D-Von Dudley has paid tribute to Triple H for the role he played in getting him a position as a backstage producer for WWE.
Alongside Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley carved out an iconic career in tag team wrestling. During over 25 years in the industry, he was involved in some of the most innovative matches of all time as well as having a glittering career with championship belts held across multiple major promotions.
Rising to prominence in ECW during the mid-1990’s, The Dudley Boyz made the move to WWE in 1999 where many of their most well-known matches took place. Their early rivalry with The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian led to the iconic TLC match at SummerSlam 2000 which still stands the test of time.
As his in-ring career wound down, D-Von Dudley was hired by WWE as a backstage producer which, in a recent discussion on his Table Talk podcast, the Hall Of Famer credited to Triple H making sure happened.
Well, one of the things I like to say is Triple H knew what he was doing. What he did for NXT was truly amazing. So at the Hall of Fame this year, when Triple H came out to sit down, and the fans were saying ‘Thank you Hunter’, I thought it was great. I kind of got goosebumps because when Bubba and I were no longer going to be with WWE, Hunter gave me the opportunity to be a producer backstage.
D-Von Dudley went on to explain that he had the opportunity to continue wrestling, however he didn’t want to do so outside WWE so the opportunity made sense.
Listen, I could have left and gone elsewhere. Me and Bubba could have still probably been together, maybe went to ROH and wrestled there, but I didn’t want to wrestle anywhere else but WWE.
But still, Hunter knew that, and Hunter came to me right before me and Bubba went out and said, ‘Listen, I have an opportunity for you to be a producer.’ At first, I didn’t want to do it because I wanted to wrestle. He said, ‘Well, we have this opportunity. What would you like to do’, and I said, ‘Well, I have no other choice.’
With thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.