Billy Gunn Was Worried Fans Wouldn't Boo After AEW Heel Turn

Gunn attacked Paul Wight on the Sept 1 AEW Dynamite

Billy Gunn has admitted he was concerned he wouldn't get the desired reaction out of his recent heel turn in AEW.

Gunn turned on Paul Wight on the September 1 episode of AEW Dynamite, attacking the former Big Show with a steel chair. However, as one of wrestling's most recognisable and beloved names, Gunn was worried he wouldn't be treated as a proper bad guy.

Speaking on My Mom's Basement with Robbie Fox about his heel turn, Gunn said: ""It was a collective idea. I think Tony [Khan] wanted us...the problem with doing that is, I've been a good guy for a long time and it's hard. When we heard it, we went, 'Oh, good luck with that.'

"I hate being a babyface. I hate being a good guy with a passion. It was just where it went and that's what I've been for the past 20 years. I love being a bad guy, it gives you more freedom. Plus me and my aura and the way that I am, I'm a really good heel.

"It's just, when I had [BG James], you just can't do that. No matter how much they hated me...'Oh, if he wasn't with you, we would get your ass.' [Austin] has more bad guy tendencies than [Colten] although now we get to feed off each other. It was just, how do we get to where we need to get to? That's where the sacrificial lamb of Paul Wight comes into play.

"I wouldn't say [Paul] is a bigger babyface than I am, it's just how do you get people to switch over and believe? Rather than just do something that goes, 'Oh, you're a bad guy, we get it.' You want to do something that makes a statement."

H/T Fightful

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