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Mark LoMonaco
Ring name(s) Brother Ray Deadly (BRD)
Brother Ray[1]
Bubba Ray Dudley[2]
Buh Buh Ray Dudley
Buh-Buh Ray Dudley[2]
Bubba Claus
Mongo[2]
Mongo Vyle [3]
The Terminator[2]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Billed weight 329 lb (149 kg)[1]
Born July 14, 1971 (1971-07-14) (age 38)
Queens, New York, United States
Resides Orlando, Florida, United States
Billed from "Hell's Kitchen"
(as Mongo Vyle) [3]
"The Metropolitan area of Dudleyville"
(as Buh Buh Ray Dudley, ECW)
"Dudleyville"[2]
(as Bubba Ray Dudley , WWF)
"New York, New York"[1]
Trained by Sonny Blaze [3]
Debut 1991[4]

Mark S. LoMonaco (born July 14, 1971)[2] is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment as Buh Buh Ray Dudley and Bubba Ray Dudley. He currently wrestles for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name "Brother "Ray" [4].

Along with his storyline half-brother Devon, LoMonaco 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 are one of the most successful tag teams in the history of professional wrestling, having held 23 tag team championships. Team 3D is also the name of a stable featuring LoMonaco, Devon Hughes, and their storyline half-brother, Runt.

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Career

Independent circuit (1991–1995)

LoMonaco trained under Sonny Blaze and debuted in 1991 under the ring name Mongo Vyle. The character Mongo Vyle was a biker billed from Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York whose gimmick was inspired by The Nasty Boys, the Road Warriors and Maxx Payne. [3]

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1995–1999)

LoMonaco received a tryout with Extreme Championship Wrestling in September 1995, appearing as Mongo the bodyguard of Bill Alfonso. After impressing ECW owner Paul Heyman by taking a chokeslam from wrestler 911, LoMonaco was hired. He was recast as Buh Buh Ray Dudley, the stuttering, dancing, overweight, hillbilly member of the sprawling Dudley family. [3] The unusual spelling of "Bubba" was a result of his stutter. In saying his name Buh-Buh would stutter causing him to say "My name is Buh-buh-buh-buh" until Big Dick Dudley struck him in the chest, at which point he would snap out "My name is Bubba Ray Dudley!". The fans embraced the comical Dudley boys and during Buh Buh's matches would chant "Buh Buh Buh Buh". The spelling eventually stuck.

On April 13, 1996, D-Von Dudley debuted in ECW and began feuding 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. D-Von eliminated Dances With Dudley, Dudley Dudley, and Chubby Dudley before joining forces with Buh Buh Ray, Big Dick, Sign Guy Dudley, and Joel Gertner. Known collectively as the Dudley Boyz, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von dominated the ECW tag team division, winning the ECW World Tag Team Championship a record eight times and defeating the four major tag teams in ECW: The Public Enemy , The Eliminators, The Gangstas, and Sabu and Rob Van Dam[5]. Buh Buh Ray, D-Von, and Gertner all achieved a degree of infamy for their vitriolic interviews, which antagonized audiences to a point of near riot.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2005)

In 1999, Buh Buh Ray and D-Von left ECW following a pay dispute and joined the World Wrestling Federation, where the "Buh Buh" stutter-spelling of "Bubba Ray Dudley" was rescinded. 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 two critically acclaimed Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches, the first at SummerSlam in 2000 and the second at WrestleMania X-Seven. While they were initially heels, one of things Bubba Ray was known for, was driving women through tables including WWE Divas Terri, Mae Young, Lita, Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler and Jazz. The Dudley Boyz were soon cheered by the crowd and were turned face in early 2000. On the December 28, 2000 episode of SmackDown!, Bubba received a title shot against WWF Champion Kurt Angle, which he lost after an Angle Slam through a table. [1]. In early 2001, The Dudleys were joined in the WWF by Spike Dudley.

