Ethan Colbey Westbrooks is an American football defensive end, a free agent. He played college football at West Texas A&M University and signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Westbrooks attended and played football at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, California where he earned All-league and All-conference honors, he participated in track and field as he threw the shot put and discus. Westbrooks began his college career at San Joaquin Delta College where he played defensive end ending his freshman season with 12 sacks, he transferred to Sacramento City College where he played defensive end and earned All-league honors All-conference accolades and All-state in 2011. He transferred to West Texas A&M where he was recognized as Lone Star Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2012. Westbrooks had an outstanding first season in a Buffalo uniform as he played in all 15 games with 14 starts on the defensive line, he had 60 total tackles with 29 solo stops and led the team and conference with 28 tackles for loss for 139 yards.
He led the team, the league, the nation in sacks with a school-record 19.5 sacks for 116 yards. He had a team-high 19 quarterback hurries, while forcing three fumbles; as a senior in 2012 with opponents keying in on him, Westbrooks numbers dropped in 2013 with 43 tackles, 19.5 for losses, seven sacks. He was selected to the 2014 East–West Shrine Game, earned Defensive MVP honors during the game with two sacks and two more tackles for loss. Westbrooks went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Rams, he had a strong training camp and preseason, earning a spot on the 53-member active squad at the start of the 2014 season. During his rookie season in 2014, Westbrooks played. In 2015, he played 13 games making 19 tackles with a forced fumble. On September 11, 2017, Westbrook signed a one-year contract extension with the Rams. Los Angeles Rams bio West Texas A&M Buffaloes bio Pro-Football reference
Dory Funk Jr.
Dorrance Earnest Funk is an American professional wrestler and wrestling trainer. He is the son of Dory Funk and brother of Terry Funk, was the promoter of the Amarillo, Texas-based Western States Sports promotion, he is credited with the invention of the Texas cloverleaf submission hold and runs the Funking Conservatory, a professional wrestling school. Funk held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once, he is the fifth-longest reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion of all time, holding it for over four years. He held the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship once and the CWA World Heavyweight Championship once, he is a 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee. He is working for All Japan Pro Wrestling as the Pacific Wrestling Federation chairman. Funk's career in professional wrestling began in 1963 just after a college football career with West Texas State University, culminating in a 15 to 14 victory over Ohio University in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Funk's first match was a victory over Don Fargo in Texas.
West Texas State University All American Jerry Logan was in Funk's corner and Fargo's brother, was in his corner. Funk was supported by the whole West Texas State University football team and the Tascosa High School amateur wrestling team, he was doing his student teaching as coach of the Tascosa High wrestling team under coach James Kyle. Funk started in his father's Amarillo, Texas-based Western States Sports promotion and fought Harley Race, Iron Mike DiBiase and Wild Bull Curry, he demonstrated a rugged hard-hitting style. He would move on to Florida and Japan where his skills improved as he used uppercut forearm smashes, a variety of suplexes and leglocks. Funk won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Gene Kiniski on February 11, 1969 in Tampa, Florida with a spinning toe hold and remained NWA World Champion for the next four and a half years, the second-longest uninterrupted reign of any NWA World Champion. Dory and Terry are the only brothers in history to each hold the title. Funk lost the NWA World Championship on May 24, 1973 after a hurried recovery from a pickup truck accident on his father's Flying Mare Ranch in West Texas.
Dory was forced into the ring in Kansas City. Race held the title only a few months before dropping it to Brisco, he performed throughout the NWA in the Mid-Atlantic and Ontario as a heel, Georgia and Central States regions, through the 1970s and early 1980s. In Toronto he fought Ric Flair for the NWA championship. In 1984, he and his brother Terry competed in a tag team match against Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen that received a 5-star rating by Dave Meltzer; as well they had a series of matches against The Sheik. In Tokyo they were placed against each other in a tournament and Dory won the match. In 1986, Dory made his WWF debut in a team alongside his brother Terry; the brothers performed at WrestleMania 2 defeating the Junkyard Tito Santana. Terry left the WWF shortly after WrestleMania, but Dory remained tagging with storyline brother Jimmy Jack Funk, who in truth had no relation to the Funk family, he made an appearance for WCW at the Slamboree 1993: A Legends Reunion Pay-Per-View, wrestling Nick Bockwinkel to a time limit draw.
