Thanks to Chris Van Vliet of WSVN-TV for sending this in:
Hey Rajah, Hope you're having a great weekend! Billy Gunn was at the Wrestling For Warriors event in Fort Pierce, FL on Saturday night and I had the chance to interview him. He's such a laid back and funny guy and we had a great chat about a number of different topics including how he apologized to Triple H for shooting on him, why the Billy & Chuck gimmick wouldn't work now, the fact that he still gets paid DX royalties, when he thinks The New Age Outlaws will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and much more.
He has apologized to Triple H for shooting on him:
"Oh of course I did. It was mostly for me because a lot of it was in my recovery program from being an addict. So a lot of it came from that but I don't blame it on that at all because all my actions and everything I did were me. It's more or less so I don't feel guilty. I felt bad for saying all of those things because everything I said was not true, so I just wanted to clear the air. Like if I do something to you and I feel bad about it, I'll come back and apologize, you can take it or you don't have to take it, it's ok. It's not selfish, it's to help me and to stay where I need to stay safe and I've been safe for 8 years."
The DX reunion at RAW 25 felt rushed:
"Well you're looking at the end of the show, they're trying to go back and forth between two buildings. We're in the Manhattan Center and of course everybody says they were getting mad but how do you spread all of that out? It's the 25th anniversary, you want to go back to the place you started, but you can't have all of the talent there, I don't know if you've been there but it's little. It was rushed a little bit, but it's the end of the show and you're trying to shove 200 talents into a 3 hour show. So yeah, a little rugged."
He still gets paid royalties from DX merchandise:
"I do. I do. Anything that has my name that I own on it. Yeah, I get a little bit. But I mean you're talking like of a half a cent of a half of a cent but it's still something."
Why the Billy and Chuck gimmick wouldn't work as well now:
"It wouldn't be as surprising because there's so much diversity and now we have transgender bathrooms and all this other stuff. So nowadays it's like 'Oh you're gay? Oh that's awesome.' It's not that big of a deal. When we did it, it was still kind of that way but it was still a behind the door kind of thing. When we did that, wrestling became instantly real because I had so many people that said to me 'I knew you were gay. I knew it the entire time you worked here.' That's how much they bit into it."
When the New Age Outlaws will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame:
"I think they'll put me and Brian in as strictly tag stuff, then it will be a few years and they'll induct Hunter. When they induct Hunter, the next year it'll be the DX thing."