WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase delved into the pervasive issue of steroid usage within the wrestling industry, particularly shedding light on the era of the Royal Rumble in 1994, coinciding with the infamous steroid trial involving Vince McMahon.
In a revealing discussion on the podcast Everybody’s Got a Pod, Ted DiBiase, offered insights into the widespread nature of steroid use during that period and its profound impact on the wrestling landscape. When asked about his observations on the prevalence of steroids in WWE, DiBiase openly shared:
By the time the steroids came along, I was seeing it everywhere. So it wasn’t anything, I mean, okay. Because of WWE, because of Vince’s move, it ended up that the WWF ended up being, all the territories died eventually because they couldn’t compete with Vince. And at that point, if you’re going to be a pro wrestler, you’ve got one place to go. And that’s to the WWF if you’re serious about it.
Contrary to the notion that steroid usage was exclusive to WWE, DiBiase offered a nuanced perspective, suggesting that it was not significantly different from other promotions. Drawing from his experiences at Gold’s Gym in Los Angeles, DiBiase highlighted the pervasive culture of physical enhancement within the industry.
In a vulnerable moment, DiBiase shared his personal reservations about steroid use, expressing genuine concerns about potential health risks. While admitting to succumbing to the pressure to use steroids on a few occasions, he ultimately prioritised his well-being over external pressures.
Which Wrestler Shouldn’t Have Won The Royal Rumble According To Ted DiBiase?
Ted DiBiase believes that Lex Luger shouldn’t have been a joint winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble, he instead believes that Bret Hart should have been the sole winner of the match due to Luger’s inexperience in wrestling at the time.
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