Bully Ray has won championship gold across the world. He’s a nine-time WWE Tag Team Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, but despite that, he admits he isn’t a good wrestler.
Professional wrestling stands out among other sports as it provides a place where athletes of varying abilities and body types can make a living and be successful. The variety show that is professional wrestling creates opportunities for performers that simply don’t exist in other lines of work. Bully Ray, also known as Bubba Ray Duddy, says he took advantage of this.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, the WWE Hall of Famer said that he has always been very aware he was never a “good” wrestler such as Dean Malenko or Eddie Guerrero. Instead, he realised he could use a strong character and storytelling to mask these weaknesses and still be successful.
“I am very much a perfectionist when it comes to my business, my livelihood, wrestling, I’ve always been that way. When I say that I am not a very good wrestler, I’m not kidding. So I don’t, a lot of stuff that the guys today do, or the great mat wrestlers, when you think of guys like a Malenko, like a Guerrero, I never had that ability, I never had that skill.
What I was good at was the storytelling and the character and the smoke and mirrors and the use of everything else at my disposal to create something that might be more interesting than just a regular wrestling match. So I play to my strengths, I know what my weaknesses are, I try to keep them by my side. That is the beauty of this business, you don’t have to do what you are not good at doing.”
Bubba Ray Was “Burned Out” After Becoming Enhancement Talent
During the same interview, the star revealed that he became burned out during his final WWE run alongside D-Von Dudley as The Dudley Boyz. Bubba Ray said that while he was initially fine with being an enhancement talent and putting others over, it eventually wore him down.
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