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Dudley Boyz

For the rest of the stable see Dudley family.
For the competitive video game team formerly known as Team 3D see 3D.NY.

Team 3D is a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Brother Ray (Mark LoMonaco), Brother Devon (Devon Hughes), and formerly Brother Runt (Matt Hyson). The team is now working in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). They also work for the Japan based HUSTLE promotion, where they are the reigning HUSTLE Super Tag Team Champions.

The team was previously known as the Dudley Boyz (Buh-Buh/Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von, and Spike Dudley) and are best known for their work in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). Mark and Devon are best known for working together in the group as a tag team. They have captured a total of 21 Tag Team titles overall, including the WWE World Tag Team Championship, WWE Tag Team Championship, ECW Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship, the very first TNA World Tag Team Championship, and the HUSTLE Super Tag Team Championship. No other team has won all those sets of tag team titles, let alone that many times combined.

In WWF/E, they were 1 time Cruiserweight Champion (Spike Dudley), 1 time (and final) WCW Tag Team Champions (Bubba Ray & D-Von), 8 time World Tag Team Champions (Bubba Ray & D-Von) and 1 time Tag Team Champions (Bubba Ray & D-Von). In HUSTLE, they are 1 time Super Tag Team Champions (Brother Ray & Brother Devon). In ECW, they were 8 time Tag Team Champions (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von). In TNA, they were 1 time NWA Tag Team Champions (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) and 1 time TNA Tag Team Champions (Brother Ray & Brother Devon).

In May 21, 2007, Brother Ray and Devon opened the Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment at the X-Cel Fitness Gym in Kissimmee, Florida.

History

Dudley Boyz

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996–1999)

Buh-Buh Ray and D-Von (two of the many "sons" of Willy Lomanesque "Big Daddy" Dudley) began wrestling together in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1996. They achieved a degree of infamy for their profane, explicit, and vitriolic interviews, which antagonized audiences to a point of near riot. The Dudley family was a large family and were almost in every ECW match as the family had become so popular. All the members chased for the ECW Tag Team Championship at that time. The family were villains. Buh Buh Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley were the most successful members of Dudley family as they dominated the tag team division of ECW. They received their first success, winning their first ECW Tag Team Championship from The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn) at Hostile City Showdown 1997 on March 15, 1997. They started feuding with Eliminators. They dropped the titles back to Eliminators at ECW's first pay-per-view event Barely Legal. On June 20, the Dudleys won their second ECW Tag Team Championship from Kronus in a handicap match due to Saturn being injured.

The Dudley Boyz began their next feud with The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa Saed). The feud began after Dudleyz defeated Gangstas to retain the tag titles at Orgy of Violence on June 28. Dudleyz lost the tag titles to Gangstas in a steel cage weapons match at Heat Wave on July 19, 1997. In less than a month, Dudleyz defeated Gangstas at Hardcore Heaven to win their third ECW Tag Team Championship. After Mustafa and Saturn parted ways with ECW, New Jack and Kronus teamed up to form The Gangstanators and beat the Dudleyz for the tag titles at As Good as it Gets on September 20. At November to Remember, Dudleyz participated in a four way dance for the tag titles, involving the champs The F.B.I. (Tracy Smothers and Little Guido), Gangstanators and The Hardcore Chair Swingin' Freaks (Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten). F.B.I. won the match and retained the titles. Following a number of feuds with Hardcore Chair Swingin' Freaks, the Dudley Boyz were known for scoring victories over unbeatable opponents like The Sandman and Masato Tanaka.

Dudleyz began a feud with Tommy Dreamer and Sandman in the summer of 1998. At Wrestlepalooza, they lost to Dreamer and Sandman. The rivalry continued. Buh Buh and D-Von included Big Dick in their team while Dreamer and Sandman included Spike Dudley. At Heat Wave, the three Dudleyz lost to Dreamer, Sandman and Spike in a 6-man tag team Street Fight, ending the feud. On October 24, 1998, Dudleyz defeated Sabu and Rob Van Dam to win their fourth ECW Tag Team Championship. At November to Remember, they lost the titles to Masato Tanaka and Balls Mahoney.

