Ted DiBiase Jr. made his return to WWE television tonight in the online exclusive pre-show to Night of Champions, albeit it to a disinterested Boston crowd. The leader of the DiBiase Posse was one of the 16 entrants into the Battle Royal for a chance at the United States Champion.
DiBiase has been absent from WWE programming since March due to suffering a broken ankle during a SmackDown taping. He would also undergo surgery on his shoulder during his time away.
Having severed his ties with tag-partner Cody Rhodes, DiBiase was just beginning to break out as a singles competitor when he was sidelined.
Although DiBiase returned at a house show at Iowa in July, defeating Jinder Mahal, it was not until tonight that he made his return to a televised event. It may be that the WWE simply needed some more names to pad-out the pre-show battle royal, as DiBiase was very quickly eliminated from the fray.
What the third generation superstar's return signals for his future is completely open, but hopefully it doesn’t mean being relegated to the mid-card, wrestling on Superstars and jobbing on Raw and SmackDown. DiBiase is a former two-time World Tag Team Champion with former Legacy partner Cody Rhodes, and has plenty of promise to see more gold around his waist in the future.
With DiBiase back, it's up to the WWE to use him correctly and keep his pre-injury momentum going. Whatever happens, DiBiase is back from his injuries and ready for action.