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View Poll Results: Dibiase or Blanchard??
Ted Dibiase 23 67.65%
Tully Blanchard 11 32.35%
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:11 AM
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Both WWE hall of famers Ted Dibiase & Tully Blanchard are next generation wrestlers. And many wrestling don't know that both Dibiase & Blanchard played college football together at West Texas U. along with fellow WWE HOF'er Tito Santana. And went on to make their way into wrestling as well.

Both Dibiase & Blanchard wrestled in NWA wrestling and the WWF/E. Both playing a rich man or a spoiled rich kid to a degree being second-generation stars in wrestling. Blanchard feuded with the likes of Rhodes, Magnum T.A, and Ricky Steamboat. And Dibiase feuded with such stars as Rhodes, Hogan, and Roberts.

But who was the better all-around in-ring performer as well as better charactor? Dibiase or Blanchard??
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:44 AM
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I often hear praise afforded to Tully Blanchard for his abilities in the ring. Unfortunately, my only experience of him is as part of the technically solid Brain Busters tag team in the then WWF with Arn Anderson. Don't get me wrong, I am aware of his involvement with the ground breaking Four Horsemen stable (even before their induction at this years Hall of Fame) but never really saw anything at the time for them or Tully to have impacted my wrestling viewing or sway my thoughts or opinions.

Ted DiBiase on the other hand was the ultimate bad guy at the time I started watching wrestling. He played his Million Dollar Man gimmick to perfection. He was solid with his offence, sold exceptionally well and he made you genuinely believed that he could beat a guy cleanly on any given day. But when all else failed, he had Virgil to call on, or his seemingly endless supply of money to buy what he wanted; as was displayed when he 'bought' the title from Andre the Giant, or the number 30 spot from Akeem at the '89 Royal Rumble.

Ultimately, DiBiase was relevant in the top company for so long. Blanchard, in my opinion, didn't stay long enough at any one company and that, coupled with his drug and alcohol infractions at key periods in his career, possibly hindered his exposure to me as a fan. Therefore DiBiase gets the nod ahead Blanchard from me.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:20 AM
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I thought it was common knowledge that all 3(Blanchard, Santana and DiBiasr all went to West Texas state and played football together before entering the wrestling business.

Ted DiBiase was heads and shoulders a much better all round package than Blanchard. Blanchard was in the biggest faction in wrestling history, but he was never a main event talent. Upper mid card yes, US Champion yes but he was never the number one heel in the NWA/WCW and certainly wasnt it WWE. He was more or less a solid singles grappler, excellent tag team wrestler.
Ted DiBiase had it all, main eventer, huge heel gimmick that lasted 6 years, plied his trade for years on the cirucit before coming up to WWE and becoming a huge star. Blanchard was good, but DiBiase was great. Would Blanchard have been inducted as a singles guy???? Highly doubtful. DiBiase was a headliner, case closed your honour.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:41 PM
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Dibiase is a way better character/charisma guy than Blanchard IMO. But if we're just comparing in ring ability Tully does have his advantages. Tully Blanchard is a better technical wrestler than Ted. However, just saying that I don't even feel Tully is the better in ring performer. Ted is a more athletic type wrestler and in his younger days with the NWA threw a damn good drop kick. TD is probably also a better seller though I haven't seen enough of Tully to really know that. TO me its not really close Tully Blanchard had a good career, but Ted Dibiase is one of my favorite heels of all time.
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The overall better wrestler's Blanchard. Character wise, Million Dollar Man was well established and very over the top... so I'd give the advantage to Dibiase character-wise.

In-ring, Blanchard could dish it out and take a beating as good as anyone in wrestling. He's resilience and ability to manage to win by any means necessary makes him one of the more underrated wrestlers in the 80's. Dibiase also never held a major singles title in the WWE other than his 'purchase' of the WWE title from Andre the Giant. Both Blanchard and Dibiase were WWE Tag Champions, and in the NWA, both were National Heavyweight Champions, which was the belt below the NWA Worlds Heavyweight title back in the early days before the United States title.

Both were excellent heels, but Dibiase also had a good babyface run during his time in the NWA. Blanchard was never a good guy that I'm aware of.

My vote goes to Blanchard.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:27 PM
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As you can tell by my name, I voted for DiBiase. He was the primary reason I became a wrestling fan as a kid. His character was larger than life and he played the egotistical, arrogant rich snob to the hilt. He was blessed with so much wrestling skill that, looking back on it, it's shocking he only held the tag team belts and never an individual title with the WWF other than his own Million Dollar Belt. It's still a crime that he wasn't the first heel to ever win the main event at Wrestlemania. And I say that even though Savage is one of my favorite wrestlers as well.

