This week on Monday Night Raw, The Dudley Boyz apparently announced their retirement from the company, only to be attacked at the end of the segment by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. This left many viewers wondering if this supposed departure was legitimate or if it was merely the setup for a feud between the Dudleys and the Gallows. So are the legendary WWE superstars really gone?
Sadly, yes. The Dudley Boyz really did depart the company last night, according to PWInsider. Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley were reportedly in negotiations with the WWE for a new deal, but over the course of the past week, the Dudleys decided they would not finalize the deal and would instead be leaving World Wrestling Entertainment.
The Anderson and Gallows attack was reportedly just meant to put heat on them, seeing as they wrecked an otherwise nice and emotional dedication to two industry veterans. It also served a dual purpose of leaving open some opportunity for a future Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley storyline if they were to decide to return someday. That is not the immediate plan, however.
For now, the Dudleys have ridden off into the sunset, and the entire locker room reportedly gave them a standing ovation last night after Raw. Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley have been wrestling since 1996, first debuting with ECW and later heading to WWF and then TNA. They recently had a match with Sami Zayn and Neville at SummerSlam.
After Monday Night Raw, Bubba Ray Dudley took to Twitter to write, “Our work here is done.”