The October 10th edition of Monday Night Raw Triple H, Sean Waltman (X-Pac) Road Dogg and Shawn Michaels celebrated the 25th anniversary of legendary faction DX.
However, the reunion featured one notable absentee in the form of Billy Gunn. The star was an integral part of DX for a number of years as one half of the New Age Outlaws and enjoyed the most successful run of his career in the black and green.
The obvious stumbling block regarding an appearance was the fact that Gunn now works for AEW and is in a prominent position alongside The Acclaimed. However, it appears that despite this, those within WWE attempted to make him part of the segment.
“It Broke My Heart, And I Believe It Broke His Too” – Road Dogg
Speaking on his Oh… You Didn’t Know podcast, Road Dogg lifted the lid on how the situation unfolded. WWE’s Senior Vice President of Live Events explained that while he wasn’t involved in negotiations he was told everything had been possible to secure Gunn for the spot. Furthermore, at one stage Gunn himself believed he would be on the show. The end result was a situation that no one, including Triple H was happy with.
“It broke my heart, and I believe it broke his too. In all actuality, Hunter [Triple H] was not happy about it either. Shawn and X-Pac weren’t either. We wanted the band, all that we could get back together. Chyna is there in spirit. That didn’t happen.
From what I understand, and I’m not in those inner circles anymore, and for my sanity rightfully so and thankful. I don’t know the exact reason, but I was told everything that we could do was done, and we couldn’t come together.
During the day prior, I texted him, ‘Hey, are you going to be able to make it? Have you found out any answers yet?’ He said, ‘Yes, I’m in.’ I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s awesome.’ Literally, before I landed at home, I found out he was not in. I texted him back and he wasn’t happy either. It just didn’t work, no matter what. I understand. Whatever.
I understand we’re [AEW and WWE] not huge fans of each other from a business standpoint. It was a big deal, and I feel like he got ripped off and didn’t live it with us. I’m sorry for that. I know he is too,”
H/t to Fightful