WWE: Ted DiBiase's 10 Most Monumental Moments
On this very day five years ago, Ted DiBiase competed in a WWE ring for the very first time.
In his debut match, DiBiase was successful in winning the World Tag Team Championship alongside Cody Rhodes, an impressive feat to say the least.
Upon his arrival on the WWE scene, DiBiase was viewed as a future star by many. Although he still does have a lot of untapped potential, he's managed to achieve quite a bit of success over the course of his career.
Although he may not be a regular on TV nowadays, I hope to see DiBiase resurface sooner rather than later. He has a lot to offer, and it's a shame that his talents aren't already being utilized.
In light of this special anniversary, I'll highlight the top 10 moments in the WWE career of Ted DiBiase from the last five years. One can only assume that these moments are only the beginning of DiBiase's tenure going forward.
Making His WWE Debut
On the May 19, 2008, edition of Raw, Ted DiBiase Sr. was seen walking into Mr. McMahon's office moments after William Regal was fired from his position as Raw general manager.
Many fans automatically assumed The Million Dollar Man would be replacing Regal, but DiBiase was there for other business.
The following week, the WWE Hall of Famer stood on the stage and interrupted the post-match celebration of Cody Rhodes and Hardcore Holly. He claimed that their World Tag Team Championships would soon be taken by his son, Ted DiBiase, who then emerged from the back and made his initial appearance on WWE television.
DiBiase followed up his father's statements by saying that he would win the World Tag Team titles in his debut match. Fans would soon realize that DiBiase was one not to be taken lightly.
Winning the World Tag Team Championships at Night of Champions 2008
In subsequent weeks, Ted DiBiase taunted Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes, saying he and his mystery partner would take the titles at Night of Champions. Tension arose between Holly and Rhodes in the process, giving DiBiase the advantage going into the event.
At the pay-per-view, no one showed up to tag with DiBiase, so he promised the referee that his partner would arrive in due time. As the match got underway, Rhodes betrayed Holly by hitting him with a Silver Spoon DDT.
Moments later, DiBiase followed up with his version of the Million Dollar Dream and scored the World Tag Team Championships for Rhodes and himself. In this controversial turn of events, a friendship was born that would last nearly three years.
Winning Back the World Tag Team Championships
Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes embarked on a reign as World Tag Team champions that would last for the remainder of the summer. In the midst of their reign, they were aligned with JBL at various points and rivaled with the destructive duo of John Cena and Batista.
On the August 4 episode of Raw, DiBiase and Rhodes dropped the straps to Cena and Batista. Although the SummerSlam opponents seemed to be a cohesive unit, they failed to coexist the following week when DiBiase and Rhodes invoked their rematch clause and won back the tag team titles.
The finish of the match saw DiBiase roll up Cena to reclaim the gold in what was one of the biggest moments in the star's career. This would kick off their second tenure as tag team title holders.
Returning from Injury and Forming Legacy
Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes ran rampant over the Raw roster as World Tag Team champions.
In September, they crossed paths with an injured Randy Orton, who threatened the duo to "make an impact".
DiBiase and Rhodes did just that, as they helped Orton ambush CM Punk at that Sunday's Unforgiven event and force The Straightedge Superstar to surrender the World Heavyweight Championship. This planted the seeds for a future formation of a stable known as The Legacy.
Two months later, DiBiase interfered in Orton's match with Punk, causing Orton to lose the bout via disqualification. The Viper then punted DiBiase in the skull, which allowed DiBiase to be written off television to film The Marine 2.
Upon his return in early January 2009, DiBiase seemingly aligned with fellow Legacy rejects Sim Snuka and Manu. As they approached the ring together, the star turned on them by joining forces with Rhodes and Orton.
At that very moment, the true Legacy was born.
Competing Against Randy Orton
Over the course of 2009, The Legacy dominated the WWE and annihilated anyone who dared to step in their path of destruction. Their list of victims included Batista, Triple H, Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and other established stars.
That summer, tension between the members of the treacherous trio arose, specifically between Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase. Around this time, rumors ran rampant that DiBiase would be undergoing a face turn sooner rather than later in order to promote the pending release of The Marine 2.
At The Bash, DiBiase and Orton almost came to blows during an argument backstage. This led to a match between the two on the July 6 edition of Raw, which was won by Orton.
Despite putting forth a strong effort, the former World Tag Team champion wasn't able to defeat The Viper. Later in the evening, DiBiase viciously slapped his father, who was the guest host of that night's Raw, straight across the face.
Defeating D-Generation X at Breaking Point 2009
After costing Triple H the WWE Championship a number of times over the course of 2009, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes began feuding with the reuniting D-Generation X.
