Possible Reasons Why WWE May Not Sign Bully Ray


The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has provided some possible reason why WWE may not sign Bully Ray. The former WWE Tag Team champ, then known as Bubba Ray Dudley, Bully Ray has left TNA Wrestling, the company that established him as a singles superstar. Upon his departure from the company, many wondered if he, or the Dudley Boyz as a team would return to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Dave Meltzer states that there are many detouring factors for WWE when looking at bringing Bully Ray back to the company. Many believe that WWE executives are not interested in bringing him back, or they may have made plays at him over the last few years while he was doing his best heel work for TNA. Devon, the other half of the Dudley Boyz, was available a year ago, and WWE never made an attempt to sign him, likely due to their worth to the company being seen as only existing as a tag team.

Other reasons why WWE may not want to bring back Bully Ray would be because of the way certain superstars in the back feel about him. Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and current “top guy” Randy Orton revealed back in 2008 that he cannot stand Bully Ray. In an interview with UK’s The Sun, Orton said,

“I never liked him. I never liked what he did because he only thought of himself. In the match my foot was broken, it was his fault. Bubba Dudley is the most out of shape, fat, non-work-ethic-having person I knew. And you had a bad taste in your mouth when you met him.”

Meltzer goes on to say that his age may also be a red flag for WWE, although he is in the best shape of his life and has been producing the best work he’s ever done over the last few years in TNA. Being 43, he certainly wouldn’t be the oldest guy on the main roster. He’s almost the exact same age as Big Show, who recently signed a contract extension that will keep him in the ring until 2018.

Bully Ray and Devon both could serve as great tag team mentors to those in WWE developmental, but many of the positions for NXT trainers and coaches have been filled and WWE is reportedly in a “no hire” zone, outside of new talent, due to budget cuts. Never say never, but it may be a while before we see the return of Bubba Ray Dudley, and/or the Dudley Boyz, to WWE.

Editor’s Note:
I will say, he’s done a LOT of maturing as a singles star over the last 3-4 years. I think he could be an asset. The Dudley Boyz are also one of my favorite tag teams of all time, so I’d love to see them at least make a special appearance soon.

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  • truth

    Why would they sign him he is old and washed up.

  • Tp

    They ripped off new jack posers

  • I Am Spartacus

    I wouldn’t want him unless DVon joined him and they were the Dudley’s and a tag team again. Back when they were in the WWE it was a time when the tag team division felt important. It’d be nice for them to add some credibility, bring back the tables and make the division interesting.

    Right now other than the Uso’s and Wyatt’s the tag division is lacking strong teams. Goldust/Stardust doesn’t do anything for me anymore, I’m over watching Cody overact and be a more over the top Goldust without the sexual innuendo and without that part of the character it also makes Goldust more boring since that was the main characteristic of Goldust. Rybaxel don’t feel like they’re going anywhere, they’re just there. And until The Ascention fully come to the main roster, there aren’t many other interesting teams. I’m hoping that happens real soon, they did face Goldust/Stardust in a dark match prior to the Main Event/Smackdown taping at the Pru Center I was at so I’m thinking it’s coming soon.

  • John Cota-dj Jc

    I’m of the state of mind that sees “the Dudley Boys” as a “tag team”… Period. All/ Devon or I don’t care.

  • Jimmy

    Bully vs Brock???

    • bigtom

      Bully Ray and Brock would be the best show of all time. Would put wwe back on being no. 1, p.s. I would even spend 9.99 a month to see them….

  • MizzZanzaro

    He either needs to come back to the WWE with DVon or not come back at all. Personally, I am not quite sure why he left TNA because irritating as his heel character was, it did work well. He might jsut disappear, which would be a waste.

  • ReallyORiley?

    Really? Washed up? Heel not working? Hes had some of the best matches of his career as a singles competitor on TNA, not only did he lose shed loads of weight and get his head together but he evolved as a wrestler/performer hes under-rated to anyone who hasnt seen him in action lately. By the way Randy Ortons comment is a comment from a spoilt brat how could “Bubba ray” be selfish in the WWE when all his WWE career was spent as a tag team? I call BS.

  • Cezar

    Bully Ray has not left as of this comment.
    Randy Orton fears Buh Buh Ray.
    Look up the articles on Randy Orton mocking a fan.
    He should have been fired or suspended.

  • Jim wooton

    TNA are not live anymore. They are only taped now. He had a contract dispute with TNA.