WWE Hall of Famer recalls being the first wrestler work Hulk Hogan at Madison Square Garden

Posted in: WWE News, Interview Highlights
Sep 28, 2013 - 10:30 AM

WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase spoke with the Wrestling 101 website's Josh Modaberi and recalled being first wrestler to work with Hulk Hogan at Madison Square Garden. "At that time Hulk was just coming into the business and I had been in the business longer than him," DiBiase said. "At that particular time Hulk Hogan wasn’t the babyface he was the heel managed by Fred Blassie and I was the babyface. I was having my last match in the WWF at the time and they wanted me as his first opponent. I was very grateful to Vince for his faith in me, when I went to him and asked him what he wanted to do he told me to do anything because he knew I would do it right. I put Hogan over as a heel in his first match at the Garden and he never forgot that."

DiBiase was also asked what Vince McMahon was like as a boss. "I got along fine with Vince (laughs)," DiBiase said. "It was kind of like a love hate relationship at times, and Vince said this to me a long time ago and I think he says it to everybody, ‘we can agree to disagree’, he doesn’t expect people to be yes men, if you don’t agree with him it’s not going to piss him off and he’s not going to fire you, but he added, ‘because we’re spending my money whether you like it or not we’re going to do what I want to do.’ I haven’t always agreed with what Vince did, I was not a big fan of the Attitude Era, but for the most part we wouldn’t be having this conversation if it wasn’t for what Vince McMahon did for me and did for wrestling." Read the full interview at

DiBiase also addressed introducing Undertaker, working closely with Steve Austin, current WWE manager Paul Heyman, his son Ted DiBiase Jr.'s departure from WWE, and more.

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