When Billy Gunn turned his back on The Acclaimed’s Max Caster and Anthony Bowens in favor of his sons Austin and Colton, it felt like the end of a very disappointing era in AEW.
Sure, the quintet never all shared the ring together, though that had more to do with Bowens’ injury than Tony Khan’s booking, but as time went on, the unit became incredibly popular due to their incredible humor, fun vignettes, and pre-match routines that actually generated bigger pops than anything that happened in the ring. With segments like the following generating incredibly positive reactions from fans at home, why ruin that just to let the two teams continue on in the lower mid-card as on-again, off-again television-only contenders?
Fortunately, it would appear the fun between the two teams isn’t ending anytime soon, as the Acclaimed rejected Billy’s offer for a truce on Rampage in favor of a massive beatdown courtesy of Caster and Bowens. Billy flew out of the ring, and Colton and Austin attempted to fight back, but in the end, Caster and Bowens clotheslined them over the ropes and cut an impromptu, almost profanity-laced promo while the fans cheered on in delight.
Are the Acclaimed babyfaces? Is there a chance Billy is able to broach a reunion between the Acclaimed Club? Only time will tell, but after building up this thrown-together team for two Pay-Per-Views plus, it’s nice to know that a proper feud with (hopefully) multiple matches on AEW Rampage, Dark, and maybe even the All Out preshow could be on the books.
“There just comes a time when Daddy Ass has to drop the hammer”
The #GunnClub and #TheAcclaimed sort out their differences here on #AEWRampage #FyterFest Night 2 on @tntdrama! pic.twitter.com/2gUOGgoMEB
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 16, 2022