Bubba Ray Dudley has recalled a time when a hot tag didn’t quite live up to the reception from the crowd at a Madison Square Garden house show.
Dudley was a guest on ‘Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw‘ when he recounted a match he had with the APA – Farooq and Bradshaw – and Edge and Christian where a ‘hot tag’ spot went awry.
“It might have been our first show ever at the Garden. It’s a house show, it’s the Dudleys, the APA, and Edge and Christian. The APA eliminate Edge and Christian, heat on D-Von (go figure), and Bubba’s gonna get the hot tag. I got my family there, I got my fraternity brothers from college there, the APA are heels, we’re white hot babyfaces at the time, 20,000 people and rumbling are the Garden. They do a double down, D-Von’s crawling over, D-Von gives me the hot tag, the place blows, I come in… I trip over the middle rope.”
Bradshaw then chimed in to tell the story from his point of view, saying the multi-time Tag Team Champion didn’t “just trip over the middle rope”.
“He doesn’t just trip over the middle rope. So, I fed him from the other side, Ron hits me with a tag and I’m crawling in with my head down, I’m gonna feed straight into a punch or something and take a bump. So I’m rushing across the ring because I know Bubba’s gonna get in pretty quick and as I do, Bubba doesn’t even catch himself, he falls face-first on the mat at my feet!”
While that particular match didn’t go too well for Bubba Ray Dudley, he and D-Von went on to have a legendary career, winning the WWE Tag Team Championships a total of nine times and being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2018.