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For the team of Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley, see Dudley Boyz.
The Dudley Brothers
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Buh Buh Ray Dudley (top left), Spike Dudley (top right), Sign Guy Dudley (bottom right) and D-Von Dudley (bottom left): four members of the Dudley Brothers.
Stable
Members See below
Name(s) The Dudley Boyz
The Dudley Brothers
The Dudley Family
The Dudleys
Billed from "Dudleyville"[1]
"The hills of Charleston, Pennsylvania"
Debut July 1, 1995
Disbanded 1999
Promotions ECW

The Dudley Brothers was a professional wrestling stable active in Extreme Championship Wrestling between 1995 and 1999.

The gimmick of the group was that, despite their obvious differences in physical appearance and race, the members were all said to be the sons of the fictional Willy Loman-esque "Big Daddy" Dudley, who had traveled America as a salesman throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Despite the differences in their races and sizes, the Dudleys shared a similar ring attire of taped glasses, unkempt hair, tie-dye shirts, high-tops and overalls. The gimmick was based on the Hanson Brothers from the 1977 movie Slap Shot.[1][2]

History[edit]

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996-1999)[edit]

Origins (1995-1996)[edit]

See also: Raven's Nest
Snot Dudley, one of the original three Dudley Brothers.

The original three members of the Dudley family were Dudley Dudley (the only one of the brothers with a Dudley for a mother), Big Dick Dudley (the menacing, animalistic enforcer of the group) and Snot Dudley (the underdog of the group, who would pick his nose during matches).[4][5] They made their first appearance on July 1, 1995 at Hardcore Heaven, where the tag team of Dudley Dudley and Snot Dudley defeated The Pitbulls.[6] Shortly after their debut, the Dudley Brothers aligned themselves with Raven, joining Raven's Nest. At Heat Wave on July 15, 1995, Dudley Dudley and Snot Dudley teamed with Raven in a loss to Tommy Dreamer and The Pitbulls.

After Snot Dudley was injured in a jet ski accident, he was replaced on the September 17, 1995 episode of ECW Hardcore TV by Dances with Dudley, who was said to be the child of Big Daddy Dudley and a Cheyenne Native American woman.[4] Dudley Dudley and Dances with Dudley teamed with one another through the latter half of 1995, competing against teams such as The Gangstas and the Bad Crew. In September 1995, Dudley Dudley and Dances with Dudley unsuccessfully challenged The Pitbulls for the ECW World Tag Team Championship.[4]

The group was expanded when the obese, slobbish Chubby Dudley and the mute, placard-wielding Sign Guy Dudley (the result of Big Daddy Dudley's incarceration in an asylum) began accompanying Dudley Dudley and Dances with Dudley to ringside.[2]

In October 1995, the Dudley family was joined by Buh Buh Ray Dudley, a stuttering, dancing, overweight hillbilly.[6][3] After Dudley Dudley left ECW in late 1995, Buh Buh Ray Dudley began teaming with Dances with Dudley, facing tag teams such as The Public Enemy and The Eliminators. At Holiday Hell on December 29, 1995, the Dudley Brothers left Raven's Nest. In January 1996, Dances with Dudley and Buh Buh Ray Dudley unsuccessfully challenged Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck for the ECW World Tag Team Championship.

World Tag Team Champions (1996-1999)[edit]

See also: The Dudley Boyz
Buh Buh Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley in 1999, wearing the Dudley Brothers' signature tie-dye shirts, overalls and glasses.

At "Massacre on Queens Blvd" on April 13, 1996, D-Von Dudley made his debut, angrily proclaiming that the Dudley's comedic antics were not the way "true Dudleys" should conduct themselves. At Heatwave on July 13, 1996, D-Von attacked Dances with Dudley, Chubby Dudley and Sign Guy Dudley with a chair and delivered a low blow to Buh Buh Ray before being driven off by Hack Meyers.[7][8]

Dances With Dudley and Chubby Dudley left ECW in mid-1996.[6] In September 1996, Little Spike Dudley debuted in ECW. The "runt" of the Dudley Brothers, Spike began teaming with Buh Buh Ray Dudley, facing tag teams such as The Eliminators and The Bad Crew. The duo also faced D-Von Dudley in a number of bouts.[9] At November to Remember on November 16, 1996, Buh Buh Ray defeated D-Von in a singles match.

