BILLY GUNN OVERSEAS
Name
Billy Gunn
Real Name
Monty Sopp
Date of Birth
November 1, 1963
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1989
Dixie Carter
As the company continues their negotiations with Spike TV, TNA has signed a new television contract with SuperSport in Africa. The deal is for five years, which means that Dixie Carter and company will maintain a strong presence overseas, even if they are unable to secure another deal with Spike. Many in the industry are under the impression that Impact Wrestling will remain on television in the United States somehow.
August 21, 2014
Great Khali
As many already know, WWE has been trying to downplay the importance of Great Khali to the company. For years, he was paid a very high salary because of his overseas marketing appeal. However, with WWE losing a ton of money lately, there are talks that the former world heavyweight champion could become a casualty soon. Giving him a release would save WWE close to a million dollars a year.
August 13, 2014
Rock
While the movie did not dominate in the United States as the studios had hoped, Hercules has done well overseas. Rock has now informed the fans that the movie has topped the box offices in India, Russia and Australia. The movie has generated almost the same amount from international viewers as it has domestic ones. There's still talks that the movie might barely break even for the studios, which would definitely not be a good sign for the Rock.
August 9, 2014
Tensai
With his in ring career fully behind him now, Tensai has been slowly gaining power backstage in WWE. He impressed management with his ability to function as a color commentator. Now, he has convinced them to let him have a bigger part in the company by training the developmental wrestlers. WWE likes the fact that Tensai has worked overseas and is familiar with a lot of different styles of wrestling.
July 26, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
Vince McMahon
With the company desperately needing to boost the subscribers count, the WWE Network is set to go international soon. Emails were sent out to various fans to let them know that a trial run was being offered. Vince McMahon and company are wisely taking the cautious approach by testing things out with a small group of people overseas before opening up the gates for everyone else.
July 17, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
Masahiro Chono
Long known as one of the most famous wrestlers in all of Japan, Masahiro Chono has signed a new deal with WWE. However, the contract is not for him to become an in ring performer for the company. Chono and WWE have an agreement that enables the international star to sell nWo related merchandise in Japan. Chono was a part of the stable and feels that now is a good time to bring the items back to the overseas market.
July 10, 2014
Dixie Carter
You can expect to see more of Seiya Sanada on Impact Wrestling over the next few months. The former TNA X Division Champion has decided to sign another contract with Dixie Carter that will ensure that he remains in the United States until at least the end of the year. Sanada also has a deal with the Great Muta, so he will be venturing back overseas for tours with Wrestle-1 as well. The rumored deal has been finalized.
July 7, 2014
Dixie Carter
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Dixie Carter and company would do a big announcement in London. A lot of speculations floated around, including the possibility of doing an overseas tournament there. However, signs are pointing to a new television show instead for TNA. It would be designed specifically for their fans in England and the surrounding areas.
July 3, 2014
Emma
One of the reasons why Santino Marella worked a segment with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter on Monday Night Raw this week was because Emma was overseas. WWE sent the diva to her home country of Australia to do some promotional work for an upcoming tour. Management really does not have a long term plan for Santino and Emma, but they like utilizing the two of them on television together.
June 11, 2014
Wes Brisco
For those of you that haven't heard, Wes Brisco has been wrestling in Japan as of late. The second generation star has been wanting to work overseas since being released by TNA because he wanted to gain more experience. Brisco recently came back to the United States, but he later revealed that he was just taking a break. He is scheduled to return to New Japan this summer.
June 2, 2014
MVP
While he is currently one of the top stars in the company, don't expect MVP to remain with TNA for the rest of his career. During a recent interview with the Mirror, the former United States Heavyweight Champion confirmed that he wants his wrestling career to end overseas. MVP wants another big run in Japan before he retires from the business.
June 1, 2014
John Cena
It looks like WWE wants to promote Roman Reigns as a top star during the upcoming tour of Japan. Management is booking him in singles matches against Kane, a performer that Japanese fans are aware of. Reigns will more than likely be going over in those bouts. WWE is also booking Reigns for a tag team match with John Cena during the tour as well, which should give him a little more credibility with the overseas fans.
May 30, 2014
Al Snow
MVP is taking the weekend off from TNA live events, so that he can travel to England to work a big show over there for PCW. Promoters there have also booked Al Snow, Shane Helms, Low Ki and Chris Masters as well. One of the things that MVP asked for in contract negotiations with TNA is to have some freedom and flexibility to work overseas still.
May 30, 2014
Damien Sandow
As a sign of how much the company values his overseas appeal, Sami Zayn was brought on the tour of Europe with the main roster. The developmental wrestler worked matches with Damien Sandow and was actually given the win. Zayn is starting to become a regular on these overseas tour, so it would not be a stretch to see WWE promoting him to Monday Night Raw soon.
May 25, 2014
Ricky Steamboat
With WWE needing all of their stars for the tour of Europe, the company decided to send a retired performer to Malaysia on a promotional tour instead. Ricky Steamboat, one of the most beloved stars in the history of WWE, flew overseas and promoted the October tour, which will feature two shows. The company has not been back in the country since 2002.
May 24, 2014
Kota Ibushi
While his name is not known to the majority of fans in the United States, people within the industry believe that Kota Ibushi is the best high flying wrestler in the business. The New Japan star has caught the attention of WWE. The company wants to sign the current IWGP Junior Champion and bring him overseas. Management has been pushing recently to bring an influx of new performers into the developmental program.
May 23, 2014
Xavier Woods
When WWE performers headed off to Europe for a tour, Xavier Woods was left behind. Management needed him to work the Florida Special Olympics event. Now that he is done with that task, Woods is boarding a plane to join the rest of the company overseas. He is expected to be available for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, which are being taped in London next week.