The two tandems were on a collision course going into SummerSlam, where DX emerged victorious despite a strong showing from the young guns.
The feud didn't end there, however, as The Legacy continued to pursue DX in hopes of finally putting them away. A rematch was set for the inaugural (and only) Breaking Point pay-per-view, a match which was fought under "Submissions Count Anywhere" rules.
DiBiase and Rhodes used a smart strategy in dividing and conquering the members of DX during the course of the contest. The stars double-teamed Shawn Michaels with submission holds that forced him to tap out and allowed the duo to score the biggest win of their respective careers up to that point.
Bringing Back the Million Dollar Championship
Going into 2010, tension was teased among the members of The Legacy, especially after Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes unintentionally cost Randy Orton the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble.
The following month at Elimination Chamber, the former World Tag Team champions conspired against Orton and eliminated him from the WWE Championship match.
Shortly thereafter, Orton turned against the two during a tag team match on Raw, leading to a Triple Threat between all three Legacy stablemates at WrestleMania 26.
Although he came up short of winning the bout, DiBiase later stated that he was granted a trust fund from his father for competing his first match on The Grandest Stage Of Them All.
Eight days later, DiBiase brought back the Million Dollar Championship his father once held, and he defeated Christian in one-on-one action. Sure, his gimmick strongly resembled that of The Million Dollar Man's, but it was a sign that he would soon be pushed as a singles star.
Aligning with Virgil and Maryse
Shortly after the 2010 WWE Draft, Ted DiBiase engaged in a feud with Raw's newest acquisition, R-Truth.
DiBiase was hoping Truth would be his new "Virgil" (his manager, so to speak), but when Truth respectfully declined, a feud erupted between the two.
Six days before their scheduled match at the inaugural Over the Limit pay-per-view, DiBiase brought back the original Virgil to be his manager. However, little success came of the alliance, as DiBiase went on to lose to Truth at the event and got injured during the bout as well.
Their partnership was short-lived, as DiBiase informed Virgil on the June 21 episode of Raw that his services were no longer required. Maryse was introduced as the Million Dollar champion's new valet, and Virgil hasn't been seen on WWE television since.
Defeating Goldust at Bragging Rights
During his newfound partnership with Maryse, Ted DiBiase feuded with the likes of John Morrison and R-Truth during the summer and into the fall.
In the final few months of 2010, a Superstar who chose to remain anonymous cost DiBiase a number of matches and seemingly stalked Maryse with cryptic messages.
The person behind the hoax the entire time was later revealed to be none other Goldust, who had set his sights on DiBiase's Million Dollar Championship belt and not Maryse. He and his NXT Rookie, Aksana, stole the strap and prevented DiBiase and Maryse from getting it back in their possession.
After weeks of playing mind games with the former tag team champion, Goldust agreed to face DiBiase at the Bragging Rights event. This marked DiBiase's first (and only) singles pay-per-view victory to date.
After his feud with Goldust concluded in late 2011, Ted DiBiase was left directionless on the Raw roster. He was the mentor of Brodus Clay on the fourth season of NXT, but when their partnership began to dissolve, Clay switched Pros with Conor O'Brian.
It wasn't until the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft that DiBiase was finally sent packing to the Friday nights, where he reformed Team Priceless with Cody Rhodes for a brief period of time.
Even during his reunion with Rhodes, DiBiase was still being treated as an enhancement talent and was on the losing end of matches with Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara and Ezekiel Jackson.
On the August 26 edition of SmackDown, Rhodes turned on DiBiase after the former Million Dollar champion lost a match to Randy Orton. Two weeks later, DiBiase returned to the blue brand and ambushed Rhodes, turning face in the process.
The two clashed in a match for the Intercontinental Championship two nights later at Night of Champions, where DiBiase was unfortunately unsuccessful in capturing the gold.
Following his face turn, Ted DiBiase started up the DiBiase Posse, which was existent through YouTube and other social media outlets. He would tailgate with fans prior to events, which helped him get over with the WWE Universe.
However, the DiBiase Posse hasn't been as active as it once was given the fact DiBiase is hardly featured on television nowadays. He's sustained two injuries in the last year that have prevented him from competing for a number of months.
His last televised match was against Antonio Cesaro on an episode of SmackDown in October 2012. He now regularly competes on WWE Superstars and has yet to resurface on the blue brand.
At the young age of 30, DiBiase still has a lot left to accomplish in WWE and has his whole career ahead of him. I hope to see DiBiase back on television sooner rather than later so he can finally reach his full potential.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and make sure to drop a comment with your thoughts on the illustrious career of Ted DiBiase so far, as well as predictions for the future of the third-generation star. As always, your overall feedback and criticism is greatly appreciated.