He made a single appearance with the WWF as a participant in the 1996 Royal Rumble. Funk is now the Coach of the Funking Conservatory Professional Wrestling School in Ocala and teaches the Dory Funk Method of Professional Wrestling. Dory's students included Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Christian Cage, Kurt Angle, Mickie James, Ted DiBiase and Test, his wife Marti runs BANG TV in which Dory`s matches are featured. On March 1, 2008, Funk and Osamu Nishimura defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Masanobu Fuchi in Funk's retirement match via spinning toe hold. On the February 16, 2009 episode of Raw, it was announced that Dory along with his brother Terry would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009 by Dusty Rhodes. On the April 1, 2010 edition of TNA Today, Funk appeared on the show to have an interview with Jeremy Borash. On October 27, 2013, Funk returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling, teaming with Terry in a tag team match, where they wrestled Masanobu Fuchi and Osamu Nishimura to a twenty-minute time limit draw.
Funk was announced as the new Pacific Wrestling Federation chairman. Funk returned to All Japan on July 27, 2014, teaming with Osamu Nishimura and Yutaka Yoshie in a six-man tag team match, where they defeated Masanobu Fuchi, Takao Omori and Último Dragón, with Funk submitting Fuchi for the win. Funk's next match with All Japan took place on May 31, 2015, when he and Nishimura wrestled Fuchi and Yoshiaki Fujiwara to a twenty-minute time limit draw; the day before at age 74 he teamed with old student Tenryu and Nosawa Rongai for Tenryu Project to beat Kohei Suwama, Hikaru Sato and Atsushi Aoki. He returned to All Japan the next month to team with Fuchi and Ultimo Dragon to beat his student Nishimura, Masao Inoue and Soma Takao. Dory married his first wife, Jimmie, on June 8, 1960. Together, they have three children: Dory III, Adam Dirk, Penny, they have five grandchildren. They separated and were divorced on July 6, 1983. Dory III went into medicine and now practices out of Colorado. Dory IV is now training to be a wrestler under Dory Jr.
In 1980, Dory met Marti. He has two children. All Japan Pro Wrestling NWA International Heavyweight Championship World's Strongest Tag Determination League - with Ter
Canyon is a city in, the county seat of, Randall County, United States. The population was 13,303 at the 2010 census, it is part of the Amarillo, metropolitan statistical area. Canyon is the home of West Texas A&M University and Panhandle–Plains Historical Museum, the world-famous outdoor musical drama Texas. Canyon was founded by L. G. Conner. East of Canyon is the JA Ranch, founded in 1877 by Charles Goodnight and John George Adair and still under the ownership of the Adair heirs. According to the United States Census Bureau, Canyon has a total area of all land; the city itself lies in a valley that becomes Palo Duro Canyon to the east. At the 2010 census, there were 13,303 people, 5,185 households and 2,924 families residing in the city; the population density was 2687.47 per square mile. There were 5,611 housing units at an average density of 1,133.54 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 88.5% White, 2.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.7% from other races, 2% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.7% of the population. There were 5,185 households of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, 43.6% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.99. 21.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 18.6% from 20 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64, 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males. The median household income was $32,361 and the median family income was $46,250. Males had a median income of $34,338 versus $25,255 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,292. About 8.1% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
Public education in Canyon is served by the Canyon Independent School District. The only high school is the Canyon High School, whose mascot is an Eagle; some students in Canyon, TX play soccer at the Brown Road Soccer Complex on the west side of town. Houston Bright, composer who taught for three decades at West Texas A&M University Harold Bugbee, Western artist and the former curator of Panhandle-Plains Museum Terry Funk, professional wrestler and actor Blair Garner, syndicated radio host Bryan A. Garner, editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary and teacher. Margaret Pease Harper, educator and originator of Texas Grady Hazlewood, Texas state senator 1941–1971 and the father of the farm-to-market road system, was reared on a farm near Canyon Mark Lair, Hall of Fame Bridge Player, Inducted into the American Contract Bridge League Bridge Hall of Fame in 2009. Mark has lived in Canyon for the past 41 years. Georgia O'Keeffe, famous artist, first lived in Amarillo and Canyon, having been inspired by the natural beauty of the Palo Duro country.
