Update on Ted DiBiase; His Time in WWE Coming to an End?

Sharon GlencrossContributor IDecember 22, 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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Is third-generation WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase on his way out?

Well, in recent times, there have been a few indications that this may indeed be the case.

In last week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that the star was currently looking into picking up more acting gigs in Hollywood (DiBiase previously starred as the lead in WWE Studios' movie The Marine 2) and his future in America's No. 1 wrestling promotion remained up in the air.

Now, in a telling sign, it appears all his merchandise has been pulled from the company's official merchandise site.

As WrestlingInc.com notes, this comes after the items were greatly reduced in price and further fuels the speculation that his tenure in WWE is coming to an end soon:  

We noted earlier this week that Ted Dibiase's t-shirts have been put on sale on WWEShop.com for only $1.99. His merchandise has since been removed from the site. There has been speculation that Dibiase may be leaving the company after the end of the year.

DiBiase, the son of the legendary "Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, made his debut on WWE television in May 2008, immediately impressing onlookers with his physical presence and first-rate wrestling skills (he had previously worked in the tough and super-athletic Japanese wrestling scene, meaning he had more experience than your average FCW graduate).

Soon after, DiBiase, along with Cody Rhodes, was placed in Randy Orton's Legacy stable and he looked set for big things in WWE as one of their top young stars .

Alas, after the group disbanded in early 2010, DiBiase's career fell into irrelevance.

His "obnoxious millionaire" gimmick (a tribute to his dad's old act) never really took off, nor did his storyline pairing with WWE Diva Maryse. (In fact, those two gave TNA's Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray a run for their money in the "totally unconvincing romance" department.)  

A lukewarm face turn in 2011 didn't help his stock either, and DiBiase has since found his WWE career floundering in the lower card, with the company seemingly not knowing what to do with him. With all this in mind, it probably isn't that surprising if he does indeed want out.