Wrestling: The Dudley Boys
The Dudley Boys
consisted of storyline half-brothers Bubba Ray
(originally spelled Buh Buh Ray
to account for his stutter) and D-Von
, occasionally Spike Dudley
, and a whole heap of others in ECW
. As one of the top tag teams in the histories of ECW, WWF/E
, and TNA
, Bubba Ray and D-Vonnote
are notable for becoming the most decorated tag team in professional wrestling history, as well as for their groundbreaking series of matches during the WWF Attitude Era
against the Hardy Boys
Originally the Dudley characters were conceived as a wrestling version of the Hansen Brothers from Slap Shot
, with the storyline that they were all born to different mothers but to the same father, a traveling salesman known as Big Daddy Dudley. They were also billed from "Dudleyville", a makeshift community implied to have been formed in either a borough of New York City or the hills of Charleston, Pennsylvania.
In TNA, the Dudley name is reduced to unofficial name status
due to WWE trademarkng it
, and the main three brothers are known as Brother/Bully Ray
, Brother Devon
(or simply just Devon), and Brother Runt
(based on Spike's reputation of being "the runt of the litter
" alongside his much larger kayfabe brothers), with their team name being Team 3D
(taken from their finishing move). though they and other fellow ECW alumni do get away with calling Bubba and Spike by their original names due to familiarity.
You can find the basics about the whole "family" in general here
and about Bubba Ray and Devon in particular here
D-Von! Get the Tropes!:
- Acrofatic: Bubba Ray.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: The full name of the 3D, the Dudley Death Drop. After leaving the WWE & being forced to drop the Dudley names, the move was simply referred to as the 3D, but they had the name "Deadly Death Drop" trademarked.
- Affectionate Parody: Dances with Dudley.
- Alleged Lookalikes: Bubba Ray and Devon were able to get away with the twin switch on WWE Smackdown after Paul Heyman declared them to be identical...even though they are not.
- American Accents: Bully Ray features a heavy, almost exaggerated Brooklyn accent, even ending his tweets with words that end with "a" ("wrestla").
- Anything But That!: Bubba Ray has said that the two things he never wanted to have do in wrestling were shave his head and use the name "Bubba."
- Anything That Moves: The backstory explanation for why the Dudleys look nothing alike is that Big Daddy Dudley was a traveling salesman who really got around.
- Edge & Christian, and the Hardys while in WWE. The Eliminators (Perry Saturn and John Kronus), the Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa), Tommy Dreamer, the Sandman, Little Spike Dudley, Axl Rotten/Balls Mahoney/Masato Tanaka in ECW. The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez), the Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin), the British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams), and Beer Money Inc. (James Storm and Wrestling/Bobby Roode) in TNA as a team. They didn't make too many friends.
- Abyss and Joseph Park, Esq., brothers of the same body, were both this for Bully Ray, as were AJ Styles, Sting, and eventually Hulk Hogan.
- Ascended Extra:
- Bubba first appeared on ECW TV as evil referee Bill Alfonso's bodyguard Mongo. He took a chokeslam from special guest referee 911 during the Gangstas-the Public Enemy match at the Sportsland Café in Middletown, NY on September 23, 1995. He redebuted in the Buh Buh Ray gimmick with a win over Axl Rotten at the Big Apple Dinner Theatre in Middletown, NY on October 27.
- D-Von first appeared in ECW at the March 29, 1996 show at the Bodyslams Arena in Reading, PA as A-Train. The ECW World Tag Team Champions the Eliminators d. him and El Puerto Ricano (Pablo Marquez.) See Cluster F-Bomb below.
- Dudley Dudley jobbed for the Tazmaniac (Taz) as Evil Snack on May 5, 1995 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and on May 6 at the Expo Park in Tampa. The Dudley gimmick (originally Dudley Dudley, Little Snot and Big Dick) debuted at ECW Hardcore Heaven 95, July 1, 1995, at the ECW Arena with a surprise win over the Pitbulls. See under Hilarious In Hindsight on the YMMV page.
- Badass: Big Dick Dudley, in Real Life. Bubba Ray has claimed in a shoot interview that he once saw Big Dick beat up five guys all by himself outside a Long Island bar. He also once put his hand through a plate glass window, causing nerve damage and leaving him unable to feel pain in that hand.
- ECW also played Big Dick's Wrestling Monster image for laughs. At ECW Gangstas Paradise, September 16, 1995, he showed up on crutches with his ankle in a cast. It was explained that he had been hit by a truck, and that the truck had been totaled.
- Badass Family: Moreso in the original ECW.
