Several Mid-Carders Looking to Leave WWE?

Sharon GlencrossContributor IDecember 17, 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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WWE wrestler JTG's amazing Twitter rant against the company back in August was quite the story, bringing to light the long-unspoken issue of lower and mid-card wrestlers' current frustrations towards management. 

Yes, it seems that fans aren't the only ones frustrated with the company. Per reports (PWInsider offered a great rundown), various wrestlers were extremely unhappy over money matters and how they were being used by the company.  

Interestingly, in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer provides an update of sorts on the issue. He reports that a few lower and mid-carders are currently talking about leaving America's No.1 wrestling promotion:

There are wrestlers who aren’t being used well talking about giving notice after Mania if things don’t change. Of course, with the industry career prospects being what they are, them actually doing so is something different.

On a related note, Meltzer then goes on to note that Ted DiBiase is currently looking to pick up some acting gigs in Hollywood. His future in the company also appears to be uncertain.

DiBiase has feelers out for acting gigs although from what we understand, he is not interested in moving to Los Angeles, which is pretty much the only way to break in if you’re serious about going into that profession...DiBiase is another person on that list as far as over the past year, we’ve heard a few times that he was staying until the end of this year and then would make a decision going forward. He would be in that boat of guys that if they leave, would be looking outside of wrestling.

DiBiase potentially wanting to leave isn't that much of a surprise.

The third-generation performer has been floundering badly for the past couple of years, with his once-promising career damaged by various injuries and apathetic booking. Sans the odd dark match and Superstars taping, he's not doing that much in WWE; no wonder he wants to see what else is out there.  

Of course whether or not he can find success in Hollywood remains to be seen.

DiBiase previously starred in 2009 WWE Studios movie The Marine 2 playing Joe Linwood, a tough-as-nails Marine who had to save his wife after she was captured by terrorists (this is seemingly the plot of every WWE action movie).

While the movie actually made money when it was released (WWE SEC Filings via, becoming one of the few WWE films to do so, it did not provide any evidence indicating that DiBiase was a good, or even decent, actor.

Indeed for the most part DiBiase struggles through The Marine 2, churning out one wooden and badly delivered line after another. Joe Lindwood was hardly a complicated character to play (he was basically a Marine who kicked ass), but playing anything remotely resembling a real three-dimensional person was clearly beyond him.

DiBiase wasn't exactly bursting with charisma in the movie either, instead coming off as bland and bored most of the time, something that has also hindered his WWE career.

It's not all bad, though.

DiBiase did, however, display some physical charisma and believability during the film's various hand-to-hand combat fight scenes, which may mean a career in stunt work isn't entirely out of the question for him.