🤼‍♂ How Good of a Wrestler Were They Really? 🤼‍♀ #45 THE DUDLEY BOYZ! 🤓

So, The Hardy Boyz get a solid 4 on the button, while Lita gets a fairly solid 3.91, tying them with Ted DiBiase and Mr Perfect respectively!

Wrestler Rating
Chris Jericho (3) 4.69
Kurt Angle (2) 4.55
Mick Foley (10) 4.55
Daniel Bryan (5) 4.38
Macho Man Randy Savage (12) 4.37
Stone Cold Steve Austin (1) 4.36
Eddie Guerrero (8) 4.28
Ric Flair (11) 4.23
The Undertaker (7) 4.22
The Steiner Brothers (n/a) 4.22*
Shawn Michaels (6) 4.21
Edge & Christian (43) 4.18
William Regal (18) 4.1
Bret Hart (9) 4.07
The Hardy Boyz (46) 4
Ted DiBiase (68) 4
Owen Hart (21) 3.95
“Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig (22) 3.91
Lita (31) 3.91
CM Punk (16) 3.85
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (20) 3.81
The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom (106) 3.74
Diamond Dallas Page (41) 3.73
Booker T (48) 3.72
Charlotte Flair (34) 3.69
Vince McMahon (66) 3.55
Kane (19) 3.54
Brock Lesnar (30) 3.52
Triple H (13) 3.48
John Cena (17) 3.43
Rob Van Dam (47) 3.4
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper (37) 3.36
Becky Lynch (28) 3.2
Ron Simmons (114) 3.18
Big Van Vader (58) 3.17
Shane McMahon (59) 3.17
A.P.A (90) 3.15
Sting (52) 3.12
The Big Boss Man(36) 3.1
The British Bulldogs (n/a) 3.09
Scott Steiner (55) 3.08
Davey Boy Smith (96) 2.94
Dynamite Kid (83) 2.9
Bam Bam Bigelow (54) 2.8
The Big Show (166) 2.76
Stephanie McMahon (n/a) 2.36
Gangrel/The Brood (n/a) 2.36
Hulk Hogan (61) 2.33
D-X (n/a) 2.33
Goldberg (51) 2.3
JBL (n/a) 1.56

And now, completing the trifecta of the Attitude Era’s greatest rivalry (don’t @ me) it’s time for THE MOST DECORATED TAG TEAM IN THE WORLD, BREAKING NUMEROUS RECORDS, TITLES AND TABLES, IT’S ECW’S FAMILY YOU LOVE TO HATE, THE WWF’S PUTTING-WOMEN-THROUGH-TABLES-OBSESSED, THE WCW-ECW ALLIANCE LEADING, TNA AND NEW JAPAN’S ELDER STATESMEN, IMMORTAL AND ACES & EIGHTS HAVING, TWO-TIME HALL OF FAME ENTERING… D… D… D… D’VON!!!

WHAT?!!1

GET THE TABLES!!!
It’s… The Dudley Boyz!!!

So… How Good Were The Dudley Boyz really?
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As their singles runs are much briefer than the previous two teams we’ve covered, this includes Bubba/Bully’s TNA World Title Run:

