• How did your father’s turnaround and his religious spiritual findings impact you?
DiBiase said: “Tremendously. It really changed the outcome of my life and the outlook that I have on life.
“Luckily that happened around when I was 9, 10-years-old, an impressionable age, right before I got into junior high, high school and college. Those are years that really form who you are and who you might be or what you might be like the rest of your life. Those were the years that my father instilled the importance of having character and integrity.”
He continued: “I definitely strayed. I had my hiccups and my own problems, but because of him, I have those things in my heart, and I’d been instilled those things from such a young age that it’s easy to fall back on them. When you mess up and you go through something really hard, you look back, and you have that to rely on. You have those teachings. You have good advice that my father gave me to pull from. Without that, I’d be a mess.
“I give him and my mother a lot of credit for who I am today, and hopefully I can be the same father that my dad has become, the same man to my son and be a positive influence to him and teach him these things that really matter, and that will make his life more enjoyable as a human being. Things that are priceless.”
• Having a baby is one of those things.
DiBiase and his wife, Kristen, recently celebrated the birth of their first child, a son, Tate McKinley, born on May 15. Because of an ankle and shoulder injury, DiBiase was with his wife for the delivery.
“For me, I’m a believer. I believe in God, and I think this was God’s doing. He broke my ankle so I could be home for the birth of my child and not only the birth but the first month and a half so I could help my wife,” DiBiase said.
“It’s been nice. It’s given me a chance to recharge the batteries, gain a new perspective and go back at this grind with a new outlook and positive thoughts, and I’m very excited about it, but I’m also very Blessed to be home on Father’s Day.”
When you’re a WWE superstar traveling different cities each week or touring internationally, you’re on the road more than 300 days a year.
“I don’t remember my dad ever being home on a Father’s Day [when he was a professional wrestler],” DiBiase said. “It was always calling him on the phone to wish him a Happy Father’s Day.”
• On Sunday, DiBiase, his father and his newborn son will be together on Father’s Day.
“This may never happen again,” DiBiase chuckled, “or not for a very long time. We’ll get together at my place. My wife just bought me the Green Egg. It’s this new grill. You got to look this grill up. It’s the best grill.
“I’ve got a nice grill that’s gas on my patio, and it’s got the hook-up to it, but my buddy’s got the Green Egg, and it just cooks different. I should be a spokesperson for the Green Egg.
“So my wife got me the Green Egg. I wanted it forever. So I’m going to cook some prime rib and some steaks on this thing. We’re going to eat like kings.”
Be sure to check out DiBiase’s Green Egg on Father’s Day at http://dibiaseposseparty.com/.
“I’ll get my dad in a chef’s hat and apron,” DiBiase said. “It’ll be fun.”
• DiBiase’s dad was at the hopsital when baby Tate McKinley was born.
“He was right there when I walked out holding the little guy,” DiBiase said. “It was a very cool experience.
“If you’d asked me last year if it would have worked out so perfect like this, I would have said, ‘No way.’ My dad won’t be home, or I would have been on the road. I remember Alberto Del Rio he was in Europe when his little baby was born. That’s the risk you run being on the road, having a wife at home who’s pregnant. You want to be there.
“I was Blessed and fortunate to be home, and my dad being there at the same time, you should have seen this guy. This big ole manly guy, my dad. Every time he picks this kid up, it’s waterfalls. He starts crying. [DiBiase chuckled] He’s like a giant teddy bear.”
DiBiase, who will start working off ring rust next week at the FCW training facility in Tampa, will also visit with doctors.
He said: “Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things [with WWE] in July.”
FCW is the developmental home for future WWE superstars and divas.
• Growing up, DiBiase knew his dad was on the road working, wrestling.
“My parents did such an amazing job. We never knew anything was wrong,” DiBiase said. “It wasn’t until probably four or five years later, when I was about 15, 16, I started to really understand what had happened with my dad and mom, because I heard my dad speak one night.”
His dad became a minister, helping others by speaking about his indiscretions and how he overcame them. He opened up, telling the truth and giving his Testimony with how God, faith and family helped him.
“I was like, ‘Woo. Wait a second,’ but he had made such a transformation into this new person, into this God fearing man of integrity. I then knew my dad messed up, and I knew he was sorry.”
DiBiase realized later how the family remained one.
“My mom was such a strong anchor in our family. She’s the reason our family is still together. Their love never changed to us, and we never saw them treat each other differently.
“I think for a while they were strong together for us, but then they grew closer together again. To see that firsthand is a pretty amazing act of love — for my mom being able to forgive my dad and my dad confessing and asking for forgiveness and not only talking the talk but also turning it around and becoming a new person. He gave up the one thing he knows how to do, which is wrestle, to save his family. That was a Testimony in itself.
“There was no time I ever resented my dad, especially now, in hindsight. I’m on the road. I see the temptation there. I know now what he went through. It’s not easy being on the road, and you really don’t understand that until you actually do it. He did it for 23 years, and that’s a lot of days away from the family.
“He turned his life around for us. My dad is an amazing guy, and I’m very proud of him.”
• DiBiase and his brother, Brett, inducted their father into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 27, 2010 at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix.
• During his injury time, DiBiase started his own non-profit organization, the Ted DiBiase Foundation. Individuals with life threatening illnesses or disabilities can meet DiBiase at WWE live events. More is being planned.
• DiBiase’s YouTube show “The DiBiase Posse” focuses on his life outside the ring.
• For all things Ted DiBiase go to http://dibiaseposseparty.com/.
The WWE No Way Out pay-per-view is 8 p.m. EST Sunday, June 17 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The New Jersey/New York area will be home to WrestleMania 29 Week in 2013.