On March 10, 2012, the WWE Road to Wrestlemania Tour will invade the Breslin Center. Super stars like Ted DiBiase Jr., Wade Barrett, Randy Orton and many more will perform a variety of entertaining fights for the audiences of all ages. Tickets range from $15-$60, and are still available for purchase through the Wharton Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show kicks off at 7:30 p.m., so don’t miss out on a great show to end Spring Break with a bang.
I spoke with WWE sports entertainer, Ted DiBiase Jr. about his upcoming performance.
Q: How long have you been involved with WWE?
A: Going on five years, six years total in wrestling. Working with WWE is like fulfilling a childhood dream for me. My father was a wrestler very well known as the Million Dollar Man. I’m actually a third-generation wrestler; my grandpa and grandma both were wrestlers, so after I got my education I finally said ‘Dad I want to be like you.’
Q: How did you get started as a wrestler?
A: I strongly said I wanted to be a wrestler. I trained under Harley Race who was hall-of-famer, who wrestled my father and grandfather. I also spent time in Japan to get experience. Eventually WWE hired me and sent me to Tampa for their developmental program. I debuted on T.V. on May. 26, 2008, and I haven’t looked back since.
Q: The Road to Wrestlemania Tour visits East Lansing in March…why do you think this is a good place for an event like this?
A: The great thing about WWE is it’s world wide. Michigan always has great crowds; the fans are wonderful. The WWE universe is so responsive, especially the kids who are always so excited to see us. It’s a great family outing for an affordable price.
Q: What does the East Lansing tour stop have in store for us?
A: The big show is the 7-foot Giant versus the World Heavy Weight Champion, Daniel Bryan. Street fighting is also in the mix and involves more tables and chairs and everything. The street fight will be between Randy Orton and Wade Barrett. The world’s strongest man will also be there and he’s like a grizzly bear of a man, the guy is massive, so it should be a fun time.
Q: You will be facing WWE super star, Hunico in the ring…is there anything significant about this fight?
A: We have a history because he recently broke my arm, so I’m out for revenge. It’s personal.
Q: What kind of crowd demographic do you hope to draw in for the show?
A: The great thing about WWE is it’s appealing to everyone. There’s a lot of action so it draws a lot of different people. I’m sure on a college campus it’ll be fun because they’re rowdy and fun. We feed off of the crowds so it helps us get into it.
Q: What about these upcoming performances are you excited about in particular?
A: With the big matches, they’re always exciting. Every event is special. Once you walk through curtain into the crowd, it’s a memory. It’s kind of like a drug, an adrenaline rush. I’m always eager to get in ring and compete.