TNA superstar Bully Ray is arguably the top heel in all of pro-wrestling today. His transformation from Brother Ray in the tag-team 3D to Bully Ray has been a huge success. Bully Ray is a throwback to the old school heels who don’t try to be the cool bad guy but only go out to the ring to be hated. According to a Friday February 17th report by TheSun.co.uk, Bully Ray made the following comments about being a heel:
“I get off on the fact that people hate me so much. When I’m in the ring there is nothing about my act that I want you to enjoy. When I’m the bad guy, I want you to hate me more than anybody else. I want you to hate me more than you love the other guy. I don’t want to bring a smile to your face, I don’t want you to cheer me.”
Bully Ray didn’t stop with those comments. He went further, as he discussed what he wished fans would do to him. Ray wants to be hated so much that he welcomes death wishes and physical attempts on his wellbeing.
“I want you to look at me with distain, with anger and with hate. I want you to throw a brick through my car window, I want you to wish death on me. If you wish those things, it means I’m doing my job better than anybody else.”
In today’s era of pro-wrestling, fans aren’t as rabid toward heels as they used to be. Back in the day, fans would literally try and kill the heels. From Blackjack Mulligan to Freddie Blassie to Terry Funk to Larry Zbysko, all of these wrestlers had their lives in danger as fans attacked them and tried to kill them. Mulligan and Funk were stabbed with Mulligan almost dying. Freddie has had numerous attempts on his life from batter acid to knives.
If Bully Ray were able to get the fans to wish him death then he would truly be doing his job as a heel and accomplishing a rarity in today’s era of wrestling which is getting fans to suspend the belief of reality and not just viewing the product as a show.
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