Ted DiBiase Jr has announced that he has decided not to re-sign with WWE.
In a video posted on his Twitter feed, DiBiase appeared to suggest that he will step away from wrestling altogether, and spend more time with his family.
DiBiase is a third-generation wrestler – son of WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase Sr and grandson of ‘Iron’ Mike DiBiase – and was expected by many to ascend to the top of the card upon his debut, and seemed to be heading there when he was paired on-screen with Cody Rhodes, and the two were later associated with Randy Orton. After a long partnership as Legacy, the trio split, with Orton defeating the pair in a triple threat match at WrestleMania 26.
A gimmick change followed, with DiBiase playing a similar version of his father’s Million Dollar Man character, complete with him proclaiming himself the Million Dollar Champion. The following two years saw brand changes and steady slide down the card. He also took some time away from the ring to star in The Marine 2.
DiBiase has successfully set up The Ted DiBiase Foundation, which raises money for charitable causes. With charity work being an important part of WWE’s philosophy, as well as the fact that DiBiase rarely missed time due to injury and has seen his contract out, it is extremely likely that he leaves the company on good terms, leaving the door open to a future return, something DiBiase suggests in the video is a possibility.
WWE have yet to publicly comment on DiBiase’s decision.
— Ted DiBiase Jr. (@TedDiBiase) August 26, 2013