Earlier in 2017 the wrestling world was shocked to see both the Hardy's and Bubba Ray show up in Ring of Honor. Since then Bully actually held the 6 man tag team titles with The Briscoe's and though I am unaware of what he has done other than that but the fact that he had a run in him says something. Looking back to the WWE run that the Dudley Boys had I am happy that they were able to have one more run with the company before they hung up the boots. Now I would've liked to have seen Bully gain a singles push in WWE, but he did get his singles run.
In reality I had no idea that this happened and was pretty surprised when I did see that Bully announced his retirement. I am guessing that all Bully really wanted was one more run on his own in a company that he never had been before. As Bully said in the promo he always wanted to be in a Ring of Honor ring at least once and now he has held Tag Team gold in every major company. Over his career Ray has been Tag Team champion for ECW, NJPW, TNA, WWE, and ROH which is an incredible accomplishment in itself and really shows how much of a legend he has become.
If this is the end for Bully Ray and he is calling it a career after nearly 22 years in the spotlight and building a reputation for being one of the greatest Tag Team Champions. Seeing names like Bully hang up the boots well kinda makes feel old, but also allows me to know that new faces will enter that same spotlight that Bully held so dear for the last two decades. Thank you Bully/Bubba Ray for all the moments and memories during your career you are and will always be a tremendous talent. Also I think that now could be the moment that means next year will be the Dudley's year for the WWE Hall of Fame "Oh my Brotha Testifying!"
Back in the summer of 2015 the first working agreement between two major companies would make news as both New Japan & Ring of Honor would enter into an agreement. Now at the time I would probably be right up there with everyone else saying I was taken off guard at first by the agreement and sort of dumbfounded but they made it work. This relationship has been able to bring to light just how good NJPW has done in building homegrown stars. Given this agreement we were able to see dream matches like Kevin Steen vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Jushin Liger vs Adam Cole.
Since the start of their agreement we have see a few co-promoted events and in return we have seen a lot of matches we didn't even know we wanted to see. Also ROH even had New Japan stars capture ROH championships and vice versa. But I am going to make a bold statement that the Bullet Club wouldn't have gotten as much attention in the United States without having the ROH platform to continue their development.
Now back in the day when I first began to watch ROH I would wonder why Kenny Omega would come and go and never really stick around in the company. As the years gone by I figured out that Kenny preferred being overseas in Japan to the American and now because of the NJPW Kenny is a major star in the States. Late last year the announcement was made that due to there agreement with NJPW it opened the door for them to begin working with CMLL down in Mexico. I think it's fair to say that they have really done a great job of showing how a working agreement could benefit a company.
Earlier this year we saw the biggest signings in Ring of Honor history where the company actually brought both Bully Ray and the Hardy Boys into the company. These two where the biggest names the company had signed in the history of the company. Thus far since his run began with the company he has held the World 6-Man Tag Team titles with the Briscoe Brothers and as far as I know he hasn't done too much since. But that doesn't change the fact that Bully is about as well known as anyone on the roster.
Bully carries a lot of name recognition and value much like a Cody Rhodes or Hardy Boys do, but I feel like Bully could be more. I mean don't get me wrong Cody has been an amazing signing for ROH, but I just feel like Bully could be doing more. I do realize this could just be Bully wanting to be in the background and just help the company in ways other than occupying a main event spot which is a good thing. However, a feud or even just a match between Bully & Cody would be dynamite in my book and could help further establish Cody as household name in wrestling. Also with Bully's partnership with the Briscoe's still fresh imagine Bully teaming with them against the Bullet Club. That would definitly make things interesting to say the least in ROH and allow Jay & Mark to face Cody as well. The best thing about Bully though is that he could also feud with Kenny King as King moves to establish himself in singles action again.
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