D-Von Dudley has recalled Stephanie McMahon going out of her way to make contact with him when he was struggling with his health.
A multi-time Tag Team Champion in plenty of promotions, D-Von Dudley’s connection with the WWE goes back decades, having originally signed for the company alongside Bubba Ray in 1999. They became one of the most dominant duos of the Attitude Era, having memorable collisions with the likes of Edge & Christian and The Hardy Boyz.
Originally leaving the company in 2005, D-Von Dudley returned ten years later, and would go on to having a backstage role including coaching for NXT once his time in the ring came to an end.
In recent years he has suffered from a number of health complications, including having a stroke in 2021.
In a discussion on The A2theK Wrestling Show, D-Von Dudley opened up on the heartwarming message he received from Stephanie McMahon during that difficult time.
When I had my stroke about two years ago, Stephanie called me on the phone. At the time, I was with the doctors because I just had brain surgery as well because they had to break up the blood clot in the brain. So I didn’t have my phone with me,
Stephanie called me twice because she had just spoken to my wife and said, “Devon, I keep missing you; I’m sorry.” She was like your wife told me you were okay, but I’m not gonna stop calling you until I hear it from your mouth personally. Stephanie didn’t have to do that, but she did.
D-Von continued, comparing the new WWE Chairwoman to her father, Vince McMahon.
I admire Stephanie a lot. I think she’s a fantastic woman, and she’s just as business savvy and sense as her father [Vince McMahon] does. Lot of people say you don’t wanna piss Vince off, but I’ll say you don’t wanna piss Stephanie off. You ever see Stephanie in the ring when she slaps? Those slaps are for real.
Stephanie McMahon took a leave of absence from WWE for a short time, before returning to replace her father upon his retirement.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.