Not long after exiting the WWE, one Hall of Famer is already teasing a return to the squared circle.
D-Von Dudley worked in a backstage capacity for WWE for some time, most recently serving as a coach in NXT. In mid-January, Dudley announced in a series of tweets that he was leaving the company, stating that his exit from the sports entertainment giant is in the best interest of all parties involved. He thanked Triple H and Vince McMahon along with Stephanie McMahon, who recently announced her own resignation.
D-Von Dudley Says One Thing About His WWE Exit Broke His Heart
During a virtual signing hosted by Signed by Superstars, the WWE Hall of Famer opened up about his exit from the sports entertainment giant, saying that working with NXT was special and
“I’m gonna be honest with you, I loved NXT. Don’t get me wrong, I love the main roster but NXT was something special and if you have anybody who’s an inspiring wrestler and who’s on the indie circuit, you should really try to go to NXT. Try to get Matt Bloom and Shawn Michaels to look at you because when you get there, it’s not like anything else in the world. It’s a family-oriented deal, I love it, the kids are great, the producers are great.
“Just everything about NXT was wonderful so that was the one thing that broke my heart when I left was because I was gonna miss those guys… Norman [Smiley is] still there, Fit Finlay, Robbie Brookside. I mean there’s a whole host of guys that’s still there that are running the show. I loved it there. It was sad for me to leave but, you know, we had to do what we had to do.”
Continuing, Dudley reflected on the possibility of returning to the ring after undergoing back surgery in February of 2022.
“Do I have one more match in me? Possibly. I do have to get cleared by the doctor first… Because remember, I had back surgery on February 15th. I had three discs removed and put into bolts and screws so I’m definitely dealing with that right now. I feel great, I’m back in the gym, I’m doing what I gotta do and I just gotta be able to move around the way I used to in order for me to get back in the ring again.”