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Theodore Marvin DiBiase Jr. (born November 8, 1982) is an American businessman,
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, and former professional wrestler, best known for his time with WWE. Part of the DiBiase wrestling family, he was trained by Chris Youngblood and Harley Race's Wrestling Academy and debuted in 2006. He won the Fusion Pro Tag Team Championship with his brother Mike DiBiase in February 2007, and also toured Japan with
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. He signed a developmental contract with WWE in July 2007, and was assigned to their developmental facility,
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(FCW), where he won the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship in December 2007. Due to injury, he relinquished the championship in January 2008. He made his WWE television debut on May 26, 2008, and quickly formed a tag team with Cody Rhodes. The duo won the World Tag Team Championship (WWE), World Tag Team Championship twice before forming The Legacy (professional wrestling), The Legacy faction alongside Randy Orton. Following The Legacy's dissolution, DiBiase moved into singles competition and received the Million Dollar Championship from his father Ted DiBiase. DiBiase left WWE in 2013 due to family commitments and other business pursuits. He is also an actor, making his film debut in ''The Marine 2'', a Direct-to-video, direct-to-DVD movie that was released on December 29, 2009.


Early life

DiBiase was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was raised in Clinton, Mississippi. He knew fellow professional wrestler Christie Ricci as a child, as they attended a Sunday school class together. He graduated from Clinton High School (Clinton, Mississippi), Clinton High School in 2001. At Clinton, DiBiase was the American football, football team's starting quarterback. He enrolled at Mississippi College in Clinton and was a starting wide receiver for Mississippi College's football team before leaving the squad following his freshman season. He also played Association football, soccer in college, and received awards in both sports. He graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration. During his time in college, DiBiase considered becoming a Minister (Christianity), minister.


Professional wrestling career


Early career (2006–2007)

DiBiase and his older brother Mike DiBiase, received professional wrestling training from Chris Youngblood in Amarillo, Texas, before going to train at Harley Race's Wrestling Academy. The DiBiase brothers made their professional wrestling debut on July 8, 2006 for World League Wrestling (WLW), the Professional wrestling promotion, promotion run by Harley Race in Eldon, Missouri in conjunction with the Wrestling Academy. On February 17, 2007, they won the Fusion Pro Tag Team Championship by defeating Raheem Rashaad and Juntsi. In early 2007, DiBiase also wrestled on tours in Japan for
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, where he competed against wrestlers including the former GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship, GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, Kenta Kobayashi, KENTA.


World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE


Florida Championship Wrestling (2007–2008)

In July 2007, DiBiase signed a developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and debuted in their training territory
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(FCW). He made his FCW debut on August 4 in a tag team match, in which he and Jack Swagger, Jake Hager defeated Keith Walker and Heath Slater, Heath Miller. In October, DiBiase became a member of the The Hart Foundation#The Hart Dynasty, Next Generation Hart Foundation faction alongside Harry Smith (wrestler), Harry Smith, TJ Wilson, Nattie Neidhart, and Teddy Hart. He quickly separated from the group, however, and gained Maryse Ouellet, Maryse as a Manager (professional wrestling), valet. On December 18, 2007, DiBiase defeated TJ Wilson to win the Florida Championship Wrestling#FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship, FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship in New Port Richey, Florida. DiBiase, however, was unable to defend it due to an injury sustained, so he awarded the championship to his partner Heath Miller on January 19, 2008. As of March 2008, DiBiase had suffered from a multitude of injuries including sciatica, a fractured left knee, separated ribs, broken finger, and Osteophyte, bone spurs in his elbow. Due to these injuries, DiBiase competed sporadically in FCW for the next few months, competing in both tag team and singles competition.


