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D-Von Dudley Recalls Wanting To Work With Apollo Crews Before Retiring

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As one half of the legendary tag team The Dudley Boyz, D-Von Dudley has experienced almost everything that there is to experience in the world of professional wrestling.

The tag team star won championships wherever he competed throughout his career and shared the ring with some of the world’s best performers.

However, while D-Von hasn’t wrestled a match since the summer of 2016, he’s now revealed which WWE Superstar he wanted to work with before he transitioned in a backstage role.

Speaking to JFO in the RING, D-Von said that he pitched to work alongside Apollo Crews before moving away from in-ring competition. The legend of the Tables Match explained that he thought he could help establish Crews in WWE.

“I wanted to work with Apollo… Bubba went his way and I stayed with WWE. I wasn’t ready to become a producer. I still wanted to wrestle. When I was told ‘no’ and they wanted me as a producer, not as talent, I took the job. I was hearing certain rumblings that Apollo needed to step it up and give it his all and give him that little push. I remember that I volunteered. ‘let me tag with Apollo and help him out.’ I did the same thing with Batista and so many other guys over the years. I thought it would be a great thing to do. I was told ‘no.’ They put him with Titus O’Neil and Titus Worldwide. The opportunity was gone and I was like, ‘Damn.’ I think me and Apollo could’ve done great things, but they said ‘no.'”

In recent months D-Von has opened up about his recent health struggles which saw him suffer a stroke towards the end of 2020. Thankfully however, D-Von feels he has recovered to 85-90% adding that he believes that staying in shape has helped his recovery.

Although the former ECW, WWE and IMPACT star hasn’t competed inside the ring for five years, he has suggested that he would like to come out of retirement, maybe even competing in the 2022 Royal Rumble.

Meanwhile, Apollo is currently enjoying the most fruitful run of his WWE career, winning the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania 37.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.