The battle began to lay claim to AEW's coveted diamond ring on Dynamite this week, and Billy Gunn was one of the 12 wrestling for that prize.
While AEW can't pick up everyone WWE lets go, a few of its acquisitions from the enemy have made for some nice additions to the roster. Not just the big names like Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley either, but also others such as Shawn Spears and Dustin Rhodes. The former WWE employees being used backstage can't be counted out either.
One of those names is Billy Gunn. In fact, Gunn's transition from WWE to AEW might be the most interesting of all the ones listed above. Gunn has technically appeared on WWE television while under the employ of AEW. D-Generation X was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year and Gunn was on stage for the induction.
As well as helping out backstage, Gunn has also wrestled a match for AEW. The Casino Battle Royale at Double Or Nothing. You can now make that two matches and two battle royals. Gunn made a surprise appearance on Dynamite this week as the 12th entrant into the Dynamite Dozen battle royal. He even got a couple of eliminations, throwing Jimmy Havoc and Marko Stunt over the top rope.
Gunn's first outing on Dynamite came to an end as he was trying to eliminate MJF. MJF's heavy Wardlow came to his master's aid, allowing the Burberry-clad star to get his bearings enough to re-enter the match. Meanwhile, a distracted Gunn was thrown after the top rope by Hangman Page. Page and MJF were actually the last two stars left in the ring.
That means the two of them will go head-to-head next week for the AEW Diamond Ring. We're still not entirely sure why AEW is introducing a ring rather than a secondary title. However, we do think MJF is the kind of wrestler who would be very suited to showing off a ring should the opportunity arise. He'll have to defeat The Hangman next week if he wants to do that, though.