“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase was responsible for the debuts of two of the biggest WWE stars of all time. DiBiase was the manager of both The Undertaker and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin when they made their move from WCW into the WWE. In an interview with Chad Dukes on Thursday, DiBiase spoke about The Undertaker and gave his thoughts about the end of the streak at “Wrestlemania 30.”
When DiBiase managed The Undertaker, the character was more of a zombie styled character and seems impervious to pain. He soon moved on to manager Paul Bearer before eventually striking out on his own as the biggest star in the WWE. Along the way, Undertaker remained undefeated in 20 different Wrestlemania shows. Then, at “Wrestlemania 30,” the unthinkable happened and Brock Lesnar beat Undertaker to end the streak.
Ted DiBiase said in the interview that he doesn’t think it was supposed to end that way. While a lot of sources claim that Vince McMahon made the decision at the last minute and Undertaker went along with it, DiBiase thinks it was an accident. In the WWE, if a wrestler does not kick out at three, the referees have been ordered to count to three anyway and end the match at that point.
While DiBiase said he didn’t talk to anyone before or after the event, but heard about Undertaker collapsing after he walked backstage. Undertaker was rushed to the hospital with Vince McMahon going along, leaving “Wrestlemania 30” early. DiBiase also pointed out Paul Heyman’s shocked face when the match ended. According to Ted DiBiase, it looked like Undertaker was knocked out and never kicked out when he was supposed to.
The Undertaker did suffer a major concussion and took longer than usual to get up and make his way out after the match. There is a chance that it was a legit knockout, but there is also a good chance that the end was what it was supposed to be. This might be one of those cases, similar to the Montreal Screw Job, where no one will ever know the full truth.