By all logic a 59-year-old wrestler who has been performing since 1989 should not be one of the most popular stars on television in 2022, but when has professional wrestling ever been logical?
While it was naturally believed that Billy Gunn’s career was winding down when he began appearing with AEW, his on-screen run with his sons Colten and Austin meant he still made regular appearances on Dynamite and Rampage. However, when the trio began teaming with The Acclaimed, Gunn’s popularity began to rise. Then, after joining forces with Max Caster and Anthony Bowens after being attacked by his sons, things went to a whole new level.
AEW Star Billy Gunn Left Baffled By His Own Popularity
Taking on the role as ‘Daddy Ass’ and manager of The Acclaimed has seen Gunn become arguably more popular then ever with live crowds. Speaking during an appearance with Captain’s Corner, the veteran admitted that his popularity as taken him by surprise.
“I have no earthly idea why I’m still a hot commodity,” Gunn said. “I should be playing golf somewhere and retired.”
Continuing on, the WWE Hall of Famer paid tribute to the fans and both Caster and Bowens. Gunn added that if his career ended today, he would be more than happy with how it all played out.
“If there’s one thing that’s constant it’s the fans,” he continued. “Whether you like me or don’t like me, they’ve always been there. My rollercoaster of life has peaked out, I’m having a blast. I’m having a lot of fun with Max and Anthony; they’re good kids. My career doesn’t get better, it can end today and I’ll be fine. At this stage of my life I’m just having fun, and that’s what I need to do. I’ve done the hard part.”
The Acclaimed won the AEW World Tag Team Championships back at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam with victory over Swerve in our Glory. It has since been confirmed that the two rival teams will meet one more time at Full Gear with the gold on the line.
H/t to Wrestling Inc