‘Straight Outta Dudleyville: The Legacy of The Dudley Boyz’ DVD Review

Straight Outta DudleyvilleCraig Wilson

THREEEEEEEEE-DEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! The Dudley Boyz are the most decorated tag team in wrestling history and as the twenty year veterans continue their nostalgic return to the WWE, it’s no surprise that a DVD set was released to coincide. Today we review that set.

During the early noughties, the Dudley Boyz were one of the most popular acts on the WWE roster with the words “Devon…get the tables” inciting an almost insane crowd pop.

Fast forward a decade and a half and the pairing are on a nostalgic return jaunt with the company as they help establish new teams while giving the fans a tour-de-force of their greatest hits.

It is therefore little surprise that the powers that be at the WWE decided to release a DVD/Blu-ray set and here we have it: ‘Straight Outta Dudleyville’

This set follows the traditional format of these type of releases with a look at where they grew up, their early wrestling memories and how they got into the business with it framed around their return to the company after last year’s SummerSlam event.

The set is being recorded as the duo are ensconced in a trailer in the arena ahead of the completely surprise return. It works so well as we see the stunned reactions of performers backstage as the Dudleys make their way to the Gorilla position before making their presence felt.

As has become standard with WWE productions of this ilk, there is an extensive selection of talking heads to discuss the pairs’ in-ring achievements including both Sign Guy Dudley and Spike Dudley. Perhaps there are one or two noticeable omissions here but nothing really too glaring or anything that lessens the value of this set.

The documentary itself, although short coming in at just over an hour, is fantastic and takes the viewer on a whistle-stop tour of the team’s twenty year run in the business. Heck, even TNA gets a mention!

As for the other discs of the set, they help elevate this set further with a look at some of the pair’s best known matches. We are treated to two entire disks dedicated to matches including TLC at WrestleMania, the Tag Team elimination tables match at Royal Rumble, several matches from the ECW era, some singles action which is a novelty for those who didn’t watch their run in TNA and even Bubba Ray’s title shot against Triple H.

Unsurprisingly, it is WWE heavy but whilst that often can be a criticism of these sets that it is too WWE focussed, it does result in us having a one-stop shop for all of the Dudley Boyz/Hardy Boys/Edge & Christian TLC action which is no bad thing at all.

All in all, this a great addition to the collection and another triumph for WWE’s profile documentary division and a must for all wrestling fans, new and old.

‘Straight Outta Dudleyville: The Legacy of The Dudley Boyz’ is available from today April 11 in the UK. Fans in the UK can order it now via WWEDVD.co.uk now.

You can read all previous DVD reviews here.

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2 thoughts on “‘Straight Outta Dudleyville: The Legacy of The Dudley Boyz’ DVD Review

  1. It’s amazing the success that they had considering that they were pretty much just thrown together as a team by Paul Heyman because he didn’t have any idea what to do with them as singles competitors. 23 world titles–you cannot debate that. Winning titles all over the world, and their popularity was never in doubt, even when they were heels. Now they are approaching the sunset of their careers, and it would not be an impossible statement to fathom if someone, say , me, casually mentioned that they are probably one of the five greatest tag teams in history. Both were singles champs (Bubba Ray as TNA world champ, Devon as WWE European titlist), but we all prefer to see them as a team. And they can be great teachers in the ring, as Enzo and Cass will soon find out. Sure, the Dudleyz will put the kids over, but they most certainly will give them a wrestling clinic in the process. Only question is: will Bubba Ray take liberties with them as he has been accused of doing in the past by no fewer than 12 different wrestlers. Even so, one cannot deny that they have earned their place in wrestling annals, and not just because of belts, either.

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