The newest father in the WWE has some big shoes to fill. Not only is his father a Hall of Famer and iconic character, but he believes he’s got the best father in the WWE.
“I have no doubt in my mind I have the best father,” Ted DiBiase Jr. said from his home in Mississippi, where he is finishing up recovery from a broken wrist and ankle, as well as a shoulder surgery. His father is, of course, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. “With me being gone as much as I was, I have a phenomenal relationship with my sons,” the elder DiBiase said. While on the road during his career, he knew the schedules of his three sons and would always call them on the day of an important moment, be it a test or soccer game, to give them encouragement. Then, he’d follow up later to learn how the day went. “Even though I wasn’t there, my boys knew I was thinking of them,” DiBiase said. It helps that DiBiase was the child of wrestlers himself and understood what the children of wrestlers need. His mother was Helen Hild and his stepfather was “Iron Mike” DiBiase. “I was raised by a very loving stepfather,” DiBiase said. “He took me in, loved me, gave me his name. … I was grateful and I wanted to be just like him.” Unfortunately, his time with Iron Mike was cut short when he died as the result of a heart attack he suffered during a match. The younger DiBiase values the time he had with his dad while growing up and the lessons he taught him by example.
The most important things he learned were to appreciate what he has and to give back to others. “I hope I can do the same for Tate,” DiBiase Jr. said about his one-month-old son. While he is eager to get back to work, and will, in fact, go to Florida for evaluations with WWE doctors and preliminary workouts next week, he is dreading missing those “first” moments with Tate. The job of a WWE Superstar is life on the road, spending more time with the guys in the locker room than at home. He plans to take some of the advice his father gives in his ministry, Heart of David, and be more aware of his family time when he is home.
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