WWE Hall Of Famer Addresses WrestleMania 40 Absence

WWE Hall Of Famer Addresses WrestleMania 40 Absence WWE

WWE Hall of Famer D-Von Dudley has addressed his WrestleMania 40 absence following Bubba Ray Dudley’s appearance.

At the WWE Hall of Fame 2024, Paul Heyman was honored as the headline inductee with his former stars from ECW in attendance, such as Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer and The Dudley Boys.

At WrestleMania 40 Night Two, Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits defeated The Final Testament’s Karrion Kross and Authors of Pain in a Philadelphia Street Fight with Bubba Ray Dudley as special guest referee.

Many fans wondered where D-Von Dudley was during this appearance with his famed tag team partner having a big role for the event.

Speaking to Gabby LaSpisa, D-Von Dudley joked that it would have taken him a full decade to walk down the ramp at WrestleMania 40. He said:

“I thought it was great. I would’ve loved to be out there, people have to understand, sometimes the body doesn’t move the way it wants to.”

“We had wrestled at the ECW Arena like two or three nights prior to WrestleMania. I’m not really in the ring like that much anymore, so at the end of the match, I’m shutting down, like my back and legs were killing me.”

“I had someone ask me, ‘Why weren’t you there?’ I said, ‘Man, if I would’ve walked down that ramp, it would’ve been WrestleMania 50 by the time I got to the bottom of it. I was sore as hell man.”

“We didn’t even do that much at ECW arena with Tommy Dreamer and Onita, but it was enough where I was sore the next two or three days.”

“Certain things like that, I love it when Bubba represents the family and goes out there and does what we does.”

“The great thing is that people were chanting, ‘Where’s D’Von?’ That’s even better, it’s not like I’m being forgotten.”

It remains to be seen if Bubba Ray or D-Von Dudley will be used on WWE TV moving forward at the time of this writing.

D-Von still works as a WWE producer, while Bubba Ray’s WrestleMania 40 appearance seems to have been a one-off at this point.

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