Originally Posted by Eric_the_Red
Actually DiBiase did hold the belt for a very brief time, and he didn't beat anyone to get it. So, true he never was recognized as WWF champ, but after Andre beat Hogan, Andre immediately gave the belt to DiBiase.
Shortly thereafter Commissioner Jack Tunney declared the title vacant, leading to a tournament at WrestleMania IV where Randy Savage beat DiBiase in the finals to win his first world championship title. As a kid and Macho Man fan, I was very excited.
I liked one explanation as to why DiBiase never officially held it. Why give him that one when he can buy his own? And I didnt/dont count him buying it from Andre as having it.