Ted DiBiase Sr. has issued a statement responding to recent comments by former WWF and WCW wrestler Paul Roma.
To recap, Roma was interviewed last week by James Guttman of WorldWrestlingInsanity.com and said the following about Ted DiBiase:
“I guess probably like ten years ago, I had spoken to DiBiase, he was out of wrestling, and he became this reverend or whatever he became. So I called him up and we were talking and he goes, ‘Yeah. Listen. I found a good place.’ He says, ‘I was a bad person when I was with Vince (McMahon). I’ll never go back to that again. He’s evil. Blah, blah, blah.’ And then, the next thing I know, this guy is working for Vince again. Like, you know, so at the end of the day it doesn’t matter – wait let me rephrase that. At the end of the day, for Ted DiBiase, he can preach all he wants. He can talk about God all he wants. Bu his God is spelled M-O-N-E-Y.” He continued, “If he really believes and wanted to sell me what he was trying to sell me, he wouldn’t be back with Vince. He wouldn’t be back with the devil.”
Ted DiBiase issued the following statement this morning:
In response to Paul Roma,
I told many people about the wrong things I did, I even wrote a book about it. That’s something everybody knows. I also have been very vocal about a lot of the WWE programming in the past. And, yes, when I went back to work for them, they were well aware of my objections to some of the programming. But what I realized as a Christian is this, if I’m genuinely going to make a difference in the world and try to impact others with what I’ve found in Christ, then I can’t do it sitting in church praying about it. I have to be visible in the market place. I went back to the WWE to show them the difference in who I am now and to try to make a difference. You can’t promote change standing on the sidelines. So I went back. The truth is, the WWE has changed incredibly since my wrestling days. The work schedule is not as demanding overall, and the compensation is much better. Also, a state of the art drug testing policy brings accountability into the business that wasn’t there before. People getting into the WWE now, know that there is zero tolerance for steroid and drug abuse. If I hadn’t seen the changes I would never have given my son my blessing to go into the business. The programming, by the way, is once again, totally PG rated.
The truth is, I’m still very much sold out to Jesus Christ. I don’t think Vince McMahon is evil or the devil. I think he’s a very shrewd business man. He’s also the guy responsible for the unbelievable fan base that professional wrestling enjoys today on a world wide scale.
Please tell Paul Roma that’s he’s got it wrong all the way around, including how much I’m paid for going back and making an appearance. And the Million Dollar Man, well, that would be my son in the not so distant future!!