The Legacy (2008–2010)

DiBiase made his WWE television debut as a Heel (professional wrestling), villain on May 26, 2008, where he Glossary of professional wrestling terms#Promo, cut a promo about his intent to become a champion like his father, Ted DiBiase, Ted DiBiase Sr., challenging the World Tag Team Championship (WWE), World Tag Team Champions, Cody Rhodes and Bob Holly, Hardcore Holly. At the Night of Champions (2008), Night of Champions pay-per-view, DiBiase won the World Tag Team Championship in his first match in WWE, after Rhodes betrayed Holly, revealing himself to be DiBiase's partner. After holding the title for just over a month, they Glossary of professional wrestling terms#Drop, dropped it to John Cena and Dave Batista, Batista on the August 4 episode of ''WWE Raw, Raw''. The following week, DiBiase and Rhodes used their rematch clause to regain the title. DiBiase and Rhodes were soon joined by Afa Anoa'i Jr., Manu, forming a stable of multi-generation superstars. On the October 27 episode of ''Raw'', DiBiase and Rhodes lost their title to CM Punk and Kofi Kingston. It was during this time that Randy Orton became linked to Rhodes, DiBiase, and Manu on television, criticizing them in a Mentorship, mentor-type role. On the November 3 episode of ''Raw'', DiBiase was attacked by Orton, after he interfered in Orton's match. This storyline attack was to allow DiBiase to be written out of WWE storylines, so he could film the direct-to-video movie, ''The Marine#Sequels, The Marine 2''. On the January 12, 2009, episode of ''Raw'', DiBiase returned to aid Manu and Sim Snuka in attacking Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton. Instead, however, DiBiase Glossary of professional wrestling terms#Turn, turned on them and helped Rhodes and Orton assault Manu and Snuka, thus joining The Legacy (professional wrestling), The Legacy faction. As part of The Legacy, DiBiase entered the Royal Rumble (2009), Royal Rumble Royal Rumble#Match, match in order to help Orton win, and lasted until the final four, before being eliminated by Triple H. Rhodes and DiBiase became involved in Orton's scripted rivalry with the McMahon wrestling family, McMahon family, helping him to attack Shane McMahon, Shane and Stephanie McMahon, and Stephanie's real-life husband, Triple H. DiBiase was also elevated to Card (sports)#Main event, main event status as a result of joining The Legacy, competing in Professional wrestling match types#Handicap match, handicap and Professional wrestling tag team match types#Multiple man teamed matches, six-man tag team matches, as well as the occasional Professional wrestling match types#Variations of singles matches, singles match against Orton's opponents and rivals. On April 26, at the Backlash (2009), Backlash pay-per-view, DiBiase, Rhodes, and Orton defeated Triple H, Batista, and Shane McMahon in a six-man tag team match, which, per the pre-match stipulation, resulted in Orton winning the WWE Championship. During WWE's tour of Australia in early July, DiBiase suffered an arm injury, but did not miss any time because of it. Throughout mid-2009, DiBiase and Rhodes continued to compete against and attack Orton's rivals, particularly Triple H, preventing him from earning a match for Orton's championship. As a result, Triple H reformed D-Generation X (DX) with Shawn Michaels and they defeated DiBiase and Rhodes at SummerSlam (2009), SummerSlam. DiBiase and Rhodes later defeated DX in a Professional wrestling match types#Falls Count Anywhere match, submissions count anywhere match at the WWE Breaking Point, Breaking Point pay-per-view, before losing to DX in a Hell in a Cell match at the Hell in a Cell (2009), Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in October. Tension between the members of The Legacy began building in 2010, when Orton attacked DiBiase and Rhodes for accidentally costing him a chance to win the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble (2010), Royal Rumble pay-per-view. In February 2010, DiBiase defeated Mark Henry in an Elimination Chamber qualifying match, earning a chance to win the WWE Championship. At the Elimination Chamber (2010), Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, he eliminated Orton from the Elimination Chamber match, but was eliminated by Kofi Kingston soon after. On the February 22 episode of ''Raw'', Orton turned on The Legacy, believing they had a plan to turn on him, and in retaliation, they attacked Orton the following week. As a result, the three competed in a triple threat match at WrestleMania XXVI in which Orton defeated Rhodes and DiBiase.


