WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase has recently appeared in the podcast of The Ross Report and DiBiase talked about whether it is regrettable that NWA and WWE have become world champions. Below are the highlights.
On Rumors He Was to Win The NWA Title:
“Here’s the thing, there was a lot of talk, at one time, again, before WWE, about the possibility [of being NWA World Heavyweight Champion]. Back in those days, whoever was the NWA World Champion, I think they would put it on one guy and they would leave it there for like four years and then they’d go to somebody else. I think the idea was to move it around a little bit more. And the three names in the hat were Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, and me. I don’t know how much truth there is to this, but I was told that the reason, I can’t remember if it was Terry Funk… I can’t remember who the champion was at the time, they were talking about these three guys, but I was told that Crockett begged them to let it be Ric Flair the first time. He said it was the only way he could get his money, the money back that he was owed, was to have Flair be the champion. And I was like, ‘oh my gosh,’ but, again, I don’t know how much truth there was to that.”
On Not Winning the WWF Title at WrestleMania 4:
“There was a lot of talk of that happening at WrestleMania 4. Somehow I win the tournament, and then I have my run with [Hulk] Hogan, and, of course, in the WWF, as it was known then, if you’re a heel champion, you’re not going to be champion very long. You’re transitional. You’re either going to give it back to the guy who you took it from, or you’re going to be a transitional champion and you’re going to lose it to the next guy who will be a babyface champion. And there was talk of that, but Pat Patterson said to me one day, he said, ‘Ted, we’ve kicked this thing around and we thought about it, but in reality, because we’re pushing you so hard, you’re the top heel right now, that’s what the people are going to expect. What if we don’t give him that? Let’s say you don’t win the tournament and then in your arrogance, you create your own title and just declare yourself the Million Dollar Champion?’ As soon as he said it, I said, ‘do that,’ I said, ‘because that will put more heat on me than anything else we can do.’ And, again, that’s me the businessman going, ‘what’s best for business?’ and ‘what’s going to be the bottom line?’ And that’s what I tell people all the time, ‘it would have been nice to be the world champion,’ I said, ‘yeah, but in this business, the bottom line is titles are props and it’s a business, so what was best for business and what was best for me at the time was to go that other way.”