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Let’s Say Nice Things About... Billy Gunn

Now more than ever, the world needs a good dose of positivity. We here at Cageside Seats will do our small part to bring that positivity on a daily basis. Throughout the entirety of 2017, we’ll say something nice about wrestling and everything around it, past, present, and future.

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Today’s subject: 1999 King of the Ring and multi-time tag team champion Billy Gunn.

Show of hands: who remembers Rockabilly?

For those that don’t, Rockabilly was basically Honky Tonk Man 2.0. That was Billy Gunn after a somewhat successful run as one-half of the Smoking Gunns. That gimmick would have ended most people’s careers.

But by sheer happenstance, Billy recovered from that and became one of the most popular performers of the Attitude Era.

I can only imagine the fan backlash he had to deal with when he was one half of the Billy and Chuck duo in the early aughts. As far as I know, he was a stand-up guy about it.

Not many people can make a gimmick destined to fail into something moderately awesome. Billy Gunn did it twice.

Your turn. Say something nice about “Mr. Ass”.

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