MANILA, Philippines – It’s Tuesday morning, August 25 in the Philippines. Let’s see what’s on WWE RAW. A Sheamus and Randy Orton segment, snooze. Big Show turns face again? How original.
OMG The Dudley Boyz are back!
Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley returned to World Wrestling Entertainment programming together for the first time in 10 years, dishing out some punishment to the newly crowned WWE tag team champs The New Day (Big E Langston, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods), who won the titles the night before at SummerSlam.
Fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. witnessed their trademark diving headbutt to the groin set-up move, followed by their Dudley Death Drop finishing maneuver to Xavier Woods through a table.
The bespectacled “half brothers” from Dudleyville, who helped innovate “hardcore” wrestling in the now-defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling during the ’90s before bringing it mainstream to WWE in 1999, are 9-time WWE tag team champions and have won titles in ECW, Total Nonstop Action and other promotions around the world.
The Dudleys are most famous for their participation in the TLC matches with the Hardy Boys and Edge & Christian, beginning at SummerSlam 2000 and WrestleMania 17 the following year.
After leaving WWE in 2005, the duo spent time in TNA, where they were known as Team 3D due to copyright disputes with WWE. Bubba Ray, 44, became a two-time heavyweight champ there while D-Von, 43, joined him later in the heel biker faction Aces & Eights.
Bubba Ray made his return to WWE as a singles competitor earlier this year at the Royal Rumble, entering number 3 as a surprise entrant, while performing trademark Dudley moves with R-Truth, whom the Dudleys had interacted with in TNA.
The return of the Dudleys marks the latest move to rejuvenate the once prestigious tag team division, which has been watered down in recent years by pairings of mismatched wrestlers and a lack of storyline focus. – Rappler.com
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