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Billy Gunn Not Ready to Retire, Despite Back Fractures

One big thing: AEW star Billy Gunn, 60, is still undecided about retirement from wrestling, despite recent health issues.

• Gunn revealed he has two stress fractures in his back during an interview on “Insight with Chris Van Vliet.”
• He claims these injuries don’t hinder his performance or stop him from wrestling.
• The veteran wrestler believes he still brings value to AEW, citing the enthusiastic fan response he receives.

Why it matters:

Gunn’s longevity in the wrestling industry and his continued popularity highlight the evolving nature of professional wrestling careers and fan expectations.

By the numbers:

• At 60 years old, Gunn is one of the older active wrestlers in major promotions.
• He’s been wrestling professionally for over three decades.

What they’re saying:

“The minute I step out there, those people go nuts and they start saying my name. So as long as I bring value and it’s not, you know, if I go out there and they go, ‘Oh, god, really?’ The first time I hear that, I’ll quit,” Gunn said.

The big picture:

• Gunn’s role as The Acclaimed’s “sidekick” allows him to continue performing without the physical demands of long, intense matches.
• His ability to connect with fans and add value to AEW programming demonstrates that wrestling careers can evolve and extend beyond traditional expectations.

What’s next:

Gunn plans to continue wrestling as long as he feels good and can contribute positively to AEW.

What do you think about Billy Gunn’s approach to retirement? Should more veteran wrestlers follow his lead? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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