Former wrestler and now AEW coach, Billy Gunn sat down with Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavonne on the AEW Unrestricted Podcast and talked his career, his time in WWE, his coaching in AEW and more. One of the more interesting moments was when he gave his take on the former faction he was in, D-Generation X.
Seeing Gunn in this podcast environment is going to surprise some people. Not known during his time as a wrestler to be a “talker”, Gunn seemed very happy, relaxed, and personable chatting with up with the two hosts about a variety of subjects. He only had a hard time discussing two topics. The first was his friendship with the late Chyna. He called her his best friend and her death just crushed him. The second was throwing props towards Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
You could tell there was no love lost there from Gunn’s perspective. Clearly, there’s still some animosity when it comes to his relationship with those two, likely stemming back to his departure from WWE and as a coach in developmental. That said, he did give them some credit for doing something good when they started DX.
In the early days, the group was just Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna (and for a while, they had Rick Rude). As Michaels would go on to leave the group and Triple H need to find new members the night after WrestleMania XIV, Gunn claimed, “I’m going to hold to this to this day, but DX did not get good until me and Brian got on there, till we were in it.”
Calling what Hunter and Shawn did before what DX ultimately became, not really wrestling but in a wrestling world, Gunn cited the fact there were five people in the group and there was a whole different dynamic. He explained:
“You have everybody and anybody that could do everything and anything. And everybody played their part so good, as a unit, we were just unstoppable.”
He’s got a point. DX really did take off after X-Pac and The New Age Outlaws joined the group. Were they as good as the original trio? I suppose that depends on which type of wrestling fan you ask.