TNA's Bully Ray on Reinventing Himself, Pissing People Off, and Brother Devon's Departure


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Bully Ray on his neck chain: "Strippers like it."
Once you win the TNA title, then what?
Once I get the TNA title, that's when I get to do what I said I wanted to do from day one. Sit back and watch the shock on people's faces. The horror that somebody that they never thought could ever become the world heavyweight champion did exactly what he said. It's not about money, it's not about titles, it's just doing what I want to do and pissing people off and upsetting the wrestling world. That's what actually brings me real satisfaction. And banging strippers.

And how often do you get to do that?
At least once a week.

What are the drawbacks of doing that?
Banging strippers? Venereal disease. Haven't you ever banged a stripper before?

Um...Were you inspired to...
Wait a minute, you didn't answer my question.

No, I haven't banged a stripper.
Oh, okay. That's your loss. Next question.

Does the chain around your neck ever get in the way?
Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, the strippers like it.

Were you inspired by some of the biggest assholes in wrestling when creating your character, whether it was Ric Flair or Paul Heyman or someone like that?
No one has ever inspired me in wrestling. I grew up watching certain products and appreciating cetain products more than others. If you're asking me to talk about guys who I gravitated towards, yes, guys like Terry Funk, teams like the Road Warriors, absolutely. That's who I grew up appreciating and watching the most.

Would you ever go back to WWE? And do you think your new character could get over in WWE?
Pro wrestling is a business just like any other business, and you always go where the best opportunities and the best money is. So whenever it comes time to negotiate, I always leave myself open to make whatever the best decision is in my world, in my best interest. Sticking with TNA right now was in my best interest. When my contract is up with TNA, you never know. I might retire, I could end up with another company. You never know where you're going to end up and you never know if a company's gonna still want you around. So you always leave things open-ended. It's a smart move.

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