There were rumors among the IWC that Devon and Bully Ray’s contract were expiring. We recently heard the news regarding Devon, while Bully Ray also tweeted about his status.
“Devon, whose contract with TNA Wrestling is reportedly set to expire this week, suggested on Twitter Wednesday evening that he’s parting ways with the organization effective immediately.
The TNA Television Champion wrote, “I would like to thank the tna fans for making the last seven years fun . im sure we will see each other again down the road real soon.
“im ready to see where god bring me to next. i cant wait . i see big thing on the way
“o and HELL NO IM NOT RETIRING.”
It would appear that his departure is due to both parties being unable to reach an agreement on a new contract. He re-tweeted a message stating, “I’ll say this you boys deserve what ever you’re asking for plus 25%.”
Bully Ray, whose contract will also expire this week, suggested on Twitter that he will part ways with the organization in October at Bound For Glory, which takes place in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Dont mattah where ya start..mattahs where ya finish. See ya in Phoenix!! STRONGEST THE LONGEST. #BULLYNATION,” he wrote.”
(Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)
The Dudleys, as they were formerly called, were on the first episode of IMPACT and were a big part in TNA’s success. Its unfortunate and I don’t expect WWE to have interest, but you never know. I am not sure why contract negotiations did not work out for Devon and Bully Ray. However, as both are entering 40s, perhaps TNA is attempting to stay fresh and young. Then again, both Devon and Bully Ray have been very successful lately. In addition, this will mean the end to Devon’s reign as TNA Television Champion. Who do you think will be the next TNA Television Champion? What are your thoughts on Devon and Bully Ray leaving TNA?
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