Billy Gunn: AEW's Structure Is A Little Bit On The Wild West Side

Billy Gunn discusses the lack of structure in All Elite Wrestling.

When AEW was founded at the beginning of 2019, Billy Gunn was one of the company's first hires. Gunn was hired to serve as a coach and producer for the company, but would go on to also to have a significant in-ring role as well. Since May 2019, Gunn has been in 64 matches across AEW Dynamite, Dark, Elevation, and Rampage.

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Before coming to AEW, Gunn spent the vast majority of his career in WWE and TNA, both in a producing and wrestling roles.

In a new interview with Renee Paquette, Gunn talked about the differences in working for AEW and WWE and the two different structures that the companies bring to the table.

“Being in that WWE structure for so long, luckily I was there for fourteen years, then I took a break or got fired. I say break, it’s really fired. So I’m very used to that, I am a very structured person. In the wrestling business, the more structured you are, the better things are cause it’s not ‘Hey I tell you this, you tell me that, I tell this, they come back and tell me, I go over your head and get another answer and now everybody’s mad at me.’ So that’s very uneasy for me. Up [in WWE], there’s one thing and if you don’t like it you ask that one person and they said ‘No, you’ll do it’, so you do it that way. I’m not saying it’s not good at AEW, I'm just saying it’s a little bit on the Wild West side. Which I guess if you’re used to that, then it’s okay. I am not used to that and that’s the hardest adjustment to get is to understand that kind of dynamic of [needing to be on the same page]. I feel that we still have a little bit of too many people being able to do a bunch of different things.”

Although Gunn is having a hard time adjusting to the structure of AEW, he also has commented in the past about struggling to connect with talent on a coach level. To learn more, click here.

Gunn was defeated by his son Colten on last night's episode of AEW Dynamite. To see Fightful's full report on the show, click here.

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