Ted DiBiase Jr. Reflects On Getting ‘Comfortable’ With Legacy, What He Learned From Being Part Of The Group
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The Legacy faction in WWE met an abrupt end in 2010 when Randy Orton split off from Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes. At the time, there was a lot of potential seen in the faction from the WWE Universe, but for some reason, it never reached the heights of popularity that many thought it would attain.
Ted DiBiase Jr. recently sat down with Chris Van Vliet to discuss his WWE run and how his dependence on the system might have spelled the end of The Legacy.
When asked what he learned during his time in WWE, Ted DiBiase Jr. told a story about becoming too comfortable while he was part of The Legacy faction:
“Never stop growing and never stop learning,” Ted DiBiase Jr. said. “I think my time with Legacy, I can look back at how focused I was. It wasn’t that I stopped, but I got comfortable. What it took to get to the WWE was this insane focus and mental grind. Then you get there and for 2 years I show up and I’m in 3 segments. All night long we are opening and closing the show. We were main eventing all of the overseas tours and I was having the time of my life. The second we had that match at WrestleMania 26, Michael Hayes asked me, ‘what do I want to do next?’ I’m like ‘that’s your job.’ We had all of these promos and storylines, but there was nothing planned for after that day. You can always live out a mission. If I can’t serve someone who is needy, I can serve my wife or my son. If I’m constantly serving myself, it is easy to get distracted from what really matters. When they said ‘what do you want to do next?’ I should have had a book of ideas. I got dependent on the system.”
Ted DiBiase Jr. also spoke with WrestleZone and touched on some of his career highlights, many of which came during his time in the Legacy stable. DiBiase was asked if being introduced that way helped or hurt him in the long run, and Ted explained that Legacy definitely made things easier for him and talked about the bond he shared with the group, calling it a great situation to be in.
“It totally made it easier. It’s a lonely road growing up in the spotlight and being the son of a celebrity, it’s not easy. Everyone’s always like, ‘That must’ve been so cool!’ Nope. There are parts of it that are cool, but I would say more of it is not because, yeah I got to watch my dad wrestle Hulk Hogan in Madison Square Garden and [I remember] Andre The Giant picking me up by the head when he’s sitting in a chair, the locker rooms—that sounds fun, but you go through life being ‘the wrestler’s kid’ or ‘the son of the Million Dollar Man’ and people know you,” DiBiase said, “but they don’t know you.”
“And so to be there [in WWE], Cody was amazing. That was such a blessing, we got to ride together and we instantly had a common bond and that dude, he showed me the ropes. It was like having a brother, and I already have two brothers and we had dreams of wrestling together, being tag team champions. That never happened because they both suffered injuries,” he explained, “but Cody was like having a brother on the road. And with Randy [Orton] joining him, that was—it just felt right. That Legacy run was so much fun and that—you couldn’t put your finger on it, but it was just good and it worked.”
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