Dibiase, The Million Dollar Man
Date: August 27, 1997
McMahon called me at home, said he had a great idea and thought that I
was the man that fit the bill. He then flew my wife and I first class
to New York City where a stretch limousine picked us up and took us to
his office in Stamford, Connecticut. As I sat in Vince's office, he laid
out this character in detail to me. "Ted, we're going to make you the
most evil villain that wrestling has ever seen. You will be wrestling's
J.R. Ewing, or Ebenezer Scrooge, if you will.
be filthy rich. You will throw money around like it's water. Throwing
it at peoples' feet, laughing in their faces and telling them to get on
their hands and knees and grovel for your money and then, I want the full
visual effect. Ted, we're going to fly you all over the country wherever
you go first class. Lear jets, if they are available. There will be a
limousine to carry you everywhere, no matter where you are. I am going
to make sure you have a wad of $100 bills, and even if you only buy a
pack of gum, I want you to always use a hundred. You will stay at the
finest hotels and we are even going to give you a bodyguard (Virgil, now
the NWO's Vincent). On top of all of that, you're going to make a lot
was disbelief. I couldn't believe this was happening to me. Without any
hesitation, I said, "I am your man." With that, he then says, "I want
you and your wife to take the limousine outside and I've made arrangements
for a room at the Helmsley Palace in New York City, dinner at one of the
finest restaurants in the city, and after that tickets to the theater.
Ted, welcome aboard, go start being the Million Dollar Man. . . ."
In closing, is there anything you would like to say to your fans that
have followed your career over the past two decades?
have always appreciated the fans. The one thing that my father always
taught me was whether I was performing in front of five thousand people
or just five people, to always give it my best effort. Those five people
who may have showed up when the weather was bad or the card wasn't particularly
great are your loyalest fans and they deserve your best more than anybody.
I have always tried to live up to that. Thank you all for your support,
for without it I wouldn't be where I am today.