Legendarily decorated WWE and ECW tag team The Dudley Boyz are the next announced inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2018. Bubba Ray and D-Von of course first gained fame in Paul Heyman’s now-defunct rebel promotion ECW in the mid-90s, initially only serving as part of a large Dudley family stable. Eventually though, it was clear that Bubba Ray and D-Von were the standouts of the group, and they would go on to win the ECW tag titles a whopping 8 times.
While in ECW, the Dudleyz became massively over as scumbag heels, with Bubba Ray earning a reputation for nearly inciting riots with his politically incorrect promo work. By fall 1999, the Dudleyz were headed for the big time, signing with the then-WWF. It didn’t take long for their table-smashing extreme ways to win over the WWE crowd, and the team would go on to win 10 more sets of tag team titles with the company. They even held the WCW tag team titles, which were briefly defended within WWE after Vince McMahon purchased his former competition.
In 2005 though, Bubba Ray and D-Von decided to depart WWE for the upstart TNA Wrestling promotion. Thanks to WWE’s purchase of the ECW trademarks from Heyman, the Dudleyz were no longer allowed to use their ring names, instead re-branding themselves as Team 3D. They won 3 more tag team titles in TNA, and were inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2014. Now, The Dudley Boyz are officially set to take their place in the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 34 weekend.
The Dudley Boyz’ WWE Hall of Fame induction comes after a short revival run the two had in the company not too long ago. In summer 2015, Bubba Ray and D-Von returned to WWE as a team for the first time in 10 years. Their return lasted about one year, with them leaving WWE programming again after SummerSlam 2016. The team has remained friendly with WWE since, appearing on last Monday’s Raw 25th Anniversary show to put some folks through tables for old times’ sake.
Currently, D-Von has retired from his in-ring career, and works as a backstage producer for WWE. Bubba Ray remains somewhat active, having completed a well-received run with high-level indie promotion Ring of Honor in 2017, using the Bully Ray gimmick that he created while with TNA.
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