As I said before, Saturday night was a big night for Ring of Honor.
Aside from signing Matt and Jeff Hardy the promotion apparently signed one-half of another legendary tag team.
Bubba Ray Dudley, going by Bully Ray as he did with TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, made an appearance at the Manhattan Mayhem VI PPV and choke slammed ROH champion Adam Cole through a table.
— Hash Bro Jones (@hashbrojones) March 5, 2017
Bully Ray then cut a promo announcing that he’d received a few offers but ultimately decided to take the ROH pitch since the passions from the wrestlers and fans reminds him of ECW. This all while the crowed chanted ‘FUCK TNA’.
Ending of ROH Manhattan Mayhem https://t.co/4qT4Hr09Eo
— Dan Ryckert (@DanRyckert) March 5, 2017
Below is a transcript of the promo via TPWW.net:
You know, last week on Twitter Matt Hardy said it was gonna be a very interesting week in the wrestling business. And I think this has been a pretty interesting night, hasn’t it?
For the past couple of months, I’ve been kinda sitting at home with a couple of different offers that came my way. (Crowd chants “Fuck TNA”) And that’s the reason I didn’t take their offer. (Crowd cheers) There was another offer on the table. And then there was a Ring of Honor offer on the table.
I gotta tell you guys something. For 15 years, I have really enjoyed Ring of Honor because Ring of Honor reminds me of a company that is very special to me. (Crowd chants “ECW”) That company had so much passion. The wrestlers had so much passion. The fans had so much passion. And the only company that has been able to catch that lightning in a bottle is Ring of Honor. But I had never been to an ROH show, so I figured what better night than tonight in my home town. And just as a reminder, you don’t pull out a table in NYC unless you’re a Dudley or Team 3D.
If I were to come to Ring of Honor, I wouldn’t come here because I wanted to be a tag team champion. I wouldn’t come here because I wanted to be the world heavyweight champion. I wouldn’t come here because I want to be one of those veterans who just steals money from a wrestling company. I wouldn’t come here because I was gonna try to take one of your spots or any other wrestler’s spots. I wouldn’t come here just to tell you guys what to do. If I came to Ring of Honor, it’s because I genuinely want to. When I retire, I want to be able to say that I fought for Ring of Honor.
So what do you guys think? (Crowd cheers) You think this is a good idea? You think this will work? Is Joe Koff here? The head honcho, where are you? When Joe Koff is here, I just want to ask him one question. Do you know who I am? I’m Bully Ray and as of right now, I’m in Ring of Honor.
There’s not word on how long the deal is expected to be. Unlike Matt and Jeff Hardy there doesn’t seem to be any interest by WWE in bringing any one of the Dudley’s back, at least not right right now. So with that in mind Bubba Ray’s stay in ROH could very well be for more than just a month.