'Anything can happen in WWE' - a statement we as fans hear regularly, and last night the company proved just that when they shocked viewers with the surprise return of legendary tag team; The Dudley Boyz.
As fireworks exploded in the Barclays centre, so did the crowd in a burst of euphoric nostalgia and hometown worship for the ECW/WWE legends. Their return had everything, a Brooklyn-style brawl, a huge pop from the crowd and a 3D through a table.
The Dudley Boyz are most famous for their time in ECW and two incredible TLC matches alongside The Hardy Boys and Edge & Christian. Considering the majority of their success occurred in the late 90s/early 2000s, one has to wonder the role they will play in the coming months.
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Future Tag Team Champions?
'Do you know who we are!?' screamed Bubba Ray as the returning stars targeted the current tag team champions The New Day. This hinted that WWE may be putting the Dudley Boyz in a role atop the tag team division in an attempt to elevate new stars.
Imagine a back and forth feud between Team 3D and New Day, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (upon Kidd's return), the Wyatt Family, Reigns & Ambrose? Could their role be similar to the 2013 stint of The New Age Outlaws?
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Singles Success For Bubba Ray?
In TNA under the name 'Bully Ray', Bubba had a successful run as the TNA World Champion so there is now speculation surrounding a possible singles run for the table-tarnishing brother. WWE tested the water at the Royal Rumble 2015 when Bubba made a surprise return, provoking an enormous reaction from the WWE Universe.
Before now it had been almost impossible for former TNA stars to obtain success in WWE, however now with the signing of both Samoa Joe and the Dudley Boyz, it seems the company are taking a more openminded approach to signing stars, especially to elevate both NXT and upcoming superstars. Wether they will be given a credible singles title reign is yet to be seen, and the chances do seem slim.
Regardless, the tag team division has been seriously shaken up and hopefully we will see months of feuds involving plenty of brawls, memorable matches and tables... plenty of tables.
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