WWE Analysis: Is It Too Late for Ted DiBiase to Be a Major Star?

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Ted DiBiase battles Yoshi Tatsu during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Of all the second and third generation superstars to come and go in WWE I never thought it would be Ted DiBiase who would end up being used poorly.

The son of the Million Dollar Man came into WWE with a lot of pressure to live up to the legacy of his father and in the beginning it seemed as if he would surpass him.

As a part of Legacy we saw DiBiase and Rhodes face off against some of the top names in WWE including DX and John Cena.

DiBiase was a solid worker who had the pedigree and the look to go far in the business, but when WWE decided to split up the group of generational superstars they turned Orton babyface and left Rhodes and DiBiase as heels.

Eventually DiBiase split from Rhodes and became a babyface himself, but since then he has struggled to find a place on the roster.

His attempts at getting the crowd behind through his "DiBiase posse" campaign have seen him gain some ground in his quest, but it has not been enough.

A recent injury which kept him out of action for a significant amount of time did not help matters any.

Now it looks as if DiBiase is back in action after we saw him participate in the Night of Champions pre-show battle royal.

DiBiase was one of the first few people eliminated, which could indicate that WWE does not see him as a future star like they once did.

Normally if someone comes back from injury and the company plans on getting behind them, they are brought back with an interesting introduction.

Sometimes it is a video package like Wade Barrett had, sometimes it is a surprise attack like we have seen many superstars do and sometimes it is a promo.

DiBiase was just thrown into the Battle Royal with no more than a quick mention that he had returned after an absence.

Many superstars have taken a long time to find their place in the company and move forward, but DiBiase went from high-profile feuds to near obscurity, which is a shame.

He is very talented in the ring and has most of the tools to go far, but his mic skills are nowhere near that of his Hall of Fame father and that may be why he is not being used the way Cody Rhodes is.

Maybe I am wrong and WWE is just waiting until the right moment to unleash a DiBiase storyline to get him back in the mix, but as of right now he seems to be stuck in the low- to mid-card range.

What do you think?

Is it too late to make DiBiase a big star after being used so poorly for so long?

Will he ever be a World or WWE champion?


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