May 17, 2014
CM Punk
A columnist in Chicago, who happens to be friends with CM Punk, recently wrote that the former WWE star has retired from professional wrestling. While fans have made this into a big ordeal, people backstage are brushing it off, as they know that Punk could easily decide to return to the ring whenever he felt like it, whether it is with WWE, TNA, ROH or overseas.
May 9, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the Ultimate Warrior. Rest in peace." - Billy Gunn on the death of the WWE legend
April 25, 2014
Road Dogg
The belief backstage in WWE is that Road Dogg is going to be winding down his days as an active in ring performer now that Wrestlemania 30 is over and done with. His tag team partner Billy Gunn suffered an injury during the big six man tag team match at the pay per view, so management is contemplating a scenario where they are written off of television.
April 8, 2014
Undertaker
Since the performers have a tendency to go all out during the biggest wrestling pay per view of the year, it should come as no surprise that there were several Wrestlemania 30 injuries. Undertaker was sent to the hospital for a potential concussion and injured neck. Billy Gunn was said to be bleeding internally. A lot of other performers suffered the usual cuts and bruises. Rough night for WWE stars.
April 8, 2014
Seth Rollins
WWE.com is reporting that Billy Gunn suffered a serious injury during his match against Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 30. The report reveals that he was coughing up blood backstage after taking the triple power bomb from the Shield at the end of the match. No word yet on whether this is a story line or a legitimate injury.
April 7, 2014
Billy Gunn
At Wrestlemania 30, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns completely destroyed Kane, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn in a six man tag team match. The Shield captured the win over the Authority with a triple power bomb on both members of the New Age Outlaws at the same time. That led to an easy pin fall victory for the Shield at Wrestlemania.
April 6, 2014
Roman Reigns
While plans are constantly being changed throughout the week, WWE currently has Kane, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in the opening match at Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that the audience in New Orleans should give these guys a nice pop since all six guys are fairly over.
April 5, 2014
Tensai
Since the company is always searching for new talent, WWE held tryouts this past week. Running the event for the company were Bill DeMott, Norman Smiley, Tensai, Billy Gunn, Dean Malenko and William Regal. There were approximately 30 people trying out, with 20 of them having actual experience in professional wrestling.
April 1, 2014
Kane
Since management was having trouble trying to figure out where to put everyone, a last minute decision was made to do a six man tag team match so that WWE could get Kane, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins on the Wrestlemania 30 card. Reigns initially had a much bigger role on the pay per view.
March 25, 2014
Dean Ambrose
In a sign that they still have a good amount of backstage power, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn have been pushing management to let them work with the Shield before WWE has Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins going their separate ways. It looks like the company will be giving them that chance at Wrestlemania 30 in the Kane story line.
March 21, 2014
Road Dogg
Management is still trying to do decide what to do with Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso at Wrestlemania 30. While there were plans initially to have them involved in a big tag team match for the championship, those are in jeopardy of not coming to fruition because of the injuries to Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. They're still guaranteed a spot on the card, though.
March 16, 2014
Andre the Giant
There are those within WWE that want the tag team championship defended at Wrestlemania 30, and the favored match involves Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. However, the chances of that happening all fall upon Road Dogg, who is currently suffering from a back injury. The Usos could be thrown into the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal if Road Dogg cannot work the tag match.
March 13, 2014
Billy Gunn
While a lot of fans are aware that Billy Gunn works as a trainer for WWE NXT, very few know the details of his work for the company. It has now been revealed that Gunn runs the advanced class, where developmental wrestlers who are close to being called up to the main roster, are taught the finer points by the former tag team champion.
March 10, 2014
Billy Gunn
Earlier, it was revealed that Road Dogg and Billy Gunn were both banged up, so WWE opted to put the tag team championship on Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. Word is coming out now that Road Dogg has a bad back. He noted that was receiving treatment for the injury, and there is still a possibility that he ends up working the Wrestlemania 30 card.
March 8, 2014
Billy Gunn
The Usos were given the tag team championship recently, so that WWE could help to control the hostile audience at Monday Night Raw. Another reason for the change could be the health of Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. Both guys are said to be banged up a bit, as they ended up working a lot more matches that they initially thought they would.
March 8, 2014
Jimmy Uso
When Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso captured the WWE tag team championship from Billy Gunn and road Dogg, they received a lot of congratulations messages from their peers, but the most meaningful one might have came from Booker T, their former trainer. He posted this message on Twitter to share how proud he is of his former students.
March 6, 2014
Rikishi
After winning the WWE tag team championship from Billy Gunn and Road Dogg, the Usos decided to pay tribute to their fallen uncle. Through Twitter, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso posted this special message and picture about Umaga, who is the younger brother of their father Rikishi.
March 5, 2014
Jimmy Uso
While it was heavily rumored to take place at Wrestlemania 30, WWE opted to go with the title change on Monday Night Raw instead, so Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso are your new tag team champions. They were able to defeat Billy Gunn and Road Dogg for the belts early on in the show. The belief is that it was done to help appease the Chicago crowd.
March 4, 2014
Jey Uso
On Monday Night Raw, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso were given a victory over Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, in order to get some heat back after losing at Elimination Chamber 2014. Apparently, WWE does not feel that it is important enough to include in the Hulu broadcast of the show this week. Despite that, the Usos are still expected to be on the Wrestlemania 30 main card.
February 25, 2014
Road Dogg
Even though they lost at Elimination Chamber 2014, there are talks that Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso could be given a rematch tonight on Monday Night Raw. Since WWE wants it to be a special episode, they're wanting at least one title change to take place. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn could be the casualties of the creative department tonight.
February 24, 2014
Billy Gunn
Experience defeated youth at Elimination Chamber 2014, as Billy Gunn and Road Dogg were successfully able to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship by defeating Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso.
February 23, 2014