After losing the tag team titles to Rob Van Dam and Sabu in Japan, the Dudleys continued a rampage through ECW destroying a number of opponents and continuing to incite nears riots amongst the rabid ECW fans. They also had on going feuds with New Jack, Tommy Dreamer, Balls Mahoney, The Sandman, and Little Spike Dudley (LSD).

With the departure of The Sandman and continued contract problems with Axl Rotten, the Dudleys continued feuds with New Jack, Spike Dudley and Balls Mahoney. With their eyes still set on the titles, the Dudley Boyz took advantage of Sabu's ban from competing in the US and D-Von defeated Rob Van Dam in singles competition for their sixth ECW World Tag Team Title. With a brewing feud between the Dudleyz and the Impact Players, (Justin Credible and Lance Storm) Buh Buh Ray and D-Von still had their hands full with the new team of Spike Dudley and Balls Mahoney. It was at Heatwave in 1999 that LSD and Ballz finally beat the Dudleyz for the gold. The Dudleyz, however, had the last laugh as they powerbombed both men through flaming tables—the first time such a thing had been seen on PPV. With the possibility of a Dudley Boyz jump to WWF, in late 1999 the Dudleyz won their seventh ECW Tag Team Championship at a house show from LSD and Balls, only to lose them the next night at another house show. It was on the second airing of ECW on TNN that the Dudley Boyz won their record eighth ECW world Tag Team Titles from LSD and Balls. After a threat to take the titles with them to WWF, Tommy Dreamer took on both Dudley Boyz on his own, only to be beaten senseless. As the tag champs set Dreamer up for their Dudley Death Drop, Dreamer reversed the move into his signature DDT and was saved by his arch nemesis Raven to win the belts from the Dudley Boyz and send them to the WWF title-less.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2005)

In 1999, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von joined the World Wrestling Federation, where Buh Buh Ray was eventually renamed \"Bubba Ray Dudley.\" They requested a $1 raise to stay in ECW, but their request was denied because ECW owner Paul Heyman was working a deal with Vince McMahon to supply talent to the WWF. Upon entering the WWF, Bubba sported thick black glasses with white tape around them, and stuttered promos, with Devon, wearing thick white glasses with black tape, slapping him in the back of the head to get his words out. This was supposed to have been a throwback to the speaking style Buh Buh Ray Dudley had in the original ECW when Buh Buh was played off as a mentally handicapped southerner with a speech impediment. After several weeks, the gimmick was dropped but Bubba's glasses were not. They also dropped their classic tie-dye attire and begin wearing camouflage-like ring attire. While part of the WWF, the Dudley Boyz's claim to fame was bringing the use of tables as weapons into the wrestling mainstream, often using their signature double-team move, the 3D, to put their opponents through one of these tables. Throughout 2000 and 2001, the Dudley Boyz engaged in a three way feud for the WWF Tag Team Championship with The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian. The feud incorporated two Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) matches, the first at SummerSlam in 2000 and the second at WrestleMania X-Seven. They were initially villains, albeit quite popular, and were known for Bubba Ray's penchant for driving women (including Terri Runnels and Mae Young) through tables; this was viewed as a fetish/obsession, but was later dropped after they became crowd favorites. Ironically, it was Bubba Ray's fetish, in this case, putting Stephanie through a table is what made the turn for the tag team. The Dudley Boyz became fan favorites in mid-2000. In early 2001, they were joined in the WWF by Spike Dudley. Spike instantly made an impact, aiding his brothers win the WWF Tag Team Titles in his debut, and being the Dudleyz' backup at the WrestleMania X-Seven TLC match.

