Ted DiBiase Jr Explains Reason Why He Left WWE

Ted DiBiase Jr Explains Reason Why He Left WWE

Following speculation surrounding his WWE return, Ted DiBiase Jr has revealed why he left the company in 2013.

After 5 years with WWE, DiBiase let his contract expire in August 2013. The former Million Dollar Champion has opened up about mental issues he was dealing with when he walked away from WWE.

Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, DiBiase revealed that he was offered a 5-year contract by WWE before he left the company. Recalling the end of his WWE career, DiBiase said:

“I was offered another 5 year deal. It was generous, but when it came down to it, I was battling some things internally. There were some mental health issues. I was going through depression and anxiety, and also being a new father. I just knew. What I didn’t have growing up, although I had this iconic father I love dearly, he wasn’t at my birthdays.

“He also wasn’t there for my football or soccer games. I believe the greatest asset we have in our world is time. You’re not guaranteed more and you can’t get it back. That was one of the greatest gifts I could give my son.

“With no plan I left and we are doing good. I thought I was going to wrestle and have a long career, but I really believe it’s not what we do that defines us but who we become along the way. I spent a lot of time while I was there trying to climb the ladder. But I realized that’s not who I am.

“My core values are faith, family, love, wisdom, service, in that order. I was dying internally and losing sight of who I was. I love helping and serving people, and also entertaining people. To be able to walk into a hospital or a base and bring a smile onto the face of a family or a veteran, that was such a blessing.

“There really wasn’t a lot of back and forth. I think at that time in my career it was kind of part of me thinking I was just going to come back. I was going to figure this out, but that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t the usual best of luck in your future endeavors. I quit on YouTube or Twitter, I did a video and announced (I was leaving).

“I just wanted to be me, I wanted to let people know how grateful I was and let WWE know how grateful I was. Also, I was walking out on my own accord for personal reasons. There wasn’t any back and forth. There’s tons of guys sitting in the wings waiting to take that spot. That’s what makes this industry hard to get into and even harder to hang onto.”

DiBiase also confirmed that he was retired, but would be open to a WWE return under the right circumstances. His father, Ted DiBiase, was heavily involved in the build to the Million Dollar Championship ladder match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.

Quote via Wrestling Inc

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3 years ago by Sanchez Taylor


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