In the summer of 1987, Ted DiBiase made his debut for the World Wrestling Federation going by the Million Dollar Man persona. After arriving a face, he turned heel on Sam Houston in Texas and would find himself becoming one of the top heels in the WWF.
He wasn’t by himself, though. DiBiase would be accompanied to the ring for his matches and interviews with his own persona bodyguard, who was named Virgil. Virgil was a muscular African American wrestler who didn’t necessarily have great in-ring work. Regardless, DiBiase found himself having great success competing in feuds against Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Big Bossman, Dusty and other WWF baby faces from 1988 to 1990. Read more
Ted DiBiase sits down for a Q&A regarding his association with the New World Order. Hulk Hogan could buy WCW? The Undertaker may have lost Paul Bearer, but could that have been a good thing for his career? New Jack heads to ICW to battle Bruiser Bedlam, but what is more extreme, ECW or ICW? Also, Owen Hart and British Bulldog nearly had their team ruined, but battling in a singles match actually brought them closer. All this and much more inside the magazine! Read more
Bruce Prichard sits down for an interview in the Crossfire section. Nikita Koloff talks about his return to WCW. Jimmy Hart has spent some money to protect Money Inc. Sting is out for revenge on Rick Rude. Cactus Jack and Abdullah have a bizarre partnership. All this and much more in this magazine! Read more
In this edition of Inside The Magazine, I look at the June 1991 Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Ric Flair has been giving bonuses out to his teammates and one man is getting quite a bit more than the rest. Hulk Hogan visits Fort Bragg. Cactus Jack is a danger to himself. Is there going to be a clash between Ron Simmons and Butch Reed? Scott Steiner sits down for Press Conference. All this and much more! Read more
In early 1992, Money Incorporated formed consisting of Ted DiBiase, IRS and Jimmy Hart. In short time, they won the tag titles in February when Hart inserted the new team into a match against the Legion of Doom instead of his clients, the Natural Disasters. Naturally, Earthquake and Typhoon didn’t like that and they began to feud. They’d have match at WrestleMania, but there wasn’t a decisive winner thanks to Money Inc. taking a count-out loss.
Eventually, the Natural Disasters would win the WWF Tag Team Championships on July 20th, 1992 at a house show in Worcester, MA. They’d have a brief feud with the Beverly Brothers over the summer before Money Inc. reemerged as challengers in the fall. Which, sets up the match I’m focusing on in this article.
The match took place on October 13th, 1992 and aired on November 1st on WWF Wrestling Challenge, which was a syndicated show for the WWF. The title match took place in Regina, SK. Read more
Fallout from WrestleMania VIII continues in this edition of WWE Magazine. Shawn Michaels and Sensational sit down for an interview. Papa Shango’s curse on Ultimate Warrior is highlighted. Plus, the Legion of Doom and Beverly Brothers have developed a hatred for each other due to their different upbringings. Read more
Mr. Perfect has joined forces with Randy Savage and has a plan for his future. Headshrinkers are subject to a personality profile. Shawn Michaels wins the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Sgt. Slaughter is law and order in the WWF. Nailz and the Undertaker are headed towards a huge confrontation. Plus, much more! Read more
In the next installment of Inside The Magazine, I take a look at the June ’92 edition of Inside Wrestling. Undertaker turning on Jake Roberts and the impact of that is heavily discussed. Harley Race forming his own stable of men similar to the Dangerous Alliance, IRS and Ted DiBiase winning the tag titles, Sting shares his thoughts on his WCW World Championship victory. Plus, who will be the first megastar in the post-Hogan era? Marcus Alexander Bagwell sits down for an interview in Hotseat. Tony Atlas is sick of WWF castoffs and lastly there is a one on one interview between the Patriot and the Dark Patriot. Read more
After the controversial finish between WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant at first ever Main Event program in February ’88, the WWF World Championship was held up and a tournament to crown a new champion was determined to take place at WrestleMania IV. The tournament favorites to be the new champion included Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan and Ted DiBiase.
However, at the end of the night, thanks to a chair shot by Hulk Hogan across the back of DiBiase, Randy Savage walked out as the WWF World Champion after a top rope elbow drop. This marked the first reign for the Macho Man. Read more
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