Colten Gunn
Colten Gunn in June 2022
Birth nameColten Sopp[1]
Born (1991-05-18) May 18, 1991 (age 32)[1]
Orlando, Florida, U.S.[2]
Alma materFlorida State University
Parent(s)Billy Gunn (father)[3]
FamilyAustin Gunn (brother)[3]
Professional wrestling career
Billed fromOrlando, Florida
Trained byBilly Gunn[2]
DebutNovember 11, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-11-11)[4]

Colten Sopp (born May 18, 1991), better known by the ring name Colten Gunn, is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) where he teams with his brother Austin as the Gunns; and is a member of Bullet Club Gold. The Gunns are the current ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions (alongside Bullet Club Gold stablemate Jay White) and are former AEW World Tag Team Champions. He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Billy Gunn.[5]

Early life

Sopp attended Florida State University, graduating in 2013. Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, he worked in the construction industry in Southern California.[6]

Professional wrestling career

All Elite Wrestling (2020–present)

Gunn Club (2020–2022)

See also: Gunn Club and Nightmare Family

Sopp was trained to wrestle by his father, Billy Gunn. On June 17, 2020, he appeared with the Jacksonville, Florida-based promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW), accompanying his father to ringside for his match against MJF on AEW Dynamite and being confronted by Friedman's bodyguard Wardlow.[7][8] Later that month, Sopp's father filed a trademark for "Colten Gunn".[9] On episode #53 of the web television show AEW Dark, which aired on September 22, Sopp accompanied his father and his brother to ringside for a tag team match.[10]

Sopp made his professional wrestling debut with AEW on November 11, 2020 as "Colten Gunn", teaming with his father and his brother Austin (as "Gunn Club") to defeat BSHP King, Joey O'Riley, and Sean Maluta in a six-man tag team match.[1] The match was broadcast on episode #62 of AEW Dark on November 17, 2020.[4] He returned in the following weeks, teaming with his father and brother in further six-man tag team matches and tag team matches.[11][12][13] As part of Gunn Club, Gunn became a member of Cody Rhodes' Nightmare Family stable. On the March 3, 2021 episode of AEW Dynamite, Gunn Club were at ringside for a tag team match pitting Rhodes and Red Velvet against Shaquille O'Neal and Jade Cargill; during the match, Austin Gunn attacked O'Neal at ringside, prompting him to beat down Austin and Colten.[14] Gunn wrestled his first match on pay-per-view at Revolution on March 7, 2021, competing alongside Austin in a "casino" tag team battle royal.[15] Throughout the remainder of 2021, Gunn primarily teamed with his father in tag team bouts on AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation.[16] Gunn wrestled his first match on AEW Dynamite on August 25, 2021, teaming with his father and brother to defeat The Factory in a six-man tag team match.[17]

On the September 1, 2021 episode of AEW Dynamite, the Gunn Club turned heel by attacking Paul Wight.[18] In November 2021, the Gunn Club began a short feud with Darby Allin and Sting that saw Colten sustain his first defeat on the December 1, 2021 episode of Dynamite when he was pinned by Sting;[19][20] this loss also marked the end of the Gunn Club's undefeated streak in AEW.[21] On February 9, 2022, in a match which would air two days later on AEW Rampage, Colten and Austin Gunn wrestled for the AEW World Tag Team Championship, losing to reigning champions Jurassic Express.[22] In May 2022, the Gunn Club formed an alliance with the Acclaimed which lasted until July 2022 when the Gunn Club turned on the Acclaimed; on the August 3, 2022 episode of Dynamite, the Acclaimed defeated the Gunn Club in a dumpster match.[23][24]

The Firm; Bullet Club Gold (2022–present)

See also: The Gunns and Bullet Club Gold

On the August 17, 2022 episode of Dynamite, Colten and Austin turned on their father, aligning themselves with Stokely Hathaway;[25] the following week, Colten defeated his father in a singles match following a low blow.[26] In September 2022, the Gunns formed a new stable, "the Firm", with Hathaway, MJF, Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty, and W. Morrissey.[27][28] The following month, the Firm attacked MJF after he fired Hathaway.[29] On the February 8, 2023 episode of Dynamite, the Gunns defeated the Acclaimed to win their first AEW World Tag Team Championship.[30] At Revolution in March 2023, the Gunns successfully defended their titles in a four way match against the Acclaimed, Danhausen and Orange Cassidy, and Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett.[31] On the April 5, 2023 episode of Dynamite, the Gunns lost the AEW World Tag Team Championship to FTR in a title versus career match.[31] The Firm formally disbanded in May 2023 after losing a match dubbed "Firm Deletion".[32]

In June 2023, the Gunns joined Bullet Club Gold alongside Jay White and Juice Robinson.[33] On the January 17, 2024 episode of Dynamite, the Gunns and White defeated Mogul Embassy to win the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.[34]

Independent circuit (2021–present)

See also: Gunn Club

Gunn made his independent circuit debut in September 2021, appearing with Battleground Championship Wrestling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[16] In October 2021, the Gunn Club participated in "Chris Jericho's Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager at Sea Triple Whammy", a professional wrestling event held aboard the Norwegian Jewel.[16] In March 2022 on New South Wrestling's "Resurrection" pay-per-view, Gunn won his first title, teaming with Austin Gunn to defeat TME for the NSW Tag Team Championship. The Gunn Club lost the titles to the Bad News Boyz later that month.[35]

Professional wrestling style and persona

Gunn's finisher is the Colt 45, a butterfly neckbreaker.[11] He previously used a leg drop bulldog, also called the Colt 45; adopted from his father Billy Gunn, who named it the Fame-Ass-Er.[36][37] Gunn and his brother Austin/his father also use the 3:10 to Yuma as a double-team maneuver: a back body drop by Colton into a neckbreaker by Austin/Billy.[38][39]

Personal life

Sopp is the son of professional wrestler Monty Sopp, known as Billy Gunn. His brother Austin Sopp is also a professional wrestler.[3]

Championships and accomplishments

References

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