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Former AEW World Trios Champion “Daddy Ass” Billy Gunn has discussed bringing value to the company late in his career.

AEW star and WWE Hall of Famer Billy Gunn has been wrestling since 1989. Now at the age of 60, he is still competing in All Elite Wrestling.
After a legendary run in WWE, Gunn now has a prominent role on AEW television alongside Max Caster and Anthony Bowens of The Acclaimed.

Speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Billy Gunn discussed his potential retirement, after teasing stepping away from the ring in July 2023. He said:
“I wish I knew, I don’t feel too bad. But a lot of it is the way that I take care of myself. I mean, yeah, do I wake up and everything until I get moving? Yeah.”
“I just found I have two stress fractures in my back, but they don’t stop me from doing what I do, it doesn’t hinder me, but I can still do what I do at a pretty good level.
“I mean, I’m not gonna go out there and go 25 minutes with Will (Ospreay), that ain’t happening. But do I still have equity in the company? Can I still bring something? Damn right.

“I can because the minute I step out there those people go nuts and they start saying my name.
“So as long as I bring value and it’s not, you know, if I go out there and they go, Oh, God really? The first time I hear that I’ll quit.
“But as long as I can do something to help The Acclaimed or help the company or help my kids, yeah, I’ll stay around. There’s no reason I can’t.”

On having no problem being The Acclaimed’s sidekick, Gunn said:
“I have no problem just being The Acclaimed’s sidekick. I love it.
“Because I get to run around talk to people act like a goofball interact when I want to and work every now and then.

“When I work it’s nothing crazy. My kids asked me that they go, did you just take a triple powerbomb? Go What are you thinking? I went, I thought it would help the match. [They go] Okay, don’t ever do that again. I said okay.
“Well, I thought in my head it did. But as long as I can do that, and I feel good and I’m not…you know, it’s a struggle.
“The only thing that is a struggle is flying these days. Because I hate it. Yeah, but I mean, as long as I’m still having fun and doing what I do, and I can bring something to help I’m in, I’m good.”

Billy Gunn’s partners The Acclaimed are set to challenge The Young Bucks for the AEW World Tag Team Championships at an unconfirmed date.
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