In a shocking turn of events, the wrestling world has been left stunned by the apparent retirement of a beloved All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star.
The news, which has sent ripples through the wrestling community, seems to confirm the retirement of “Daddy Ass” Billy Gunn, a highly respected figure in the AEW.
AEW: The Hint of Retirement
The first signs of Gunn’s retirement surfaced during the July 22nd edition of AEW Collision. In a highly anticipated rematch, the House of Black emerged victorious against Billy Gunn and The Acclaimed, successfully retaining the AEW World Trios Championships.
This match was a follow-up to the All Elite Wrestling Double Or Nothing event in May, where Gunn, Max Caster, and Anthony Bowens had previously faced off against Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews, and Brody King.
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A Symbolic Gesture
In a poignant moment following their loss on Collision, Gunn, with tears in his eyes, removed his wrestling boots and placed them in the centre of the ring.
This symbolic gesture, a tradition in the wrestling world, often signifies a wrestler’s retirement. The sight of Gunn’s boots, abandoned in the ring, left his teammates and fans puzzled about the future of “Daddy Ass.”
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Confirmation from a Loved One
The speculation surrounding Gunn’s retirement was further fueled by a social media post from his wife, Paula Sopp.
On July 25, Sopp shared a photo of the WWE Hall of Famer on Twitter, stating that he was enjoying retirement. Her tweet read, “This is what retirement looks like @RealBillyGunn.”
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The wrestling community awaits an official response from AEW or The Acclaimed regarding Gunn’s apparent retirement.
While the news has left fans and fellow wrestlers in a state of surprise, it has also sparked a wave of support and well-wishes for the wrestling veteran.