Each year, the WWE puts on the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. At the event, it’s famous for the surprise entrants that come out between 1-30. Real contenders and mid-carders throughout the Rumble match separate them. This year, WWE fans were disappointed when Roman Reigns threw Rusev over the top rope to win the Royal Rumble match.
Despite the negativity towards the match, a few ECW guys returned and lit up the Philadelphia crowd. The Boogeyman and Diamond Dallas Page returned to the WWE on Sunday evening during the Royal Rumble match. That wasn’t the biggest pop of the night for a surprise entrant.
Bubba Ray Dudley, a former WWE Tag-Team champion, returned at #3 and the Wells Fargo Center crowd blew the roof off the place. He hasn’t been in a WWE ring in nearly 10 years and, along with his brother Devon, is still missed to this day. Was Dudley’s return just a one-time thing, or will he be coming back full-time? Bubba Ray Dudley addresses those questions and more in a recent interview with WWE.com.
“WWE called me about a month ago and said, ‘Would you like an opportunity in the Royal Rumble?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I showed up here today and they said, ‘We want you to be a surprise.’ I thought that was great, and I hid all day.”
“If the WWE Universe and the WWE higher-ups want to see us here, then yes, hopefully there is a future… I really say it’s up to the fans. By the reaction tonight, I’d say the fans would love to see us back. And hopefully we can do it.”
As soon as Bubba Ray Dudley came out as #3, the WWE Universe wondered where his brother, Devon, was in the arena. They were anticipating him to come out as #4. However, according to WrestleZone.com, Devon was not backstage in Philly. This doesn’t mean that Devon will be in talks with Bubba Ray to come back, but if he were there, the WWE Universe would’ve seen both Dudleys in action.
Bubba Ray Dudley and Devon Dudley would provide a spark in the WWE tag-team division that isn’t necessarily lacking, but it could always use a boost in popularity. The Uso’s are the current WWE Tag-Team champions; the Miz and Damien Mizdow are nearing their inevitable split. Stardust and Goldust won’t be around forever, and the team of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro probably won’t get a title shot.
Bringing in the Dudley Boyz is a perfect example to build a young tag-team. Since the Ascension took care of the New Age Outlaws at the Royal Rumble, give them a legendary tag-team, then followed by the Dudley Boyz at WrestleMania 31. Something tells me that WWE is trying hard to build up the Ascension’s credibility. There’s no better opponent for that match than the Dudley Boyz.
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