Bubba Ray Dudley has made light of a night in front of the lights in Madison Square Garden where his hot tag in to the match didn’t go at all to plan.
Speaking on on Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw, the former multi-time Tag Team Champion has recounted the night in a triple-threat match with the APA – Farooq and Bradshaw – and Edge and Christian went horribly wrong.
It might have been our first show ever at the Garden. It’s a house show, it’s the Dudleys, the APA, and Edge and Christian. The APA eliminate Edge and Christian, heat on D-Von (go figure), and Bubba’s gonna get the hot tag. I got my family there, I got my fraternity brothers from college there, the APA are heels, we’re white hot babyfaces at the time, 20,000 people and rumbling are the Garden. They do a double down, D-Von’s crawling over, D-Von gives me the hot tag, the place blows, I come in… I trip over the middle rope.
At this point Bradshaw also gave his recollection of the incident, not so much seeing it as a trip but rather Dudley landing flat on his face.
He doesn’t just trip over the middle rope. So, I fed him from the other side, Ron hits me with a tag and I’m crawling in with my head down, I’m gonna feed straight into a punch or something and take a bump. So I’m rushing across the ring because I know Bubba’s gonna get in pretty quick and as I do, Bubba doesn’t even catch himself, he falls face-first on the mat at my feet!
His career with the company certainly went on to cover that mistake. He and D-Von Dudley held the WWE Tag Team Championships a total of nine times, adding to their eight runs with the ECW title belts. The duo were inducted in to the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the Class Of 2018.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.