Devon Dudley Talks Rejoining WWE, Being Compared to Bully Ray, Avoiding Drugs
From Brady Hicks:
Former WWE, TNA, and ECW star Devon Dudley (WWE’s D-Von Dudley) appeared on the IN THE ROOM podcast this past Tuesday, April 28, 2015 with Brady Hicks and former WCW wrestler The Stro. This show can be downloaded at both vocnation.com and thebradyhicks.com. Check it out as Devon talks the Team 3D Academy wrestling school, his sons wrestling, the Bill DeMott controversy, life off the road, ECW, being influenced by Steve Austin, Internet wrestling fans, politics, this year’s Royal Rumble non-invite, and being referred to as a “WWE Guy.” Here are some highlights from the interview:
On Being Compared to Bully Ray:
It always seemed to me – and even Bubba admitted sometimes – … that [writers] put one [Dudley] over the other … Whether it was with ECW or WWE, it was never like that. So I couldn’t understand it. Then it got to the point where certain things were said [such as] “Devon needs to lose weight.” … Then all of a sudden “Devon needs to stay out of the gym … he’s getting too big.” Something like that. I don’t remember … And then it went from those two things to “Well Devon is reaching 40 now.” And I’m like, “I can’t catch a break.” … I was starting to have a complex.
On Avoiding Substance Abuse:
It’s just one of those things where you take care of your body and your body will take care of you. I don’t do drugs. I’m an occasional wine drinker. I love my wine, but that’s about it. For me to go out there and say I’m doing heavy drugs, pills, cocaine, or whatever the crap they’re doing out there, pill popping, I don’t do that. And I think that Bubba and I are one of the guys that can honestly say that. We didn’t participate in that crap.
On Rejoining WWE:
Whether we’re going in there and taking over where we left off, whether we’re helping out the younger generation to get them to where they need to be … you’ve got to pass the torch … Every generation does that … We’re doing the wrestling school now, the Team 3D Wrestling Academy, we’re doing that with our students. We’re passing the torch, we’re passing the knowledge … To be able to go back to WWE and to be able to do that on that level, that would be a great thing for us to be able to do that. To help those young guys out, to help the tag team division thrive again. That’s what our goal would be.
IN THE ROOM airs live, weekly, Tuesday nights at 9 PM ET on the VOC
Nation Radio Network (vocnation.com / thebradyhicks.com). Join Brady Hicks
(Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributing writer), as well as The Stro
(WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, Matt Saigon (independent wrestler), Ray
Bogusz (former Bleacher Report editor), and Derrick McDonald as they run
down all that’s going on in wrestling, and sit down with some of
wrestling’s top stars.