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) 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.