Austin Gunn

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Austin Gunn
Austin Gunn at AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door in June 2022
Birth nameAustin Sopp
Born (1994-08-26) August 26, 1994 (age 29)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Alma materRollins College (BA)
Parent(s)Billy Gunn (father)
FamilyColten Gunn (brother)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Austin Gunn[1]
Billed height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[2]
Billed weight215 lb (98 kg)[2]
Billed fromOrlando, Florida[3]
Trained byBilly Gunn
The Dudley Boyz
DebutMarch 18, 2017

Austin Sopp (born August 26, 1994),[4] better known by the ring name Austin Gunn, is an American professional wrestler and reality television personality, currently signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW)[5] where he and his brother, Colten, team up as The Gunns. The Gunns are also members of the Bang Bang Gang stable, and currently hold the Unified World Trios Championship (AEW World Trios Championship and the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship) with Bang Bang Gang leader Jay White in their first reigns. He is a former one-time AEW World Tag Team Champion. Sopp is a second-generation professional wrestler, as he is the son of professional wrestler Monty Sopp, better known as Billy Gunn.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Sopp was born on August 26, 1994, in Orlando, Florida. He is a son of professional wrestler Billy Gunn and Tina Tinnell Sopp [7] and the brother of professional wrestler Colten Gunn. Sopp was nominated Computer Science King in 2010 at Lake Brantley High School.[8] Sopp attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, from 2013 to 2017.[9][8] He was a member of the lacrosse team and graduated with a degree in elementary education.[8]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Ring of Honor (2019)[edit]

In June 2019, Gunn confirmed that he had signed a contract with Ring of Honor (ROH).[10] He made his ROH debut on August 26, 2019, in a dark match as part of the ROH Top Prospect Tournament, defeating Brian Johnson in the quarterfinals[11][12] and Dante Caballero in the semifinals.[13] On September 28, 2019, Gunn was defeated by Dak Draper in the finals of the Top Prospect Tournament.[14]

All Elite Wrestling / Return to ROH (2020–present)[edit]

On January 9, 2020, it was announced that Gunn had officially signed with All Elite Wrestling.[15][16] On January 14, Gunn made his AEW debut in a tag team match on AEW Dark teaming with his father Billy Gunn as The Gunn Club defeating the team of Peter Avalon and Shawn Spears.[17] Gunn suffered a torn PCL injury during the match.[18] On November 4, 2020, Gunn (who had previously been involved with his father in tag team matches on Dark)[19][20] officially made his debut on AEW Dynamite, teaming with his father and Cody Rhodes to defeat Dark Order members 10, John Silver and Colt Cabana.[21][22] On the November 17, 2020 episode of Dark, Austin's brother Colten, now wrestling as a fellow Gunn Club member, would team with Austin and their father in a match which saw the Gunn Club defeat BSHP King, Joey O’Riley and Sean Maluta by pinfall in a six-man tag team match.[23][24] The three man Gunn Club would then defeat Cezar Bononi, KTB, and Seth Gargis in another six man tag team match on the November 24, 2020 episode of Dark.[25][26] On the December 8, 2020 episode of Dark The three man Gunn Club-which entered the ring on a golf cart with the words "Taz Taxi" on the side, defeated Shawn Dean, Sean Maluta & RYZIN.[27] On February 9, 2022 (during a match that aired two days later on AEW Rampage), Austin and Colten Gunn wrestled for the AEW Tag Championship, losing to reigning champions Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus).[28] On the April 15, 2022 episode of AEW Rampage, the Gunn Club lost a six-man tag team match to Blackpool Combat Club.[29][30]

Somewhat outside of AEW, in November 2021 Ring of Honor wrestler Danhausen began a Twitter feud with the Gunn Club, referring to Colten and Austin as "Ass Boys", in reference to Billy Gunn's infamous "Mr. Ass" gimmick in the Attitude Era. While Billy Gunn himself initially had no comment, the rest of Gunn Club despised the nickname after fans began chanting "Ass Boys" during their matches. Billy Gunn finally commented when he surprised his sons by wearing an "Ass Boys" shirt, encouraging them to "embrace the assness" and even started teasing mooning the crowd again.[31]

On the February 8, 2023, episode of Dynamite, The Gunns would win their first AEW World Tag Team Championship from The Acclaimed. At Revolution in March 2023, the Gunns successfully defended their titles in a four way match against the Acclaimed, Danhausen and Orange Cassidy, and Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett. On the April 5, 2023 episode of Dynamite, the Gunns lost the AEW World Tag Team Championship to FTR in a title versus career match. This would effectively disband The Firm, with the Gunns allying with Jay White and Juice Robinson of Bullet Club Gold.[32][33]

On January 17, 2024, The Gunns and White defeated Mogul Embassy (Brian Cage, Kaun and Toa Liona) for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.[34] On the January 20 episode of Collision, The Gunns, White, The Acclaimed, and Billy Gunn joined forces to form a stable known as the Bang Bang Scissor Gang, reuniting Austin and Colten with their father Billy. On March 13 at Big Business, Bullet Club Gold turned on The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn, disbanding the Bang Bang Scissor Gang. On April 5 at Supercard of Honor, Austin returned to ROH, teaming with Colten and White to retain their ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championshhips against Monstersauce (Lance Archer and Alex Zayne) and Minoru Suzuki. At Dynasty: Zero Hour on April 21, 2024, Bullet Club Gold defeated The Acclaimed for the AEW World Trios Championship in a winner takes all championship unification match to unify the titles as the Unified World Trios Championship.[35][36] During this time, Bullet Club Gold would be renamed to the Bang Bang Gang.[37]

Other media[edit]

On December 6, 2021, it was announced that Gunn would appear on the E! reality television series Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules, which aired in early 2022.[38][39]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Gunn, Austin [@theaustingunn] (July 17, 2020). "UPDATE: I suffered a torn PCL in my left knee during my debut match in January I've been doing PT since then to make sure my injury is taken care of, so I come back even stronger 💪🏽 the GOOD NEWS, is that I'm officially cleared! the Son of a Gunn is BACK 🔥 #GunnClub" (Tweet). Retrieved July 20, 2020 – via Twitter.
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