Why Ted DiBiase Left WWE, JBL & Alberto Del Rio's Stolen Gimmick, Smackdown's Premiere

- Josh Stewart has a new article online featuring quotes from "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. In it, DiBiase spoke of his son's decision to leave WWE. Below is an excerpt:

“Almost the whole last year he was with WWE, he was there, he was working live events, but they didn’t put him back on television because they didn’t just want to throw him out there and abuse him,” DiBiase said. “They really wanted to do something significant with him, they just couldn’t find what it was.

“And in the meantime, my son and his wife have a child, and make the Million Dollar Man a grandfather. And he just called me one day and says, ‘Dad, you know, you were right.’ And I said, ‘About what?’ He said, ‘Regardless of how much money I make in the wrestling business, the time it’ll going to demand to be away from my wife and my son, I just don’t think it’s worth it.’ And I said, ‘I tried to tell you that.’ But some things, you just have to learn the hard way. So when his contract came up and they wanted him to re-sign, he just said, ‘Thank you for all you’ve done for me, but I just don’t think it’s what I want for me anymore.’”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- Speaking of The Million Dollar Man, JBL posted the following honest photo on Twitter:


Three generations of one stolen gimmick! @VivaDelRio@MDMTedDiBiase#everyManHasHisPrice#OldSchoolRaw@wwepic.twitter.com/nNVj4o5YQJ

— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) January 6, 2014

">@MDMTedDiBiase #everyManHasHisPrice#OldSchoolRaw

Three generations of one stolen gimmick! @VivaDelRio@MDMTedDiBiase#everyManHasHisPrice#OldSchoolRaw@wwepic.twitter.com/nNVj4o5YQJ

— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) January 6, 2014

">@wwe pic.twitter.com/nNVj4o5YQJ

— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) January 6, 2014

- Ahead of this week's groundbreaking WWE announcement, the company looked back at the premiere of Smackdown at this link. You can also watch the video - featuring comments from Jim Ross and Michael Hayes - embedded in the video belwo

The company has posted videos of other major announcement that you can watch on their official YouTube channel.

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