Iron Mike DiBiase

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Mike DiBiase
Michael DiBiase.jpg
Birth nameMichael DiBiase
Born(1923-12-24)December 24, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 2, 1969(1969-07-02) (aged 45)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Helen Hild (m. 1958–1969)
ChildrenTed DiBiase (adopted stepson)
FamilyTed DiBiase Jr. (stepgrandson)
Mike DiBiase (stepgrandson)
Brett DiBiase (stepgrandson)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Mike DiBiase
Miguel Lopez
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight230 lb (100 kg)
Billed fromItaly

Michael DiBiase (December 24, 1923 – July 2, 1969) was an Italian 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[edit]

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[edit]

DiBiase made his professional debut in 1950. In 1963, DiBiase became the 131st and last knockout victim of light heavyweight boxer Archie Moore.[1]


DiBiase is one of several professional wrestlers to die during a match. On July 2, 1969, in Lubbock, Texas, DiBiase had a fatal heart attack in the ring during a match with Man Mountain Mike. Harley Race, recognizing a heart attack, attempted to perform CPR on DiBiase and then rode in the ambulance with him. DiBiase was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Archie Moore
  2. ^ AWA Midwest Heavyweight Title history At
  3. ^ AWA Midwest Tag Team Title history At
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductions Report: Bret Hart, Larrry Hennig, Mike DiBiase, Dory Funk Sr., Bop Roop". PWTorch. July 6, 2006. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  5. ^ NWA Central States Heavyweight Title history At
  6. ^ NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Title history At
  7. ^ NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history At
  8. ^ NWA World Tag Team Title (Chicago/Indianapolis) history At
  9. ^ Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title history At
  10. ^ Rocky Mountain Tag Team Title history At
  11. ^ NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title history At
  12. ^ NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title history At
  13. ^ Texas Brass Knuckles Title history At
  14. ^ Texas Tag Team Title history At
  15. ^ NWA International Tag Team Title (Amarillo) history At
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ NWA North American heavyweight Title (Amarillo) history At
  18. ^ NWA Southwest/North American Tag Team Title history At
  19. ^ NWA Southwest Junior Heavyweight Title history At
  20. ^ WWA/NWA Americas Heavyweight Title history At
  21. ^ WWA World Heavyweight Title history At
  22. ^ WWA World Tag Team Title history At

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