Billy Gunn didn’t appear alongside D-Generation X during the group’s reunion on the October 10th Monday Night Raw, but it wasn’t just because of his contract status.
One of the selling points for the season premiere of WWE Raw on October 10th was the reunion of D-Generation X, celebrating 25 years since they first formed in 1997. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg, and X-Pac were all in attendance, with the late Chyna honored in spirit, but conspicuous by his absence was Billy Gunn.
Gunn, as an AEW-contracted performer, wasn’t expected to be involved in the festivities, though it seems he very nearly was. As Road Dogg discussed on the latest Oh…You Didn’t Know? podcast, Billy Gunn told him that he was “in” to work the show before the situation changed.
Dave Meltzer provided an update on the situation in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Tony Khan reportedly agreed to let ‘Daddy Ass’ appear for WWE, so long as it was acknowledged on-screen that he came from All Elite Wrestling. It was a similar situation to when Mickie James entered the Royal Rumble match with the IMPACT Knockouts World Championship and her IMPACT entrance music.
Ultimately, the situation fell through and Billy Gunn never made the journey to the Barclays Center. Road Dogg stated that, although he understands the business side of the matter, he was “heartbroken” that his famed New Age Outlaws partner wouldn’t be by his side to celebrate the history of DX.
AEW has previously allowed a couple of employees, Gunn included, to appear on WWE programming while under contract. Chris Jericho appeared on an episode of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, while Billy Gunn joined DX to accept their 2019 Hall of Fame induction. This is where Triple H referred to AEW as a “pissant company”.