Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, and injured WWE superstar Ted DiBiase Jr. will be spending it with family including newborn baby boy, Tate McKinley, and father, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase.
If he wasn’t injured, DiBiase would probably be involved in the WWE No Way Out pay-per-view on the road on Father’s Day, instead of enjoying a cookout at home.
WWE is his passion, his livelihood, but spending time with family is also important. A balancing act, of sorts, is a routine challenge for any WWE superstar or diva. They travel 300 days a year, missing holidays, birthdays and other family related events, but they know what to expect, if aspiring to work the big time. It’s the nature of the WWE business.
This is Part 2 of a Father’s Day Edition with Ted DiBiase Jr.
• Growing up what were some of the best things about being the son of the Million Dollar Man?
“One time I stole the Million Dollar belt, when I was in fourth grade, and I took it to school for Show-n-Tell,” DiBiase said. “So I had access to that thing. He kept it in the house in the Halliburton briefcase, and I knew the code. It was so cool the day I popped that thing open. It was awesome.
“Also, whenever we went to Disney World or any place like that, we always had like a personal guide. I think I’ve always been a compassionate person, and I kind of felt bad for the guide, but after riding Space Mountain six times in a row without having to wait in line, that was pretty awesome. So getting some VIP treatment here and there.
“Of course, you had the down side, with your father being on the road all the time, missing a lot of football games and birthday parties, but that’s the sacrifice we make.”
• Was it hard to understand that at times?
“There were only a couple of times it really upset me,” DiBiase, 29, said. “I didn’t really hold on to it. I was a very active kid, constantly in sports.
“The great thing about my dad is he was very, very involved. If he was on the road, he was always very good about calling home — wishing me luck before the game, calling me up after the game, seeing how we did, calling at night. He was always in contact with us. It was almost like he never really left sometimes, because I was constantly talking to him on the phone.
“So he was very good about communicating with his kids, but it was tough growing up. Of course, now we have FaceTime. So I’m pretty excited about that. Now that I have a kid, I can use FaceTime, when I’m on the road, and be able to see him and my wife.”
FaceTime is a video calling (video telephone) software application, developed by Apple Inc.
• How can you be a good husband, a good father and a good WWE superstar with such a busy travel schedule?
“You have to remain grounded,” DiBiase said, “and I think a lot of that comes from where you come from, how you’ve been raised. What matters most to you? In reality, this is my job. I go on the road.
“Why I am doing this? Am I doing this selfishly? Yea, a little bit, because it’s always been my dream, but now there’s other factors. Now I have greater responsibilities. I have a wife to take care of, and now I have a child to provide for. I’m thinking about his future, his education, his health, my wife’s safety, all of those things. It really changes your perspective on life.