He could've helped carry the WWF with Savage and Hogan till it was Bret and Shawn's time. But I was grateful for his awesome tag team Money Inc.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:58 PM
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I'll say it now, Tully Blanchard made the Four Horsemen what they were. Blanchard was a bad man, but as clean and cool as anyone in that role. Blanchard never got the credit until recently that he deserved. Everyone despised Tully, everyone tried to put him out, nobody got close; not before the Horsemen, not during, and the only ones that could after the Horsemen were Demolition and let's face it, Demolition during that time were dominating. Tully was excellent in the ring and made a lot of stuff happen out of it with his mouth.

I also loved Ted, Ted was just a once in a lifetime character and he was good enough to run with it. Ted was a thinking man's wrestler who was bigger, could talk on par with anyone, and really was for about 3 years #3 in the WWE behind Savage and Hogan.

In the end I look at what each did. Tully was feuding with Dusty Rhodes to be the #2 guy in the NWA (The biggest and most talented wrestling promotion in the world up until 90) when Dusty was on top of his game (No Dots). Up until the Universal Soldier Phil Shatter (Gunner) held the US Championship for two years Tully was the longest reigning United States Champion in history, beating Dusty, Magnum, and countless other highly talented wrestlers. Ted's biggest feud in that time was with The Mega Powers which ended with Savage turning on Hogan, then the Warrior feud which I believe he carried. Ted never held a championship (WWE Championship Reign Voided) until Money Inc and yes, IRS/Mike Rotunda and Ted were the best in the business at that time.

Overall I think the 5'10, 220 Pound rat Tully Blanchard was the better performer, if just barely. I was a huge fan of both guys and the two were so different and the companies they were with were so different I think it was a difficult comparison. In the end you have to look at this, when Blanchard got to NWA Charlotte they were pulling 1200 people into the building, when Blanchard got there along with Arn and Ole the attendance raised slightly meaning guys like Tully had a lot of drawing power, then when the Horsemen formed the venues went from around 1500 to 18,000.

I wish I had more on how much money Ted drew but I think in the end that Tully was money, even in the WWF which I watched a lot at the time my favorite feuds were The Brainbusters vs Demolition/Rockers/Hart Foundation, love him or hate him Tully drew more attention and more money than most people will ever draw. So I give Tully the VERY SLIGHT edge in this because I personally think they are about even. Even though Tully has Ted beat in Championships I think Ted could have been champ if Vince hadn't been sniffing Hogans backside so much.

So in my opinion what sets them apart is how much they were responsible for drawing money and I think Tully had a slight lead in that department.
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I picked Ted, but only because I followed his career more than Tully. I would have to say that Ted would be more known to casual fans. From what I have seen Tully may be a little bit better in the ring. One poster mentioned Tully's long US title reign, and Ted only the the tag belts with IRS. I believe it was said that Andre awarding the WWE title to him does not count. The Million Dollar Man is the ultimate heel. I will never forget him kicking the basketball away from that little kid. lol. I remember seeing some skits like that with Tully on the 4 horsemen DVD, and I just didn't find them as entertaining as the stuff Ted did. Just my opinion, but it just seemed like Ted was the bigger star. A previous poster said that Tully drew more money, and that may be, but Ted was a personality you just so badly wanted to see get beat. In his prime I would say he was the number 3 guy in WWF behind only Hogan and Savage.
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Ted DiBiase by a mile. One of, if not the greatest, wrestling heel of all time. Great wrestling ability and perfected his character to a T.
Its not just about in-ring ability, which Tully excelled at, but it's also about connectibg with the audience which, in my opinion, there's no comparison.

Tully was inducted into the HOF because of the 4 horsemen.

DiBiase was inducted because he was one of the greatest wrestling personalities of all time.
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I picked Ted, but only because I followed his career more than Tully. I would have to say that Ted would be more known to casual fans. From what I have seen Tully may be a little bit better in the ring. One poster mentioned Tully's long US title reign, and Ted only the the tag belts with IRS. I believe it was said that Andre awarding the WWE title to him does not count. The Million Dollar Man is the ultimate heel. I will never forget him kicking the basketball away from that little kid. lol. I remember seeing some skits like that with Tully on the 4 horsemen DVD, and I just didn't find them as entertaining as the stuff Ted did. Just my opinion, but it just seemed like Ted was the bigger star. A previous poster said that Tully drew more money, and that may be, but Ted was a personality you just so badly wanted to see get beat. In his prime I would say he was the number 3 guy in WWF behind only Hogan and Savage.
You also have to remember though that Tully was #3 behind Dusty and Flair. As I said, the two styles were different, two different types of heels that you just wanted to beat to a pulp for different reasons. Both rich, but how many people remember why they were rich? Storyline wise Tully had Tully Blanchard Enterprises (Tony "Iron Man" Stark type cool bad guy), Ted got money from having to be "Rebuilt" after a plain crash (Bionic Man type rich bastard) making him perfect, getting rich in the process. I realize these were early 1980's ideas but they were created through pop culture of that time and they played their roles better than anyone else ever could have.

That is why I bring it down to the Draw, they were so different but at the same time so similar, so on the same level in their companies.
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