D-Von Dudley, half of one of the most successful tag teams in wrestling history, has announced his official retirement from physicality in the ring.
During the latest episode of his “Table Talk” podcast, D-von stated the following:
“Even though I was a little frustrated about not continuing to wrestle for that one more year that I wanted, I’m extremely happy now being a producer and not wrestling. I have officially hung it up, I’m done. Except for different appearances that they may want me to do on the show, but no more wrestling. No more fighting for the titles. None of that anymore. I’m done. I’m officially done.”
“I’ve had my fifteen minutes of fame and it was a good ride. It really was. The old timers used to tell me don’t blink, because when you do it’s over. It goes that fast. And it did feel like it went really, really fast.
But a twenty-eight year career, always being on top and never taking a break, regardless of the injuries or anything like that. We did it. And I think Bubba said it best during our Hall of Fame speech. We did it our way. We went out there and conquered. We became synonymous in terms of using our name when tag team wrestling comes up. We will always be put in with some of the best and arguably some people will say we were the best.
I’m just happy that when you do mention tag teams, the Dudley Boyz names come up.”
D-Von Dudley shifted from WWE wrestler to backstage producer in September of 2016. His last match took place in December of the same year at an HOG event when he teamed with Bully Ray against Santana and Ortiz, The Hardy Boyz and Private Party.
After the announcement, Dudley’s co-host on the show asks when he plans to pull a Terry Funk and come out of retirement. “If that happens please shoot me,” D-Von jokingly replies before talking up how excited he is about the second chapter of his career.
CLICK HERE to listen to the announcement on his podcast.
UPDATE: Regarding confusion over the retirement, as it seemed he had already done so in the past, the show’s host passed along the following statement:
“D-Von did retire years back. From full-time competition. But, as stated on previous episodes, he was always willing to return for the right storyline or angle. This week, that willingness changed, and as you can hear for yourself in our latest episode, he called it quits on the physicality. D-Von invites everyone to check out next week’s episode of Table Talk where he promises to address the confusion.”