Following WrestleMania X8, in May 2002 the WWF was renamed "World Wrestling Entertainment" (WWE) and the roster was divided into two brands, Raw and SmackDown!. The Dudley Boyz were separated when D-Von was drafted to SmackDown! and Bubba Ray ended up on Raw. D-Von became a villainous reverend character alongside his protégé Deacon Batista. Though the gimmick was a launching platform for Batista's career, it didn't last long and the newly christened Reverend D-Von was eventually reunited with his "brothers" Bubba Ray and Spike.