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Ted Dibiasi Interview

from Extreme Sports Network

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This weeks guest is Ted DiBiasse....

Hitman: Welcome back to the Extreme Sports Network and joining us right now from Mississippi it's Ted Dibiasse...Ted welcome to the big show...

Ted: What's going on guys...

Hitman: How are you doing man?

Ted: Is everybody NWO there or not?!!!!

Hitman: Actually Coach here in studio is sporting his NWO shirt..

Ted: NWO for life brother!

Hitman: You guys have the big pay per view show coming up and the big Giant won't be in your corner....

Ted: Well, its really disappointing...we are disappointed, but the one that should be ultimatly disappointed is the Giant. Here's a guy that has all the potential in the world..He is a giant, 7'4 450 pounds, maybe its his youth and inexperence but he made a mistake. As you saw last Monday night he's got talent and it wasn't a cakewalk, and we don't think it will be a cakewalk( the upcoming battle's with Hogan). Hulk Hogan is no doubt the biggest icon in the sport; took the Giant under his wing, took him out to Hollywood.... Here's a guy that's only been around a couple of years and has been in a movie with Schwartzenegger. All he had to do is stay where he was. He had it made. The thing about the NWO is its all for one and one for all. It's not a matter of who's caring the belt or who is the champion. Figuritively or actually... he's got a big head. He's really done it now.

Hitman: It seems the NWO is a team. No one really knows who's on what team in the WCW?

Ted: You're absoultely right. They're floundering...All of those ego's are afraid for their spot or position in WCW. Everyone's worried about themselves. Why have we (NWO) been able to accomplish what we have accomplished? We've gone out and said this is what we are going to do. And we have done everything as a group...so you don't like our method...all is fair in love and war and the NWO as far as we're concerned, thinks this is war. What are we after? We are after domination. Just like it says on our poster, "We do what we want, when we want, and where-ever we want". Why? Because we can! And this PPV, NWO SOULED OUT......Why did they name it that?...because they knew (WCW) when they announced it, it would sell out. And it has. When it gets down to brass tax, ask the WCW and TNT about the ratings, the attendance, the sales, the gates, tha mail, everything is up..WHY?

Hitman: It's the NWO BABY!

Ted: It IS thee NWO BABY!

Coach: Ted, where do you see the NWO in the next 6 months to a year?

Ted: Bigger and better. Nobody ever believed we would have our own segment of our show. Nobody ever believed that we would have our own pay per view and I'm telling you its coming we are going to have our own hour coming up soon.

Hitman: Will that be on the Nitro show?

Ted: Where should it be? The ratings are on Monday night....and we are the reason for the ratings. I'm telling you they are going to have to split time with us baby. As far as this pay per view goes, if you're out there listening dont miss NWO Souled out. We don't do anything in a small way, we do everything in a unique way! Your not going to want to miss this.

Hitman: Are we going to see a new member of the NWO on Souled Out?

TED: It's very possible. One of the trademarks of the NWO is we don't give out our game plan but I will say this much.......There are a few big names out there. Regardless of what federation they may be with now....they're interested. We have a few names in that hat. And if they come up and appear with us, everybody's gonna say "Oh my God, I can't believe it".

Hitman: Last Nitro Diamond Dallas Page came out and did a little number on your guys...

Ted: (Laughs) The Giant made a mistake...he let things go to his head, but PAGE, you talk about somebody making a mistake....he's going to get spanked! The one thing he said is that he wanted to be left alone. Well you know what they say about persistance.....We thought if we were pesistant and showing up and helping him out, that we would finally get the message. Dallas, if you would have been as persistant as we were, we finally would have packed up and went away, but no! What do you do? You let Hall and Nash come in the ring and embrace you like one of our own and wear our colors and what do you do? drop them? Brother you better be walking softly, looking over your shoulder, and make wide turns around corners....we aren't making any bones about it we are out to get you pal!!!

