After a year going at it alone, it may be time to cash out.
It has been a year since The Legacy group disbanded. Cody Rhodes got a “dashing” fresh start over on Smackdown. Randy Orton, for reasons unknown, gained the admiration of fans world-wide, enough so to win both PWI’s Wrestler of the Year and Most Popular Wrestler of the Year awards. As for the prodigal son, Ted DiBiase has not been so fortunate.
In a modern take on the biblical story, DiBiase greedily demanded full access to his trust fund, and the possession of his father’s Million Dollar Championship. But it wasn’t enough for Ted to have the money, and the Million Dollar belt wrapped around his waist, he also wanted his father’s former bodyguard. Quickly realizing that he had the money to do anything he wanted, DiBiase dropped Virgil for an exotic French Canadian glamour model to be his personal valet.
As for the biblical account, the Prodigal Son was able to buy the services of multiple women, but then again, PS never encountered the expensive tastes of Maryse.
While everybody may have a price, DiBiase is learning that money cannot buy happiness. Coupled with the stress of Maryse burning a hole in his trust fund and aggravating him with flirtatious distractions towards other men, DiBiase is also suffering from a horrendous losing streak. He failed in his bid to win the United States title, was dumped by his NXT Rookie Brodus Clay in favor of Alberto Del Rio, and lost a singles match to Brodus the following week.
And with his former Legacy cohorts both having guaranteed spots at WrestleMania, it may be time for DiBiase to stop spending money on expensive escorts and start separating himself from his father’s former-self and his money.
In the summer of 2009, there were instances when DiBiase questioned Orton’s authority. This created dissension within The Legacy, and speculation of Ted DiBiase turning face to start a program with Orton.
Aside from an underrated match that DiBiase Sr. booked, which could have truly elevated his singles career early on, and solidified himself as a fan-favorite, if he had continued to take the fight to Orton. DiBiase, instead, turned away from his father and chose the path of money, only to come to find out that money is the root of all evil.
Every man has his price but not everyone has gotten the wake up call to change their lives for the better. Ted DiBiase Sr. realized that he was trying to fill the void in his life with money, and turned to God for mercy. Through God’s grace, DiBiase became a Christian minister, and founded Heart of David Ministry in 1999.
DiBiase stated in Christian Living Magazine July/Aug 2008 edition: “We fail all the time, but there’s no shame in failing—only in not getting up and keeping on.”
After a year going at it alone, it’s time for DiBiase to cash out as well. DiBiase needs to follow through the parable of the Prodigal Son, return home and repent to his father. Because there is no shame in failing, only in not getting up and keeping on. The Raw and Smackdown locker rooms are filled with heels, what they need are more heroes and DiBiase can be a guiding light in rosters filled with evil factions.
Everybody has a price, but everyone can be forgiven.