Iron Mike DiBiase

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Mike DiBiase
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Birth name Michael DiBiase
Born (1923-12-24)December 24, 1923
New York City, New York, United States
Died July 2, 1969(1969-07-02) (aged 45)
Lubbock, Texas, United States
Spouse(s) Helen Hild (m. 1958–69)
Children Ted DiBiase (adopted stepson)
Family Ted DiBiase Jr. (stepgrandson)
Mike DiBiase (stepgrandson)
Brett DiBiase (stepgrandson)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Mike DiBiase
Miguel Lopez
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight 230 lb (100 kg)
Billed from Italy
Debut 1950
Retired 1968

Michael DiBiase (December 24, 1923 – July 2, 1969) was an Italian American professional wrestler, also known by his ring name "Iron" Mike DiBiase. The adoptive father of professional wrestler "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, he was married to Ted's mother Helen Hild (also a professional wrestler), and was the grandfather of Mike, Ted Jr., and Brett DiBiase.

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

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.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

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

Death[edit]

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

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archie Moore
  2. ^ AWA Midwest Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  3. ^ AWA Midwest Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  4. ^ NWA Central States Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  5. ^ NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  6. ^ NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history At wrestling-titles.com
  7. ^ NWA World Tag Team Title (Chicago/Indianapolis) history At wrestling-titles.com
  8. ^ Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  9. ^ Rocky Mountain Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  10. ^ NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  11. ^ NWA International Tag Team Title (Amarillo) history At wrestling-titles.com
  12. ^ Hoops, Brian (March 5, 2017). "Daily Pro Wrestling History (03/05): The Hardy Boyz win WWF tag team gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 
  13. ^ NWA North American heavyweight Title (Amarillo) history At wrestling-titles.com
  14. ^ NWA Southwest/North American Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  15. ^ NWA Southwest Junior Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  16. ^ NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  17. ^ Texas Brass Knuckles Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  18. ^ Texas Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  19. ^ WWA/NWA Americas Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  20. ^ WWA World Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  21. ^ WWA World Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com

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