Bully Ray

Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated is featuring an interview with former ECW, WWE and TNA star Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley) about his signing with Ring of Honor, how his Bully Ray character was close to debuting in WWE and addressing reports from last week that he was close to making a return to Impact Wrestling before the company’s reboot.

On the Bully Ray character almost debuting in WWE:

“We came one day away in August from debuting Bully Ray in WWE. At the last second, the decision was made to not go forward with it. Bully Ray was ready to go, but that’s all I can tell you. We were one day away, and they had to pull the plug on it.”

Why a return to Impact Wrestling was “pointless”:

“At the last minute, TNA came in hard and heavy and made me a significant offer. But the way I look at it is this: If I can’t go back some place and top what I did before, then it’s kind of pointless. I’m not blowing smoke up my own ass here, Bully Ray was the top heel in TNA. I generated ratings—me and Jeff Hardy drew TNA’s biggest house of all time at Lockdown, and I had my run with Hulk and with Sting. If you take a look at the landscape of TNA and their locker room, I don’t have anybody to top what I did before.”


  1. So when would Bully Ray had debuted in WWE? Would have it been the RAW after SummerSlam 2015 when the Dudley Boyz came back?

  2. “But the way I look at it is this: If I can’t go back some place and top what I did before, then it’s kind of pointless.”
    Is that why you & DVon decided to go back to WWE to be a jobber team? Don’t get me wrong, you made the right choice not to go back to TNA, basketcase that company is now, but it seems to me that going back to WWE for the run you did runs contrary to your personal philosophy.

  3. I think you misunderstood. He didn’t go back to TNA because he’d already achieved as much as he could, drawing their biggest number, winning the world title, being the biggest Heel and putting on feuds with Jeff Hardy, Sting and Hogan.

    It’s clear he wanted to go to WWE because there were still goals to achieve and the jobber tag run we got was the result of WWE’s creative not pulling the trigger on an opportunity for Bully Ray to be a bigger star

  4. All right, that makes sense then. @sshole WWE booking idiots will f*ck anyone over any way they can. But surely Bully Ray had to have some idea they would do this to him & DVon. It was after all WWE that pulled the rights to the Dudley name out from under them.

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