Bully Ray recently spoke with the folks at The Wrap to promote his induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame next month.
During the interview, Bully Ray spoke about why Ring Of Honor is the new ECW to him, and why CZW is not.
“One of the whole reasons I’m in Ring of Honor is because of how much it reminds me of ECW,” Bully said. “There is not one wrestler out there — or one veteran out there — who understands the Ring of Honor mentality … more than I do. ECW was Ring of Honor before Ring of Honor. Ring of Honor was created because of the void that ECW left when it disappeared.”
Ray admitted that CZW has the violence aspect that ECW once had, but was quick to point out that that’s not what embodied ECW.
“CZW does not carry the torch of ECW at all. ECW was not about violence — it was about passion and it was about a mindset. ECW was truly a rebellious movement, giving our middle finger to the rest of the wrestling business, telling people that we were gonna do it our way,” Bully responded. “And we did it our way so much that we revolutionized the entire business. CZW is just gratuitous violence for the sake of gratuitous violence, just to shock people. Do they make more money year after year? Are their crowds any bigger? No. So I kind of compare them to GWAR. Listen, GWAR could continue to tour for as long as GWAR wants to. They’ll perform to the same 100 fans every night, and they’ll make the same amount of money. They’ll never grow financially and they’ll never grow as an act — and that’s just a fact when you look at CZW as a business model.”
From there, one-half of The Dudley Boyz used his Napster comparison to explain why ECW didn’t survive in the long run.
“ECW was the Napster of pro wrestling,” Bully said. “Napster went bankrupt and failed as a business, but it revolutionized the way we listen to music. ECW went bankrupt and failed as a wrestling company, but it changed the landscape of wrestling forever. Without ECW, you would never have the [WWE] Attitude Era.”
Check out the complete Bully Ray interview at TheWrap.com.
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