WWE Hall of Famer D-Von Dudley says he plans on coming out of retirement, signalling his intention to compete in the 2022 Royal Rumble Match.
D-Von, who recently suffered a stroke, opened up on his Table Talk podcast, saying he’s back to his normal self after the health scare.
“Listen, I’m not putting it out there, I’m not saying I’m going to be in the Royal Rumble… What I’m saying is I would love to be in the Royal Rumble next year. If everything still goes right with me, I would love to have the opportunity to do that. But, I have to be straight. My body has to be good and ready to go. I’ll be honest with you, I think I’ll be fine. I’ll declare myself in saying that I will try to get ready for the Royal Rumble and hopefully Mr. McMahon picks me to be in it. But if not then I can’t do it.”
The Hall of Famer reiterated the intention that he now wants to get back in the ring, and that he thinks it’s an achievable goal.
“I do plan on coming out of retirement now. I’m willing to get back in the ring and do it again. I didn’t think I would, but I think I am. I think after going through what I went through and now back on the road to recovery, doing what I’m doing, like, I’m just trying to be strong, my trainers trying to get myself back to where I need to be, dropping all sorts of weight – I think I’ll be ready.”
The 48-year-old’s last match in WWE was in 2016 against Sami Zayn and Neville alongside Bubba Ray Dudley on the SummerSlam Kickoff. D-Von would compete up until December of that year, but hasn’t wrestled since.