WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray Dudley was the special guest on this week’s Jim Ross Report to promote this Friday’s highly anticipated ROH Final Battle pay-per-view. As a pioneer of both the Tables Match and the Tables, Ladders & Chairs match, the former Team 3D alumni also had some interesting insight heading into Sunday’s WWE TLC event as well.
ON WHY FANS SHOULD TUNE IN TO WATCH HIS MATCH AT ROH FINAL BATTLE:
“Eight months of cohesive storytelling will come to a head at Final Battle. If you like your pro wrestling episodic, with good storytelling, good character developmental, good versus evil, and a final match that will take place in a ring — it has nothing to do with actual wrestling, and more to do with a fight. The loser will have to say ‘I Quit’ and admit that he’s not man enough to stand toe-to-toe. That’s why you should watch this match, and this pay-per-view.”
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ON WHY BULLY SIGNED WITH RING OF HONOR AFTER LEAVING WWE:
“I thoroughly believe in Ring of Honor. When I left WWE, I had options that a lot of people don’t know about. I could have stayed in the WWE and continued to do the Dudley thing, which I was completely burned out on. I could have gone back to Impact, but I was banging my head up against the wall that I was even considering their astronomical financial offer, because I knew that I couldn’t go back and top what I had done there before. And then there was Ring of Honor.”
“The reason I chose ROH was that it reminded me of ECW. Maybe I’m on the back nine of my career, but I’m going to go out the same way that I came in — telling stories and doing pro wrestling and sports entertainment the way that I was taught from day one. In a way that emotionally invests the fans, and in a place that I can do it, tell my stories, and help other guys get over.”
ON THE DIFFICULTY OF TLC MATCHES & WHAT HE HOPED WWE WOULD DO FOR THIS WEEKEND’S PPV:
“It is very, very difficult. You know damn well it’s hard to get four guys on the same page when it comes to tag team wrestling. Not everyone can be Rock ‘n’ Roll or The Midnight [Express]. But to get six guys on the same page, all thinking exactly alike, all knowing where each other are every minute of the match? It’s very difficult.”
“I was hoping that they were going to put The Bar, The New Day and The Usos in a TLC match for the tag team titles. I believe that if any three teams had the opportunity to equal or surpass what [we]were able to do, it’s those three teams. I’ve worked with all three of those teams, and they have chemistry. That’s the highest praise I can pay to those three teams.”
Catch ROH Final Battle this Friday where Bully Ray will be facing Flip Gordon in an “I QUIT” match that is sure to be an excellent in-ring story. The show will air live on pay-per-view through FITE TV and will stream live for Honor Club subscribers at ROHWrestling.com.