- Bald of Evil: Buh Buh Ray as a heel.
- Beard of Evil: Big Dick Dudley. Spike Dudley also had a double horned beard when he was the Cruiserweight champion.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Until D-Von cleaned house. See below under The Corrupter.
- Black Sheep: Very literally in the beginning, D-Von lead the rest of the family down the dark path of a Face-Heel Turn
- Bomb Whistle: Their WWE entrance includes some pyrotechnic effect that makes the appropriate sound as it falls. This has become so associated with them that the sound is used even by promotions such as TNA, who don't use the effect itself.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: The "Whassup?" which accompanied their diving headbutt to the groin was taken from the popular Budweiser beer commercials of the time.
- The Artifact: And became so synonymous with the Dudleys performing the move, that they continued using it long after the adverts had faded from the public consciousness.
- Breakup Breakout:
- Bubba Ray and D-Von, and to a lesser degree Spike, to the rest of the Dudley Family from ECW.
- When the team broke up in WWE for roughly half a year in 2002 following the Brand Separation, Bubba got a sustained singles push on flagship show RAW while D-Von took on a Reverend gimmick on Smackdown. Bubba was on TV for the entire period, whereas D-Von disappeared for a few months towards the end of the summer, before repackaged back to D-Von Dudley and reuniting with Bubba.
- They again broke up in TNA during 2010, with Bubba/Brother Ray turning on D-Von/Devon, christening himself Bully Ray while referring to himself as the Shawn Michaels to Devon's Marty Jannetty. Bully Ray then dropped about 50 pounds, going from a hefty 325 to 275, and brought back some of his more obnoxiously heel traits from ECW along with some Brooklyn Rage; he is now one of the company's top heels while Devon languished in the lower midcard before being released…only to be revealed as one of the Aces & Eights at Bound For Glory 2012, becoming the de-facto face of the faction and simultaneously being catapulted into the main event scene opposite Bully Ray.
- For the next few months Bully Ray would portray the Noble Demon role, helping against Aces & Eights and trying hard to gain Hulk Hogan's trust as a good guy while entering a romance and marriage with Hulk's daughter, to the point where Hulk would shaft eight guys to give him a World Heavyweight title shot…only to win said championship by revealing that he was the President of the Aces & Eights the entire time and that part of the reason for doing so was for the way Devon was an afterthought to Hulk Hogan pre-Aces & Eights.
Nobody turns their back on my brother.
- Brooklyn Rage: Bubba adopted this as part of his Bully Ray turn. Mark LoMonaco (Ray's real name) is from Queens, NY, appropriately.
- The Cameo: The Bushwhackers appeared at ECW's April 9, 1998 show as "Cousin Luke Dudley" and "Cousin Butch Dudley."
- Canon Discontinuity: On the October 11, 2007 episode of TNA Impact, there was an in-ring confrontation between Team 3-D and the Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott). Scott was challenging Brother Ray's claim of being former WCW World Tag Team Champions, claiming, accurately, that they spent a lot of years in WCW and that they never saw Team 3-D's names on the roster. This was because Team 3-D, then the Dudley Boys, defeated the Hardyz for the belts on the October 25 (taped October 23), 2001 WWE SmackDown during the InVasion/Alliance feud, after WWE had bought WCW and not brought the Steiners along, but Ray just could not say that.
- Doubled with Three Month Rule: On the October 25, 2012 edition of Impact, Bully confronted Devon over the latter joining Aces & Eights. Devon claimed it was because the Aces & Eights picked him back up when Hulk Hogan carelessly let his contract run out and did nothing to resign him. However, Bully refuted him by saying it was about the two's personal issues stemming back from two years prior, when Bully turned on Devon for expressing his disregard for the fans backstage after Team 3D lost their supposed "retirement match" — which Devon was all too happy to confirm having said/done. Except anyone who was actually watching TNA at the time knows that Bully was the clear heel in that feud, having betrayed Devon solely because he blamed Devon's "weakness" for them losing said match and considered himself to be the star of the team, even going so far as to attack Devon's teenage twin sons to hammer the point home.
- This turned out to be a case of an Unreliable Narrator deliberately invoking these tropes. Months later, Bully revealed himself as the Aces & Eights' President as the culmination of his master plan to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, then explained his plan through a series of Arc Welding Evil Gloating vignettes. When he got to the part involving Devon's role in it, he cited how Hogan "turned his back" on Devon — proving that Devon was telling the truth regarding his own motives and that the "Devon dissed the fans" angle was revisionist history designed to enhance Bully's cover as The Hero.
