Bully Ray Reveals How Much It Would Have Cost To Get Dudley Boyz Name From WWE
While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Bully Ray opened up about the Dudley Boyz’ WWE exit when they went to TNA.
“WWE didn’t own the Dudley name, they bought it outright. The Dudley Boy name is original intellectual property of ECW and when WWE bought ECW out of bankruptcy court you get to purchase the assets.”
Bully Ray revealed that the Dudley Boyz were not released from WWE. It was a mutual parting of ways. After One Night Stand in 2005, they decided to “shake hands and call it a day.” Then they received a phone call saying that they had to figure out a different name.
“We parted on good terms and then they called and said that they own the Dudley name and I flipped out. I was on a plane. I was dropping F-Bombs and everything. I called a lawyer friend of mine who was a really, really strong intellectual property you know like attorney and he said, ‘Listen, I can get you this name back, but if I charge you ‘friend prices’ it will cost you and D-Von $100,000.’”
“It just wasn’t worth it to me because this is when I thought to myself, ‘You know what? If the Road Warriors can call themselves the Legion Of Doom and everyone knows who the hell it is the Dudleyz can call themselves Team 3d and everyone will know who the hell it is.”
Full interview below: