“Will never be able to beat Vince McMahon” – Wrestling legend explains regret over leaving WWE for rival company


After carving out an iconic career for himself in WWE, The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase has looked back on his move from the Stamford-based promotion to WCW.

During the late 1990s, a fierce ratings war unfolded between the two wrestling companies as RAW and Nitro went head-to-head every Monday. With both shows experiencing tremendous success, numerous performers frequently jumped ship between the two promotions.

Ted Dibiase on leaving WWE

In a recent interview with Monopoly Events, the Hall of Famer expressed his lack of satisfaction upon joining WCW in 1996.

“Hindsight being 20/20, when I look back at that now, when I got there I wasn’t impressed. I wasn’t impressed with the way they were booking, there were like too many chiefs and not enough Indians in my opinion. Not too long after I got there I said, ‘This is not gonna last.’ I said, ‘This organization will never be able to beat Vince McMahon,’ and that was proven to be true,” Dibiase said.

Will Ted Dibiase make a comeback?

Since his retirement from the ring in 1993, the 69-year-old has only made a special appearance in a battle royal on RAW in 2007. However, during a discussion on his podcast “Everybody’s Got A Pod,” Dibiase was posed with a question about the possibility of coming out of retirement for one final match.

“No, no. In the words of The Million Dollar Man, ‘everybody’s got a price,’ but (…) I’ll be 70 years old in January. People have told me, ‘Ted, you don’t look 70,’ and I feel pretty good, but I don’t know if I feel good enough to get back in that ring and have a match,” he said.

In the past year, WWE fans witnessed the return of several legends to the ring who had been away for years. Icons such as Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat showcased their skills once again, evoking nostalgia and taking fans back in time.

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