Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wrestling With Rosenberg: Bully Ray
Media personality Peter Rosenberg interviewed the (then) TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray. Bully Ray is the former ECW & WWE tag team standout Bubba Ray Dudley, who has reinvented himself over the last few years into being one of the top singles stars in the number 2 promotion in the world.
I've talked to a few friends who haven't watched much TNA aside from a casual basis, so they really don't know much about the promotion. If you haven't seen much TNA over the last few years, the biggest surprise of that time has been the transformation of Bully Ray from fun-loving fan favorite into dastardly villain. The biggest transformation is addressed in the first few minutes of the video - at his peak, Ray was 401 lbs and was around 325 lbs during his WWE prime, but got up to 365 in TNA before getting down to around 250 lbs at the present time.
The interview is a good look into wrestling psychology - what makes a wrestler be a successful good or bad guy and why things work. Bully Ray has a good mind for the wrestling industry and tells stories about the time he told Vince McMahon a certain idea wasn't going to work - and why it ultimately didn't - and talked about a multitude of other wrestlers ranging from Gail Kim (who Rays says isn't just a good girl wrestler - she's one of the best wrestlers around period) to Mark Henry.
If you like wrestling, check it out. If you don't like wrestling, it's an interesting look into something that you don't understand that well. It doesn't hurt to give it a listen.
Click here to see an episode of "Wrestling With Rosenberg" that I posted here last summer featuring the current "It guy" in wrestling, Daniel Bryan.