5 items from 2015
The tag team scene is experiencing a bit of a renaissance as of late, and one of the key contributing factors to that has been the return of The Dudley Boyz. The massively popular duo has been a shot in the arm for the stagnant division, and their reemergence garnered one of the biggest crowd pops in recent history.
Having seasoned veterans to work with will be a big plus for the relatively inexperienced teams, and Bubba Ray and D-Von have never been shy about sharing their opinions and taking the lead when it comes to putting together matches. Whether or not their return ends up being a long term thing remains to be seen, but as for now we can look forward to at the very least a few months of getting the tables.
The “brothers” make for an interesting contrast in interview styles; Bubba is brash »
- Brad Hamilton
This week’s Smackdown followed a very newsworthy Raw show that featured the return of Sting, the Dudley Boyz coming back to WWE after ten years away and Braun Strowman debuting as a new member of The Wyatt Family.
Since Sting is obviously not going to work on Smackdown, the focus on this week’s show was on the new Wyatt Family. Wyatt opened the show talking about the “black sheep” Strowman while also targeting Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose following this week’s main event.
As for the Dudleys, their last official match prior to Smackdown was back on June 12, 2005 at the Ecw One Night Stand event when they beat The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer. Now in their mid-40s, they apparently signed a multi-year deal while also working a full time schedule that includes weekend live events, so they’ll probably be in the tag team title picture immediately. »
- John Canton
WWE released the outstanding two-disc documentary The Rise and Fall of Ecw in November 2004. The doc looked at the life of the Philadelphia-based organisation, over three years after it had closed its doors and been bought by WWE. The two and a half hour long feature looked at everything and was a major critical hit.
Fans raved about the doc, which was honest and open and featured interviews with many Ecw personalities. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awarded it the DVD Of The Year Award. Other reviews were similarly glowing. Importantly, the DVD was a commercial hit, too.
At that point it was one of the biggest-selling WWE DVDs of all time, behind only WrestleMania 21. The success of the DVD took many by surprise. It just kept growing and growing. Clearly there was still an audience for Ecw. An audience that WWE could capitalise on. »
- Lewis Howse
The World Championship Wrestling brand name is still something that WWE likes to promote even though the company died 14 years ago. In the buildup to Triple H’s confrontation with Sting, Hunter loves to mention that Sting was the main guy in WCW and that Sting avoided going to WWE because he was scared of Hunter. It’s a decent selling point for what will be a big match. It’s also another example of WWE trying to make money off the WCW name.
There have been numerous WWE DVDs produced in the last 14 years featuring WCW performers. Whether it’s tribute DVDs about the New World Order, Goldberg, Sting, Ric Flair or compilations about the very best of Monday Nitro, WWE has tried to milk WCW for all its worth. One of the big selling points of WWE Network was the “Monday Night War” documentary series that featured the Raw vs. »
- John Canton
If it happens, it would be their first appearance for World Wrestling Entertainment in 9 and a half years.
After their Tna contracts expired last year, Bully Ray and Devon (who wrestled as The Dudley Boyz in a highly successful WWE spell from 1999-2005) reportedly held talks with WWE officials about returning to the company in some capacity.
It’s unknown whether anything official came from these discussions but it’s clear WWE were interested in bringing the veterans back into the fold, possibly as Nxt trainers (as was rumoured a few months ago). As well as a possible last run with the company (ala the modern day New Age Outlaws), WWE could use The Dudleyz for anything as varied as a Hall Of Fame induction to future video game releases. »
- Matt Holmes
5 items from 2015
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