Carmen Espinoza-Rodriquez, singer/songwriter. Brandon Schneider, women's basketball head coach at the University of Kansas. Candace Whitaker, women's basketball head coach at Texas Tech. Roy Whittenburg, newspaper publisher, U. S. Senate candidate in 1958. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is twelve miles east of Canyon. City of Canyon City-Data Handbook of Texas Online
West Texas A&M Buffaloes
The West Texas A&M Buffaloes known as the WTAMU Buffaloes or WT Buffaloes, West Texas State Buffaloes and WTSU Buffaloes, are the athletic teams that represent West Texas A&M University, located in Canyon, Texas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Buffaloes, colloquially known as the Buffs and Lady Buffs, compete as members of the Lone Star Conference for all 14 varsity sports. West Texas A&M was a member of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1941-1961; the football team won a conference championship in 1950. The Buffs were members of the Missouri Valley Conference from 1972-1985; the football team plays its home games in Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. The Buffs play rival Eastern New Mexico University each fall for the Wagon Wheel trophy, rival Midwestern State University for the Highway 287 Challenge Cup. In 2019, the football team will move to a newly built, on-campus stadium. 1949, 1962 1957 1967 Regular Season Champions: 1986, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012 South Division Champions: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 2009, 2011 National Semifinals: 2012 Regional Finalist: 2012, 2013 Second Round: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 First Round: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 The Buff and Lady Buff basketball teams play in the First United Bank Center.
The traditional rival is Eastern New Mexico University, but newer rivalries with Midwestern State University and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin have emerged in recent years. A strong tradition of basketball exists at West Texas A&M, dating back to the days of Maurice Cheeks and as far back as the 1930s and 1940s. In 2018-2019 WT became the first school in NCAA history to have both the men's and women's teams host a regional tournament. From WTAMU Record Book Regular Season Champions: 1991, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2018, 2019 South Division Champions: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008 Tournament Champions: 1990, 1991, 1994, 2018, 2019 Final Four: 2018 Elite 8: 1998, 2018, 2019 Sweet 16: 1998, 2017, 2018, 2019 Round of 32: 1994, 1998, 2001, 2017, 2018, 2019 NCAA tournament appearances: 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019 Regular Season Champions: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 South Division Champions: 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Tournament Champions: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 Runners Up: 1988, 2014 Final four: 1988, 2014 Elite 8: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017 Sweet 16: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Round of 32: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 NCAA tournament appearances: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 The Lady Buff volleyball team is a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion, winning the title in 1990, 1991 and 1997 while holding one of the best home winning records in any level of competitive volleyball.
