Michael DiBiase

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This article is about "Iron" Mike DiBiase. For his grandson who also competes as Mike DiBiase, see Mike DiBiase II.
Michael DiBiase
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Born (1923-12-24)December 24, 1923
Died July 2, 1969(1969-07-02) (aged 45)
Amarillo, Texas
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) "Iron" Mike DiBiase
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight 230 lb (100 kg)
Debut 1950

"Iron" Mike DiBiase (December 24, 1923 – July 2, 1969) was an Italian American professional wrestler and the adoptive father of professional wrestler "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. He married Ted's mother Helen Hild (also a professional wrestler), and legally adopted and raised Ted. Step grandfather of Mike, Ted Jr. and Brett DiBiase.

As an amateur wrestler, DiBiase, representing the US Navy, was the 1946 AAU champion in the UNL (open or heavyweight) division. He then wrestled at the University of Nebraska, and competed at UNL in the NCAA tournament in 1947 and 1948, losing his first round match both years.

DiBiase made his professional debut in 1950. In 1963, DiBiase became the 131st and last knockout victim of light heavyweight boxer Archie Moore.[1]

DiBiase is one of the few professional wrestlers to die during a match. On July 2, 1969 in Lubbock, Texas, DiBiase suffered a fatal heart attack in the ring during a match with Man Mountain Mike. Harley Race, realizing that he was suffering a heart attack, attempted to perform CPR on DiBiase and then rode in the ambulance to the hospital with him. DiBiase was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • World Wrestling Association (Los Angeles)
  • Other titles
  • Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[19]
  • Rocky Mountain Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Juan Garcia[20]

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