When Bully Ray left his proverbial boots in the midst of the ring on the finish of his closing match in Ring of Honor, a win over commentator Caprice Coleman, it felt like the top of an period for the person as soon as generally known as Bubba Ray Dudley in WWE and ECW.
After partaking in his closing match in a WWE ring beneath The Dudley Boyz title along with his brother D-Von, Ray discovered a house in ROH following a year-long stint on the indies and did a few of his finest work within the firm as soon as owned by Cary Silkin, even when he misplaced most of his “large” matches. He feuded with Cheeseburger, feuded with Flip Gordon, and even received to do some ROH x NJPW matches towards the likes of Los Ingobernables de Japon, Lifeblood, and even The Younger Bucks, Nick and Matt Jackson. Whereas he didn’t safe any five-star matches or add any signature bout to his resume over that tenure, he did introduce just a few new followers to the Dudley method of doing issues and even made an look within the Battle Royal match at All In that additionally featured Billy Gunn, “Hangman” Adam Web page, and even Orange Cassidy, whom Ray would go on to wrestle with as soon as extra alongside Tommy Dreamer, and Sonny Kiss at House of Hardcore 56.
And but, since that fateful match with Coleman in 2020, Ray’s run as a wrestler has largely been a sporadic one, with the multi-talented performer as an alternative largely turning his consideration to Busted Open Radio, his Sirius XM present alongside Dreamer, Mark Henry, and Dave LaGreca. He’s wrestled six extra matches, largely for Battleground Championship Wrestling in Philadelphia, however has largely remained outdoors of the mainstream wrestling world save an look in Bunkhouse Battle Royal through the pre-show of Ric Aptitude’s Final Match.
Regardless of solely being 51, which is youthful than Chris Jericho, has the wrestling world seen the final of Bully Ray, or does WWE Corridor of Famer nonetheless have one closing run left in him? Nicely, if his newfound affiliation with NWA and up to date interactions with Matt Cardona are of any indication, it could happily look like the previous. Why? Nicely, as Ray instructed Steve Fall of NBC Sports activities Boston – as transcribed by Wrestling Headlines – he takes points with performers like Cardona calling himself a “Hardcore Man” when he’s solely ever wrestled in GCW and for ducking him at NWA’s Alwayz Prepared present.
“It’s a double-edged sword there. Yeah, Cardona received damage, and he couldn’t carry out on a pay-per-view that was named after him. Personally, I feel Cardona is ducking me as a result of he talks a variety of shit on social media about how he’s this ‘hardcore’ man simply because he wrestled in rubbish bag GCW, which is among the worst ECW rip-offs I’ve ever seen in my life, and abruptly he’s this hardcore man. You’ve by no means seen Cardona within the ring with a real hardcore man, a real excessive man. ‘Masters’ of the artwork of utmost. Who have you ever seen him with? Nick Gage? Oh my god, please. Please. Terrible, terrible.”
Granted, Cardona did attempt to punch again, calling himself an “ECW Unique” because of his run within the then-WWE-owned promotion from 2007-10, however to actually shut up among the best talkers of the final 2- years, he’ll must care for enterprise within the ring.
You wouldn’t have lasted a day in ECW ‘94-‘99 https://t.co/wq0O63nRxa
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) August 22, 2022
Bully Ray delivers a scorching comparability of NWA to a former WWE model.
After being chokeslammed via a desk at NWA’s Alwayz Prepared by Mike Knox, it was solely a matter of time earlier than Ray received again into the best to defend his fame and honor towards the largest, baddest member of The Cardona Household. Fortuitously, after being pleasant with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame for fairly a while, returning to the ring in NWA felt like a borderline no-brainer, as Ray additional mentioned with Fall this time by way of a transcription from Fightful.
“So I bear in mind getting in contact with Billy (Corgan) as a result of I like what the NWA does. I like the truth that the NWA permits their expertise to be gifted, to go on the market and do what they do, to go on the market and inform the tales the way in which they see match, to permit expertise to go on the market with out a script and mainly simply communicate from the center off the highest of their head and go have the matches that they assume the NWA fan desires to see. So I recognize that sort of freedom in wrestling firm. Clearly arising in an organization like ECW, the place there was probably the most freedom you could possibly probably ever need in a wrestling firm, after I noticed the NWA, I noticed the comparisons, I noticed the likenesses. I mentioned at this stage of the sport the place I don’t should do something I don’t wanna do as a result of I really like what I do on Busted Open and with the ability to cowl professional wrestling as a lot as I do on our present, I mentioned, ‘Hm, I feel I’d love to do one thing there.”
Goodness, calling GCW a rubbish rip-off after which evaluating NWA to ECW in the exact same interview? It’s a must to hand it to Bully, he definitely is aware of how one can get his title within the headlines and generate some warmth with wrestling followers the world over.