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Ted DiBiase Recalls His First Night In WWE, Roddy Piper Being Ribbed By the Locker Room

June 27, 2023 | Posted by Andrew Ravens
Ted DiBiase Mid-South Wrestling 1982 Image Credit: WWE/Peacock

On the latest episode of the Everybody’s Got a Pod, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase talked about joining WWE, harassing going on the promotion including with Roddy Piper on his first night and more. You can check out some highlights below:

On his first night in WWF: “It was funny. Everybody wanted to let me know, it’s like, ‘Johnny Rodz is a good hand, he’s a good guy. You better get over with him in the dressing room or you’re not gonna get along with anybody.’ I don’t know. He just, Johnny had that rep, you know? If he liked you, you’re in. If he didn’t like you, you’re out. You know? There was no problem with me. And, of course, like I said, I wrestled him that first, that first go-round, and we hit it off really, really well.”

On Roddy Piper’s first night in WWE where he was ribbed by wrestlers by putting toilet paper in his bagpipe: “Yes, I was there for that. That’s the first time I ever saw — well, I didn’t know anything, except that when he went out there his bagpipes didn’t work. And we all knew why later. But I never knew it, you know? No. Nobody ever obviously confessed to doing it. I have no idea who did it.”

On whether he was harassed in wrestling: “Nobody gave me a hard time. When I got there and — well, of course, I grew up in the business. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it. But my dad never wrestled in New York, if you know what I’m saying? He never did New York territory, DiBiase was not a big name in New York right at that time.

“So I really don’t know. Maybe because I had the wrestling heritage that everybody knew that my father was in the inner circles of professional wrestling, considered one of the best. Not only professionally, but he was also a National Heavyweight Amateur Champion. Not only was he a great worker, he was a great shooter. And so I don’t know, that maybe the respect that came along with that and the fact that I was a kid that came up in the business and been a part of it. The business had been a part of my life and maybe that’s part of the respect I got. I don’t know.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Everybody’s Got a Pod with an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.