AEW Star Didn’t Know Who Vince McMahon Was When They Signed Contract

Bryan Danielson kicks Billy Gunn in the chest on AEW Rampage 2022

AEW’s Billy Gunn debuted with WWE in May 1993, but ‘The Bad Ass’ admits to not having a clue who Vince McMahon was when he signed his first contract.

Unquestionably, Billy Gunn is one of the most famous faces from WWE history. Spending over a decade under contract with the company, the real-life Monty Kip Sopp enjoyed one of WWE’s greatest mid-card careers.

However, Gunn has revealed how, when he signed his first contract with the Stamford promotion, he had no clue who Vince McMahon was. At the time, it wasn’t known that Vince was the Chairman and CEO; he was merely an on-screen announcer.

The former Intercontinental Champion and now-AEW star admitted to this during the latest broadcast of Road Dogg and Ryan Katz’s Oh…You Didn’t Know? podcast:

“And he looks at us and he goes, ‘Hey, nice to meet you. I’m Vince McMahon.’ And I went ‘Cool. I don’t have any idea who you are.’ And JJ and they go, ‘Hey, we’d like to offer you a contract, we’ll send it to you, have a lawyer look it over, get back to us. Let us know what you think.’ And I looked at Vince and I said, ‘Will I have a job, like, do I do this on the weekend? Like, is this a weekend [job]?’

I swear to God I did. Yes. I don’t know any of the, because like I said, I wasn’t a wrestling fan. And so I don’t know how any of this goes. I just figured, ‘Hey, I’ve been doing it all the weekends. I guess they’re gonna hire me to do it on the weekend.’ And Vince laughed, he did the old Vince laugh. He goes, ‘No, I think you’ll be alright.’ Not knowing that, you know, I’m gonna have a 30-year career, obviously Vince knows talent.

So they sent us a contract and it said, hey, we’re gonna work, you know, 12 days, 12 days a year, we’re guaranteed, and we’re gonna, you know, it’s like, 100 grand or something like that. And I literally went, ‘Like, is that all at once?’ Oh my God, that’s like they must have like, added a zero. We looked it over. And I thought about it for about 3.2 seconds and sent it back. And little did I know, the first year I worked, it was 300 days, the next year 320. What happened to the 12 days?”

Billy Gunn was released from his initial WWE contract in November 2004, though he was ultimately brought back from 2012 until 2015. He made his latest WWE appearance during the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony, where he was inducted as a member of D-Generation X.

‘Mr Ass’ has since been signed to AEW, where he resides both as a coach and as an in-ring talent. He’s been joined by his sons, Austin and Colten Gunn, to form Gunn Club. Although they’ve remained active as recently as this week, Billy Gunn hasn’t wrestled for AEW since the 15 April Rampage, as the trio were defeated by The Blackpool Combat Club.

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