When the news broke that Billy Gunn had been fired by the WWE, the main question on everybody's lips was: How?
Gunn hadn't wrestled for the WWE for over a year and was firmly in retirement - working at the Performance Center as a coach for younger stars in NXT and those hoping to become stars of the future.
So why oh why was the 52-year-old kicked out for failing a drugs test? Well, we finally know.
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The former member of DX and the New Age Outlaws spoke to Chris Featherstone of Sports Illustrated about his career in general, but the most interesting stuff came when he discussed his exit from the company last year.
Gunn revealed that he completely agreed with Triple H's decision to let him go, as well as saying that he was taking the testosterone for a powerlifting competition he was taking part in.
"The first thing I want to make clear is the powerlifting meet that I went to," Gunn said. "I wasn't on it to win that powerlifting contest because it was me against me anyway. I popped on their test, because I was over their test limit. Let's face it: I'm 52 years old. I have my [prescription] from the doctor, but it was the way it all came out is what they had to do."
"I don't blame them at all, and I'm going to take every single bit of it because it wasn't fair to NXT for what Hunter had done for the company. What he's done with that brand is amazing."
"[WWE] had to do what they had to do. They did it, and I'm perfectly fine with it, and hopefully one day they'll hire me back because I feel I was a pretty good coach."
It seems that Gunn's biggest regret was the way that everything went down and how much he let down his students.
"It's just the way it all came out. It wasn't anything that WWE did; they [had] to do what they did, and I feel like I let the NXT kids down. I never, ever wanted to do that. Ever. So I'll take that."
Gunn is a really great coach for the young wrestlers, he's seen and done it all. Hopefully, he finds his way back into the company's good graces and can get rehired.
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