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Million Dollar Championship

The Million Dollar Championship
Milllion Dollar Championship.jpg
The Million Dollar Championship belt
(February 1989-November 2010).
Date establishedFebruary 15, 1989
Date retiredNovember 15, 2010

The Million Dollar Championship was an unsanctioned professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly World Wrestling Federation) created for "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. The Million Dollar championship belt was designed by Terry Betteridge of Betteridge Jewelers in Greenwich, Connecticut.[1] It is gold plated, made with cubic zirconia, with three small diamonds on the back. DiBiase claimed the cost was around $40,000,[2] although Bruce Prichard claimed on his podcast Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard that the belt cost close to $50,000.[3]


Ted DiBiase was unable to win the WWF Championship, having lost the final match of the WWF Championship tournament at WrestleMania IV to "Macho Man" Randy Savage.[4] During the Summer of 1988 DiBiase teamed with André the Giant, in a team known as "The Mega Bucks", while chasing the WWF Championship.[5]

A frustrated DiBiase decided that if he couldn't win or buy the WWF Championship he would purchase his own belt.[6] In 1989, DiBiase unveiled a new championship belt, which he called the Million Dollar Championship. This championship never was officially sanctioned by the WWF, and DiBiase would rarely put his "championship" on the line in matches.

Jake "The Snake" Roberts stole the belt during their feud in early 1990. This also led to a face turn for the Big Boss Man who resented his manager Slick selling his services to DiBiase in order to retrieve the belt from Roberts. After attacking Jake and stealing the bag containing the belt and Roberts's pet python, Damien, DiBiase, the Boss Man and Slick headed for The Brother Love Show where DiBiase bragged about buying the Boss Man's services. The Boss Man then told both Slick and DiBiase that he couldn't be bought and immediately returned the bag to Roberts, who had been left handcuffed to the ring ropes. The Boss Man then released Roberts, walked back to the Brother Love set, pushed Slick, and again told an irate Million Dollar Man that he couldn't be bought before walking off to the cheers of the crowd, cementing his face turn. DiBiase had his bodyguard Virgil get the belt back from Roberts at WrestleMania VI after Jake was counted out during their match at the SkyDome.

In 1991, DiBiase's bodyguard Virgil rebelled, turned face and trained with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper to face DiBiase at SummerSlam for the Million Dollar Championship. Virgil won the match, however DiBiase regained the championship with the help of Repo Man at Survivor Series Showdown. When DiBiase and IRS won the WWF Tag Team Championship on February 7, 1992, DiBiase abandoned the Million Dollar championship.[7]

Ted DiBiase would later go on to award the championship to his newest protégé, The Ringmaster, on his arrival in the WWF in early 1996.[4] After his protégé lost a match against Savio Vega on May 28, 1996, DiBiase was (kayfabe) forced to leave the WWF.[4][8]

After a 13-year absence, the belt reappeared on WWE television in 2009 when DiBiase, the guest host of the night, appeared on the July 6 episode Raw, carrying the Million Dollar Championship belt as he carried out his duties. Nearly a year later, when DiBiase was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 27, 2010, he had the Million Dollar championship belt with him, saying he "never leave[s] home without it". On April 5, DiBiase's son, Ted DiBiase Jr., after disbanding the tag team Legacy, came out holding the belt, claiming his father had given it to him. WWE's official website confirmed the reactivation of the unsanctioned championship under DiBiase Jr.'s profile. On the October 4 episode of Raw, Goldust attacked DiBiase Jr. and gained possession of the belt.[9] On the November 8 episode of Raw, Goldust's own wife Aksana stole the Million Dollar Championship belt from him.[10] On the November 15 episode of Raw, Goldust stole the belt back and returned it to DiBiase, Sr., who then offered to return it to his son, who rejected the offer.

Title history

No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Ted DiBiase February 15, 1989 Superstars of Wrestling Binghamton, New York 1 922 DiBiase had the title created for himself and unveiled the belt during a segment of "The Brother Love Show". This episode aired on tape delay on March 4, 1989. [4]
2 Virgil August 26, 1991 SummerSlam New York, New York 1 77  
3 Ted DiBiase November 11, 1991 Survivor Series Showdown Utica, New York 2 88 This program aired on tape delay on November 24, 1991. [11]
-- Deactivated February 7, 1992 House show Denver, Colorado -- -- DiBiase abandoned the title upon winning the WWF Tag Team Championship with Irwin R. Schyster on February 7, 1992 in Denver, Colorado. [4]
4 The Ringmaster December 18, 1995 Raw Newark, Delaware 1 152 The title was awarded to The Ringmaster (who became Stone Cold Steve Austin shortly thereafter) by DiBiase during a segment of "The Brother Love Show". This episode aired on tape delay on January 8, 1996. [4][8][12]
-- Deactivated May 28, 1996 -- -- -- -- Austin abandoned the title following DiBiase's departure from the WWF on May 28, 1996. [8][13]
5 Ted DiBiase Jr. April 5, 2010 Raw Moline, Illinois 1 224 DiBiase was given the championship by his father, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. [14][15]
-- Deactivated November 15, 2010 Raw Hershey, Pennsylvania -- -- Title returned to "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. [16]

Combined reigns

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Ted DiBiase 2 1,010
2 Ted DiBiase Jr. 1 224
3 The Ringmaster 1 152
4 Virgil 1 77

See also


  1. ^ DiBiase & Caiazzo 2008, p. 167.
  2. ^ DiBiase & Caiazzo 2008, p. 168.
  3. ^ Varbie, Aaron (January 12, 2017). "10 Things We Learned From Bruce Prichard's Million Dollar Man Podcast". Featured. Still Real To Us. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ted DiBiase". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "SummerSlam Greatest Moments". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ "Andre the Giant's first WWE Championship reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 24, 2005. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ "Money Inc.'s first World Tag Team Championship reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on November 29, 2005. Retrieved 2008.
  8. ^ a b c "Stone Cold's WWE Profile". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  9. ^ Keller, Wade (October 4, 2010). "Keller's WWE Raw report 10/4: John Cena joins The Nexus, wrestles as Nexus, reads statement regarding joining Nexus". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ Plummer, Dale (November 8, 2010). "RAW: Barrett, Nexus celebrate early in the U.K". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ "Ted DiBiase's Wrestling Biography". Wrestlin Rollercoaster. Retrieved 2008.
  12. ^ DiBiase & Caiazzo 2008, p. 193.
  13. ^ "WWE In Your House: Beware of Dog Results: Part 2". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ "WWE Superstars: Ted DiBiase". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ Plummer, Dale (April 5, 2010). "Raw: Cena's not on the A-List". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2010.
  16. ^ Keller, Wade (November 15, 2010). "Keller's WWE Raw report 11/15: Special three-hour old school Raw with great angle at end, Jim Ross returns, Piper steps up, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010.


  • DiBiase, Ted; Caiazzo, Tom (2008). Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man. New York, NY: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-5890-3.

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