It Came From YouTube: Ted DiBiase’s basketball challenge makes a child cry- awesome.

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This originally aired on the October 29th, 1987 (taped October 6th) episode of WWF Prime Time Wrestling.

I know R.D has already inducted this, but you really have to see the whole thing for yourself.

I’m just going to quote from Ted’s Wikipedia article

DiBiase invited fans (including a young Rob Van Dam[25]) to perform humiliating acts (such as kissing his feet) for money. During one skit, he invited a young boy onto a stage and told him if he bounced a ball 15 times in succession, DiBiase would pay him $500. After the 14th bounce, DiBiase kicked the ball away, sending the boy home without pay. (However, according to his autobiography, everybody who wasn’t paid on-camera was paid off-camera.)

I cannot tell you how great I think this skit is in getting him over as a heel. Every time I see this, it just makes me smile like a great big Jock-Ass.

I mean, think about it… Ted delights in the misery of small children! He blatantly lies to a cute, small child and crushes his dreams like an empty soda can!

He makes the boy run back to his mother crying like a baby- and then he laughs about it uproariously as if he’d just listened to an old episode of WrestleCrap Radio!

You just can’t get much more evil and sadistic than that!

 This skit has the unintended effect of making me like Ted even more then I already did.

Besides, Shaun (the boy) and his family really did get paid the $500 off-camera (ahead of time, I believe) and they probably got a couple free t-shirts out of the deal, too; so I don’t feel too bad in delighting at Ted’s awesome evil scheme.

Whoever came up with the idea of these rigged “challenges” to get him over as a heel is a genius.

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7 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Ted DiBiase’s basketball challenge makes a child cry- awesome."
  1. Walt says:

    When I was young and stupid, I hated guys like DiBiase, Flair, Honky Tonk Man and the Iron Shiek. In my teens I started to wise up and like DiBiase, I liked Owen Hart when he feuded with Bret. Now as an adult, I see just how skilled Honky Tonk, Shieky baby and DiBiase were because they played me like a fiddle and made me want to see them lose.

    Contrast that with today. Guys like HHH, Cena, Sheamus, and Orton don’t make me want to see them win or lose, they just make me wish for the good ol days, and to see an US promotion do wrestling the Japanese way.

  2. Falcdango says:

    Lucky for Ted & Virgil, Basketballs don’t hold grudges.

    Has that promo been inducted yet?

  3. CDGK says:

    I still vividly remember seeing this bit 25 years ago, and it was (and may still be) without a doubt one of the best wrestling “promos” I have ever seen.

  4. Thomas Moffatt says:

    The Million Dollar Man at his very best – that, WWE, is how you make a villain… and it took so little…

  5. Sharpe Puppy says:

    This is up there in the pantheon of elite heel moments of The Horsemen forming (and breaking Dusty’s leg in the process), Shawn kicking Marty Jannety through a shop window, Harley Race putting a $25,000 hit on Ric Flair, Chris Jericho trying to get CM Punk turn to substance abuse, and Macho Man smashing a bell into Steamboat’s throat.

  6. IfJohnCenaWinsVancouverRiots says:

    Virgil got alot of attention being around Ted Diabase. I think there was a point where fans had seen enough of Virgil though. Some dude uploaded alot of early episodes of RAW on Youtube and in this one episode I was watching the fans dumped all over him with chants of “Virgil sucks!” He was playing face too.

    Mike Jones AKA Virgil had his 15 mintues of fame in WWF.

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