Aside from professional wrestling, Di Biase is also an actor, making his film debut in The Marine 2, a direct-to-DVD movie that was released on December 29, 2009.
At Clinton, Di Biase was the football team's starting quarterback.
Is it frustrating with how hard it seems to be to get a spot on the card? But, on the flipside of that, those guys put in that grind at one time or another and made a Big Enough name for themselves that they can come back and draw those numbers. Dibiase: Honestly, it was probably around seven or eight months to be honest with you. So, I started really started questioning, is it over? It became where it wasn't worth it for me to be on the road away from my family that long and be unhappy while I'm on the road. It was tough going from working with Shawn and Triple H and the deal with Legacy, which I thought was super successful. Then that started to eat at me and that's when the questions started to really arise and I started praying, "God do you want me here?
So, you've got to respect that and if it doesn't, let it inspire you or motivate you to do something else. If he would've given up, he wouldn't be where he is this year. It's just something my wife and I just start praying about and I really just felt like the Lord was just drawing me away. It wasn't that great for me in the WWE at the time. I felt like I was really starting to figure some stuff out and that just weren't really getting behind it. So I was miserable on the road because I wasn't participating and I felt like I wasn't contributing. " I felt like I needed to do something else because I'm kinda wasting my time. I do love wrestling, and I love the fans and it's a part of our legacy.
She received her in-ring training by other WWF legends, the Wild Samoans: Afa and Siki Anoa’i.
And I told Vince, "Man I don't play for second place. I want to be a part of the team and contribute." I was willing to learn and try anything. It seems natural because of my dad, but that's not who I am. But until then, I'm gonna pursue other things and give it my all. I tell people a lot, it's hard when somebody has got the power of the pen and can really determine how successful you can be.
While never overtly stated, hints were given in the previous weeks such as Tamina’s protection of Marella and partner Vladimir Koslov against an attack by the Usos and celebrating with Marella after his victories.
Things became obvious when Tamina accompanied the Usos against Marella and Koslov to a losing effort, only to be seen backstage serenading and then kissing a lucky Marella.
He signed a developmental contract with WWE in July 2007, and was assigned to their developmental facility, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he won the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship in December 2007.
Due to injury, he relinquished the championship in January 2008.