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“ECW went bankrupt, but it changed pro wrestling forever.”- Bully Ray on ECW

Bully Ray known as Buh Buh Ray Dudley back then, was a vital cog in the wheel for ECW during its rise back in the day.

Bully Ray on Eddie Kingston of AEW
Bubba Ray Dudley (WWE)

During an appearance on the Broken Skull Sessions, Ray praised ECW for how different it was. He even compared it to an early music streaming service.

“I compare wrestling to rock and roll all the time. It’s like seeing the Sex Pistols for the first time. It’s like seeing The Ramones for the first time. It’s like seeing KISS for the first time. You’re like ‘Wow. I’ve never seen this before. It’s different. I’m not sure if it’s good or not, but it’s different and it’s got me.’ That’s what ECW was. I always compare ECW to Napster. Napster went bankrupt, but it changed music forever. ECW went bankrupt, but it changed pro wrestling forever. It was this different way of going about things, it wasn’t safe. We lived on the edge. It was better to burn out than fade away because that’s what we did, we burned out. We lived on the edge of the lightning bolt.”

Paul Heyman officially closed down ECW on April 4th, 2001 owing to financial issues. The company’s last event would be held in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on January 13th, 2001. ECW had its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bully Ray and his Championship wins as a singles competitor

Bully Ray is most famous for his tag team runs alongside kayfabe half-brother D-Von Dudley. However, he has also won various singles championships during his career as well and we will take a look at them in the following segment.

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Leipzig D-Von and Bubba Ray (The Dudleys) Wrestling, Show der World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) am 13.11.2015 in der Arena Leipzig (Sachsen) Copyright: Modlax/Eibner-Pressefoto EP_cma

Leipzig D from and Bubba Ray The Wrestling Show the World Wrestling Entertainment WWE at 13 11 2015 in the Arena Leipzig Saxony Copyright Modlax Eibner Press Photo ep_cma

Serial no. Promotion Championship
1 Destiny Wrestling Organization (DWO) DWO Heavyweight Championship (1)
2 Pennsylvania Premier Wrestling (PPW) PPW Heavyweight Championship (1)
3 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) TNA World Heavyweight Championship (2)
4 WWE WWF/E Hardcore Championship (10)

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