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Bubba Ray Dudley vs. The World: Has He Been Hurting Fellow Wrestlers On Purpose?

One of the most common refrains we hear over the Internet (and even in the Smark Gilas Pilipinas Facebook community, where we like to hang out and talk wrestling with other local fans way too much) is that the WWE should bring the Attitude Era back, and we get it. We really do. To a lot of older fans, those were the golden years of wrestling.

It's no wonder such acts as the Dudley Boyz can make a surprise return to the WWE and get such a pop—there's a lot of latent affection going on for these two dudes who made the table match famous, put on legendary wars with the likes of the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian, and are one of the most decorated acts of all time, capturing a total of 18 tag championships in the WWE, WCW, and ECW.

But like all wrestling stories, it isn't just universal love for the mayors of Dudleyville, particularly for Bubba Ray Dudley. With the Dudleys' recent return to the 'E, it seems like a lot of bad blood from yesteryear's opponents is simmering to the surface for the 300-pound Bubba Ray.

Once upon a time, Rene Dupree was the hottest young talent in professional wrestling. When he burst onto the scene as the partner of Sylvain Grenier in the heel tag team La Resistance as a 19-year old back in 2003, he was pegged for great things, and to this day remains to be the only teenager in WWE history to have captured gold with the company.

His French Tickler taunt is an all-timer, and deserves a highlight reel of its own.

Dupree, however, is clearly not a fan of Bubba Ray, as a recent interview with the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast reveals.

When asked if Bubba Ray Dudley had ever deliberately hurt him in the ring, he had quite a bit of shade to throw his way.

Does a bear shit in the woods? Oh my God. I've had so many concussions from Bubba Ray Dudley it's not even funny. You know Chris Nowinski had to retire because of Bubba Ray giving him concussions right? Devon, it's universal everyone likes Devon because he's a pro, but Bubba can be difficult to work with.

I'm pretty much done with the whole wrestling game. I'd like to do the convention circuit so I don't have to take any bumps because my brains are so scrambled from throughout the years that it's starting to affect me and starting to affect my daily life. Now that I am getting older, it started when I was around 27, I started forgetting stuff, I had twenty-five concussions just within WWE. You think about well I have so many, not really when you work a full time schedule and I was there for 5 1/2 years and when you wrestle what 150- 250 matches a year to have four or five concussions a year do you think that's highly unlikely? No, that's normal.

We're not sure what the Bubba Ray had against Frenchmen, but even Dupree's tag team partner, Grenier, suffered his fair share of in-ring abuse from him, which apparently led to the Dudleys getting fired in 2005.

One time in the ring, [Sylvain] screwed up a spot and then Bubba punched him in the face and bloodied his nose, and Sly asked him why backstage and Bubba went off and punched him in the face again. Sylvain was very good friends with Pat Patterson and they weren't around shortly thereafter.

Another former WWE Tag Team Champion chimed in to support Dupree's claims, in the form of Rico Constantino, who's perhaps most famous for his role as hairdresser to the infamous pairing of Billy Gunn and Chuck Palombo.

Based on Rico's stories, it seems it wasn't just concussions that Bubba supposedly specialized in.

If you don't get your way, you hurt people, and you do it on purpose. He ripped my hamstring three times in Chicago. I told him I tore, and he kept going. He suplexed me, and tore it again. And when he pinned me, he threw my legs over my head, and put his legs on the second turnbuckle, and tore it again. 
Bubba, is a brat... a spoiled, little baby. And I knew that when we went to Italy. Charlie (Haas) and I had the tag team belts, and Bubba is there, Devon, we're gonna wrestle in Italy. And out of respect, when they put the match up, I said, 'OK. What would you like to do, Bubba?' You know, cuz he's been in the business longer than I have, so has Devon, and Charlie and I were giving them respect. 'What would you like to do?' Bubba popped off, 'I'm tired of making the matches! You guys are the champions! Why don't you make up the match!' He was throwing a fit, in Italy! I said, what the hell? Like we win these titles; they give them to us! You want to win a title, go win Gladiators, you fat pig. That's what I'm thinking. He cried and moaned. I looked at Dean Malenko and said, 'Hey. Here.' Threw him the belt and said, 'Bubba wants the belt, give it to him. I'm not going out.' 'What' [said Malenko]? I said, 'I'm not going out. That's it. Forget it. I don't want the titles!' And I left.

So maybe we aren't that surprised to hear about washed-up former WWE Superstars going nuclear on their ex-employer, but how would you feel hearing the same sentiment being echoed by one of the biggest Superstars on the roster today, Randy Orton?

I never liked him. I never liked what he did because he only thought of himself. In the match my foot was broken, it was his fault... Bubba Dudley is the most out of shape, fat, non-work-ethic-having person I knew. And you had a bad taste in your mouth when you met him.

So there you have it. Over here at the Smark Henry offices, we're huge fans of the Dudley Boyz, but treat these as cautionary tales for anyone who gets in the ring with the Philly hardcore legends. We all know wrestling isn't ballet, but one of the highest codes shared among the talents who make up the industry is that you hold every man's body sacred—you take care of each other, and trust that you'll be taken care of. If these stories are indeed true—and with three independent sources saying so, including one multiple-time World Champion—then there tends to be quite a bit of credibility to be had over claims of Bubba Ray being loose, sloppy, and careless. It got us thinking—perhaps his "Bully Ray" gimmick back during his TNA days wasn't entirely a gimmick after all.

What do you think, fellow smarks? Are these claims overblown? Are Dupree and Rico just sour-graping, or do you think there's some truth behind the stories with Orton chiming in? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

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