Ted Dibiase has been out of the ring for over two decades, and has seen major changes in his former line of work.
When speaking to Jim Ross on his Ross Report podcast, Dibiase talked about the differences in today's selling, and heels.
“That was one of the things, like when you go to Japan, the thing that got us over. It’s just a Japanese culture thing where you don’t show weakness. You’re not tough if you’re showing weakness. You have a guy like Terry Funk, who sells. When they get to see a guy that sells it gets them over, but they just don’t get that. I know WWE is publicly traded now, so I don’t know if there are restrictions, but there aren’t any real heels. When people come up to me all the time and tell me, 'please don’t be offended but I hated your guts.' I laugh all the time and tell them 'thank you, that is the greatest compliment that I can receive because that was my job, to hate my guts and want to see me get my butt kicked.' There aren’t any. I guess the person closest in my book, I think Bray Wyatt, Mike [Rotunda]’s kid, who comes across as genuine as we can get," said Dibiase.
During the show, Dibiase was also asked about current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
“I don’t know Brock personally that well, I don’t know that much about him, but I remember for that short time that I went back and was part of the developmental team. I remember watching a tape of Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle doing an hour broadway, what do they call that now -- Iron-Man Match? I’m watching this match, and I know about their amateur background. I also know how little they had been in the business and I was extremely impressed with the match they had," Dibiase said.
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