Favourite Moment/Match
  • The Dudley Family invade ECW in '96 which various japes and exploits of Joel Gertner, leading to their Tag Team Title defence vs The Eliminators John Kronos & Perry Saturn as the promotions first PPV Barely Legal in '97!
  • After around a year of dominance, The Dudleys cast out Little Spike who teams up with New Jack to get revenge at Living Dangerously '98 (Axl Rotten & Balls Mahoney are also there)
  • At Heatwave '98, Spike would this time team up with Dreamer & The Sandman vs The Dudleys including Big Dick Dudley!
  • On their way out Buh Buh gets a World Title shot in a Falls Count Anywhere match vs Taz! (Hardcore Heaven '99)
  • The Dudleys (now z) arrive in the WWF and immediately have one of the stiffest matches ever with The Acolytes! (Unforgiven '99)
  • After a couple of months fumbling around with their slightly adjusted gimmicks, The Dudleyz in WWF find their form at Royal Rumble 2000 with an intense tables match with The Hardyz!
  • A month later The Dudleyz defeat The New Age Outlaws to win their first WWF Tag Titles! (No Way Out 2000)
  • They would then go on to defend the titles in the Triangle Ladders Match with E&C & The Hardyz at Wrestlemania 2000!
  • After a period of putting women (young and old) through tables, they emerge out of a feud with T&A as faces, culminating in a Handicap Dumpster (fire) Tables Match against D-X Road Dogg, X-Pac & Tori!
  • At Summerslam 2000 it’s TLC I and you get the idea by now!
  • In early 2001 The Dudleyz regain the titles in a fun match with Edge & Christian at the Royal Rumble, then successfully defend against them and The Brothers of Destruction at No Way Out 2001 in a triangle tables match!
  • It’s that time again as everyone ups the ante for TLC II! (Wrestlemania X-7)
  • Ending the three-way feud, Jericho & Benoit win TLC III (Smackdown, May 22nd 2001)
  • In probably the coolest moment of the InVasion angle, The Dudleys turn their backs on the WWF to become the main enforcers of The Alliance, taking part in the 10-man tag match with Booker T, DDP & Rhyno vs Chris Jericho, Kane, Kurt Angle, Steve Austin & The Undertaker!
  • During the InVasion angle, The Dudleyz would become the last ever WCW Tag Team Champions and only team to have held all three company’s tag belts, before unifying them with the WWF titles in a cage match with The Hardyz at Survivor Series 2001!
  • At Wrestlemania X-8 The Billy & Chuck Era begins as they defeat the Dudleyz, Hardyz & A.P.A!
  • Then the brand split happens and ruins everything! However, Bubba & Spike carry on as a team, including being in TLC IV on Raw and teaming up with Jeff Hardy to defeat 3 Minute Warning just for “Brother” D-Von to give up on his preacher gimmick with Batista and come home at Survivor Series 2002!
  • The Dudleys mill about for most of 2003/04, their main highlight being in the Survivor Series 2003 Austin “retirement” match and a feud with The Undertaker in a “Concrete Crypt Handicap Tag” match at The Great American Bash '04!
  • After almost a year off, The Dudleys have one last WWE appearance (for now) at One Night Stand 2005 teaming against Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman who has one of the most iconic entrances ever!
  • A couple of months later, The Dudleys (now Team 3D) arrive in TNA and immediately feud with America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) and Jeff Jarrett at Genesis 2005 but are unsuccessful in winning the NWA Tag Belts from them at Final Resolution 2006!
  • Team 3D will have to wait until 2007 to become the final NWA-TNA Tag Champs (as NWA would sever ties shortly after) in an absolutely incredibly bollix “electrified” cage match vs LAX Hernandez & Homicide (Lockdown 2007)
  • Recognised still as champs Team 3D are made the first-ever TNA Tag Team Champions, but would lose them to Samoa Joe (who would lose it to Kurt Angle in an all the gold match a month later) at Victory Road 2007!
  • After a year or so largely away from the title picture, Team 3D travel to the Tokyo Dome to win the IGWP Tag Team Titles from The Most Violent Players Togi Makabe & Toru Yano (lol) setting yet another record at Wrestle Kingdom III!
  • Team 3D would then become double champs back in America by defeating Beer Money Inc. James Storm & Robert Roode in a Philadelphia Street Fight at Lockdown 2009!
  • Beer Money Inc. would regain the titles at Slammiversary, however, for Team 3D’s final TNA Tag Title run.
  • After a whole year away from Japan, the IWGP Tag Team Titles are returned at Wrestle Kingdom IV as Team 3D are defeated by No Limit, Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro Tanahashi!
  • Shortly After… Hogan & Bischoff arrive and ruin everything! Creating such classics as Team 3D vs The Nasty Boyz or Team 3D vs The Outsiders before finishing their run at TNA’s ECW One Night Stand aping, Hardcore Justice vs Axl Rotten & Balls “Kahoneys”!
  • After some contract negotiations, Team 3D “retire” only for SWERVE “Bully” Ray to turn heel on his brother Devon and beat him at Genesis & Against All Odds 2011!
  • Bully Ray then moves up the card as a singles competitor, joining Hogan’s IMMORTAL stable and defeating AJ Styles in impressive fashion in a Last Man Standing match at Slammiversary IX!
  • in 2012, Devon would return from some time away and emerge as the “Sargeant at Arms” of the newly formed biker gang stable Aces & Eights! Meanwhile, Bully Ray enters an on-screen relationship with Brooke Hogan only for SWERVE Bully to be the mastermind behind Aces & Eights all along and winning the TNA World Heavyweight Title from Jeff Hardy at Lockdown 2013!
  • Bully would hold onto the title throughout the summer, defeating the likes of Sting and Mr. Anderson (lol) before dropping to AJ Styles at Bound For Glory 2013!
  • TEAM 3D are inducted to the TNA Hall of Fame as their contracts wind down in 2014, defeating Abyss & Tommy Dreamer the day after at TNA/Wrestle-1 Bound For Glory in Japan!
  • At Royal Rumble 2015, Bubba Ray makes his first appearance on WWE TV in just under 10 years as a surprise entrant on what was meant to be a one-off deal!
  • However, on the RAW after Summerslam, the Dudleys return on a one-year deal and… enter a shitey feud with The New Day that mostly ends in dusty finishes!
  • The Dudleys then form an ECW reunion team with Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno to… job out to the Wyatt Family! (TLC 2015)
  • By the time 2016 rolls around everyone realises maybe this wasn’t such a great idea as The Dudleys are relegated to pre-show dark matches for the rest of their tenure!
  • TEAM 3D would perform at ICW’s Fear and Loathing IX at The Glasgow Hydro in what would be Devon’s retirement, Bully Ray would work for Ring of Honor sporadically after, winning the 6-man Tag Titles with The Briscoes (oof) vs Bullet Club’s Hangman Page and the Geurellas of Destiny and later LiJ’s EVIL, BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito in Liverpool as well as the inaugural ALL IN show!
  • The Dudleys are inducted to the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame.

