After a storied odyssey that has spanned two decades in the WWE, it appears tonight will be the final Monday Night Raw for The Dudley Boyz.
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@BubbaRayDudley) August 22, 2016
— D-von Dudley (@TestifyDVon) August 22, 2016
Just one night after falling to the team of Sami Zayn and Neville on the SummerSlam pre-show, the Dudleyz appear to be calling it quits as members of the WWE for the second time.
The group first left back in 2005, and heading for higher ground in TNA, where they enjoyed singles careers for the first time. As Bully Ray, Bubba had a successful run as TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and is owner of arguably the company’s most famous moment/rivalry when he powerbombed owner Dixie Carter through a table after months of teasing the downfall of her reign.
The duo would re-unite under the faction Aces & Eights, which ran roughshod over the entire company from 2012-13. After spending nearly an entire decade as top-billed faces of a company, the Dudleyz transitioned back into their role at WWE with being another tag team on the totem pole.
Returning in 2015 to attack the WWE Tag Team Champions in The New Day, the Dudleyz’s momentum would not quite reverberate with a crowd and company that has a heavy emphasis on the future and a younger breed of wrestler.
In their mid-40s, this seems to spell the end for the 24-time tag team champions with the WWE. While old buddies from ECW/TNA in Matt Hardy, Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno, are still wrestling on the independent scene, don’t be surprised to see the Dudleyz do the same.