He spent the weekend telling crowds at every stop on Ring of Honor (ROH) and New Japan’s Global Wars tour he was likely hanging up his boots after a head injury at Death Before Dishonor XV last month. And while he got a little more involved in the action at the internet pay-per-view (iPPV) in Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 15 which closed the tour, his messaging stayed the same.
After The Addiction defeated KUSHIDA and Cheeseburger in a tag match early on in the show, Frankie Kazarian threatened to put Cheeseburger through a table before Ray hit the ring to make the save, and sent Kaz through it instead:
That was followed with a speech similar to the one he delivered in Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Columbus. Here, in addition to telling the crowd it’s “about that time” for his career, the ECW legend brought a child to the ring and (you thought I was gonna say “put him through a table”, didn’t you?) told the young man he represented all the fans Bully’s worked in front of throughout his life.
He gave the kid a piece of the table, claiming it would be the last one he’d ever break:
While it seems unlikely the former Bubba Ray Dudley won’t return to a ROH or WWE ring at some point for a similar crowd-pleasing, non-contact spot, this does feel like the end of an era and not a work.
ROH COO Joe Koff told WrestleZone, “Bully’s health is the most important thing in the world to us. His statement was serious and we take it seriously,” and Ray again tweeted out what sounded like a farewell after the show:
But... it doesn’t count without a “D-VON, GET THE...” before it happens.