Billy Gunn, a versatile wrestling icon known for his varied personas including a cowboy, an outlaw, and a degenerate, recently opened up about one of his most memorable roles in WWE. During an appearance on "The A2theK Wrestling Show" with his wife, Paula Sopp, Gunn delved into his time as part of the early 2000s tag team Billy and Chuck.
Often underrated, this chapter in Gunn's Hall of Fame career holds a special place in his heart. The Billy and Chuck storyline, where Gunn teamed up with Chuck Palumbo, presented them as a same-gender couple, a move that was both challenging and rewarding for Gunn.
"I get asked about the Billy and Chuck thing," Gunn said. "I loved doing it. [It was] probably one of the hardest and best things that I've done, including The Outlaws stuff, The Acclaimed, [etc] because one, it was satisfying, and two, it was kind of to see if I was capable of pulling off a character."
In-Ring Triumphs Highlighted
The duo's in-ring achievements were notable, capturing WWE Tag Team gold twice and earning the PWI Tag Team of the Year title in 2002.
Their journey peaked with a staged wedding that was later revealed as a publicity stunt, a twist that drew criticism from organizations like GLAAD at the time. Reflecting on the evolution of representation in professional wrestling, Gunn pointed to his Acclaimed protégé, Anthony Bowens, as a contemporary example of progress.
Bowens, who has openly embraced his orientation, was commended by Gunn for his character and talent. "I love everybody, actually. I don't discriminate," Gunn stated. "I work with Anthony, who has come out. He's amazing. He's not any different because of [his orientation].
He's an amazing kid and an amazing person." Gunn's candid discussion on "The A2theK Wrestling Show" highlights not only his versatile career but also the evolving landscape of representation in professional wrestling. His reflections offer insight into the challenges and triumphs of portraying diverse characters in the WWE, underscoring the industry's ongoing journey towards inclusivity and diversity.