Billy Gunn is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and is working in a backstage role, while sporadically appearing as a talent on-screen. One may assume that the ten-time WWE World Tag Team Champion has one contract that permits him to do both gigs, but the 58-year-old has revealed otherwise.
“Yeah, they have to do two contracts because they can’t loop them all together,” Gunn said at a “K & S WrestleFest” virtual signing. “You can’t loop the employee and talent because it’s, you know, a self-employed kind of deal. So, in reality, yeah, you’d like to just have one contract that says you do different things, but for some reason, you can’t do it that way for business bookkeeping or whatever.”
The WWE Hall of Famer stated that he began his journey with AEW as head coach, but when his children – Colten and Austin Gunn – joined the company, he wound up working on television. Gunn said that he now has a contract working as a coach, producer, and mentor and also a talent contract, though his payment comes in one single paycheck.
Gunn, who has competed professionally with WWE, NJPW and AEW, joined the company in January of 2019. Gunn then competed at Double or Nothing in May of 2019 defeating Brandon Cutler on his way to being eliminated by someone else on the card for the first-ever Casino Battle Royale match. In January 2020, The Gunn Club was formed consisting of Gunn and his two sons serving as a tag team. In January 2020, Shane’s most recent pay-per-view match came against Alex Coughlin, Kevin Knight from The DKC and Yuya Uemura from NJPW where he and his team triumphed.