WWE Hall of Famer and celebrated half of the legendary Dudley Boyz duo Bully Ray recently stepped forward to defend John Cena amidst the swirling controversy alleging Cena of 'burying' fresh WWE talent. Recognized in the wrestling world as Bubba Ray Dudley, Bully Ray's illustrious career encompasses an impressive tally of eighteen championship titles.
These include eight WWF/E Hardcore Championships, eight WWF/World Tag Team Titles, a WWE Tag Team Championship, and a WCW Tag Team Title, all achieved alongside his iconic partner, D-Von Dudley. This controversy was a hot topic in a recent Busted Open Radio podcast episode.
Bully Ray expressed his firm belief that Cena's actions were in the best interest of World Wrestling Entertainment, reminiscent of Hulk Hogan's approach during his prime. "When you've reached a stature such as that of John Cena or Hulk Hogan, you develop a unique understanding and perspective of the business.
Despite being deemed difficult to work with in his era, Hulk was fundamentally protecting the business. I believe John does the same," Bully Ray articulated.
John Cena Responds to 'Burying' Accusations
The 16-time World Champion John Cena was compelled to respond to the mounting accusations of him 'burying' fellow WWE Superstars.
During Cena's prime years, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon placed Cena at the pinnacle of WWE, ensuring that no one else could match his level of dominance. This strategy irked a segment of the WWE fan base, who accused Cena of suppressing emerging talent and continually maintaining his superiority.
Addressing these allegations on Busted Open Radio, Cena asserted his commitment to developing compelling narratives with fellow wrestlers. "The reputation I garnered was that I buried talent because of my intense investment in story-building.
I once spent ten hours with Austin Theory, not wasting a day, but investing a day, discussing our storyline. I do this with everyone. I love it. I am wholly invested," the Cenation Leader passionately declared. In a recent turn of events at WrestleMania 39, Cena, now 46, was defeated by Austin Theory.
With this victory, Theory became the only superstar to conquer Cena and retain the United States Championship at the grand Showcase of the Immortals.