5 Former WWE Superstars you didn't know were still wrestling
A look at 5 former WWE employees who are still active in the ring.
Wrestling is a difficult business to get into, and even harder to leave. There aren't too many transferable skills from pro-wrestler to other forms of employment, unless you decide to go into movies or television.
This is why we occasionally see old wrestlers from our childhood appear at random independent shows or maybe even as part of big-time returns for the company they used to work for.
Considering the WWF/E has been the biggest promotion in sports entertainment for the past 5 decades, it's not uncommon to see former Vince McMahon employees pop up in other promotions. Here are 5 superstars that you might not know are still wrestling today:
#1 Billy Gunn
While it isn't so rare to see wrestlers from the past still making a living from the sport, it's a little more unusual to see somebody still competing in their 50s who doesn't appear to have lost a step.
This is very much the case with former DX and Attitude Era legend Billy Gunn. Anyone familiar with NJPW will have no doubt seen his match against Japanese Ace Hiroshi Tanahashi at the G1 US Special. He still has the ability to move around the ring like it's 1997 all over again.
Upon leaving WWF after what would prove to be his most successful period inside a wrestling ring, Gunn spent a few years in TNA before moving into the Independent scene in 2009. In 2010, Gunn reunited with Road Dogg as the newly formed New Age Outlaws, winning the TWA Powerhouse Tag Team Championships.
The Outlaws would, of course, make a few brief appearances to WWE, once teaming with CM Punk before betraying him and turning heel. Gunn's last Wrestlemania match came at Mania 30 where his team lost to The Shield.
Gunn returned to in-ring action and now wrestles sporadically for NJPW, initially joining fellow WWE alumni Yohsitatsu and then making an appearance at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in the opening battle royal. He even got an IWGP IC title shot at the NJPW G1 special back in early July.
It's unclear whether Gunn will ever return to the WWE. He parted ways (fired) with the company in 2015 due to failing a test for performance enhancing drugs. If the company can get past that, and if Gunn stays in the shape he is currently in, there's no reason why we can't see him tear it up with WWE's best in the near future.