Former Legacy member, Ted DiBiase Jr. sat down with Chris Van Vliet for an interview, where he revealed the reason why he left the WWE.
The company had even offered him a five year contract before his departure, however that was not enough for him to stay there. He had a good reason why.
“I was offered another 5 year deal. It was generous, but when it came down to it, I was battling some things internally. There were some mental health issues. I was going through depression and anxiety, and also being a new father.
Ted DiBiase Jr. wanted to be a perfect father for his child and be there for him. He says that while he has a great father himself, "The Million Dollar Man" couldn't always be there with his son due to the hectic WWE schedule.
"I just knew. What I didn’t have growing up, although I had this iconic father I love dearly, he wasn’t at my birthdays. He also wasn’t there for my football or soccer games. I believe the greatest asset we have in our world is time. You’re not guaranteed more and you can’t get it back. That was one of the greatest gifts I could give my son. My core values are faith, family, love, wisdom, service, in that order. I was dying internally and losing sight of who I was. I love helping and serving people, and also entertaining people. To be able to walk into a hospital or a base and bring a smile onto the face of a family or a veteran, that was such a blessing.
DiBiase says that there wasn't any back and forth during his departure. At that time, he felt like he was taking a break and would be back ultimately but things changed.
“There really wasn’t a lot of back and forth. I think at that time in my career it was kind of part of me thinking I was just going to come back. I was going to figure this out, but that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t the usual best of luck in your future endeavors. I quit on YouTube or Twitter, I did a video and announced (I was leaving). I just wanted to be me, I wanted to let people know how grateful I was and let WWE know how grateful I was. Also, I was walking out on my own accord for personal reasons. There wasn’t any back and forth. There’s tons of guys sitting in the wings waiting to take that spot. That’s what makes this industry hard to get into and even harder to hang onto.”