Whether you're a long-time fan or have only recently began keeping up with the School of Morton, you know that the multiple members of the Dooley Family have played a major role in the SOM's history. Today, we are going to take a look at the history of the entire Dooley family (even Grandma Dooley) in the SOM.
Rickey Dooley made his SOM debut at A New Era in 2015 during the tournament to crown the first even East Tennessee Champion. At this point in time, Rickey didn't want to display his southern roots and adopted the name Rick Razor. Needless to say, Rick Razor did not have very much success.
It wasn't until Fair Warning 2015, when Rickey embraced his heritage, that the fans of the SOM started to love him like they do today. Rickey, now wrestling under his real name, stood side by side with his brother, Buster, and half-brother, Brian, as they made their SOM debuts. While the Dooley Brothers were unable to defeat the Sultans of Dubai that night, they were able to capture the adoration of the SOM fans.
In October of 2015 at the Last Battle of the Expresses, it seemed as if their was some trouble in the Dooley Family. After the Dooley Brothers lost to the Heatseekers and Boz in a six-man tag team match, Brian Dooley walked out on his family. Over the next several months, Rickey Dooley had to control the disagreements between Buster and Brian. Therefore, neither of the three men were able to fully concentrate on their matches.
Just when it seemed that the Dooley Brothers had hit rock bottom, things got even worse. A cousin of the Dooley family, Randy Roberts had recently made his SOM debut. He convinced Brian to walk out on his brothers once and for all. Brian then adopted the name Brian Jeffries and aligned himself with Randy Roberts in order to try to end the SOM careers of his brothers once and for all.
The matches between the two teams were some of the most brutal in the history of the SOM. At one point, Grandma Dooley, whose teeth fell out of her mouth while she was entering the ring, even jumped into the ring in an attempt to stop the madness. After several months of fighting with Roberts and Jeffries, the Rickey and Buster Dooley finally came out on top. However, their victory came at a price. Buster was injured and was forced to leave the SOM for several months, Roberts and Jeffries both left the SOM shortly after. Rickey Dooley was the only member of the Dooley family left in the SOM.
During this time, Rickey Dooley was very successful. He took part in another brutal feud with Draco over the X Division Title. He was even the X Division Champion for a brief period of time. However, no matter how much success he achieved, it wasn't the same without his brothers by his side. It seemed as if there wouldn't be much of a Dooley family legacy at the SOM.
That all changed in October of 2016. Buster Dooley made his return to team with Hank "The Machine" Miller to take on BTSG and the "Voodoo Prince" Robert Laveau. Danny Dooley, Rickey and Buster's younger brother, also made his debut. Brian Jeffries also returned with a new tag team partner, Sir Derek Williams, to try to finish what he had started about a year ago. Currently, Jeffries and Williams are still going to war with the Buster and Danny Dooley. While Buster and Danny have focused on the tag team scene, Rickey has traded the East Tennessee Title with the Sultan several times.
Since the Dooley Brothers began competing in an SOM ring together again, the fans of the SOM have began to love them even more than they had before. In honor of the Dooley Brothers, we interviewed several SOM personalities to get their thoughts on the SOM's favorite family.
Ricky Morton: I love the Dooley Brothers! Here at the School of Morton, we train people to achieve their dreams and that's exactly what they're doing. The people love watching the Dooley Brothers wrestle. It's amazing!
Judas the Mad Hatter: Why would you ask me my thoughts on the Dooley family? I would hope that at this point, you could see that me and my men, the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Club, Brian Jeffries and Sir Derek Williams, hate those stupid hillbillies! Instead of asking me how we feel about those incestuous freaks, why don't you ask us how it's going to feel once we beat the Dooley Brothers and B.B. Inc. to become the East Tennessee Tag Team Champions?
Maverick: I don't like them, but the Dooley Brothers have proved that they know what they're doing in the ring. They're still not as good me though. So instead of wasting everybody's time talking about the Dooley Brothers, I would like to remind everyone that I am the SOMWA Champion and that I am the whole show!
The interviews didn't exactly go as planned, but you get the point that we're trying to make. The Dooley Brothers have been a huge part of the School of Morton's history. Maybe in the future, we'll see some more members of the Dooley family step into an SOM ring. Maybe Rickey, Danny, and Buster have another brother. Maybe one of their younger cousins can take on Gabezilla for the SOM Youth Championship. We've even heard that Grandma Dooley throws one heck of a punch!
We don't know what the future holds for the Dooley family, but one thing is for sure. The SOM fans will always have a special place in their heart for Chuckey, Tennessee's only wrestling family.