WWE Hall of Famer and backstage producer D-Von Dudley has recalled The Usos asking to use the Dudley Boys’ 3D finisher.
Jimmy & Jey Uso are currently the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. The duo often finish matches with the ‘1D’, a variation of the 3D, popularised by Bubba Ray (Bully Ray) & D-Von Dudley.
Speaking with The A2theK podcast, D-Von noted that The Usos asked for permission to use the maneuver during a house show, before utilising the move to retain their gold at WWE Day 1 in January.
Explaining why he’s happy for The Usos to use the move, D-Von said:
“They came to me during a live event. I think I was producing it with Jamie Noble, and they had asked me — we would talk and shoot the stuff. When we worked with The Usos, they were talking about when we would hit the 3D on them, and they were like, ‘Yeah, D-Von,’ especially Jey because Jey is so energetic, he’s like, ‘Yeah! We get the 3D, BANG!’
“He was like, ‘I was just talking to my brother the other day, and I was like, why don’t we ask D-Von if we can use the 3D?’
“I said, ‘S**t, it’s an honor and a pleasure to do that for you guys. I wouldn’t have it any other way. If my boys wanted to wrestle, which they are wrestling, but the day they get on the main stage, they’re going to want to use 3D, too,’ I said, ‘But, you can do it now. Nobody else is doing it. Plus, you’re paying homage to me and Bubba.’
“I remember when The Usos used to play with my sons in catering at the events, throwing paper plates like frisbees around, and it’s one of those things. Then, I’m looking across the ring And it’s The Dudleyz versus ,The Usos and I’m like, ‘Wow, talk about the change. ‘Good God, it blew my mind.
“So for them to come to me and ask me, ‘Is it okay if we use The 3D?’ I looked at them and said, F Yeah, but I didn’t say ‘F.’ You know what I said. I said, ‘I would love for you guys to do that.’
“I showed them and told them different things about how to do it. Keep the opponent’s legs closed, and have them stand straight up. Even when he’s coming backward, stay straight, don’t fall backward with them. When they hit it the first time, I was home actually recuperating from back surgery when I saw it.
“I’m watching the pay-per-view, and suddenly, I looked and went, ‘They just hit 3D! Did they just hit 3D?’ I was like, ‘Oh, s**t; they did.’ Then, of course, the fans were like, Oh, ‘I can’t believe that 3D, that’s disrespectful.’
“Then I went on Twitter and said, ‘go f yourselves.’ I go, ‘They asked for permission to use it. They didn’t need to ask, but they asked for permission. They were being nice about it, and they hit it perfectly. Leave these guys alone.’ Let the new generation be what you want us to be back in the day. Because when me and Bubba, and The Hardy Boys, and Edge and Christian came on the scene, nobody believed in us.”
D-Von currently works as a producer for the NXT brand. The Hall of Famer has revealed that he is helping to prepare his sons, Terrence and Terrell Hughes, for potential WWE runs.
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