Bully Ray announces his retirement from pro wrestling
[October 16th, 2017]
I’ve been looking for this clip off and on over the last several days and finally found a good quality one. At Ring Of Honor’s Global Wars 2017, Bully Ray made a saddening announcement that he would be retiring from professional wrestling. Last March, Bully Ray debuted for Ring Of Honor to aid The Briscoes and Bobby Fish in a beat down by Bullet Club. Ray continued to wrestle in ROH throughout 2017, often teaming with The Briscoes and taking on the likes of War Machine, Davey Boy Smith Jr., and Dalton Castle. Last weekend, after a great final run in ROH, Bully Ray made the sad announcement that his 26 year career would be ending.
Bully Ray was one of the top wrestlers in ECW in its heyday, and would go down in history as one of the greatest tag team wrestlers of all-time. As one half of The Dudley Boyz with D-Von Dudley, Bully Ray would capture the ECW World Tag Team Championships, the WWF World Tag Team Champions, the WCW World Tag Team Championships, the TNA World Tag Team Championships, the NWA World Tag Team Championships, and the IWGP Tag Team Championships. As a singles wrestler, Bully Ray won the WWF Hardcore Championship, and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship 2 times. Bully Ray was known as one of the top wrestlers anywhere he stepped onto the canvas, as he was part of so many memories for fans around the world for over two decades.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to tear up, seeing Bully Ray retire. But, when he said “This is, most definitely, the last table I will ever break.”, I lost my shit. Bully Ray- Bubba Ray Dudley is a wrestler who at first, I didn’t understand. I didn’t get why this fat dude in a tie-dye shirt and taped glasses was such a big deal, but when I saw the destruction he caused, his ability to withstand a beating whether it was from New Jack and Mustafa, Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten, or The Acolytes, when I saw his ability to get an entire crowd so pissed off that every cop in the building had their hand on their tazers, I knew he was special. It was obvious that he was committed to his craft, that he loved what he did, and that the ring was only missing a bed for him to call his home. Bully Ray loved performing for the fans, and as of October 16th, he broke his last table. Please, if you can, give that a moment to sink in.