WWE Hall Of Famer Bully Ray has revealed that he turned down an offer from Vince McMahon to be a producer saying he’d feel “stifled” in the current WWE.
Bully Ray – who competed in WWE for many years as Bubba Ray Dudley – discussed being offered a backstage role by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon with fellow WWE Hall Of Famers Gerald Brisco and JBL on Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw.
Ray explained why he turned down the role, saying that he doesn’t feel that producers or wrestlers get the same freedom to have creative input as in days gone by:
“Vince has offered me a position in the past. He has told me, ‘When you’re ready, I’d love to have you here as a producer.’ I don’t think the job is the same job it used to be when you [Gerald Brisco] were a producer or an agent. I believe the producers and agents now just kind of carry the marching orders of creative to the boys, and I don’t think the boys have as much input into things these days.”
“I do consider myself creative and if I don’t feel like that creativity can be put to work, for the guys and the girls putting their matches together, I kind of feel stifled. I would try it one day. It’s just it seems different than when you [Gerald Brisco] and Pat [Patterson] and Jack [Lanza] and Michael [Hayes] and the agents that I grew up on and worked with than they are today.”
Bully Ray and partner D-Von returned as The Dudley Boyz to WWE in 2015 following several years away where they cemented their legacy as one of wrestling’s greatest tag teams in TNA. They stayed active as WWE Superstars until announcing their departure one day after SummerSlam 2016. Bully Ray headed to Ring Of Honor while D-Von Dudley did choose to stay with WWE and still works as a producer there to this day.