DiBiase first spoke about having the opportunity to work alongside Austin during his early days.
“I did make ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin the Million Dollar Champion on Raw. You know I saw the talent in Steve and I remember telling him – because a lot of people were telling him ‘You need to do more’ – I remember telling him, ‘Don’t do anything different, because what you do is believable, it’s real.’ And I said ‘That’s what I’ve always tried to sell is real.’ I said ‘It will take you a little longer, but once you’re over, you’re over.’ Well nobody knew just how over he would get! It was unbelievable.”
The ‘Million Dollar Man’ continued, explaining how he was someone who helped cultivate Austin in WWE.
“Yeah, well, I was just that rub. It’s kind of like in the movies, they see a potentially great young actor and they put him in a movie as a co-star to an A-list guy and that helps elevate them. That’s what they did with Steve and I happened to be an A-list guy at the time. So I was just the right guy at the right place, at the right time.”
Finally, DiBiase commented on how the “Stone Cold” gimmick exceeded expectations in WWE.
“I think he exceeded everybody’s expectations, I really do. What’s funny is you know everybody is talking about how we’re now a PG program. I think that’s great, because I’m a minister now and I have been for a long time, so I was not a big fan of the Attitude Era. There were some things they did that were very funny and that was great, but I was never a fan of the sleazy stuff. What’s funny is, I was part of a panel, Steve and I, and they said ‘Ted, you have been quoted as saying that you would never allow your son’s hero to be a beer guzzling, swearing, finger-flipping wrestler’. I said ‘exactly, I still believe that today’. Steve was sitting by me and he looked at me and said ‘That’s the same thing my mother said!'”
You can find the hilarious Austin segment below where the ‘Rattlesnake’ poured cement into Mr. McMahon’s car.
If Austin could return to face anyone, who would you like to see him go against? What is your favorite match featuring DiBiase?
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