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Billy Gunn
Billy Gunn
Birth name Monty Kip Sopp[1]
Born November 11 1963 (1963-11-11) (age 53)[2]
Orlando, Florida, United States[2]
Alma mater Sam Houston State University
Spouse(s) Tina Tinnell (m. 1990; div. 2002)
Paula Sopp (m. 2009)
Children 2
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Billy[2][3]
Billy G[2][3]
Billy Gunn[3]
Cute Kip[2][3]
KIP[2]
Kip Gunn[2][4]
Kip James[2][3]
Kip Montana[2]
Kip Sopp[3]
Kip Winchester[2]
Mr. Ass[2][3]
The G-Man[2][3]
The New Age Outlaw[2][3]
The Outlaw[3]
Rockabilly[5]
The Kipper[4]
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[5]
Weight 260 lb (120 kg)[5]
Billed from Austin, Texas
Orlando, Florida[5]
Trained By Jerry Gray[2][3]
Debut 1985[2]

 

Monty Kip Sopp[1] (born November 11, 1963),[3] better known by his ring name Billy Gunn, is an American professional wrestler and former professional bull rider, currently wrestles in the independent circuit and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Gunn is best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainmen (WWF/E) from 1993 to 2004 and from 2012 to 2015. He also served as a coach on WWE's Tough Enough, and was a trainer in its developmental branch, NXT. He is also known for his appearances with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) from 2005 to 2009.

Primarily a tag team wrestler, Gunn is a total 11-time tag team champion in WWE with three different partners (with Bart Gunn as The Smoking Gunns, with Road Dogg as The New Age Outlaws, and with Chuck Palumbo as Billy and Chuck). He is also a one time WWF Intercontinental Champion and a two time WWF Hardcore Champion, giving him 14 total championships in WWE. He is the 1999 King of the Ring winner.

Professional wrestling career Edit

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016-Present) Edit

On November 5, 2016, at the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) event Power Struggle, Yoshitatsu announced Gunn as the newest member of his Hunter Club stable and his partner for the upcoming 2016 World Tag League.[6] Gunn and Yoshitatsu finished the tournament on December 8 with a record of three wins and four losses, failing to advance from their block.[7] Gunn returned to NJPW on January 4, 2017, taking part in the pre-show New Japan Rumble at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, from which he was eliminated by Michael Elgin.[8] While Gunn did not appear for NJPW for the next six months, he was brought up in May by Yoshitatsu, who told Hiroshi Tanahashi that Gunn had requested a match against him.[9] When Tanahashi captured the IWGP Intercontinental Championship the following month, he immediately nominated Gunn as his first challenger.[9] Gunn was defeated in the title match on July 2 at G1 Special in USA.[10]

Media Edit

Filmography Edit

  • Double Fury (2012) as Wincott[11]
  • The Other Guys (2010) as Fan at Knicks Game (uncredited)

Television Edit

  • Sabrina The Teenage Witch (2000) in episode "Salem's Daughter" as Xavier "The Avenger" Prescott[11]

Personal life Edit

In November 1990, Sopp was arrested in Florida for disorderly conduct.[12] Sopp married his first wife Tina Tinnell on March 3, 1990.[13] Together, they have two sons: Colten (born May 18, 1991) and Austin (born August 26, 1994). The couple separated in January 2000 and their divorce was finalized on December 11, 2002.[13] Sopp has since married his long-time girlfriend Paula on January 24, 2009.[14]

Sopp attended Sam Houston State University.[2]

In wrestling Edit

Championships and accomplishments Edit

  • American Pro Wrestling Alliance
    • APWA American Championship (1 time)[22]
  • Bad Boys of Wrestling Federation
    • BBFW Aruba Championship (1 time)
  • International Wrestling Federation
    • IWF Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Brett Colt[23]
  • Freedom Pro Wrestling
    • FPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Road Dogg[24]
  • Maryland Championship Wrestling
    • MCW Rage Television Championship (1 time)
    • MCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with B.G. James[25]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Tag Team of the Year (1998)[26] with Road Dogg
    • Tag Team of the Year (2002)[26] with Chuck
    • Ranked #39 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1999[26]
    • Ranked #231 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
    • Ranked #43 of the top 100 tag teams of the "PWI Years" with Road Dogg in 2003[27]
  • SmashMouth Pro Wrestling
    • SPW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • TWA Powerhouse
    • TWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with B.G. James[28]
  • World Pro Wrestling
    • WPW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
    • WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)[29]
    • WWF Hardcore Championship (2 times)[30]
    • WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Road Dogg
    • World Tag Team Championship (10 times) – with Bart Gunn (3), Road Dogg (5) and Chuck Palumbo (2)[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40]
    • King of the Ring (1999)[41]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2006)[42] TNA Reverse Battle Royal on TNA Impact!

References Edit

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 "Cagematch profile". http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=1081&name=Billy.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 "Kip James Profile". Online World Of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/k/kip-james.html. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named LLUSA073011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Billy Gunn bio". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/billy-gunn. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  6. "戦国炎舞 -Kizna- Presents Power Struggle" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=1201&c=9547. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  7. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/tornament/13460?showResult=1. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  8. Johnson, Mike (January 4, 2017). "Omega vs. Okada classic, Tanahashi vs. Naito, lots of title changes & more: complete New Japan Wrestle Kingdom 11 coverage". Pro Wrestling Insider. http://pwinsider.com/article/106885/omega-vs-okada-classic-tanahashi-vs-nairo-lots-of-title-changes-more-complete-new-japan-wrestle-kingdom-11-coverage-.html?p=1. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
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  12. "Sopp's Mug Shot (1990)". Archived from the original on 2007-03-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20070317060832/http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/soppmonty1.html. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Sopp's Divorce Papers". Archived from the original on 2006-12-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20061230171554/http://www.thesmokinggun.com:80/archive/montysopp2.html. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
  14. "TNA Star Get Married". WrestlingEpicenter.com. 2009-01-27. http://www.wrestlingepicenter.com/01020309articles//235091202.shtml. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  15. "Other Arena movelist". http://www.otherarena.com/nCo/finish/finish.html.
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  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "6/28 WWE Velocity review: Gunn vs. Kanyon, Benoit & Rhyno". http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_4344.shtml.
  18. "3/27 Velocity review: Mark Jindrak's Velocity debut, Hardcore Holly & Billy Gunn vs. Akio & Sakoda". http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_7672.shtml.
  19. "3/6 Velocity review: London vs. Noble, and Billy Gunn vs. Rhyno in the main event". http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_7416.shtml.
  20. "5/29 WWE Velocity review: Paul London & Billy Kidman vs. The FBI, Shannon Moore vs. Mark Jindrak". http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_8408.shtml.
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  24. http://davidjlaugh.wix.com/freedomprowrestling#!results
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  42. Meltzer, Dave (January 22, 2007), "2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards", Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–12, ISSN 1083-9593
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