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TNA's Bully Ray on Reinventing Himself, Pissing People Off, and Brother Devon's Departure

Bully Ray is a major asshole. And wrestling fans love to hate him. Every week on Total Nonstop Action's weekly TV show Impact Wrestling on Spike, the 41-year-old ring veteran portrays a bad-ass, loudmouthed thug who roughs up TNA's heroes and gets under the skin of the audience and gets plenty of boos in response.

He's been doing that sort of thing for years, whether it was during his stint in Extreme Championship Wrestling or World Wrestling Entertainment as one-half of the legendary tag team The Dudley Boys. Jackalope Ranch recently spoke with Bully Ray about the transformation of his character, his feelings about his former partner Devon, and TNA's big pay-per-view event Bound for Glory, which takes place this Sunday at Grand Canyon University Arena.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.