Bully Ray on Why He’s Still with TNA, a Feud Against CM Punk and More


– WEII.com recently spoke with Bully Ray to promote TNA’s Hardcore Justice pay-per-view taping in Lowell, MA this Sunday night. Here are some highlights:

Having old school respect for the business:
“??I am the last of a dying breed. ??the last of the old-school pro wrestlers. I have the old-school respect for the industry. I think old school in and out of the ring. A lot of these guys coming out of wrestling school today, they ask when they’??re going to be on TV. Nobody wants to pay their dues any more. ‘??Pay your dues,’?? there’??s three words every young wrestler should have emblazoned in their forehead. Pay your dues, get out on the road, go live in your car, go eat bologna and cheese sandwiches, go struggle and make no money. When you finally get some success, you’??ll appreciate it a whole lot more.”

Why he’s stayed in TNA:
“The reason I stayed in TNA is because, right now, it’??s the best business decision for me. It’??s a good fit for me. I always make my decisions based on business. At the end of the day, this is the wrestling business. I also like the younger guys that are here in TNA, and I’??d like to help some of those guys move forward with their futures.”

TNA vs. WWE:
“??Why would you want to watch TNA over a John Cena-Randy Orton match?. ??I’??m really not sure. I find John Cena’??s matches very entertaining, and I find Randy Orton’??s matches very entertaining. I also know, if you watch Bobby Roode and AJ Styles, or Samoa Joe and Austin Aries, you’??re going to be even more entertained by watching those guys.”

Who would his dream match be against?
“Bully Ray vs. CM Punk would be the match. ??Paul Heyman has told me directly that me and Punk standing across from one another with a microphone in our hands would be deadly. Given the opportunity to have absolutely no restrictions on what we’??d say and to just go at it, you’??d be looking at the two guys who can spit venom better than anybody else out there in the industry. And I know we could back it up in the ring.”

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  1. i get tired of hearing about what these young kids are not doing. all i hear is negative stuff about sports today and the athletes of today. the problem is that we are not teaching them and mentoring them the way we were taught. we are so jealous that the doors we opened for them are making things easier for them. so instead of being proud of what we have done, we are jealous that they have more than we have. this i am old school line, is nothing but a way of saying i am jealous. being old school is a played out line. instead of complaining about the kids. teach them the right way of doing things.

      • maybe i will, and maybe i can teach your mother what your daddy/uncle forgot to teach her. who do you really think you are. people like you are funny, because they will hide behind and computer. yet when it comes to face to face they are nothing but punks.

    • I guess you could look at it like that if you are judging from today’s standards. It’s quite boring to me unless you go to places like ROH and other indys. It’s not the young guys but the WWE. I’m alone in this but who cares. That organization use to be exciting and Vince delivered what he promised. He knew he had to step up his game to beat WCW but when he bought out everyone he got lazy. The WWE throws money at people and turns them in to reality type actors. Places like ROH don’t have the money or the exposure so people do it because they love it. They pour their hearts out match after match. Old school isn’t just a tradition it’s a heart. Young indy people have lots of heart. It’s not jealousy it’s what matters.


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