Iron Mike DiBiase
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Birth nameMichael DiBiase
Born(1923-12-24)December 24, 1923
New York City, U.S.
DiedJuly 2, 1969(1969-07-02) (aged 45)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
(m. 1958)
ChildrenTed DiBiase (adopted son)
FamilyTed DiBiase Jr. (adopted grandson)
Mike DiBiase (adopted grandson)
Brett DiBiase (adopted grandson)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Mike DiBiase
Miguel Lopez
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Billed weight230 lb (104 kg)[1]
Billed fromItaly

Michael DiBiase (December 24, 1923 – July 2, 1969) was an 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

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

DiBiase made his professional debut in 1950. In 1963, DiBiase became the 131st and last knockout victim of light heavyweight boxer Archie Moore.[2] One of DiBiase's most notable matches was a Texas Death Match against Dory Funk Sr, which according to Terry Funk lasted for four hours and 10 minutes, having taken in 32 falls.


DiBiase died in the ring on July 2, 1969, in Lubbock, Texas, following a match with Man Mountain Mike as the result of a fatal heart attack.[3] Harley Race performed CPR on DiBiase and then rode in the ambulance with him. DiBiase was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was buried at the Sunset Cemetery in Willcox, Arizona. Ted DiBiase confirmed that his father had a huge cholesterol buildup and was genetically predisposed to heart disease.

Championships and accomplishments

See also


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  2. ^ Archie Moore
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  5. ^ AWA Midwest Tag Team Title history At
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  8. ^ NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Title history At
  9. ^ NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history At
  10. ^ NWA World Tag Team Title (Chicago/Indianapolis) history At
  11. ^ Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title history At
  12. ^ Rocky Mountain Tag Team Title history At
  13. ^ NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title history At
  14. ^ NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title history At
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  20. ^ 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.
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  22. ^ NWA Southwest/North American Tag Team Title history At
  23. ^ NWA Southwest Junior Heavyweight Title history At
  24. ^ a b "National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Titles [W. Texas]". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  25. ^ WWA/NWA Americas Heavyweight Title history At
  26. ^ WWA World Heavyweight Title history At
  27. ^ WWA World Tag Team Title history At