Million Dollar Champion (2010–2011)

After WrestleMania, DiBiase debuted a new Glossary of professional wrestling terms#Gimmick, gimmick of an arrogant millionaire, similar to his father's old gimmick. On the April 5 episode of ''Raw'', DiBiase was given possession of the Million Dollar Championship and access to a trust fund by his father. DiBiase then began looking for a "Virgil", a manservant like his father used to have. He offered the position to Ron Killings, R-Truth, who refused, provoking a feud between the two. On the May 17 episode of ''Raw'', DiBiase revealed his "Virgil"—the original Mike Jones (wrestler), Virgil who had worked for his father. In his first singles pay-per-view match at Over the Limit (2010), Over the Limit, DiBiase was defeated by R-Truth. During the match, DiBiase suffered a concussion, but was able to appear on ''Raw'' the following night. On the June 21 episode of ''Raw'', DiBiase fired Virgil in favor of the managerial services of his on-screen girlfriend Maryse Ouellet, Maryse. In September 2010, DiBiase entered in a feud with Dustin Rhodes, Goldust over the Million Dollar Championship, after Goldust stole the title from him. On the November 15 episode of ''Raw'', Goldust returned the Million Dollar Championship belt to DiBiase Sr., who then offered to give it back to his son, but he refused the offer, proclaiming that he was interested in another belt. Later in the night DiBiase attacked WWE United States Championship, WWE United States Champion Daniel Bryan, setting up a match at Survivor Series (2010), Survivor Series for the championship, in which he was unsuccessful. DiBiase was a Pro for the WWE NXT#Season 4, fourth season of ''WWE NXT, NXT'', in which he and Maryse mentored Brodus Clay. On the January 25, 2011, episode of ''NXT'', Clay traded DiBiase for Alberto Del Rio as his Pro. As part of the 2011 WWE Draft#Supplemental draft, 2011 supplemental draft on April 26, DiBiase was moved to the WWE SmackDown, SmackDown WWE Brand Extension, brand. In his first match on ''SmackDown'', DiBiase lost to his former tag team partner Cody Rhodes. The following week, DiBiase was accompanied to the ring by Rhodes. On the June 3 episode of ''SmackDown'', DiBiase lost to former rival, Daniel Bryan via submission. After the match, Rhodes and DiBiase attacked Bryan, but were stopped by Místico, Sin Cara. On the July 8 episode of ''SmackDown'', DiBiase teamed with Rhodes in a winning effort against the team of Bryan and Ezekiel Jackson. After DiBiase lost a match against Randy Orton on the August 26 episode of ''SmackDown'', Rhodes attacked him, ending their association.


The DiBiase Posse (2011–2013)

On the September 16 episode of ''SmackDown'', as Rhodes was ridiculing the audience, DiBiase disguised himself as a fan by wearing a paper bag on his head before attacking Rhodes, turning into a Face (professional wrestling), fan favorite. DiBiase then challenged Rhodes for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions (2011), Night of Champions, but was unsuccessful. In a YouTube video published on September 22, DiBiase introduced his new gimmick to hold Tailgate party, tailgating parties with fans just before WWE events, terming those who tailgated with him as the "DiBiase Posse"; DiBiase also acknowledged that mimicking his father's rich gimmick "didn't really work out". In November 2011, Jinder Mahal chastised DiBiase about forsaking his wealthy upbringing to hang out with commoners, starting a feud and leading to DiBiase defeating Mahal on the December 9 episode of ''SmackDown''. Three weeks later, Mahal defeated DiBiase to conclude the feud. In January 2012, Hunico started a feud with DiBiase when Hunico was offended that he was not invited to one of DiBiase's Posse parties. Both traded victories in regular singles matches on ''SmackDown'', with DiBiase wrestling despite a wrist injury. Although DiBiase beat Hunico in a flag match, Hunico cheated to win the last match in the series in February. On March 6, DiBiase suffered a broken ankle during television tapings. That same month, DiBiase announced that he was undergoing shoulder surgery. DiBiase returned on September 16 at Night of Champions (2012), Night of Champions, participating in the pre-show WWE United States Championship number one contender battle royal, but was eliminated by Matt Bloom, Tensai. DiBiase's only televised match in 2013 saw him defeat Curtis Axel, Michael McGillicutty on the May 9 episode of ''Superstars''. On August 26, DiBiase announced that he was not renewing his WWE contract, which expired on September 1. DiBiase complimented his time with WWE, but said he wanted to spend more time with his family.


