Last December 17th, Battleground Championship Wrestling had an event from the legendary 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in which WWE Hall of Famer D-Von Dudley was supposed to be a part of, but he was pulled out from the show at the last minute despite being advertised to appear since this past September.
Dave Meltzer mentioned on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE pulled D-Von from the show as Bruce Prichard nixed the booking, even though we he went through John Cone in talent relations who reportedly approved the booking. Meltzer also noted that it ended up on the desk of WWE Chief Content Officer and Head of Creative Triple H, who did not give his approval and D-Von was told if he went through with the show he would be fired, so he didn’t go through with it. It was then said that no other reason was given as to why the WWE threatened to fire D-Von Dudley if he ended up doing the show other than they didn’t want him in any physical risk.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“He went through John Cone in talent relations who reportedly approved of the booking and he believed based on his contract, since he’s not a wrestler, that he was able to do things like that. Bruce Prichard nixed the booking and it ended up on the desk of Paul Levesque. Hughes has said he was going to do it because he gave his word on it and Levesque didn’t give approval, and he was basically told if he did it, he’d be fired, so he didn’t do it.”