- Catch Phrase:
- D-Von's first was "Thou shalt not steal! Thou shalt not kill! And thou shalt not fuck with the Dudley Boys!"
- Bowdlerization: WWE changed the last part to "mess."
- Further altered in TNA with the name change to Team 3D.
- As a team, Bubba's cry of "D-VON! GET THE TABLES!"
- D-Von's long-running "Oh Testify!"
- Altered to "You can testify to that!" during the Aces & Eights run.
- Bubba, now as Bully Ray, with "Do you know who I am?!"
- Characterization Marches On: At least in terms of their attire. They've gone from tye-dye wearing fashion victim villains to leaders of a vicious biker gang, with military camouflage, custom jerseys, and merchandise T-shirts in between.
- Cluster F-Bomb: From D-Von's ECW debut at Massacre on Queens Blvd., before what was supposed to be the Buh Buh Ray/Big Dick-FBI (JT Smith and Little Guido) match, April 13, 1996:
(To the stuttering Buh Buh Ray): "Your name is fucking Buh Buh Ray! (To Sign Guy Dudley) And your name is fucking Mute Dudley! (To Big Dick Dudley) And your name we all know is Big Dick. And my name is fucking D-Von Dudley!"
(Announcer Joey Styles
): "D-Von Dudley. I'll assume the F word isn't actually part of his name.
(To the FBI): "There are three rules that you two morons are gonna know. Thou shalt not steal! Thou Shalt Not Kill
! And thou shalt not fuck with the Dudleys!"
- The Conscience: As one of Bully Ray's Co-Dragons in the Aces & Eights, Devon was a villainous version of this for Bully and the group in general, keeping things together and helping organize their plans. Ultimately the club began to fall apart once he was pinned by AJ Styles and forced to leave TNA — mainly because Bully's once-stellar and uniting leadership deteriorated quickly. Even before this, it's been acknowledged both in and out of kayfabe that Bubba has had a tendency to come off as an asshole to people backstage, whereas Devon, considered to be a model professional and human being by everyone who knows him, has even protected Bubba from burning bridges on occasion. This is all ironic, considering who initially served on TV as…
- The Corrupter: D-Von, when he debuted in ECW in 1996. The Dudleys (Buh Buh Ray/Chubby/Sign Guy/Dances With/Big Dick) were comedic faces at the time, having left Raven's Nest, and D-Von went about the business of making them serious. He purged Chubby and D.W. Buh Buh finally turned at Crossing the Line Again, February 1, 1997, losing his stutter as well.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Buh Buh Ray showed signs of this early on, particularly when he showed he could hang on the mat with Taz.
- David Versus Goliath: Spike, in his "Giant-Killer" gimmick in ECW, or generally against anyone significantly bigger than he is, including Buh Buh Ray, D-Von and Big Dick.
- Deer in the Headlights: Bully Ray and Devon's reaction to Abyss returning in 2013 and making a beeline right for them. The fact that Abyss has already left the entirety of their Stable unconscious backstage earlier and promptly bulldozes over Mr. Anderson is a good indicator this was a justified reaction.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Bubba, by Trish Stratus, until he overcame it and table-bombed her at Backlash 2000.
- Stacy Keibler's primary tactic as the Dudleys' valet. Occasionally backfired by distracting the referee instead, and on the rare occasion, Bubba.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When competing on The Weakest Link, Bubba stated he was competing for the American Cancer Society, "and my momma".
- Evil All Along: Devon, in regards to Aces & Eights. Bully Ray joined soon after in GOLDEN fashion.
- Fat Bastard: Chubby Dudley, who just used to stand around and eat potato chips.
- Finishing Move: The Dudley Death Drop/3D (evolved out of the Buh Buh Cutter, which he had debuted at November to Remember '96 in his match against D-Von. The 3D first appeared at Crossing the Line Again, February 1, 1997.)
- Big Dick: Total Penetration (Sit-out Chokebomb pin), Big Dick Driver (Torture rack into a Death Valley Driver)
- Spike: Acid Drop/Dudley Dog (running up turnbuckles bulldog) and a top rope diving double foot stomp
- Flanderization: WWE pretty much made tables and catchphrases the focus of their characters in WWE, to the exclusion of what they were like in ECW.
- Friend to All Children: After putting Ink Inc's Jesse Neal through a table at a TNA show in New Jersey, Bully Ray and Brother Devon called the children in attendance into the ring and distributed the table wreckage to them.
- Fun with Acronyms: Little Spike Dudley
- Genius Bruiser: Bubba is a lot smarter in real life than his character would suggest, as evidenced by his performance on The Weakest Link, where he was the strongest player for the first four rounds.
