ted Jr became a motivational speaker touring schools. He also plays a big part in his father’s ministry. Currently, Ted Dibiase Jr is the vice president of business development for One Life America which is an insurance company. He is married and has two children and resides in Mississippi.
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