At "Crossing The Line Again" on February 1, 1997, Buh Buh Ray turned heel by joining forces with D-Von. The duo began teaming together as The Dudley Boyz, along with Big Dick Dudley and Sign Guy Dudley, forming a dominant heel stable.[2] Between March 1997 and August 1999, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von held the ECW World Tag Team Championship on a record eight occasions.[6] The Dudley Brothers feuded with rivals such as The Eliminators, Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman, and Little Spike Dudley, the sole remaining face Dudley.[6]

At It Ain't Seinfeld on May 14, 1998, Buh Buh Ray Dudley's taunting resulted in a member of the audience attempted to invade the ring before being intercepted by security guards. On the June 3, 1998 episode of ECW Hardcore TV, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von delivered their 3D finishing maneuver to Beulah McGillicutty, supposedly breaking her neck.

Big Dick left ECW in early 1999, and Buh Buh Ray and D-Von moved to the World Wrestling Federation later that year, dissolving the stable. Sign Guy Dudley was repackaged as Lou E. Dangerously, leaving Spike as the sole remaining Dudley in ECW until the promotion folded in April 2001, when he too joined the WWF, reuniting with Buh Buh Ray and D-Von.

World Wrestling Federation (2001-2005)[edit]

Buh-Buh Ray (renamed "Bubba Ray") and D-Von Dudley would go on to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), winning the World Tag Team Championship eight times, as well as the WWE Tag Team Championship and WCW Tag Team Championship once each. Though initially heels, they had much more success as faces, a different turn from their evil days in ECW. Spike Dudley joined his "half-brothers" in 2001 and remained with them on and off until their collective release in 2005. For a short time, Stacy Keibler acted as a valet for the Dudleys under the name of "The Duchess of Dudleyville". The Backseat Boyz, Trent Acid and Johnny Kashmere, appeared on an episode of WWF Sunday Night Heat as "The Backseat Dudleys."[10]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

In early 2007, actor Steve Schirripa appeared alongside Bubba Ray (renamed "Brother Ray") and D-Von (renamed "Brother Devon") in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he was depicted as a distant relative of the Dudley family.

Independent circuit[edit]

Several more Dudleys were created outside of ECW. Big Dick Dudley formed a tag team on the independent circuit with Mark Vartanian, using the name "Psycho Sam Dudley", while Snot Dudley formed a tag team with Jeff Roth, using the name "Schmuck Dudley".

Trademark of name[edit]

After the release of Bubba Ray and D-Von from WWE, they were informed by the company that they could not use any aspect of the "Dudley" name in any other promotions thanks to WWE trademarking the names before their release. This decision was controversial because Paul Heyman, the owner of ECW, had "given" the men (including Spike) the rights to the gimmick out of loyalty when ECW folded, but never actually transferred the rights in any official manner. The WWE's trademark application cited 1999 as first use, though the gimmick is years older than that.[citation needed]

Although the former Dudleys attempted to fight WWE for ownership, they were unsuccessful before their debut in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and instead took the monikers of "Brother Ray " (Bubba Ray) and "Brother Devon" (D-Von), combining under the new name "Team 3D". As a jab back at WWE they wore shirts with middle fingers on them with the message "Trademark This!" and constantly tread a fine line of the official trademark by either having others use their common phrase "Get the tables!" or almost saying it before stopping short right before. They were originally going to adopt the last name of Deadly when they applied for it to be copyrighted but for some unknown reason to the public they have yet to use the name. When Spike was released from WWE he was forced to work under the name Matt "LSD" Hyson in various independent promotions. Upon joining his brothers in TNA he was re-christened "Brother Runt".

Yet one more person has laid claim to the intellectual property that is The Dudley Boy gimmick. Former ECW wrestler Raven has said multiple times that he is the person who came up with the original Dudley idea. Taz has corroborated his story, but added that it was not just Raven who came up with the idea, but Raven and Taz together.[11]

Members[edit]

Championships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sports-entertainment's 20 most bizarre hometowns". WWE.com. WWE. September 27, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Scott E. Williams (13 December 2013). Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW. Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated. pp. 98–. ISBN 978-1-61321-582-1. 
  3. ^ a b ECW Hardcore TV. October 17, 1995. 
  4. ^ a b c Thom Loverro (22 May 2007). The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling. Simon and Schuster. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-1-4165-6156-9. 
  5. ^ Glasgow, Kathy (June 5, 1997). "Suplex City". Miami New Times. Voice Media Group. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "The Dudley Boyz". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "ECW Arena Flashback (July 1996): Sabu, Sandman, Raven, Gordy, Dreamer, Dudleys, Taz". PWTorch.com. Pro Wrestling Torch. July 20, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ John Lister (November 2005). Slamthology: Collected Wrestling Writings 1991-2004. Lulu.com. pp. 18–. ISBN 978-1-4116-5329-0. 
  9. ^ Milner, John M.; Powell, John. "Spike Dudley". Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqWPxZ04jbQ
  11. ^ History of ECW, episode 9/17/95

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