It was recently revealed that Bully Ray of TNA Impact Wrestling, who has been viewed over the past few years as a locker room leader, has opted not to renew his contract with the company. It may be a sign of the first mate abandoning the captain of a ship amidst a harrowing thunderstorm, or maybe he’s just ready to close out his career and will do so by continuing with his wrestling school and fading into the background. Or, alternatively, maybe he wants one final shot on the biggest wrestling stage up in “New York”, as TNA likes to call Vince McMahon’s WWE.
Bully Ray is out of contract and Devon, who recently made a reappearance at TNA’s recent TV tapings in New York City (ironically?) to help his wrestling brother, will be done officially in the fall. That is perfect timing for everybody — Brother Ray and Brother Devon can be inducted into TNA’s Hall of Fame at Bound For Glory in October, Devon’s contract will run out and both men can be back in WWE for November.
This allows for a number of possibilities; one would assume it obvious that Bubba Ray and D-Von would return as faces, a team long gone but not long forgotten. They can tag with the Uso Brothers to give that pair even more legitimacy as a team. The big draw in having the Dudley Boyz, in my eyes, is when they turn heel and align themselves with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, all culminating in the Dudley Boyz losing the tag titles and Brock losing the World Title at WrestleMania.
I was a big fan of Bubba Ray’s short term role as a singles guy on RAW after the original split of he and D-Von when RAW and SmackDown were separated. It was a shame that he ended up getting thrust right back into a tag team with his other storyline brother, Spike Dudley. Granted they had some good matches against the team of Guerrero and Benoit, but it was a shame that Bubba never got his chance. He got that chance in TNA, slimmed down and toned up his calves (look at them!) and became arguably the best act on the show for a solid two years. It would be interesting to see if they would be willing to try to have him pull off a successful singles run in the current WWE landscape. Why not?