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Devon Hughes
Ring name(s) Brother Devon Deadly (BDD)
D-Von Dudley
Reverend D-Von
Brother Devon
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight 260 lb (120 kg)[1]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 280 lb (130 kg)
Born August 1, 1972 (1972-08-01) (age 37)
New Rochelle, New York
Resides Melbourne, Florida
Billed from The Southside of Dudleyville
New York City, New York
Trained by Johnny Rodz[2]
Debut December 1991

Devon E. Hughes[1] (born August 1, 1972) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment as D-Von Dudley. He currently wrestles for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Brother Devon.

Along with his tag team partner Mark "Brother Ray" LoMonaco, Hughes is one-half of Team 3D, a tag team formerly known as the Dudley Boyz. Characterized by their unorthodox ring apparel and usage of tables in their matches, Team 3D is one of the most successful tag teams in the history of professional wrestling, having held over twenty world tag team championships. Team 3D is also occasionally a stable, when Ray and Devon's on-screen half-brother Runt is included.

Contents

Professional wrestling career

Singles career

Hughes was trained by Johnny Rodz and began wrestling in 1991, competing in independent promotions in the Northeast as "A-Train".[2] He engaged in a rivalry with Latin Lover that was continued in many different promotions.

Dudley Boys/Team 3D

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996–1999)

On April 13, 1996, at Massacre on Queens Blvd, Hughes debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling as D-Von Dudley (sometimes spelled "D'Von" or "Devon").[1] His character was based on Jules Winnfield, the Bible-quoting hitman portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.[2] Dudley feuded with the other members of the Dudley family (his kayfabe half-brothers), claiming that their comedic antics were not the way true Dudleys should act, and faced Buh Buh Ray Dudley on numerous occasions, defeating him at Ultimate Jeopardy, but losing to him at November to Remember.[1] Dudley eliminated Dances With Dudley, Dudley Dudley, and Chubby Dudley before joining forces with Buh Buh Ray, Big Dick Dudley, Sign Guy Dudley, and Joel Gertner. Known collectively as the Dudley Boys, D-Von and Buh Buh Ray dominated the ECW tag team division, winning the ECW World Tag Team Championship a record eight times and defeating teams such as The Eliminators and The Gangstas.[2] D-Von, Buh Buh Ray, and Gertner all achieved a degree of infamy for their vitriolic interviews, which antagonized audiences to a point of near riot.[1]

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2005)

In the summer of 1999, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von left ECW following a pay dispute and joined the World Wrestling Federation, debuting in September..[2] Throughout 2000 and 2001, the Dudley Boyz engaged in a three way feud for the WWF Tag Team Championship with the Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian. The feud incorporated the first triangle ladder match at WrestleMania 2000, and two Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches, the first at SummerSlam in August 2000 and the second at WrestleMania X-Seven.[1][3] While they were initially villains and were known for driving women through tables, the Dudley Boyz became fan favorites in early 2000.[1] In early 2001, they were joined in the WWF by Spike Dudley.[1] In late 2001, the Dudley Boyz won the WWF Tag Team Championship, which they unified with the WCW Tag Team Championship during The Invasion, a storyline where the wrestlers from World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling "invaded" the WWF.[1]

Following WrestleMania X8, in May 2002 the WWF was renamed "World Wrestling Entertainment" (WWE) and the roster was divided into two brands, Raw and SmackDown!. The Dudley Boyz were separated when Hughes was drafted to SmackDown! and Bubba Ray ended up on Raw. Hughes became a villainous reverend character alongside his protégé Deacon Bautista.[1] Though the gimmick was a launching platform for Batista's career, it didn't last long and Hughes was betrayed by Batista however he did pick up his greatest singles win in the WWE when he pinned Triple H on May 9, 2002 on Smackdown!.Also in 2002 D-von was ingaged in a Short lived Fued with with fellow-rising superstar John Cena where although D-von lost the first match he won the second match and lost the final controntation by Disqualification. He eventually was reunited with Bubba Ray and Spike on November 17, 2002 when he returned to Raw. The Dudley Boyz became a stable in the Raw tag team division over the next sixteen months, feuding with teams such as 3-Minute Warning, La Résistance, and various combinations of the The Un-Americans.[1] They held the WWF World Tag Team Championship several more times before being traded (along with Booker T) to SmackDown! on March 22, 2004 in exchange for Triple H.[1]

