Billy Gunn On Who He Considers To Be The Most Popular Wrestler Of All Time, Working With The Road Dogg & More

Billy Gunn On Who He Considers To Be The Most Popular Wrestler Of All Time, Working With The Road Dogg & More

During his appearance on AEW Unrestricted, Billy Gunn spoke on Steve Austin being more popular than Hulk Hogan and any other star in history, his relationship with The Road Dogg, and more. Here are the highlights:

On The Road Dogg:

Yes. People ask me all the time and I don’t know what it was, I don’t know how come we had such great chemistry because I knew him from work. I knew him from doing the road with Jeff [Jarrett]. We knew each other, but until the day they said we’re gonna put you together to tag and the very first time we tagged, something and I don’t want to say something corny like magical, but I don’t know how to explain it. There was that thing where we [just clicked]. I wish I had a thing to explain it, but I just don’t. Me and him were working each other, but the minute we started tagging was [magic].

We literally just fed off of each other. That’s all we needed. That’s one of the reasons we got over so well is one, we were gonna get fired, so we had no reigns on us. We literally would just go do whatever we wanted to do, and it was never anything outlandish like we were trying to get fired. It was I get to be me. He gets to do what he does best, and we always worked off that. He is probably one of the best talkers that people don’t realize in this business. He is so good, and people don’t know a lot of stuff about him, but every night before we cracked that curtain, he was a wreck and would literally hang on to me and go, ‘I have no idea what to say. Give me something.’ We would sit there, and I would wait for our music and shove him out the curtain. It would just go, and he would do it every single night. After a while you’d think it was funny or a rib, but it really wasn’t. He just does it, until you put him that moment, and once you put him in the moment, he’s on.

On Working With The Rock:

Dwayne was always easy to work with. He has a larger than life personality, and Owen, in his own right, he’s a Hart. Do you need to say any more than that? At the time, those guys had huge personalities and were so over. I feel we need to get to that where people are so over that they don’t understand the energy that comes with that. Dude, it’s life-changing. It’s amazing to be in there with somebody [like that]. It never gets old. I’ve been there 1000 times with Austin, Steve, The Rock and some of those guys, but when you’re out there and that s–t hits, talking music, it’s another level of craziness. You’re skin will peel right off of you because it’s such an energy. People lose their minds. If that glass broke or ‘if you smell’, people would go insane, and when you’re in it, you’re just drop in the middle waiting. You just know it’s on.

On Getting To Work With The Legion Of Doom:

They were great, but they came in and did what they needed to do. Kudos to them. They were passing the torch, and they were passing it to me and Brian and what better guys than the two biggest names in tag team wrestling at the time.

On Steve Austin Being The Most Popular Wrestler Ever:

We got caught in bear traps. We got caught in springs. We got stuff dumped on us. We got hooked up. Steve had the ultimate character that had the ultimate bad guy, and he was smoking. To me, there’s nobody that’s ever been as hot as he was. No offense to Hogan. Hogan had a longer lifespan here and did certain things but just as a person that was over super fast, Steve was it. We’ve had some greats, and it’s not taking away [anything] from them, but Austin was another level because he played the part. He was the perfect guy. He’s that guy, and he had the perfect villain in that guy that everybody hated. And there’s not a person on planet Earth at that time that could not connect with him. That’s what it was. It was just a connection that was so strong. As much as you didn’t want to get into it, you couldn’t help it because Stone Cold Steve Austin was the man. Like when you work him, that’s a whole other level too. You’re just so excited and so happy because you don’t really have to do anything and that’s for people that know what I’m talking about. It’s cool. You get so much out of doing so little that’s called being over.

Credit: AEW Unrestricted. H/T WrestlingInc.


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