In mid-2001, the Dudley Boyz became villains again by joining The Alliance, a massive stable mostly consisting of former ECW and WCW wrestlers led by Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, who attempted to take over the WWF. During this time, the Dudleys acted as enforcers of the Alliance, interfering on the behalf of Alliance midcarders and main eventers. Stacy Keibler became the Dudleyz' manager during this time, dubbed the "Duchess of Dudleyville" by ECW manager Paul Heyman. Late in the year, the Dudleyz won the WCW World Tag Team Championship, becoming the first (and only) team ever to win the ECW, WWF, and WCW Tag Team Titles. The Dudleyz beat the Hardy Boyz in a cage match at Survivor Series in 2001 to unify the WWF and WCW Tag Team Championships. As 2002 began, Spike feuded with his big brothers again, winning the WWF Tag Team Titles away from them with partner (and fellow ECW alum) Tazz.

Following WrestleMania X8 in March 2002, the WWF was renamed "World Wrestling Entertainment" (WWE) and the roster was divided into two brands, Raw and SmackDown!. The Dudley Boyz were separated for a short time when Bubba Ray was drafted to Raw and D-Von to SmackDown!. Bubba became a fan favorite again by reuniting with Spike Dudley while D-Von, who was still a villain, went on to become the "Reverend D-Von" and gained a protege with Deacon Batista. Batista carried his "collection box" and often interfered with matches using the box (a metal box) as a weapon. At Judgment Day in 2002, Bubba Ray was in the corner of Raw's Trish Stratus, who was defending the WWE Women's Championship against Keibler; D-Von was in Stacy's corner as asked by Mr. McMahon. After Stratus successfully retained her title, Bubba Ray and D-Von stood in the ring and shook hands before an altercation broke out between Bubba against D-Von and Deacon Batista, who ended up driving Bubba through a table in a Dudley trademark moment. As 2002 went along, SmackDown! saw D-Von and Batista going their separate ways and D-Von briefly teaming with Ron Simmons in an attempt to win the then newly established WWE Tag Team Championship. Meanwhile, on Raw, Bubba Ray won the WWE Hardcore Championship ten times, often teaming with Spike to form a new version of the Dudley Boyz.

Bubba and D-Von reunited following the Survivor Series, when D-Von made a run-in to help Bubba Ray, Spike, and Jeff Hardy win a six-man tag team match. From then on, he was back on Raw (as he was part of a package deal that would send The Big Show to SmackDown!). After the Dudley Boyz were back together they became a stable in the Raw tag team division over the next sixteen months. They briefly became villains for the third time by attacking Rob Van Dam and Kane. During this time, they sided with then Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff because Bischoff had threatened their jobs. Shortly after all three Dudleyz were drafted/traded over to SmackDown! in March 2004, Bubba Ray and D-Von aligned with Paul Heyman and feuded with The Undertaker. Along the way, the Dudleyz won the WWE Tag Team Championship, making them the first tag team to win both sets of Tag Team Championships in WWE history. When Spike turned on Mysterio he became the \"boss\" of the Dudley Boyz after they had helped Spike take the WWE Cruiserweight Championship from Rey. Spike claimed leadership because he was the only Dudley with a championship at the time. He later revealed in a WWE Magazine interview that even though he was the smallest Dudley, he was also the oldest.

After a lengthy hiatus, Bubba, D-Von, and Spike made what would be their final appearance at a WWE sanctioned event, when they were a part of the original One Night Stand in June 2005. On July 6, 2005, WWE announced that it had opted not to continue contract renewal negotiations with the Dudley Boyz. In addition, sixteen other wrestlers (including Spike) were released by WWE, which was decreasing its spending as a result of a fall in projected revenue. In August 2005, all three former Dudleys were issued with legal notices instructing them not to use the (WWE trademarked) name \"Dudley\". This led to a degree of acrimony between the former Dudleys and their erstwhile employers, as they had used the names since 1996, several years before all ECW intellectual property was acquired by WWE as a result of bankruptcy proceedings. Soon after, LoMonaco and Hughes announced that they intended to pursue legal action against WWE.