On May 27, 2004 the Dudley Boyz kidnapped Paul Bearer, the manager of Paul Heyman's enemy The Undertaker.[1] On June 27, 2004 at The Great American Bash, The Undertaker defeated the Dudley Boyz in a handicap match.[4] They also won the WWE Tag Team Championships one more time but were upset by the high-flying team of Paul London and Billy Kidman.[1] In July 2004, the Dudley Boyz reunited with Spike.[1] For the remainder of the year, they assisted Spike in his matches for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. In early 2005, the Dudley Boyz were removed from WWE television and sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling while the WWE creative team attempted to devise a storyline for them. The Dudley Boyz returned to WWE television in June 2005 in order to promote ECW One Night Stand, an ECW reunion show.In the weeks preceding One Night Stand they, along with several other ECW alumni, vied with former WCW President Eric Bischoff and his "anti-hardcore crusaders". At One Night Stand on June 12, the Dudley Boyz defeated Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman in the main event.[5]

On July 5, 2005, WWE announced that it had opted not to continue contract renewal negotiations with the Dudley Boyz.[6] In August 2005, they were issued with legal notices instructing them not to use the (WWE trademarked) name "Dudley".[1] Soon after, LoMonaco and Hughes (D-Von) announced that they intended to pursue legal action against WWE.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2005–present)

Brother Devon and Brother Ray in a steel cage at Lockdown

No longer able to use the ring name "D-Von Dudley", Hughes adopted (and trademarked) the ring name Brother Devon Deadly, while LoMonaco became "Brother Ray Deadly". The team also trademarked "The Deadly Brothers" and "Deadly Death Drop". In August and September 2005, Devon and Ray made several appearances on the independent circuit, most notably Hardcore Homecoming, an unofficial ECW reunion show organized by ECW alumnus Shane Douglas, a frequent critic of WWE and Chairman Vince McMahon. On September 21, Hughes (together with LoMonaco) signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, under the name of "Brother Devon".

Devon and Ray debuted in TNA on the October 1 episode of TNA Impact!.[7] Team 3D quickly established themselves as fan favorites by confronting NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett and his allies, the NWA World Tag Team Champions, America's Most Wanted. Team 3D defeated AMW at pay-per-view events in November and December, but failed to defeat them in a title match at Final Resolution on January 15, 2006 due to the interference of Team Canada.[8] Devon and Ray continued to feud with America's Most Wanted and Team Canada over the following months. On the April 13 episode of Impact!, an attempted ambush by Team Canada was foiled by the debuting Spike Dudley, identified as "Brother Runt".[9]

Devon and Ray then took time off to tour Japan, before returning to compete in tag team matches on Impact! and soon began feuding with NWA World Tag Team Champions The Latin American Xchange (LAX). At Final Resolution, they beat LAX by disqualification.[10] Subsequently, they lost to LAX in a "Little Italy Street Fight" at Against All Odds, and a "Ghetto Brawl" at Destination X.[11][12] At Lockdown, Team 3D defeated LAX in a Steel Cage match to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[13] They feuded with several tag teams before losing the belts to Samoa Joe at Victory Road.[14]

Devon at a house show in Dublin (January 2009)

