WWE fans from the Attitude Era may be shocked to see Billy Gunn on AEW TV every week – and even more surprised to see him being referred to as “Daddy Ass”.
The WWE Hall of Famer has been part of the company since 2019, when he made his debut in the Casino Battle Royal at AEW Double or Nothing 2019.
He was signed to the company to work backstage for AEW, but was soon thrust into the spotlight to join his sons (Austin and Colten) as part of The Gunn Club.
However, the pair turned heel soon after, winning the AEW World Tag Team Championships from The Acclaimed on AEW Dynamite.
Billy Gunn is now part of The Acclaimed, holding the AEW Trios Championships alongside Anthony Bowens and Max Caster since beating The House of Black at Wembley Stadium in August.
Why Is Billy Gunn Called “Mr Ass”?
Billy Gunn is called “Daddy Ass” because AEW wrestler Danhausen called Colten and Austin Gunn “The Ass Boys”, making their father “Daddy Ass”.
He named the duo “The Ass Boys” due to Billy Gunn’s former gimmick in WWE as the bottom-loving “Mr Ass”.
Danhausen even created a song for the Ass Boys to use in AEW, although they rejected to use the tune as their entrance music.
While it may seem confusing why Billy Gunn is referred to as “Mr Ass”, his fellow AEW Trios Champion Anthony Bowens explained it very comprehensively in an essay published in The Player’s Tribunal.
O.K. — in 1999 Billy Gunn is going to leave DX and change his name to “Mr. Ass” Billy Gunn, which will start as this ironic play on the name “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn but will eventually become a gimmick about his literal ass. Twenty years later, a nice but evil demon will call Billy’s two sons “The Ass Boys” and you’ll (you’re a professional wrestler now) start referring to Billy (he’s 59 now) as “Daddy Ass.” After that, the three Gunns will partner with The Acclaimed, a tag team you’re in with Max Caster, this amazing rapper. You and Max will have a signature handshake where you’ll scissor each other’s fingers, which is a nod both to the “A” in Acclaimed and to your own queerness. One night on live TV, you’ll turn to Billy and scream, “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!!!” People will love it and your life will never be the same.Anthony Bowens explains why Billy Gunn is called “Mr Ass”.
The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn defended their AEW World Trios Championship against The Dark Order on the AEW Rampage: Grand Slam show on Friday Night.
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