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Throughout his career Lex Luger has been known as "The Total Package". That may be a more apt label for Ted DiBiase. If you think about it Ted brought every necessary element to the table. Ted possessed scientific wrestling skill that was second to none. Ted DiBiase could also brawl with the best of them. Ted didnít have the chiseled look of a body builder, but he was in terrific shape and had the stamina and cardiovascular endurance to wrestle long and grueling matches. Tedís sharp mind and tremendous articulate manner made him one of the most talented promo men in the game. Ted could speak as an honest, fair playing baby face or as a sneering, arrogant, low down dirty heel with equal ability. Whatever a fan, promoter or opponent wanted in a wrestler, Ted brought to the table.

Ted was the son of the late Iron Mike DiBiase who died tragically in the ring in 1969. Ted followed in his fatherís footsteps and became a professional wrestler as well, after attending West Texas State University the Alma matter of so many pro wrestling stars. Ted got his start in Amarillo under the tutelage of the Funk family. Tedís abilities expanded rapidly and soon he was in demand. Ted wrestled in West Texas. He battled in the Central States promotion. He went to Sam Munchnickís St. Louis promotion on a regular basis for years and held the prestigious Missouri Heavyweight Title in 1978 and again in 1980. Ted also competed for Leroy McGuirkís Tri-States Wrestling, the forerunner to Mid-South Wrestling, holding the North American Title in 1976 and 1977. In 1979 Ted competed in the WWF and held that promotionís version of the North American Title. During the early 1980s Ted also competed in Georgia and gained fame across the country via WTBS on cable TV. In many respects Ted is just as well known for his time in Georgia as in Mid-South, if not more so. With all of his talent, fame, and accomplishments, is it any wonder why some consider Ted one of the greatest stars to never win the NWA World Title?

Ted was competing in the WWF when the Mid-South era began in 1979. By yearís end Ted had come to Mid-South and, as a familiar face from the old Tri-States days, gained instant popularity. During 1980 Ted enjoyed a great run with the North American Title. He defeated Mike George on February 11 and held onto the title until September 19 when he lost to cagey masked man The Grappler. Ted took a sabbatical from Mid-South in early 1981, but returned later in the year and jumped right back into the thick of the action.  More...

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