D-Von Dudley Officially Confirms In-Ring Retirement

The WWE Hall of Famer hasn't wrestled since 2016...

D-Von Dudley, a member of the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame class, and holder of Tag Team titles in every major modern-era promotion with Dudley Boyz "half-brother" Bubba Ray, officially confirmed his retirement from the ring this week.

The 47-year-old ECW original made the news official on the Table Talk podcast, saying, "Even though I am a little frustrated, I was a little frustrated of not continuing to wrestle for that one more year that I wanted, I’m extremely happy now being a producer and not wrestling. 

"I am officially announcing I've hung it up, except for different appearances that they may want me to do on the show, but no more wrestling. No more fighting for the titles, none of that anymore. I’m done. I’m officially done."

The real-life Devon Hughes is happy with what he was able to accomplish in his long career, adding, "I think Bubba said it best during our Hall of Fame speech. We did it our way. We went out there and we conquered and we became synonymous in terms of using our name when tag team wrestling comes up. We will always be put in with some of the best and arguably some people will say we were the best, but I’m just happy that, when you do mention tag teams, the Dudley Boyz' names come up. 

"Not too many people can say that could happen throughout their careers. One guy from Long Island, the other straight out of Brooklyn and from the projects got together as a tag team, one white and one black and that wasn't heard of."

Hughes became a backstage agent for WWE in 2016. His last match took place at a House of Glory independent card in New York City that December.

(Credit to Fightful for transcription)

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