- Also, Spike is another in the list of teachers turned wrestlers.
- Gods Are We: The second episode of ECW on TNN, September 3 (taped August 26), 1999, was their last night in ECW. They defeated Balls Mahoney and Spike for the ECW World Tag Team Titles and threatened to take them with them to WWE.
BUBBA: "In ECW boys become men. In ECW men become heroes. But in the World Wrestling Federation heroes become legends and legends become gods. And if God was a heel, he'd be the Dudley Boyz!"
- At some point during their run as a team in TNA they ended at least one promo the same way, save for the name change to Team 3D.
- Bully Ray also says this in the 10/24/2013 edition of TNA: "If God was a bully, he'd be me!"
- The Goggles Do Nothing: The glasses the Dudleys wore were just the frames.
- Hammy Herald: "The Quintessential Studmuffin and a damn handsome man, Joel 'Put your lipstick on my dipstick' Gertner."
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: From the Brand Extension onwards.
- HEELS: From Buh Buh Ray's turn in February 1997 until they left in September 1999. On the Rise and Fall of ECW DVD, Bubba says, "We were the definition of the word heel, we were the worst of the worst."
- Improbable Weapon User: "D-VON, GET THE TABLES!!!"
- The three used belts on Smackdown when Spike took over the group and became the Cruiserweight champion.
- Knight Templar: Reverend Devon, in his attempts to make his brother "see the light".
- Legacy Character:
- Florida indy wrestlers Schmuck Dudley (Jeff Roth), who teamed with Little Snot, and Urkel Dudley.
- New York indy wrestler Psycho Sam Dudley, who teamed with Big Dick in the USA Pro (later USA Xtreme) Wrestling promotion.
- Lightning Bruisers: Devon more so than the rest, at least until Bully Ray went through his personal makeover to become the TNA World Champion.
- The Mascot: Spike was this as Bubba and D-Von's third wheel in the beginning of his WWF/E run.
- Mighty Glacier: Big Dick Dudley. Fearsome, though not entirely agile.
- Death from Above: He did pull off a moonsault at November to Remember '96, though.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Little Spike Dudley.
- Nice Hat: Bubba Ray wore a backwards baseball cap during his ill-fated solo run in 2002.
- No Name Given: As Team 3D, following their WWE departure forcing them to drop the Dudley names. However, the full trademarked names of Brother Ray and Brother Devon featured the last name "Deadly"—which Bubba (self-admittedly) held off on using because he got pissed when it leaked ahead of time.
- Canon Name: They briefly mentioned that their father's name was Dudley during their feud with Konnan and LAX, and Devon continues to go by "Devon Dudley" both on Twitter and for certain independent appearances. Also, remember that 3D stands for "Dudley Death Drop".
- Noble Demon: Bully Ray became this at the outset of the Aces and 8s angle as a misdirection to hide that he was behind it all.
- Parts Unknown: "Dudleyville." In ECW, the various Dudleys were billed from various parts of Dudleyville including Metropolitain Dudleyville (Bubba Ray), The South Side of Dudleyville (D-Von), The Twisted Steel Section of Dudleyville (Big Dick).
- Power Stable: Aside from the family itself, Buh Buh Ray was a member of Raven's Nest until the family turned face and left in early 1996. As a team, they were in the Alliance in WWE and the TNA Front Line, EV 2.0 and now Aces & Eights. Ray was also in Immortal.
- Putting the Band Back Together: Bully Ray and Devon's feud from 2010-11 was promptly considered to have been long resolved off-screen the moment Bully revealed that he was the true leader and mastermind behind the Aces & Eights. Since then, aside from Bully coldly dismissing Devon's value to him to keep up his image of being in control after Devon was literally pinned out of TNA a few months later, they have had each other's backs whenever they've appeared together both in and out of TNA as faces and heels.
- Put on a Bus:
- Dudley Dudley (Jeff Bradley) and Little Snot Dudley (Anthony Michaels) both went down to the Florida independent scene (where Bradley had started) after leaving ECW.
- Big Dick Dudley was fired from ECW after the December 6, 1998 show, but continued to appear until leaving after a loss to Tommy Rogers at the February 17, 1999 show.
- Bubba Ray and D-Von both spent the better part of six years in WWE before the bus from there dropped them off at TNA for the better part of nine.
- Spike joined his brothers a year or two later in both companies, was put on the bus at the same time from WWE, went back on the bus due to semi-retirement in between brief stops at TNA.
- The Bus Came Back: Bubba Ray came back to the 'E in 2015 as a Royal Rumble Entry.
