Brett DiBiase

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Brett DiBiase
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DiBiase with the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship in January 2010
Birth name Brett DiBiase
Ring name(s) Brett DiBiase
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight 219 lb (99 kg)[1]
Born (1988-03-16) March 16, 1988 (age 26)[2]
Clinton, Mississippi[2]
Billed from West Palm Beach, Florida[2]
Jackson, Missouri[1]
Trained by FCW training[2]
Debut July 22, 2008[2]
Retired August 2011

Brett DiBiase (born March 16, 1988) is an American retired professional wrestler and professional wrestling referee.[2][3] He is best known for his time in Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory.[2][4] He is a former FCW Florida Tag Team Champion with Joe Hennig as The Fortunate Sons.[5]

DiBiase is a third generation professional wrestler. His grandmother Helen Hild and adoptive grandfather "Iron" Mike DiBiase were professional wrestlers, as was his father, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.[4] DiBiase's older brothers, Mike and Ted Jr., are also professional wrestlers.[4]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE (2008–2011)[edit]

DiBiase made his debut for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)'s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), in mid-2008.[4] On August 19, DiBiase defeated Sheamus O'Shaunessy, but was defeated by Stu Sanders the following week.[6][7] Throughout the end of the year, he continued wrestling in FCW, competing against wrestlers including Gavin Spears, Dolph Ziggler, and Sinn Bowdee.[8][9]

In early 2009, DiBiase competed sporadically for FCW, although he teamed regularly with fellow multi-generation wrestler, Maverick Darsow, in February.[10][11] He also competed in both tag team and singles matches, and defeated Byron Saxton in late March.[12] DiBiase made his FCW television debut on the May 17, 2009 episode, defeating Dylan Klein.[13] A few weeks later, DiBiase competed in a battle royal to become the number one contender for the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship, but was eliminated.[14] On the June 7 episode of FCW, DiBiase lost to Klein, starting a scripted rivalry between the two.[15] They competed against each other on numerous occasions throughout June, July and August.[16][17][18]

At WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view in August 2009, DiBiase made an appearance as a planted fan in the audience, interfering in the WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and John Cena.[19] The following night, on August 24, DiBiase made his debut on Raw, appearing in backstage segments with The Legacy faction consisting of Orton, Cody Rhodes and his older brother Ted.[20]

After his appearance on Raw, he returned to FCW, where he formed a tag team with Joe Hennig known as The Fortunate Sons. On January 14, 2010 at an FCW television taping, The Fortunate Sons won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship by defeating The Dudebusters (Caylen Croft, Trent Barreta and Curt Hawkins).[5] On March 13, The Fortunate Sons lost the titles to The Uso Brothers (Jimmy and Jules).[21] At the April 8 FCW television tapings, Hennig blamed DiBiase for the loss, and in a match the two fought to a double disqualification.[22] At an FCW event on April 29, DiBiase faced Hennig again, but suffered a knee injury during the match.[23][24] He underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament on May 18.[25] During his rehabilitation time, DiBiase joined the commentary team for FCW's television program.[26]

In May 2011 it was reported that DiBiase had begun to train as a referee due to on-going problems with his knee.[3] On August 22, DiBiase's father revealed that due to continuing knee problems after four surgeries, DiBiase had decided not to continue a career in professional wrestling. According to his father, DiBiase was to be released from his contract at the end of the month.[27]

Personal life[edit]

DiBiase is a third generation wrestler.[4] His grandfather "Iron" Mike DiBiase and his grandmother Helen Hild were professional wrestlers, as was his father Ted DiBiase.[4] Both his older half brother, Mike, and his older full brother, Ted Jr., are also professional wrestlers.[4] On March 27, 2010, DiBiase and his brother Ted Jr. inducted their father into the WWE Hall of Fame.[28] DiBiase married his high school sweetheart Leah May in June 2009.[29]

In wrestling[edit]

DiBiase in FCW.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Brett DiBiase". Florida Championship Wrestling. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Brett DiBiase". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Martin, Adam (May 11, 2011). "Update on report regarding Brett DiBiase/WWE". WrestleView. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Craft, Dan (May 14, 2009). "Ted DiBiase Jr. previews Saturday's WWE mega-show in Bloomington". Free Time Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Gerweck, Steve (January 15, 2010). "FCW crowns new tag champions". WrestleView. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ Cooper, Tony (August 16, 2008). "August 16, 2008–Florida Championship Wrestling in Florida". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Tony (August 26, 2008). "August 26, 2008–Florida Championship Wrestling in New Port Richey, Florida at the Bourbon Street Night Club". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ "September 23, 2008–Florida Championship Wrestling in Port Richey, Florida at the Bourbon Street Night Club". Online World of Wrestling. September 23, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Wellington, Richard (September 30, 2008). "September 30, 2008–Florida Championship Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved January 16, 2010. Vincenso, Don (October 10, 2008). "October 10, 2008–Florida Championship Wrestling in Pinellas Park, Florida at the Boys and Girls Club". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "February 13, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa, Florida at the Florida State Fair". Online World of Wrestling. February 13, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "February 26, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling – TV Taping (airing 3/1) in Tampa, Florida at the FCW Arena". Online World of Wrestling. February 26, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "March 20, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling in Orlando, Florida before 300 fans". Online World of Wrestling. March 20, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c Endres, Cody (May 24, 2009). "FCW TV Report 5/17: WWE Developmental wrestlers Brett DiBiase and Sheamus in action, Festus in TV main event". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ Endres, Cody (May 31, 2009). "FCW TV Report 5/31: Ricky Ortiz wins a battle royal, Jennifer Hudson's fiance makes in-ring debut, new FCW tag champs". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Endres, Cody (June 17, 2009). "FCW TV Report 6/7: Sons of DiBiase and Brisco in action, more FCW GM ridiculousness, Ricky Ortiz challenges for FCW Title, Brian Blair rib". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  16. ^ "June 18, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling – TV Taping in Tampa, Florida". Online World of Wrestling. June 18, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ "July 2, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. July 2, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ "August 6, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. August 6, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  19. ^ Martin, Adam (August 24, 2009). "Identity of "fan" run-in at the PPV". WrestleView. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  20. ^ Plummer, Dale (August 24, 2009). "Raw: This show is Money". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  21. ^ "March 13, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling in Crystal River, Florida". Online World of Wrestling. March 30, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  22. ^ "April 8, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling – TV Tapings in Tampa, Florida at the FCW Arena". Online World of Wrestling. April 8, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  23. ^ Martin, Adam (May 6, 2010). "Report on Brett DiBiase and Joe Hennig". WrestleView. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  24. ^ Alvarez, Bryan (May 7, 2010). "FRIDAY UPDATE: Big weekend, Rock's next project, TUF coaches for next season, missing belt, DiBiase". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. Retrieved May 8, 2010. "We can confirm that Brett DiBiase injured his knee this past week and will have to undergo surgery." 
  25. ^ Gerweck, Steve (May 18, 2010). "News on Hulk Hogan, Brett DiBiase and WWC". WrestleView. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  26. ^ Parks, Greg (December 15, 2010). "Free sample day: Step on in for a taste of the new PWTorch Newsletter". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 23, 2011. "with the injured Brett DiBiase providing color commentary." 
  27. ^ "Why is WWE about to release DiBiase's brother from developmental?". Pro Wrestling Torch. August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  28. ^ Kapur, Bob (March 28, 2010). "Hall of Fame ceremony a serious event". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Brett DiBiase and Leah May". The Clinton Administration. November 3, 2009. Archived from the original on April 13, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  30. ^ ""PWI 500": 101–200". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. July 31, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 

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