Earlier today, it was reported Billy Gunn had issued a cease and desist order to an independent wrestler for his use of the Gunn Club moniker. However, according to a report from Wrestlezone, The Gunns are claiming they did not issue an official order.
Instead, they say they reached out through text messages to the OVW Wrestler Tony Gunn to ask him to stop using the trademarked term. Billy Gunn’s Wife, Paula, reached out to say they weren’t trying to be rude, but do not appreciate the wrestler making false claims about him.
Here is the full statement:
“Has anyone seen the cease and desist order?? No! Because there isn’t one! He’s lying to EVERYONE.
We reached via text message to OVW, to let them know that we aren’t trying to be a$$holes but we trademarked “Gunn Show” and please let Tony know he can’t use it.
Here is her full comment:
“He’s upset that he can’t use it anymore, which is understandable. We have been going thru leaps and bounds to trademark The Gunn name and everything related to it, including Gunn Show. We’ve hired an attorney last year for our trademarks. We’ve spent thousands of dollars for our trademarks.
Billy has worked over 25 years using the Gunn name, professionally and on the Indy scene. Tony should have reached out to us and talked to us as a PROFESSIONAL, and we could have worked something out. Instead, he went to podcasts, social media and wrestling dirt sheets.
As a professional, whether it’s owning a business or a wrestling name, you have to protect yourself and your identity. If you’ve been around longer than 5 years in the wrestling business, you should know this!
If Tony doesn’t want an ACTUAL letter from our attorney, he will cease and desist the defamation of Billy!
We wish Tony all the best with his wrestling career!”
Billy Gunn is a member of AEW’s staff and a part-time on-screen character. He has recently filed for trademarks including “Colton Gunn.” Colton Gunn has been seen on recent episodes of AEW.