8 Wrestling Title Reigns That Officially Never Happened
2. Ted Dibiase Buys The WWF Title
Ted Dibiase was far ahead of his time, and a magnificent character in an era full of them. No matter what it was, Ted Dibiase could buy it, and the WWF title was no exception. On the February 5, 1988 edition of The Main Event, Andre the Giant defeated rival Hulk Hogan, ending his four-year reign as world champion. The result was under questionable circumstances, as a twin of the original referee counted a pin, despite Hogan's shoulder being up after one. Andre then announced that he was surrendering the WWF title to Dibiase, and handed it over to the "Million Dollar Man." Dibiase would defend the title three times on the house show circuit over the next week, before the WWE vacated the title, not counting Dibiase's reign. After this situation, Dibiase created his own championship, the iconic Million Dollar Belt. Despite his reign being disallowed, Andre the Giant's reign was always recognized by the WWE.
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