Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley in WWE) was recently interviewed by ESPN and spoke about several subject which included him joining RO, debuting the Bully Ray character in WWE and much more.
Here are some highlights:
Feeling at home in ROH:
“It was really cool, because this had been the first time in a long time I was genuinely excited. I’ve told people that going out there in the Hammerstein for Ring of Honor that night was actually more exciting for me than walking out in front of 100,000 people at WrestleMania. A lot of people say, ‘That’s impossible. It can’t be. You’re crazy.’ For me it’s more exciting because of the intimate feel. When you come up in a company like ECW and you’re used to that intimacy, that’s what you really crave.”
“Earlier in the day I thought I had an upset stomach. Like, ‘Oh man, I don’t feel well. There’s something wrong. What’s wrong with me?’ And I was like, ‘You got butterflies’. I actually had a little bit of butterflies. It was nervous energy. I was really excited to be back in my hometown of New York City for Ring of Honor. But what a surprise.”
Wanting to help ROH grow:
“ECW needed something in 1995 to help them get more notoriety, and Terry Funk was that guy. He was that veteran wrestler who was able to help with the credibility of the product and that’s what I hope I could do with Ring of Honor. No matter what they have me doing, if they want me wrestling in six mans with the Briscoes, if they want me working with the World Heavyweight Champion or they want me working the opening match, it doesn’t matter to me. As long as I can lend the name credibility of Bully Ray, or Bubba Ray, or the Dudley Boyz, or Team 3D, whatever it is to help get that company more exposure.”
“Ring of Honor picked up where ECW left off. When ECW was gone there was a huge void left to be filled and Ring of Honor did it. They’ve been around for 15 years and they have gotten better, and better, and better. They are a perfect example of how slow and steady wins the race.”
Bully Ray Almost debuting in WWE:
“We were one day away from becoming Bully Ray in WWE,” Bully Ray told ESPN.com. “One of the problems with having Bully Ray in the WWE was the word bully. How could they have a guy named Bully when they had the ‘Be a STAR’ program? It was a little too risky for them.”
“I mean [the WWE] have other characters there that do bully-ish type things, but the whole basis of Bully Ray is he is the quintessential bully,” he said. “His entire character is built around bullying people. Built around making people do things against their will. And with the business they have going on now — the Be a STAR program and more PG-rated stuff, bullying being such a sensitive subject around an entire world — it just wasn’t gonna work out.”
Check out the entire interview here.