In mid-2001, the Dudley Boyz turned heel once again by joining The Alliance, a large stable of former ECW and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) wrestlers led by Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley who attempted to take over the WWF (Spike, along with several other ECW alumni, did not join The Alliance). The ECW-WCW invasion ended at the Survivor Series, when five WWF wrestlers defeated five Alliance wrestlers in a match to determine the ownership of the WWF. The Alliance disbanded and its members left the WWF, but the Dudley Boyz retained their jobs due to their possession of the WWF Tag Team Championship, which they had unified with the WCW Tag Team Championship that night.

Bubba Ray was a singles competitor for the Raw brand in 2002.

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 Bubba Ray was drafted to Raw and D-Von to SmackDown!. On Raw, Bubba Ray found moderate success as he competed for the WWE Hardcore Championship, formed a tag team with Spike, and even competed in a World Heavyweight Championship match against Triple H. D'Von's new gimmick on SmackDown! failed to get over, however, and he was reunited with Bubba Ray and Spike on November 17, 2002 when he returned to the Raw brand.

The Dudley Boyz became a staple 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 Un-Americans. 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. Shortly after arriving on SmackDown!, the Dudley Boyz turned heel once again, siding with Paul Heyman and feuding with Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio. On May 27, the Dudley Boyz kidnapped Paul Bearer, the manager of Heyman's enemy The Undertaker. On June 27 at The Great American Bash, The Undertaker defeated the Dudley Boyz in a handicap match. In July, the Dudley Boyz reunited with Spike. For the remainder of the year, they assisted Spike in his matches for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. They also won the WWE Tag Team Championship one more time. 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 an angle 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 General Manager 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 of the night after driving Dreamer through a flaming table. On July 5, 2005, WWE announced that it had opted not to continue contract renewal negotiations with the Dudley Boyz. In addition, fifteen other wrestlers were released by WWE, which was decreasing its spending as a result of a fall in projected revenue. In August 2005, all three former Dudleys were issued with legal notices instructing them not to use the (WWE trademarked) name "Dudley". This led to a degree of acrimony between the former Dudleys and their erstwhile employers, as they had used the names since 1996, several years before all ECW intellectual property was acquired by WWE as a result of bankruptcy proceedings. Soon after, LoMonaco and Hughes (D-Von) announced that they intended to pursue legal action against WWE.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2005–present)

Team 3D: Brother Devon (left) and Brother Ray (right) in a steel cage

No longer able to use the ring name Bubba Ray Dudley, LoMonaco adopted (and trademarked) the ring name Brother Ray Deadly, while Hughes became Brother Devon Deadly. The team also trademarked The Deadly Brothers and Deadly Death Drop. In August and September 2005, Ray and Devon 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, 2005, it was announced that they had signed multi-year contracts with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Ray and Devon debuted in TNA on the October 1, 2005 episode of TNA Impact! - the first episode of Impact! to be aired on Spike TV and in a prime time slot. They were identified as "Brother Ray" and "Brother Devon" respectively (with the suffix "Deadly" apparently having been dropped) and as Team 3D collectively. Team 3D quickly established themselves as faces by confronting the heel NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett and his allies, the NWA World Tag Team Champions, America's Most Wanted (AMW). Team 3D defeated AMW at pay-per-view events in November and December 2005, but failed to defeat them in a title match at Final Resolution on January 15, 2006 due to the interference of Team Canada. Ray and Devon continued to feud with America's Most Wanted and Team Canada over the following months. On the April 13, 2006 episode of Impact!, an attempted ambush by Team Canada was foiled by the debuting Spike Dudley, identified as "Brother Runt". They had many battles with The Latin American Xchange (LAX) until winning the NWA World Tag Team Championship from LAX at Lockdown in an "electrified" steel cage match.

Upon the disintegration of TNA's contract with the NWA, Ray and D-Von were stripped of the NWA Tag Team Championships and awarded the TNA World Tag Team Championship as compensation. They defended these belts against the team of Road Warrior Animal and Rick Steiner at Slammiversary. Following a match on Impact! to determine opponents, Ray would headline Victory Road alongside his partner in a match of champions encounter against TNA World Champion Kurt Angle and X Division Champion Samoa Joe. At Victory Road, Ray and D-Von lost their match, and the TNA tag titles, to Angle and Joe, though only Joe gained complete control of the titles as he scored the pinfall and could select a partner of his choosing.

