The Dudley BoyzBio

The Dudley Boyz were never supposed to be the most successful tag team of all time. When a family of bumbling, bespectacled Dudleys debuted in ECW during summer 1995, they were a goofy alternative to the Philadelphia-based organization’s more hardcore fare. But in November of that year, the Dudley clan gained a bruiser in Bubba Ray.

Bubba began teaming with his relatives, including Chubby Dudley, Snot Dudley, Dances with Dudley and Dudley Dudley, but in 1996, a new brother known as D-Von actively displayed his disapproval with these dorkier Dudleys. D-Von ridded ECW of the goofballs and united with Bubba Ray to form an unstoppable force that would last for nearly 20 years. In spring 1997, The Dudley Boyz unseated The Eliminators to win their first of a record eight ECW Tag Team Championships.

Over the following two and a half years, the brothers employed their Dudley Death Drop to devastate rivals like The Gangstas, Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman and their little brother, Spike Dudley. But D-Von and Bubba Ray weren’t satisfied with just winning matches. The tie-dyed thugs incited riots — most notably at the Elks Lodge in Queens, N.Y. — by spewing a brand of vitriolic hostility never before seen in a wrestling ring.

In late 1999, Bubba and D-Von said “WHASSAAP?!” to WWE, where they instantly targeted top tandems like The New Age Outlaws and The Acolytes. Initially bringing villainy to WWE, those damn Dudleys eventually became fan favorites thanks to their unique table-smashing antics. But it was their rivalry with two other tag teams — The Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian — that catapulted The Dudley Boyz to superstardom. The three risk-taking duos competed in a trilogy of genre-defining Ladder Matches that set the standard not only for that stipulation, but also for tag bouts in general.

After WWE acquired WCW in 2001, an influx of new talent didn’t stop the Dudleys from winning. They captured a total of eight World Tag Team Championships — one more than Edge & Christian — plus one reign as WWE Tag Team Champions when they became the first team to hold both of WWE’s sanctioned tag titles.

In October 2001, Bubba and D-Von won the WCW Tag Team Championships to become the first and only team to win the tag titles of all three major organizations. At Survivor Series of that year, The Alliance was defeated, but The Dudley Boyz stood tall. In a brutal Steel Cage Match against longtime rivals The Hardy Boyz, Bubba and D-Von unified the WCW and World Tag Team Championships and are recognized as the final WCW Tag Team Champions.

The Dudley Boyz have wrestled in nearly every major organization and dominated each one. Whether fans embraced their antics or despised their vile malice, the Dudleys won no matter where they went.