Billy Gunn Talks His Time In New Japan Pro Wrestling

Billy Gunn liked opposing The Bullet Club in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion, Gunn competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag League throughout November and December. He told Sports Illustrated about how he joined forces with his partner WWE alumnus, Yoshi Tatsu.

"After I was let go by the Performance Center, I was out working indies. After everything I’ve accomplished, I have a pretty good name and I’m easy to work with. As long as you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you. I liked doing some indie stuff for a year, then Lance Hoyt called me and said that the New Japan office was looking for me to go over to Japan and do this tag tournament. If it’s a tag tournament and you have room, why not have me? My partner was Yoshi and he’s trying to do this Hunter Club thing, so they figured I could help him a little bit. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I jumped on it," said Gunn.

Tatsu was apart of The Hunter Club. Gunn says the success of Tatsu's fraction was due to their juxtaposition to The Bullet Club.

"I don’t even know what it is. I tried to get into what they actually wanted from me, and it was just to try to get Yoshi on track. It’s not anything DX-related. Yoshi had his run here in WWE, and he’s great, and he was looking for what to do there (in New Japan), and I think the best thing you can do over there is feud anything with the Bullet Club because they’re so hot. They’re the thing over there, and I’m cool with working for anything that goes against the hottest guys in the company. That’s where you’re going to get the most attention. It’s an anti-Bullet Club and spoof of Hunter/Triple H kind of thing. That’s only my opinion, but it was something for Yoshi to sink his teeth into and get into, but I honestly don’t really know what it is," said Gunn.

Tatsu had formed The Hunter Club in April, at first he struggled to find members. Gunn would also discuss his philosophy on coaching and seeing his friends, Triple H and Road Dogg succeed in corporate WWE.

The rest of the interview is available at SI.com. Fightful.com will have full coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 11 January 4 at 3 AM EST.

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