Team 3D

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2005–present)

On September 21, 2005, it was announced that Bubba and D-Von (now under the names Brother Ray and Brother Devon, respectively) had signed multi-year contracts with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), as Team 3D. Team 3D made their first appearance on the October 1 episode of Impact!, helping save 3Live Kru from Planet Jarrett and Team Canada. Brother Ray and Brother Devon were further assisted by Kevin Nash. Their first match on TNA was on the October 8 episode of Impact! against America's Most Wanted (AMW). Gail Kim and Jeff Jarrett both interfered, and Planet Jarrett left Team 3D both bloodied on the mat. On October 15, Planet Jarrett sent a tape to Impact! showing the \"funeral\" for the careers of Team 3D. Father James Mitchell presided, and AMW gave the mocking \"eulogy\". Jarrett, Kim, Team Canada and Abyss were also in attendance, and the guest book was signed with names that would suggest officials of WWE (such as Paul, Stephanie, Linda, and Vince). The funeral was staged at a funeral parlor local to the Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. At the Turning Point PPV, Team 3D successfully defeated AMW in a non-title Tables match. At Final Resolution on January 15, Team 3D wrestled for the NWA Tag Team Championship against America's Most Wanted. They won the match, but in a confusing ending involving blinding powder and a post-match run-in by Team Canada, the referee awarded the match to AMW.

On the April 13 edition of Impact!, Spike Dudley debuted in TNA, helping Team 3D beat Team Canada. Spike, referred to as \"Brother Runt\", continued to team with Team 3D during feuds with Team Canada and The James Gang. They defeated Team Canada in a Six Sides of Steel Anthem match at Lockdown. Ray and Devon then started a feud with The James Gang with the two teams meeting at Slammiversary in a Bingo Hall Brawl with Ray and Devon eventually picking up the win. As Ray and Devon left to tour Japan, Runt feuded with Abyss. After their brief absence, Brother Ray and Devon made a return to TNA in October 2006 and went back on the tag title hunt. They first feuded with The Naturals, who became the first team in TNA to defeat Team 3D in their signature tables match.

At the beginning of 2007, Team 3D were announced as the #1 contenders to the Latin American Exchange's (LAX's) NWA World Tag Team Championships and faced them at Final Resolution. During the match, however, Brother Runt was scripted to appear drunk, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, and interfere, causing Team 3D to get disqualified. Team 3D competed in a Belting Pot match against LAX with their on-screen cousin Steve Schirripa and won after 3D double teamed Hernandez from LAX. They continued the feud after LAX kayfabe attacked Johnny Rodz who trained Brother Devon. Brother Ray then confronted Alex Shelley on why he filmed the attack, before LAX (with help from Shelley) attacked him. They faced LAX at Destination X in a ghetto brawl where they lost the match after Shelley performed a frog splash on D-Von. On the last TNA episode before Lockdown, LAX attacked brother Runt and hit him with a tazer shot dropping him immediately. At Lockdown, Team 3D defeated LAX in an Electrified Steel Cage match to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

