Wrestling Life Lesson From The Dudley Family

If your father is a rolling stone, expect your brothers to look nothing like you


ECW Dudley family


When Motown songwriters Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield wrote the lyrics to a song that has become an iconic piece of Motown history, little did they know how true it would relate to future of pro wrestling. Originally named “Papa” for The Undisputed Truth group, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” became a number-one hit for The Temptations in 1973. Fast forward twenty-two years later, and you’d find that “Big Daddy” Dudley had lived up to the song’s meaning.

Like Willy Loman from the play “Death of a Salesman”, “Big Daddy” traveled the U.S. as a salesman who so happened to sow his seed wherever he found a place to lay his hat. Not only did he create a clan of illegitimates, he somehow taught them how to dress alike as well. Wearing matching tie-dye shirts, high-top shoes, overalls and taped, lens-free glasses, The Dudley clan eventually came together as a family in Extreme Championship Wrestling. But the most interesting part of this family reunion was how drastically different everyone looked compared to one another.

One of the greatest examples of this is the undeniably Caucasian Buh Buh Ray and his African American brother D-Von Dudley. And that’s not even mentioning their Native American brother Dances With Dudley, Sign Guy Dudley, Spike Dudley, and the many other Dudleys that came and went throughout the years.

So if your papa is a rolling stone, don’t be surprised when someone who looks nothing like you turns out to be your fellow flesh and blood family. Oh my brother, testify!

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