- Real Song Theme Tune:
- In their early days in ECW, they used AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," which Spike continued to use until ECW closed.
- After Buh Buh Ray's heel turn, the Dudleys stopped using music altogether, and the only sounds heard during their entrances would be the boos of the crowd.
- "Bombshell" by Powerman 5000 following their 2003 reunion to the end of their WWE run.
- Rearrange the Song: Bubba's singles theme, "Turn The Tables" by Saliva, was a heavier version of the Dudleys' prior theme, "We're Coming Down".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni / Salt and Pepper / Sibling Yin-Yang: The main two, Bubba Ray and Devon. Though over the years, Bubba Ray became the loudmouth and Devon the more reserved.
- Repetitive Name: Dudley Dudley.
- Signature Move: Besides the diving headbutt, Bubba Ray also had the Bubba bomb and a punch combination that involved him humping the air. Devon had a diving shoulder block and on lesser occasions, a corkscrew forearm.
- Speech Impediment: Buh Buh Ray's stutter.
- Talking with Signs: The Dudleyville Fashionplate, The Silence Behind The Violence, Sign Guy Dudley.
- The Three Certainties in Life: One of their T-shirts had "Death, Taxes, Tables" on the back.
- Tipis And Totem Poles: D.W. Dudley. That's Dances With Dudley (from The Dudleyville Reservation).
- Took a Level in Badass: Bubba/Brother Ray reinvented himself as Bully Ray, dropping fifty pounds off his rotund figure and improving his workrate. Now the man can chain-wrestle Kurt Angle! He's also not shy about letting everyone know, too; during his massive weight loss, he would often boast about it during promos, demand that the cameraman "shoot [his] calves", and refer to himself as Calfzilla.
- Unrelated Brothers: None of them are related in any sort of way.
- The Voiceless: Big Dick Dudley.
- We Have Many Names:
- Dudley Dudley (Jeff Bradley) has also been known as the Insane O.D.D., "Bad Boy" Jeff Bradley and "Texas Tangler" Bruiser Bradley.
- Little Snot (Anthony Michaels) has also been known as Fire and Tony Carlone.
- Big Dick (Alex Rizzo) had previously been known as Alexander the Great.
- Dances with (Alfonso Bermudez) has also been known as White Wolf, White Cloud, Chief Dudley and Alfonso.
- Sign Guy (Lou D'Angeli) was repackaged as "Lou E. Dangerously," a Take That Me knockoff of Paul E.
- Bubba has also been known as the Terminator, Mongo, Mongo Vyle, Brother Ray and now Bully Ray.
- D-Von started out as A-Train, and also used the names Reverend Devon, Brother Devon and now simply Devon.
- Weapon of Choice: When they were put in a triangle ladder match against Edge & Christian and the Hardy Boyz, Jim Ross lambasted those damn Dudleyz on commentary for bringing tables into it.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Sometimes in ECW, Buh Buh would wear a Confederate flag do-rag on his head.
- White Sheep: Spike would be the scrappy good guy against his bullying brothers. The exception was during his Smackdown heel turn, where Bubba and Devon were trying to help him even though he did not want it. Eventually though, Spike Dudley would side with them against Rey and declare himself the boss.
- Would Hit a Girl:
- Sent Beulah McGillicutty into retirement when they gave her the 3-D in ECW in 1998.
- More in the line of putting them through tables. This included Mae Young, who was in her eighties at the time!
- When Mr Anderson talked about his pregnant wife prior to his and Bully's confrontation at Turning Point 2013, Bully outright started that he could still seriously harm her. Yikes.
- Subverted during Bully's following Heel-Face Turn the night Dixie Carter first came back to Impact after losing control of wrestling operations. At one point all that was in the ring was Bully, Dixie, and a table set up across the ring from them. He approached her as if he was gonna do it. Cue commercial break. When the show returned, she was walking through the back and confronted Magnus on her way out. It was all a Pseudo Crisis for Dixie, most likely because of Spike TV's rules against man-on-woman violence. Bully references this the following week. The storyline would gradually develop into Bully's quest to put Dixie through a table, which he eventually did with the help of Devon.
- They defeated Erika and Margaret for the HUSTLE super tag team championship belts.
- WWE Owns This Trope: Thanks to WWE's habit of trademarking, they had to change their name when they left for TNA. Bubba Ray became Brother Ray, later Bully Ray as heel, D-von went with Brother Devon and Spike became Brother Runt.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: They sometimes spelled their name The Dudley Boyz.
D-Von... GET THE TABLES!