The team plays its home matches at the WTAMU Fieldhouse “The Box.” The Buffaloes and the Lady Buffs are one of the few Division II institutions that has an on campus cross country course, known as "The Range." The Buffaloes have won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in 1977, 1979, the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. The men have had individual champions in the MVC in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985 and in the LSC in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017; the men have qualified for the national championships every year since 2013, had a program best 11th place finish in 2014. The Buffaloes have had 3 NCAA DII All-Americans, Geoffrey Kipchumba, Owen Hind, Briggs Wittlake; the Lady Buffs have won the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2012 and 2013. The women have had individual champions in 2012 and 2014. Maurice Cheeks - former NBA basketball player and coach Mercury Morris - former NFL running back for the Miami Dolphins David Tameilau — plays rugby for the United States national rugby union team Duane Thomas - former NFL running back for the Dallas CowboysIn addition to the above, the football program produced several alumni who went on to notable careers in professional wrestling: Tully Blanchard – member of the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Four Horsemen stable Bobby Duncum Sr. Manny Fernandez Dory Funk Jr. – member of the WWE Hall of Fame Terry Funk – brother of Dory Jr. and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Eugene Edward "Mercury" Morris is a former American football running back and kick returner. He played for seven years for the Miami Dolphins in the American Football League in the American Football Conference following the 1969 merger with the National Football League. Morris played in 3 Super Bowls, winning 2, was selected to three Pro Bowls. In 1982, Morris was convicted of felony drug trafficking charges. After three and a half years in prison, he was released after a plea agreement in which he pleaded no contest to cocaine conspiracy charges. Morris was born in Pittsburgh and attended Avonworth High School in the northwestern suburbs of the city, he attended West Texas State University from 1965 to 1969, where he was an All-American at tailback in 1967 and 1968. In 1967, he finished second in the nation to O. J. Simpson of USC in rushing yards with 1274. In his record setting year of 1968, he set collegiate records for rushing yards in a single game, with 340, rushing yards for a single season with 1571, rushing yards over a three-year college career, with 3388.
Simpson broke the single-season rushing record just one week. Morris' three-season career rushing record was broken two years by Don McCauley. After college, Morris was picked in the third round of the 1969 AFL-NFL Common Draft by the AFL's Miami Dolphins. Morris excelled as both a running kick returner; the majority of his playing days were spent with the Miami Dolphins. From 1969 to 1971, he backed up Jim Kiick at halfback and served as the Dolphins' primary kickoff return man. In his rookie year of 1969, Morris averaged 26.4 yards per kickoff return, leading the AFL in kickoff returns with 43 and in kickoff return yardage with 1136. Both totals would have led the NFL, his 105-yard return was the longest in the AFL that season, he was one of the AFL's leading punt returners that year. In 1970, he missed some time on the field due to a leg injury, but his 6.8 yard per carry average on 60 runs was the highest in the league among players with at least 50 runs. In 1971, despite being unhappy with his minimal playing time as backup halfback, he helped the Dolphins to their first Super Bowl, Super Bowl VI, by leading the American Football Conference with a 28.2 yard kickoff return average.
During the regular season, Morris made the most of his opportunities at running back, gaining 315 rushing yards on 57 carries for a 5.5 yard average, an average that would have led the NFL, had he had enough carries to qualify. That season, Morris was selected for the Pro Bowl for the first time as a kick returner, although he was used as a running back in the game. In the 1972 and 1973 seasons, Morris earned Super Bowl rings in Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII, was selected for the Pro Bowl in both years. In 1972, he shared the halfback position with Kiick, participating in a few less plays than Kiick, but having more carries as a running back; that year, he ran for 1,000 yds on 190 carries, with teammate Larry Csonka, the first 1,000-yard tandem in NFL history. Morris was first thought to have finished with 991 yards, but the Dolphins' management asked the league to examine a play in which Morris fumbled a lateral; that year, Morris led the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns, his 5.3 yard per carry average was third in the NFL.
By 1973, Morris had taken over the starting halfback spot and rushed for 954 yards on 149 carries, despite playing with a neck injury late in the season. His 6.4 yard per carry average led the NFL that season, he finished third in the NFL in rushing touchdowns. Morris excelled in several playoff games leading up to Miami's two Super Bowl championships. In 1972, he led the Dolphins in rushing in both the divisional playoff game against Cleveland and the AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh with 72 yards and 76 yards respectively. In 1973, he led the Dolphins in rushing for the divisional playoff game against Cincinnati with 106 yards, added 86 more rushing yards in the AFC Championship Game against Oakland. Morris continued playing for the Dolphins in 1974 and 1975, before spending the last season of his shortened career playing for the San Diego Chargers in 1976. In 1974, he was slated to become the team's primary running back after Csonka defected to the World Football League, but a knee injury Morris suffered in the preseason limited him to five regular season games that year.
