Ted DiBiase Comments On WWE Inducting Celebrities Into Their Hall Of Fame

WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase recently took to an episode of his “Everybody’s Got a Pod” podcast, where he talked about a number of topics including Mike Rotunda’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

DiBiase said, “It’s about time, you know? And I won’t mention any names, but there are several names that cross my path that have already been inducted, and I go ‘They inducted them before Mike?; And I just kind of throw my hands up in the air. But I guess — I don’t know that there was any time that Mike was revered for his like — it was always a tag team. It was him and Barry, and then it was him and me, Money Inc. And so, I never really got to see them wrestle as a team. But I heard from a lot of guys they were one hell of a team.”

Whether Rotunda should have gone in as IRS or as part of the US Express:

“I didn’t know Mike. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know Mike at all until he came to the WWE, and Vince got us together and said, ‘Here’s what I want to do.’ But the reality is, I mean, I think that our work together bears witness to the fact that we made a hell of a team. And did well together, so — and I didn’t know him until then.”

The early WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in the 1990s:

“They didn’t really make a big deal out of it. But eventually, they made a bigger deal out of it.”

WWE inducting celebrities into their Hall of Fame:

“I think it’s a novelty. is what it is. And I think each one of those guys, at some point in time, had contributed to and was a part of our show, in some way. And so I think it’s just a tip of the hat to them for taking the time to be a part of a wrestling show… Unfortunately, I think that’s more what it’s about; it’s marketing and selling tickets. That’s the deal, you’re selling tickets. And you get a crossover. So I don’t know, if I really think about it it’s kind of like — you know, if you contributed really something that’s significant to our business, well I can understand that. But when it gets right down to it, I do believe that — but again, wrestling is show business. But when you’re inducted into the Hall of Fame, if you’re not being inducted because you had like a 60-0 record or whatever. Oh my gosh, if you tried to count up all the wrestling matches I had in my career? It’s like, there are 360 days in the year and I can assure you that I wrestled 300 of those days every year. At a minimum. But it’s more about the body of work that these people did. And so I can see where some fans could go and say, “What do you doing putting a baseball player in the Hall of Fame?”

You can check out the complete podcast below.

(H/T to 411Mania.com for transcribing the above quotes)