by Brian Phelps
He won the World Tag Team titles in his very first match on RAW. A Two-time tag team title holder. A former member of the faction Legacy where he stood beside Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes. Son of WWE Hall of Famer and legend "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase. Star of The Marine II. All this and he's only 28. So, what's happened to Ted Dibiase over the last couple of years?
At one time, Ted Dibiase was at the forefront of the WWE. He was in the hottest faction in the business rubbing elbows with Randy Orton, holding the tag team belts with Cody Rhodes, and feuding with Degeneration-X's Shawn Michaels and Triple H. WWE even believed in him enough to give him the lead role in The Marine II. After Legacy ended, for some reason Ted Dibiase has been on a downward spiral. He suddenly for no apparent reason went on a losing streak, and was even on the losing end of a feud with Goldust. Goldust hasn't been relevant in over a decade. He lost his Million Dollar Title to Goldust, was beat up by Jerry Lawler, traded to WWE's B-Show Smackdown, and continued his losing ways there. Just when it seemed like there was no hope, the rising star Cody Rhodes decided to take pity on Dibiase and take him under his wing. However, Dibiase kept losing. Eventually they turned on each other, and Dibiase is back to wrestling on Superstars and making sporadic appearances on Smackdown normally in losing efforts.
So why is the WWE burying Ted Dibiase? There hasn't been any negative backstage news on Dibiase. He hasn't made anyone mad that anyone is aware of. WWE is severely dropping the ball with Dibiase. He has the look, the talent, the pedigree, and the build to be one of the WWE's best. If they aren't careful though and they keep treating him like some 2nd rate jobber he might eventually tire of it and end up jumping ship to TNA. He wouldn't be the first star to do so. Only time will tell. For now, time is on his side.