Independent circuit (2013–2017)

DiBiase made his first wrestling appearance since leaving WWE on October 12, 2013, in the opening round of Family Wrestling Entertainment's Grand Prix tournament, defeating Colt Cabana. On October 18, 2013, DiBiase was announced to appear at Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore#House of Hardcore 3, House of Hardcore 3. At the event, he participated in a pre-show meet and greet. After that, he did not wrestle again until he had two matches for Mississippi-based promotion Pro Wrestling EGO in 2016 and 2017.


Charity and business

In May 2012, DiBiase started his own non-profit organization, the ''Ted DiBiase Foundation''. As part of the foundation, individuals with life-threatening illnesses or disabilities were offered the chance to meet DiBiase at WWE live events, and further programs for youth leadership and community causes are being developed. He also participates in programs as a leader for the Heart of David Ministry. When DiBiase left WWE, he took up an executive position with CollegeGarageSale.com, a college textbook e-commerce website. He is now the vice president of business development for One Life.


Other media

In late 2008, DiBiase began filming the movie ''The Marine 2'', in which he plays the main character, Joe Linwood. ''The Marine 2'' is a Direct-to-video, direct-to-DVD-and-Blu-ray project, and was released on December 29, 2009. The film was DiBiase's first acting experience, and he spent six weeks in Thailand for filming. For the movie, DiBiase performed all his own stunts, which resulted in him separating the cartilage between two of his ribs during a fight scene. On August 26, 2009, DiBiase appeared on the late-night talk show ''The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien'' along with Cody Rhodes, The Great Khali, and Big Show. He has his own YouTube show, ''The DiBiase Posse'', which focuses on his life outside of the ring.


Personal life

DiBiase is a third generation professional wrestler. His grandfather Michael DiBiase, "Iron" Mike DiBiase, his grandmother Helen Hild and his father Ted DiBiase, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase are professional wrestlers. His older half brother Mike DiBiase II, Mike and his younger full brother Brett DiBiase, Brett are also former professional wrestlers. On March 27, 2010, DiBiase and his brother Brett inducted their father into the WWE Hall of Fame. DiBiase married his high school sweetheart, Kristen, a nurse, on October 30, 2008. DiBiase and his wife have a son, who was born in 2012, and a daughter. On February 15, 2008, DiBiase was arrested for Driving under the influence, DUI in Hillsborough County, Florida, after his Cadillac sport utility vehicle crashed into another vehicle. No one was seriously injured in the crash, but DiBiase failed a SFST, field sobriety test, and when Breathalyzer, breathalysed, was found to have a Blood alcohol content, blood alcohol level of 0.137–0.138. He was released later that day on a $500.00 (US Dollar) bail bond.


Championships and accomplishments

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** FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida Championship Wrestling#FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship, 1 time) *Fusion Pro Wrestling **Fusion Pro Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Mike DiBiase II *''Pro Wrestling Illustrated'' **Ranked No. 34 of the best 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010 *WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment **Million Dollar Championship (List of Million Dollar Champions, 1 time) **World Tag Team Championship (WWE), World Tag Team Championship (List of World Tag Team Champions (WWE), 2 times) – with Cody Rhodes


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