At Final Resolution, they teamed with Johnny Devine and took part in an Ultimate X match against the The Motor City Machineguns and "Black Machismo". They won by taking the X Division belt down with a ladder while the referee was not looking.[15] At Against All Odds, a rematch took place in a Hardcore Street Fight. Early in the match, the Motor City Machine Guns were 'taken out' with two 3-Ds, leaving Jay Lethal to singlehandedly save the X-Division. As a result of their loss at AAO, both Devon and Ray were subjected to weigh-ins prior to their matches. If they weighed in over 275 pounds, they would be unable to compete.[16] During this time, they engaged in a feud with Christopher Daniels under his Curry Man gimmick, and Shark Boy. At Destination X, Team 3D was given an ultimatum by Jim Cornette—if they weighed in at over 275 pounds, the duo would be fired; but if they weighed in under, they would never again be subjected to the weigh-ins. They were able to weigh in under the mark, but Team 3D would end up losing to Curry Man and Shark Boy after a blinded Ray accidentally helped Curry Man hit Devon with the 3-D.[17]

On the November 28 episode of Impact!, Team 3D turned into fan favorites, joining The Front Line. After appearing to join The Main Event Mafia, they double-crossed them, and attacked along with The Front Line leaders Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Rhino.[18] At Lockdown Team 3D won the TNA World Tag Team Championship and retained the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Beer Money, Inc..[19] At Slammiversary they lost the TNA tag titles to Beer Money, Inc. and on the July 30 edition of Impact! the IWGP tag titles to The British Invasion of Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams. On October 18, 2009, at Bound for Glory, Team 3D captured their 24th tag team championship when they defeated Beer Money, British Invasion, and The Main Event Mafia's Scott Steiner and Booker T in a Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match. With both the IWGP and TNA Tag tiles on the line, they captured the IWGP titles which were formerly held by The British Invasion.[20] During the following weeks Team 3D turned heel and aligned themselves with Rhino in a battle against the younger talent of the company.[21][22] On the November 19 edition of Impact! Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment graduate Jesse Neal joined Team 3D and Rhino[23] and two weeks later Suicide joined Morgan, Hernandez and Dinero to level the playing field.[24] At Final Resolution Morgan, Hernandez, Dinero and Suicide defeated Neal, Team 3D and Rhino in an eight-man elimination tag team match.[25] On January 4, 2010, at Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome Team 3D lost the IWGP Tag Team Titles to Tetsuya Naitō and Yujiro in a three-way hardcore match, which also included Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson.[26] When Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff took over TNA at the beginning of 2010, Team 3D's angle with Rhino and Neal was discontinued and they reverted back to being faces, while starting a feud with The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags), who were a part of the new wave of wrestlers brought in by Hogan and Bischoff.[27] At Against All Odds The Nasty Boys defeated Team 3D in a tag team match, when Jimmy Hart made his return to the company and interfered in the match on the Nasty Boys' behalf.[28] Team 3D avenged their loss on the February 25 edition of Impact!, when Jesse Neal helped them defeat the Nasty Boys in a tables match.[29] On the March 15 edition of Impact! Team 3D and Neal were scheduled to face the Nasty Boys and Hart in a six man tag team match, but prior to the match the Nasty Boys attacked Neal backstage and put him through a table.[30] Team 3D found Neal a replacement in the returning Brother Runt, but were still defeated in the match by the Nastys and Hart.[30] However, after the match Neal made the save for Team 3D and helped them put Sags through a table.[30]

Personal life

Hughes father, Preston was a bishop, and his mother, Renee Washington, is a priest.[31] Hughes and his high-school sweetheart and ex-wife, Yessenia (known as Yessi), have three boys, twins Terrence & Terrell (born in 1995) and another son Matthew (born in 2002).[31] Their names are tattooed on his upper biceps. In the summer of 2009, Devon got engaged to his new partner.[32]

He is also a singer as shown when he sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" in WWE on an episode of Raw. He opened a smoothie shop, 3D's Power Blendz, in Melbourne, Florida, and with Brother Ray, opened Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment in Kissimmee, Florida.

In Edge's 2004 autobiography "Adam Copeland on Edge" and the WWF/E Fanatic Series Tables, Ladders & Chairs, it was revealed that Hughes is "deathly afraid of heights".

In wrestling

Devon posing with a fan.

Championships and accomplishments

  • World Wrestling Organization
    • WWO International Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Other titles
    • NEW United States Championship (1 time)
    • NSWA United States Championship (1 time)[1]

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