The next feud had Team 3D along with the X-Division traitor Johnny Devine against The Motor City Machineguns and the entire TNA X Division. Team 3D and Devine lost at Against All Odds 2008 meaning that they have to be under two-hundred seventy-five pounds in order to compete in the X Division. However, the angle was dropped. Brother Ray and Devon aligned themselves with Kurt Angle during his feud with A.J. Styles. This led to them feuding with Christian Cage and Rhino as well. At Hard Justice, they lost to Cage and Rhino in a New Jersey Street Fight. They then feuded with Matt Morgan and Abyss, losing to them at No Surrender. At Bound for Glory IV, they participated in a Monster's Ball match for the Tag Team Championship, but came up short. Team 3D appeared to join The Main Event Mafia but turned face by double crossing the stable and jumping them along with The TNA Front Line leaders Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, and Rhino. They also attempted to put former ally Kurt Angle through a table.

At Lockdown Team 3D won the TNA World Tag Team Championship and retained the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Beer Money, Inc. 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.[6] During the following weeks Team 3D turned heel and aligned themselves with Rhino in a battle against the younger talent of the company.[7][8] On the November 19 edition of Impact! Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment graduate Jesse Neal joined Team 3D and Rhino[9] and two weeks later Suicide joined Morgan, Hernandez and Dinero to level the playing field.[10] At Final Resolution Morgan, Hernandez, Dinero and Suicide defeated Neal, Team 3D and Rhino in an eight-man elimination tag team match.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] Team 3D found Neal a replacement in the returning Brother Runt, but were still defeated in the match by the Nastys and Hart.[16] However, after the match Neal made the save for Team 3D and helped them put Sags through a table.[16]

Personal life

LoMonaco posing with a fan.

LoMonaco and his wife Fawnfeather Carr, own and operate the Fawnfeather Spa and Salon in Heathrow, Florida.[4][17] LoMonaco's has a sister named Gina LoMonaco who also works for the company and was a top discus thrower during her college days.

LoMonaco appeared on the second WWE edition of the game show The Weakest Link, losing in the sudden death final to Kane. He showed himself to be highly intelligent, having been the strongest link in the majority of the rounds. At the start of the game, he stated he was playing for The American Cancer Society, "and my mommy."[18].

LoMonaco made a cameo appearance in the adult film Whack Attack 5, by Extreme Associates, watching a three-person sex scene take place involving Mike "Luciano" Long, Alexandra Nice, and Alana Evans. [19]

His favorite sport is soccer and he is a fan of the Italian First Division, the Serie A.[20]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Bubba Ray profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/brother-ray.html. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Anderson, S. (October 2000). "Those Damn Dudleys! - Buh Buh Ray and D-Von, wrestlers". The Wrestling Digest. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCO/is_3_2/ai_65858905/. Retrieved April 26 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Maldonado, J. (July 2, 2006). "Out of ring, wrestler is a tough guy with a soft touch". Orlando Sentinel. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/seminole/orl-bubba02x06jul02,0,3208059.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-seminole. Retrieved May 28 2007. "Mark LoMonaco, world tag team champion, has been wrestling since 1991." 
  5. ^ a b "ECW World Tag Team Championship history". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/history/ecwtaghistory/. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
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  12. ^ "January 4 New Japan Tokyo Dome report - legends, promotional wars". Wrestling Observer. 2010-01-04. http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/11848/. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
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  17. ^ This outgoing husband-wife team is joined by Mark’s dynamo sister Gina, who serves as health and wellness coordinator and marketing director.
  18. ^ William Martinez (March 11, 2002). "Recap of WWF on The Weakest Link". http://www.lordsofpain.net/news/2002/articles/1015852456.php. Retrieved March 21 2007. 
  19. ^ "Adult Video News confirms Buh LoMonaco adult film cameo 2". http://web.archive.org/web/20041012162238/http://www.adultvideonews.com/archives/199902/cover/cover.html. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  20. ^ TNA Spin Cycle 7-10-2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y_2WRalfgU
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