WrestleMania 40 Sunday kicked off with a plethora of surprises and this included Bully Ray’s shocking appearance at the show. In light of this, Ray has revealed that his appearance was a last-minute decision.

In case you forgot, Bully Ray made surprise appearance at WrestleMania 40 as a special guest referee for the Philadelphia Street Fight between The Pride and The Street Profits. His involvement in the match added a significant dose of excitement and unpredictability to the event.

In a conversation on Wise Choices, Bully Ray shared insights about his involvement as a special guest referee at WrestleMania 40, revealing that it was a last-minute decision made just a couple of days before the show. The late notice added an element of surprise for fans and for Bully himself.

“It basically was as last minute as just about The Undertaker was,” Bully said. “It wasn’t like the last minute day of the show. It was just a couple of days beforehand where I got a call and they said, ‘Hey, we have an idea. What do you think?’ I mean, special guest referee, a surprise at WrestleMania 40.”


Bully Ray reflected on his experience at the event, mentioning that this WrestleMania was the most fun he’d had, especially compared to the high-pressure matches he had been involved in previously. With the stress of TLC matches, Four Corners matches, and other intense bouts behind him, he found his role as a special guest referee in the Philadelphia Street Fight refreshing and enjoyable.

“This was the most fun I’ve ever had at WrestleMania,” he explained. “Every single WrestleMania I had performed in beforehand was extremely stressful with the TLC matches, the follow-up matches, even some of the lesser to an extent matches, the Four Corners matches. Me and D-Von always put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We expected a certain level of performance from ourselves, plus our opponents, but this time, this was so last minute and so carefree to just go out there as a referee, and you’re a referee in a hardcore match. There’s no rules, so all I have to do is basically sit back, enjoy the chaos, and every once in a while drop down to my knees for the two count and then the three count.”

One of the aspects that Bully Ray enjoyed most was interacting with the wrestlers involved in the match and bringing some of his signature moves and catchphrases into the mix. He felt that this made the match more enjoyable for everyone involved, including the audience.

“One of the things I had the most fun with was interacting with the six gentlemen and the two ladies involved in the match and taking the stuff that has worked for me throughout my entire career, my hits, like the what’s up headbutt and get the tables. I was able to lend my hits to them and they were able to use them and pull them off. I thought it made the match that much more fun,” he said.

Ultimately, Bully Ray expressed gratitude to WWE for the opportunity and appreciated that his last time walking down the ramp at WrestleMania could be in Philadelphia, the city where he and D-Von started, in front of 72,000 fans during a stress-free match. This made the experience memorable and fulfilling, leaving him content with his career’s trajectory.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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