TNA's Bully Ray on Reinventing Himself, Pissing People Off, and Brother Devon's Departure
Bully Ray is a major asshole. And wrestling fans love to hate him. Every week on Total Nonstop Action's weekly TV show Impact Wrestling on Spike, the 41-year-old ring veteran portrays a bad-ass, loudmouthed thug who roughs up TNA's heroes and gets under the skin of the audience and gets plenty of boos in response.
Courtesy of TNA TNA villain Bully Ray
He's been doing that sort of thing for years, whether it was during his stint in Extreme Championship Wrestling or World Wrestling Entertainment as one-half of the legendary tag team The Dudley Boys. Jackalope Ranch recently spoke with Bully Ray about the transformation of his character, his feelings about his former partner Devon, and TNA's big pay-per-view event Bound for Glory, which takes place this Sunday at Grand Canyon University Arena.
You've reinvented yourself over the past year, going from a goofy tweener to a badass thug. How come?
Well, you have to reinvent yourself in this business. I was part of the most successful tag team in the history of pro wrestling, other than the Road Warriors, for 15 years. Twenty-three major world tag team titles and I've done just about everything you could possibly do as a tag team on the planet.
So when you decide to venture off and go into a singles career, you gotta do something drastic and you gotta do something quick. You gotta make people forget that you were the part of a tag team. In only a short amount of time, I've gone from one of the most successful tag team guys of all time to an extremely successful singles competitor in just about a year and a half.
Courtesy of TNA Bully Ray doing what he does best: Pissing off people using a microphone.
You've cut some killer promos in wrestling and are probably one of the biggest assholes in the business. What's been the key to getting people to hate you?
How do I get people to get pissed off and hate me? It's just me. There's no acting, there's no nothing. What you see is what you get. What you see on TV is the way I am in real life. You don't like me? I don't care. I don't care if people like me, I don't care if people hate me, love me, wanna name their first born after me, wanna throw a brick through my window. Don't give a damn. You gotta respect me for what I've done. This is real personality. When you hear me...I don't cut promos. I just talk. I just say what comes into my mind. What you saw in ECW, what you saw in WWE...In WWE, I didn't have as much time to really get [things] off my chest what I wanted to. in TNA, I do. There's no character here, buddy. No character, whatsoever.
You just recently signed a two-year contract for TNA. Were the negotiations difficult?
My business negotiations with TNA is my business and my business only. The only thing that you need to do is watch me on TV and pay-per-view.