During the glory days of ECW, the most despised villain wasn’t in pay-per-view main events competing for a singles championship against the organization’s top hero. The personalities who earned the fans’ most intense ire were a tag team: those damn Dudleys.
Bubba Ray and D-Von emerged as the standouts from a family of several other Dudley half-brothers. Together, the duo’s venom was unmatched as they incited riots by erupting a volcano of hostility toward their foes and fans alike. For all of the verbal punishment the Dudleys administered, they backed it up in the ring. Bubba and D-Von were crowned ECW Tag Team Champions on a record eight occasions, and opponents unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of a Dudley Death Drop — through a flaming table or not — were never the same.
ECW afforded The Dudley Boyz the platform to hone their craft en route to becoming the most decorated tag team in wrestling history. But that doesn’t mean we have to like them. — Z.L.
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