WWE Hall Of Famer D-Von Dudley has revealed that his job as a backstage producer in the company came about thanks to Triple H.
In a career spanning almost 25 years, D-Von Dudley competed in some of the most chaotic, destructive an innovative matches of all-time. Alongside his ‘brother’ Bubba Ray Dudley, the two men established themselves as one of the most hardcore and successful tag teams in history.
After becoming mainstays in ECW throughout the mid-1990’s the duo moved to WWE in 1999. They later engaged in rivalries with both The Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian, doing battle in a series of legendary matches often involving their beloved tables. The three teams famously competed in the first two TLC matches which are still revered to this day.
As things wound down in the ring for The Dudley Boyz, D-Von was offered the opportunity to move backstage in a role with WWE. Speaking on his Table Talk podcast, D-Von revealed that the offer came about thanks to Triple H:
“Well, one of the things I like to say is Triple H knew what he was doing. What he did for NXT was truly amazing. So at the Hall of Fame this year, when Triple H came out to sit down, and the fans were saying ‘Thank you Hunter’, I thought it was great. I kind of got goosebumps because when Bubba and I were no longer going to be with WWE, Hunter gave me the opportunity to be a producer backstage.”
Following on, D-Von Dudley said he could have left the company as Bubba Ray did but D-Von did not want to compete outside WWE:
“Listen, I could have left and gone elsewhere. Me and Bubba could have still probably been together, maybe went to ROH and wrestled there, but I didn’t want to wrestle anywhere else but WWE.”
“But still, Hunter knew that, and Hunter came to me right before me and Bubba went out and said, ‘Listen, I have an opportunity for you to be a producer.’ At first, I didn’t want to do it because I wanted to wrestle. He said, ‘Well, we have this opportunity. What would you like to do’, and I said, ‘Well, I have no other choice.’”