Reports of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn "going into business for themselves" on a recent episode of SmackDown Live is not a small bit of news, and Bubba Ray Dudley has given his thoughts on the matter. There are many who have used the incident as a way to comment on the two talents, the state of wrestling and the industry as a whole, citing the fact that wrestling isn't what it used to be and that talents today have a bad attitude. From former wrestlers to sports hosts, this seems to be a touchy subject with a lot of different angles to explore.
No stranger to controversial comments is former WWE tag team great Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley), who as one half of the Dudley Boys, became one of the most decorated WWE Superstars of all time. He also worked for a number of other promotions and understands, perhaps better than most, how the business works.
In a recent interview on Busted Open Radio, Bully Ray admitted that he did not have first-hand insider details on the exact situation with Owens and Zayn, but did suggest, that if the rumors are true, this was a huge mistake by two talents.
He went on to suggest there was a time in the WWE when this sort of thing was acceptable. If you went "out on your own," you could get away with it depending on who you were. In fact, if it worked you got praised for it. Today, if you go against the machine that is the WWE, Bully Ray says Vince McMahon doesn't "need you". He can and will send anyone home and the show will go on without you.
Bully Ray doesn't know if this is what happened here, but believes this will be a lesson learned the hard way for Owens and Zayn and that if they are vocal backstage and whining about their place on the WWE roster, it's likely due to a sense of entitlement that seems to surround a number of today's current athletes. He described today's society as a society full of people who are "owed something."
Both Zayn and Owens have been around wrestling for a long time. One would hope they understand the system and that if they're upset, they handled things in a better way. If they actually scrapped the writer's idea and spit in the face of McMahon, potentially trying to prove a point, they've chosen an interesting time to take a stance considering they have been the focal point of SmackDown Live for weeks and Zayn is finally getting the push he feels he has deserved for months.