Hitman: A little bounty on his head huh?

TED: Oh yes! The more time it takes to collect the price will go up because I have all the money...

CoacH: TED the rumor has it that you might come out of retirement and wrestle again is that true?

TED: Well, you know you should never say never, however, I think its very doubtful. I had a severe neck injury and herniated disk...but I learned a long time ago, that you never say "Nope I'm done, it's finished". The likelyhood is slim.. Kind of like a guy I used to know who said "Everybody's got a price, if the price is right it could happen".

Hitman: We need to take a break but we'll come back with more Ted Dibiasse on the Extreme Sports Network.

Hitman: Welcome back to the show and joining us on the line to promote the NWO Souled Out event on the 25th is none other the Ted DiBiasse...Ted let's get into your career....The first time I was able to see you wrestle was with a federation called the UWF, and before that the NWA....that was some great wrestling back then!!!

Ted: Yea it really was.....I have alot of people come up to me in airport's or wherever; a lot of people make mention of the good ol days in wrestling. Before it was called the UWF it was called Mid South Sports, and that was at a time before the WWF made wrestling into a television sport. You have to give the WWF credit for making wrestling a national recognized business; before that it was very territorial. The UWF came along and it was like a springboard from Mid South Sports. It covered Lousianana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, etc.. it really has a cult following..Die hard wrestling fans come up to me all the time and say "Those matches we're incredible". If I could market the old tapes.....

Hitman: Did they archive the Mid South tapes?

Ted: Yes they did....You never know, maybe you'll tune into QVC and see me there pitching the stuff.

Hitman: Was that considered the begininng of your career?

Ted: Yea, as a matter of fact, that's the area I started in. I had just come out of college, I got off a plane back in the early summer of 1975 just a young kid and started my career...

Hitman: You had a football career before that..correct?

Ted: I went to college on a football scholarship....I had orginally signed with the University of Arizona.....but because of my familiarity with wrestling and with the Texas area namely Dory and Terry Funk and their father the late Dory Funk Sr...who were good friends with my father....for those of you who don't know I got into wrestling because of my late father, Iron Mike Dibiasse, who was a wrestler. Anyway, I chose West Texas State. It was a Division 1 school and it had a great football tradition at the time. Before me, they had Mercury Morris in the back field at that time...

Hitman: Really?...Mercury Morris collected a Super Bowl ring in the early 70's with the Miami Dolphins...

Ted: Yes I believe it was 73...We had a couple of guys that were good. John Ayers played there and won a couple of Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers....Wrestling fans will remember a tight end who played for us....Tito Santana whose real name is Merced Solis, was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs out of West Texas State. He was cut in the last cut. Lake Dawson said to Tito, you should be playing but we have a kid from a big school that we have to pay big money to.....that's the problem with professional sports that a lot of people do not know about....it's definitely a business.

Coach: What does your family and friends think about you since you decided not to play football and instead wrestle?

Ted: It's my job and that's what I do. We really don't dwell on it. Some kids will come to my kids and say "Did you see what your daddy did last night?"... my kids will say "no". And I tell them "Do you go to work with your daddy everyday?....not to discredit what I do, I think wrestling is one of the greatest sports and entertainment events you can find and the ratings prove it. Monday Nitro is the 5th highest rated show on cable tv. People enjoy it and do watch it.

Hitman: Ted I know you have to run , but I would like to have you on again and talk about some of your fiercest battles in the past, present, and future....

Ted: Hitman, we'll do it again and remember January 25th live and on Pay Per View only it is NWO Souled Out...There will be a few surprises on hand, so make sure you check it out, until then catch the Extreme Sports Network!!!!......

-end of interview_

I did want to get into further discussion about the old days, but we talked so much about the current stuff he didn't have time to dwell in the past. We will have him on again soon......Ted is a great person off the air too, He enjoys hunting and was deer hunting at the time we taped the interview....He's geniunely a great person in and out of the squared circle.

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