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[1991-01-12-WWF-Superstars] Ted DiBiase & Virgil vignette

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DiBiase cuts a promo after a squash that's pretty good, actually. He wants to make a point that he can do anything with his money. He throws his money on the mat, slaps Virgil, then commands him to pick up the money. Virgil teases snapping, and the crowd is with him, until DiBiase whispers something in his ear about his family. Virgil slowly picks up the money as DiBiase laughs. DiBiase is tremendous. Great stuff.

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I liked this bit of development a good bit although it might have been too much of a tease for the impending turn especially with Piper saying he was going to talk to Virgil.

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DiBiase heaps more abuse on Virgil but Lords his family over him. Virgil is on the verge of rebelling but that breaks him and he picks up DiBiase's money. Good promo from DiBiase and the crowd was really, REALLY wanting to see Virgil fight back.

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With DiBiase’s money he can expect anything from his partner Virgil. Million Dollar slaps Virgil in the face and tells him to pick up the money. Piper really on Virgil’s side wanting him to fight back. DiBiase whispers something to Virgil which finally gets him to pick up the money. I can't remember what DiBiase was holding over Virgil.

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This was excellent, as they tease Virgil's turn, then pull back at the very last second. Too much of a tease? I don't think so, Soup. There was only one way they could go with this, and they wanted the crowd to be ready for it when the time came instead of simply springing it on them. Maybe they shouldn't have involved Piper quite so soon, but Virgil's never really been his own man before, and he needs a push from someone who's always been his own man. Honky provides the dissenting view here, of course, and I'd love to have seen him involved in the feud somehow if he hadn't left, not with Virgil and Teddy so much as with Piper.

 

I'm not sure what Teddy was holding over Virgil's head either; the only thing I dimly remember was something about his sick grandmother, but I could have this angle mixed up with another. Regardless, Virgil's acting is great, as he goes from fired up to completely cowed in a twinkling as Teddy laughs it up in the background. Tremendous stuff.

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This was a great build-up to Virgil finally snapping. He's right there, but DiBiase still has just enough control over Virgil to keep him in check. Brilliant.

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