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And for this week’s bonus, we’ve covered Gangrel, Rhyno (still open btw) & Lita, let’s cover the third and final associate to round out these teams, IT’S LITTLE SPIKE DUDLEY!

How Good Was L.S.D?
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As with E&C as a team, I really missed the boat on these guys.

The throwing women through tables thing is… very attitude era, and the ECW version where they have about 20 other siblings with one note gimmicks is too much for my liking, but the core 2 + Spike makes a decent trio. Going with what feels to me like a generous 4 as 3 is probably a bit mean given what they achieved.

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Oh and a 3 for Spike because he’s mostly a one note gimmick, albeit an interesting one that bounces off the other two fairly nicely.

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yeah also going a 4 for similar reasons. They’re arguably the greatest/most successful team of all time, but they were never really my guys. 5 for Spike though obviously :smiley:

also did you ever notice how their theme is just Sabotage by Beastie Boys

3 for me. A key part of that scene, and had their cool spots, but didn’t pop me like the Hardyz and weren’t as funny looking back as Edge and Christian. Although everyone loved a prop back then, the table really was central to their appeal, but they never even did anything creative with them. Already been mentioned, but ‘man who is aroused by putting women through tables’ was a fucking weird gimmick that I never enjoyed.

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Can’t believe the Bushwhackers didn’t get a spin off poll

For what?

On balance Dudleys are probably my favourite team overall. Their longevity and the excitement they brought to matches without being outright spot monkeys or deathmatch guys was unparalleled at their best imho. They added just enough unpredictability to make things interesting at all times.
Yes they had their predictable routines, but the whassup groin headbutt, the ‘get the tables’ and the 3D were all actual highlights of the show right the way through into their runs.
In ECW they were absolute killers, but Vince booked them very well at the height of the Attitude era too. They weren’t always the tag champs but they were the team that could believably mix it up with the top, top stars in the business. So often they’d be in the main events against yer Rocks and Austin’s etc and booked in a way that the Hardys and E&C just weren’t. Especially during the (albeit deeply flawed) Invasion, they and RVD were practically the only folks taken seriously from that side of the angle. The whole Bubba-hates-women thing from 2000 has not aged well at all but it got them over as fuck.
Spike was a trailblazer too in his own way, of the jobber who’s tough enough to get the odd underdog win. He was kooky enough to have genuine babyface sympathy too. Also another great finisher.
Believable against other big guy teams but really shone against cruiserweights, Hardyz, E&C, the entirety of tna’s X division, etc.

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Being part of the Dudley Family

Well I didn’t know that, on the account of hating the bushwhackers :wink:

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Yep, obviously

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Ah yes, that stuff

one of my fav bits of ecw

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For the Bushwhackers, can we have a new scoring made available, just for them, of -5?

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