In 1975, Morris led the Dolphins in rushing yards, with 875, despite sharing the halfback position with Benny Malone. After being traded to San Diego before the 1976 season, he ran for 256 yards on 50 carries that year and decided to retire after the season, in part due to lingering difficulties from the neck injury suffered in 1973. Morris finished in the top five of the NFL in rushing touchdowns twice and total touchdowns once during his eight-year career, his career 5.1 yard per carry average was third all time among NFL players behind just fullbacks Jim Brown and Marion Motley. As of 2017, he ranked 6th all time behind Brown, running back Jamaal Charles and quarterbacks Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham. Morris' career kickoff return average of 26.5 is among the all-time top 20 for players with at least 100 returns, was in the top 10 at the time of his retirement. As of 2017 he was ranked 18th. In 1974, Morris co-starred as Bookie Garrett in the blaxploitation film The Black Six alongside other football stars of the day.
In 1982, Morris was convicted of cocaine trafficking. He was sentenced to twenty years' imprisonment, with a mandatory fifteen
Eugene Sims is an American football defensive end, a free agent. He was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft, he played college football at West Texas A&M University. Sims enjoyed a standout prep career at Mize Attendance Center in Mississippi competing in football as well as track and field, he graduated in May 2005. Sims began his college career at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi where he recorded 51 tackles, five QB sacks three tackled for losses and one forced fumble as a sophomore, he was rewarded at season's end with an appearance in the MACJC All-Star game. Sims moved to the defensive line in 2006 after being a nine-game starter for the Bobcats at strong safety in 2005. Sims transferred to West Texas A&M where he was recognized as Lone Star Conference Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2008. Sims was the Buffs' starting defensive end in all 13 games and registered 56 tackles and 13 tackles for losses and 10 sacks and eight hurries and two passes broken up.
As a senior in 2009 Sims was the Buffs' leading tackler among down linemen, recording 56 total tackles. He had a team-high 13.5 tackles for losses, as well as 7.0 sacks, five pass breakups, five quarterback hurries, four blocked kicks, three forced fumbles and one safety. Sims was named Lone Star Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year for a second consecutive season, as well as being a First-team All-LSC South Division selection. Sims garnered AFCA small college All-America recognition in addition to being named AP Third-team Little All-America. Sims was drafted in the sixth round by the St. Louis Rams. On June 28, 2010, Sims signed a four-year, $1.34 million contract including a $250,000 signing bonus. On September 5, 2010, Sims made the Rams 53-man roster. On September 3, 2013, the Rams signed Sims to a two-year extension through 2015. Sims re-signed with the Rams on a three-year, $10 million contract on March 13, 2016. On March 10, 2017, he was released by the Rams. Los Angeles Rams bio
Theodore Marvin DiBiase Sr. is an American former professional wrestler, ordained minister and color commentator. He is signed with WWE working in their Legends program. DiBiase achieved championship success in a number of wrestling promotions, holding thirty titles during his professional wrestling career, he is best recalled by mainstream audiences for his time in the World Wrestling Federation, where he wrestled as "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. He is regarded by many as the greatest villain in pro wrestling history. IGN called DiBiase "one of the most gifted technical wrestlers to grace the squared-circle". Among other accolades in the WWF, DiBiase was the first North American Heavyweight Champion, a three-time Tag Team Champion and the 1988 King of the Ring. DiBiase created his own championship, the Million Dollar Championship, he held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship belt in 1988 after purchasing it from André the Giant, but this period is not recognized by WWE as an official title reign.
