D-Von Dudley alongside Bubba Ray Dudley were known as Team 3D, one of the most decorated tag teams in the history of professional wrestling. D-Von debuted in 1992 and it seems his career is finally over.
On a recent episode of Table Talk podcast with Mo Lightning, D-Von explained that he will no longer be actively competing inside a wrestling ring. While this was a retirement announcement, it was very difficult for him to go through with this decision.
“You know, I’m just — and I’ve told Lindsey this before. Even though I am 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 have officially announced that I’ve hung it up and I’m done, you know, 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.”
While he is sad that he is retiring, he is proud of all he has accomplished in his long and illustrious career.
“I’ve had my fifteen minutes of fame and it was a good ride, it really was. The old timers used to tell me, ‘Don’t blink, because when you do it’s over. It goes that fast.’ And it did feel like it went really, really fast. But a 28-year career — always being on top and never taking a break, regardless of the injuries or anything like that — we did it, you know? And I think Bubba said it best during our Hall of Fame speech. You know, we did it our way. We went out there and conquered. We became synonymous in terms of using the 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.”
His final match in the squared circle took place at a House Of Glory show on December 17th, 2017. He competed in a fatal four-way match with Bubba Ray Dudley against The Hardy Boyz, Private Party, and Proud-n-Powerful.
h/t to 411 Mania for the transcription.