I hate WWE's mentality on not signing past WWE stars that either quit, made a name in TNA, or were made in TNA[or elsewhere for that matter]. I understand WWE wants younger talents, but why not sign Bully Ray? He has improved leaps and bounds over what he was doing as a tag team wrestler and he totally reinvented himself. It's also idiotic that just because people don't like Bully that WWE wouldn't sign him based on that factor because it's the wrestling BUSINESS not wrestling BUDDIES. WWWF and WWF made a lot of stars from past rival companies like NWA/WCW, WCCW, AWA, and ECW and some of them like Stone Cold or The Undertaker became legends once they came to WWF/WWE. WWE really needs to change their policy on talents because they could receive an influx of talents from TNA alone not to mention ROH or other indy promotions. I doubt Bully Ray will go to WWE but as a fan, I think it'd be entertaining as hell especially considering WWE's whole "anti bullying" campaign.....
--According to PWInsider.com, when Bully Ray spoke to the TNA crew at this past Sundays live event, he didnt actually say he was gone from the company, but was saying his goodbyes to everyone as he thinks he is on his way out of the company. Based on what he had been saying to some of the talent, the impression given is he will never be back with TNA.
As for why Ray is leaving TNA, its being said he and TNA were in talks to sign a new deal, but the two sides could not come to terms, which is a similar situation AJ Styles found himself in when he decided to leave TNA.
Backstage word in TNA is that we will be learning of many more talent deals expiring in the coming weeks.
--The Wrestling Observer is reporting that eventhough Bully Ray may be on his way out of TNA, there is no interest on WWEs behalf into signing him.
WWE didnt show interest in him for a few years, and didnt try to sign Devon when he was recently available. In addition to this, his age is a factor, and he has some detractors in WWE, most notably Randy Orton.
He could be helpful in the WWE developmental program as a trainer or agent, but WWE looks to have those positions all filled, in addition to a hiring freeze due to budget cuts.