Nonetheless, DiBiase appeared in the main event of multiple WWF cards, including WrestleMania IV and the first SummerSlam in 1988. DiBiase headlined the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, being inducted by Ted Jr. and Brett. DiBiase was born in Florida, he is the biological son of an entertainer and singer. He is the adopted son of wrestler "Iron" Mike DiBiase, Italian-American. DiBiase is of German and English ancestry, his adoptive father died of a heart attack in the ring when DiBiase was 15. Seven-time NWA World champion Harley Race rushed to the ring and performed CPR, but was unable to save Iron Mike's life. In response, his mother suffered from depression and alcoholism, so DiBiase was moved to Willcox, Arizona to live with his grandparents, he attended Creighton Preparatory high school and attended West Texas State University on a football scholarship. While there he became a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. However, due to an injury in his senior year, he dropped out of college to begin a career in professional wrestling.
Ted DiBiase was trained by Dory Jr. and Terry Funk. He made his professional wrestling debut as a referee in June 1974 in the Amarillo territory owned by the Funks, he went to the Mid-South territory of Bill Watts being promoted as the son of Iron Mike in 1975 where he wrestled for four years. His first match was a loss against Danny Hodge. By February 1978, DiBiase would unseat Dick Slater to become Missouri State champion only to lose to Dick Murdoch after a few weeks on television. DiBiase had a short stint with Vince McMahon, Sr.'s World Wrestling Federation in 1979, in the transition from being called the World Wide Wrestling Federation. He was awarded becoming the title's first champion. On June 19, 1979, he lost the North American Championship to Pat Patterson, who unified the title with the fictional "South American Championship" to become the first Intercontinental Champion, he was Hulk Hogan's opponent in Hogan's first Madison Square Garden match. DiBiase spent time in the Georgia area where he had an early face run.
One legendary angle had DiBiase enduring four piledrivers administered in the WTBS studio arena by The Fabulous Freebirds before his tag team partner, Tommy "Wildfire" Rich, threw in the towel. Rich and DiBiase feuded, leading to a loser leaves town match which DiBiase won, but instead of Rich leaving the area, he donned a mask calling himself "Mister R." The feud culminated in a match between Mister R and DiBiase, Rich appeared from backstage and distracted DiBiase. Mister R rolled up DiBiase to get the win and unmasked as Brad Armstrong. Both DiBiase and Rich left the territory shortly thereafter. In the early to mid-1980s, DiBiase participated in angles in various territories feuding with the likes of Ric Flair best known from this point in his Mid South return with the likes of Bob Roop, Paul Orndorff, Dick Murdoch, The Fabulous Freebirds and One Man Gang. DiBiase turned heel against the Junkyard Dog and formed a group called The Rat Pack with Jim Duggan and Matt Borne, ran Mid-south for months.
Aligning with Skandor Akbar, Dibiase caused a riff with the group, namely Duggan. The two would feud, he held various championships and made frequent trips to All Japan Pro Wrestling until his eventual departure from Mid-South Wrestling. His matches ended with the use of a "loaded" black glove, which he pulled from his tights to "knock out" his opponent when the referee was not looking. While locked in talks with the National Wrestling Alliance in 1987 after the UWF was acquired by Jim Crockett, DiBiase received an offer from the WWF. DiBiase was convinced by WWF to sign up despite the fact that he would not be told his gimmick until after he agreed, under the promise that it was something that would receive a serious push. WWF official Pat Patterson informed DiBiase that if owner Vince McMahon were to go out to wrestle, it would be the gimmick that he would give himself. DiBiase entered All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1983, he won the NWA United National Championship on October 14, 1983 in a tournament defeating Jerry Lawler by forfeit.
Two months on January 28, 1984, DiBiase lost the title to Michael Hayes. DiBiase's mother Helen Hild died two months in March 4, 1984. In August 1985, DiBiase formed a tag team with fellow gaijin: Stan Hansen and the two became the PWF Tag Team Champions when Hansen chose DiBiase to replac