On May 13, 2007, the Executive Director of the National Wrestling Alliance announced Team 3D have been stripped of the NWA World Tag Team Titles due to the permanent discontinuation of the relationship between the NWA and TNA Wrestling. TNA continued to recognize Team 3D as their Tag Team Champions and were then designated as the very first TNA World Tag Team Champions, and the new TNA World Tag Team Championship belts were unveiled on their \"TNA Today\" webcast on May 16, 2007. On the broadcast they were awarded the new TNA belts by Jim Cornette. Team 3D defended their titles successfully at the following Sacrifice pay per view in a Three-Way dance also including Tomko and Scott Steiner, and LAX. After the match, Scott Steiner's brother Rick came out and attacked them leading to a match at Slammiversary with the Steiners. Steiner, however, could not compete due to an injury, Road Warrior Animal took Scott's place, but Team 3D came up with the victory after performing their signature 3D move on Rick. On the next Impact!, Jim Cornette announced a Champions vs Champions match for Victory Road, where the Tag Team Champions would face the World Champion and the X Division Champion. After the following Impact!, it was announced that Team 3D would defend the titles against LAX and A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels in a Three-Way Tag Team match. They successfully defended the titles, thus qualifying for the \"Champions vs Champions\" match. After interference from the Steiner Brothers, Samoa Joe pinned Brother Ray at Victory Road, ending their title reign. On the following Impact!, they blamed the Steiner Brothers and the fans (who had actually been taking intervals to chant \"3D sucks\" for weeks at the time) for their loss. Team 3D then belittled Scott's trachea injury from Puerto Rico and attacked the announcers on Impact!. At the same time, the Steiners have been receiving cheers from the fans, all of which culminated in a double turn, with the Steiners becoming fan favorites and Team 3D becoming villains for the first time in TNA. At Hard Justice and Bound For Glory, Team 3D lost to the Steiner Brothers, the latter defeat coming in a two out of three tables match after Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley, the Motor City Machine Guns, interfered on the Steiners' behalf. On the October 18 Impact!, Team 3D assaulted the Machine Guns in the middle of their match, whipping them with studded belts and simultaneously powerbombimg then through two tables while Bubba Ray derided the supposedly terrible quality of the Guns' match.

Team 3D continued on this path of attack and verbal putdown, directing it towards the Guns' fellow TNA X Division wrestlers. This led to a match against the Guns at Genesis, which Shelley and Sabin won. They later stole \"Black Machismo\" Jay Lethal's belt and kidnapped X-Division wrestler Johnny Devine, who subsequently turned on his fellow X-Division wrestlers. While still referred to by most as Johnny, Ray and Devon call Devine \"Brother Devine\" and treat him as a member of Team 3D, though he does not share the half brother storyline backstory. At Against All Odds, Team 3D and Johnny Devine fought The Motor City Machine Guns and Jay Lethal in a Street Fight but lost. Per the match stipulation, Ray and Devon could not compete unless they weighed in at 275 lbs. or lower.

After Against All Odds, 3D were matched with Shark Boy and Curry Man on numerous occasions in tag matches, with either one or both of the brothers being unable to compete due to the weight restriction. The week before Destination X, a stipulation was added to the match between 3D and Shark Boy and Curry Man: if Ray and Devon did not each weigh in at under 275 pounds, they would be fired from TNA. Both Ray and Devon made weight, and as such do not have to weigh in under 275 ever again. Shortly afterward, Devine returned to competing for the X-division title, his association with Team 3D being quietly phased out for a time, though it would soon return. As this went on, 3D, meanwhile, became part of several loose collectives of self-identified \"bad guys\" and \"scumbags\", aligning them at some point or another with almost every important villain on the TNA roster. Their main rivals of late have been Christian Cage and Rhino, though their associations have led them to target foes such as A.J. Styles and LAX, as well. At Hard Justice, Team 3D lost to Christian Cage and Rhino in a New Jersey Street Fight.

Japan and independents

Aside from TNA, Team 3D has also been participating in many All Japan Pro Wrestling, and HUSTLE's shows since their WWE release. Team 3D continue to hold an unbeaten streak in All Japan where they have won All Japan's Real World Tag League in 2005. Team 3D has also won HUSTLE's tag titles in 2006, which they still hold. Team 3D also appeared in the Pro Wrestling Alliance June show, defeating Booker T and Dawg in the main event. Also they went to a Big Time Wrestling show in Danbury, Connecticut on June 29, 2008 and put another woman through a table with Spike Dudley (Brother Runt) in Bubba and Devon's corner.

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