Bully Ray Talks About Being A Babyface & Working With Hulk Hogan

TNA star Bully Ray was recently interview by the UK’s The Sun newspaper. Here are some highlights of what Bully said about:

Working As A Babyface After Being A Heel For Years:

“You guys in the press like to use words like heel, babyface, good guy and bad guy. I’m not a heel and I’m not a babyface. I’m not a good guy and I’m not a bad guy. I’m me. Whatever me is at the time is what I am. The difference between me and everyone else is that if you like me, you really, really, really like me. You love me. But if you hate me, you despise me. I guess that’s a win-win for everybody.

“You’ve never seen me change who I am out there in that wrestling ring. I don’t wrestle differently, I don’t talk differently. I don’t beg the people for approval and I don’t beg them to hate me. I just am who I am. They can make the decisions.”

What It’s Like To Work with Hulk Hogan:

“I have done so much and been in the ring with so many of the greats. However, when you grow up in New York City, and you were force-fed WWF for as long as I did, and you remember the first day Hulk Hogan showed up on your television set. You remember HulkaMania happening and evolving in your back yard. Hulk Hogan paved the way for everybody. There’s a respect level that comes with working with Hulk Hogan. He’s The Beatles of our business.

“I don’t care if you think he’s not the ‘greatest pro wrestler’ in the world. Who gives a s*** if he can’t reverse an armbar? You didn’t pay money to see Hulk Hogan reverse armbars or do arm drags. You paid to be entertained by him, to see him Hulk up, do a big boot and a legdrop.”

  • http://twitter.com/JJayerson Jay Jayerson

    Ok. Hogan got you into wrestling. But for my generation it wasnt Hogan. It was The Dudley Boyz. Matt and Jeff Hardy. Edge and Christian. Mic Foley. The New Age Outlaws. Shawn Michaels. The Rock. Triple H. Stone Cold. Chris Jericho. Kurt Angle. Eddie Guerrero. And lets be clear. Any one of these people listed here have more talent in a single pubic hair than Hogan had in his entire body.

    And as much as I will accord respect to people like Sammartino and Hogan for their place in history. Just FYI. I wouldnt pay a dime to watch either. But I did pay top dollar to sit front row in Vegas a couple of weeks back. Because people like Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler are actually worth the money in comparison.

    • Paul Kersey

      You should have posted that you paid top dollar to see the piss poor product of today in your first sentence. It would have saved me from reading the rest of that nonsense you wrote.



      • http://twitter.com/JJayerson Jay Jayerson

        FYI I liked your comment because of its scathing wit. Very well done.

        But lets be clear, its the natural order of things for things to evolve and be better than their predecessors. Whether its Dolph Ziggler, being the new Chris Jericho, who was the new Shawn Michaels. Or whether its any fantasy novel ever written after Lord of the Rings being better than Lord of the Rings.

        So yes. I would pay top dollar to see Ziggler, Jericho, Rhodes, Sandow, the Shield (Ambrose is even greasier up close in real life, I was rather shocked) and Del Rio. I would rather have done it during the Attitude Era but I was a broke ass drunk ass college student then and couldn’t have if I wanted to. And this may sound weird. But I refuse to do a wrestling show unless I can be front row. I only accept the best life has to offer me now.

    • 2muchfire

      How old are you son ? You can trash Hogan the exec like you can trash Jordan the exec but you have to respect what he’s done for the game like people have to respect what jordan did while he was playing. don’t make an ass out of yourself.

      • http://twitter.com/JJayerson Jay Jayerson

        I have no idea what you are talking about. Jordan the exec? Who the hell is that? Ive been watching since Saturday afternoons in the 80s and I have no idea who that is.

        And just out of curiosity did you not read the part where I said:
        “And as much as I will accord respect to people like Sammartino and Hogan for their place in history. Just FYI. I wouldnt pay a dime to watch either.”

        Sure. They deserve recognition for the parts they played. And while I made a scathing comment about Hogans talent, I made no such comment about Sammartino. And I stand by that statement. What does Hogan do other than get beat up, hulk up, punch his way out of it, and then leg drop? Its like watching a John Cena finish but with HALF THE MOVES. John Cena its Shoulder block, pump handle slam, you cant see me, then AA.

        But lets be clear, the point of excelling at ones craft is to out do those you idolized. This is the natural order of things. In 20 or 30 years when Wrestling has a resurgence of popularity. Will you defend John Cena against the new generation of fans for his place in wrestling history? After all, he has 5 moves which is like twice as many as Hogan, and he’s been the main event for like 10 years now practically. And if Hogan deserves respect that means he does as well right?

    • brainlazer

      First of all show somedamn respect. Second of all noone is denying what any of those guys did, and they are all awesome, but people like sammartino and hogan paved the way and made wrestling popular enough so that guys like the dudleys and hardys had a future in the business, whether you like them or not is totally up to, but don’t get on hear runnin ur weiner licker just cause u aint old enough to have watched them.

      • http://twitter.com/JJayerson Jay Jayerson

        Again – I will accord them respect for their place in history.

        But if I had to chose between paying to watch front row, a Sammartino classic, or an Attitude Era classic match. I would chose attitude. Because they did more. And I dont just mean using tables and stuff. They were hungry. They wanted the world to notice them and they were willing to go to any length to get the fame they craved. I just dont see that same hunger and desire in older black and white matches. Ive watched a few. They just dont have me on the edge of my seat like I was during say the first TLC match. Or the first Money In the Bank. Or Triple H vs the returning Shawn Michaels. Or Kurt Angle vs Shane McMahon. Or Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho at wrestlemania. Or Undertaker vs Triple H last year even.

  • Truth Hurts

    My how I miss those days where Bully Ray was in a mildly used Tag Team and not front and center of a wrestling organization, or getting 10 news posts per day.

    • ThurgoodSinbad

      Personally, I think Bully Ray is one of the most entertaining wrestlers around today. I never thought I would be a fan of him going solo, but honestly, the dude is damn good at being a main-eventer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juan-Sobalvarro/100000086280546 Juan Sobalvarro

    TNA will always be the real wrestling show better then that pee wee type of kid show that WWE has been for years after ending the best era too bad idiots don’t watch TNA idiots sticking with a pre school level WWE that’s what the PG story lines and dumb enterment crap is