Everybody's got a price Everybody's gonna pay Cuz the Million Dollar Man Always
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"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
was one of the premier Heels
in the "federation years" of the WWE. Now retired, he was inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame in 2010, and has since been keeping a watchful eye over his son Ted DiBiase Jr.
in his WWE run. He is a 3x WWE World Tag Team Champion
with Irwin R. Schyster (Mike Rotunda)
as Money Inc, a 1x WWF North American Heavyweight Champion
, a 2x All Japan PWF World Tag Team Champion
with Stan Hansen
and 1x All Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Champion
also with Hansen, and held various territorial titles in the late 1970s and through most of the 1980s before arriving in WWE
As usual, That Other Wiki
has a more detailed run-down of his career.
"Every man has his trope":
- Arch-Enemy: Junkyard Dog, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Dusty Rhodes, Virgil, the Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon), the Legion of Doom, Razor Ramon, the Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott)note , The Undertaker, Lex Luger, Diesel, Bam Bam Bigelow (after he quit/was fired from the Million Dollar Corporation), Savio Vega
- Author Avatar: Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Man character was based on the type of wrestler WWE boss Vince McMahon wanted to be, so he arguably could be considered this. This was years before Vince himself would turn heel following the Montreal Screwjob and become the Big Bad we know today.
- Bash Brothers: With "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, "Maniac" Matt Borne, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Virgil, IRS, Stan Hansen
- Beard of Evil
- Catch Phrase: "Everybody's got a price for the Million Dollar Man!"
- Dirty Coward
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Sang his WWF entrance theme.
- The Dog Bites Back: From his "servant," Virgil.
- Evil Laugh: And a damn good one, at that.
- Expy: Claimed in his autobiography Every Man Has His Price that Vince McMahon described the "Million-Dollar Man" gimmick to him as a wrestling version of Donald Trump.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Fiction 500
- Finishing Move: The Million Dollar Dream submission hold.
- He also used the Cobra Clutch combined with a Russian Legsweep, a top rope backwards elbow drop, and a Spinning Toe Hold at different phases of his career.
- His unique fist drop was sometimes used as this or as a Signature Move.
- The Fundamentalist: Sort of. After he retired, he became a minister and frequently worked with Nikita Koloff on combined Christian/wrestling events.
- Happily Adopted
- Heel: Probably one of the best-known characters of this archetype.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After the famous incident in 1993 where The 1-2-3 Kid beat Razor Ramon, Ted challenged the Kid to a match to prove how easy it was to beat "a nobody." During said match, Ted kept picking the Kid up at the count of two just to inflict more punishment. When Razor himself showed up, Dibiase decided to rub it in by attempting the most nonchalant cover imaginable... only for the Kid to crucifix him for the win. Razor, his Heel-Face Turn now complete, cracked up laughing on the outside.
- It Runs in the Family: See Wrestling Family below.
- Kick the Dog: The Million Dollar Man would usually offer rewards to audience members for doing some task, but they could never pull them off. He once offered $500 to a very small child to dribble a basketball 15 times without missing. The boy did surprisingly well... only for Ted to kick the ball out from under him at the fourteenth bounce.
- Pet the Dog: The boy was later invited backstage, however, where he was given the $500 and got to meet the wrestlers.
- Funnily, his kicking of Cody Rhodes got him a face pop.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He bought the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble from Akeem in order to have the best chance at winning. Along with that, he tried to buy off Big John Studd so he could win the whole thing. Studd didn't bite, making the Million Dollar Man the last man eliminated. In the subsequent Rumble matches he participated in, DiBiase drew #1 in 1990, #2 in 1992, and #3 in 1993. He was even the first man eliminated from the Rumble in 1992.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Money Song: His theme, obviously, which is also an Ear Worm.
- No Sell: Amazingly, he once did this after the Fabulous Freebirds gave him a spike piledriver on the floor.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: He once attempted to purchase the WWF Championship off of Hulk Hogan. One "Rewriting the Book" article on WrestleCrap explores What Could Have Been if Hogan had taken the deal.
- Ironically, he actually inverted this earlier in his career. While competing for "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986, DiBiase competed in, and was eliminated from, the UWF World Heavyweight Title Tournament on May 30. (DiBiase d. Blade Runner Rock (The Ultimate Warrior) in the First Round and Terry Gordy d. him in a Quarter-Final Match.) DiBiase's former manager, General Skandor Akbar of Devastation Inc., offered him $25,000 to interfere and cost his friend "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan his semi-final match against Akbar's charge Kamala the Ugandan Giant. DiBiase said, "Make it $50,000." Akbar agreed, DiBiase put on his infamous black glove, and nailed KAMALA, giving Duggan the win and sending him into the finals against Gordy. (Duggan lost, but that's another story.)
- Power Stable: He was the manager of The Million Dollar Corporation: Irwin R. Schyster, King Kong Bundy, Nikolai Volkoff, Bam Bam Bigelow, the Underfakernote Tatanka, Kamanote , Sycho Sid,The 1-2-3 Kid, Xanta Klaus (Jonathan Rechner, aka SMW's Boo Bradley/ECW's Balls Mahoney), The Ringmaster ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin).
- (In Mid-South/UWF): Devastation Inc.
- (In WCW): The NWO
- Power Trio: (in "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Mid-South/UWF): The Rat Pack, with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and "Maniac" Matt Borne.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Inverted, in that The Gimmick Writes Real Life: when Ted started working as the Million Dollar Man, the WWF needed him to play the role to the hilt to protect kayfabe, so it gave him a bankroll many guys probably would have killed to have just so he could do things like travel by private jet, ride around in limos, and stay in high-class hotels.
- Red Baron: "The Million Dollar Man"!
- Rich Bastard
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: His son is turning into this.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Do we really have to explain this one?
- Creating his own championship, for a start.
- Averted in 1988. DiBiase paid André the Giant to win the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan for him, and detained referee Dave Hebner backstage while Dave's Evil Twin brother Earl impersonated him to help Andre win the title; Andre tried to surrender the belt to DiBiase, but the WWF refused to acknowledge Ted as the champion, and the title was declared vacant. (Andre's brief reign is still the shortest recognized WWE Championship reign in history.)
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His entrance attire was a tux, for crying out loud!
- Shout-Out: Barney in How I Met Your Mother spent an exorbitant amount of money on a custom suit with diamond pin-stripes called "The Dibiase".
- Steven Universe had a wrestling story arc, where Steven wrestled as "Tiger Millionaire", a clear homage to Dibiase.
- Start My Own: Since Ted literally couldn't buy a WWF Championship reign, he went out and had the "Million Dollar Championship" - a custom belt made of gold and diamonds - created just to prove he was the best.
- Tag Team: Money Inc., with IRS.
- Take That: Following victories, DiBiase would stuff $100 bills into his opponents' mouths.
- This is the kayfabe distinction between the Cobra Clutch and the Million Dollar Dream (they're the same hold, otherwise).
- Trickster Mentor: To his son, maybe.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: One of the more common elements of Randy Savage's storylines during his face run was the villains either trash-talking or outright physically harming his valet, Miss Elizabeth. DiBiase completely averted this; his focus was plain and simple: Win the title, don't worry about the girl.
- Wrestling Family: Ted's mother Helen Nevins-DiBiase was a wrestler (as Helen Hilde), as was his adoptive father "Iron" Mike [DiBiase], and his sons Mike, Ted Jr. and Brett have all become wrestlers. Ted Jr. was signed to WWE but has since left as of the end of August 2013.
Some might cost a little Some might cost a lot But I'm the Million Dollar Man And you will be bought! DYAHAHAHAHAHAHA!