One of the biggest legends in tag team professional wrestling has announced his retirement from the industry, and it's under some rather unfortunate circumstances.
Bubba Ray Dudley (also known as Bully Ray) has been in the professional wrestling industry since 1991. After four years on the independent circuit, Ray and his brother, D-Von, were signed to Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) where they made a name for themselves for the next four years. Just before ECW went out of business The Dudley Boyz departed to WWE where they continued on as one of the best tag teams in the business.
The Dudley Boyz completely changed the culture of WWE's tag team division, putting on great matches with teams such as Edge and Christian and The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy). During their time in WWE The Dudley Boyz were able to rack up a staggering 10 Tag Team Title wins.
Bubba Ray and D-Von were were split up by the WWE Draft, with Bubba competing as a singles competitor on RAW and D-Von going to SmackDown to help groom up-and-coming talent such as Batista.
As a singles competitor Ray was a multiple time Hardcore Champion, winning the title eight times. In 2005 Ray departed from WWE with his brother and the pair signed with Global Force Wrestling (GFW) (formerly known as TNA and Impact Wrestling). It was there that Ray really thrived as a singles competitor and adopted the Bully Ray character.
Recently Ray has been doing work for Ring Of Honor (ROH), but suffered a bad injury at an iPPV after being hit in the head by a table too hard. At last night’s (Sun. October 15, 2017) Ring Of Honor (ROH) “Global Wars: Chicago” event Ray hit the ring to save Kushida and Cheeseburger and put Frankie Kazarian through a table.
Ray then got on the mic and announced that in light of recent health circumstances he would be forced to end his in-ring career. He is expected to further address his wrestling future on Busted Open Radio later this week.
What are your thoughts on Ray being forced to end his in-ring career due to a table hit to the head a few weeks ago? Do you think Ray will truly remain in retirement? Or will he come back for one more match down the road for a proper sendoff? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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