“Daddy Ass” was an early signing for AEW, appearing at the first show (Double or Nothing 2019) as a wrestler, before working backstage.
He then began to his two sons (now-AEW Tag Team Champions, Austin and Colten Gunn) before defecting to work with The Acclaimed, who are Max Caster and Anthony Bowens.
The trio have become one of the most popular acts on the AEW roster, and Billy Gunn has explained just how they did it.
Billy Gunn on The Acclaimed’s Popularity
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Billy Gunn spoke about fans have taken to The Acclaimed due to the interactive nature of their act.
He explained how, through every stage of their entrance, they encourage interaction from the fans, making them feel like a part of the show.
The Acclaimed entrance, which features a new rap from Max Caster each week, has become a highlight of AEW Dynamite a big part of how the crew got as popular as they have done so far.
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Billy Gunn said;
“It’s wrestling, right? It’s wrestling. It’s something when the fans see The Acclaimed and hear us rap, and when Anthony joins in, and we do our little scissor thing, everybody’s involved.
They all feel like they’re a part of it, and that’s really what gets guys out. It’s something that they feel like they can all be a part of. When some, not everybody, but mostly when they come out, it’s just wrestling, wrestling, wrestling, flips, and whatever you do. Then they’re done.
There’s no interaction, except for them cheering and going, ‘Oh my God, that’s crazy.’ But with us, it’s more of a participation. It’s like everybody in the building, including us, is all one, and we just get it. And that’s what makes fans feel like they’re a part of this.”
The Acclaimed are currently looking at joining the Jericho Appreciation Society in AEW, and are likely to start a feud with the group this coming Wednesday.
Meanwhile The Gunns are defending their AEW Tag Team Championships on AEW Dynamite, in a title-vs-career match against FTR.
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