WWE News: Future Status of New Age Outlaws Revealed

Gone Baby GoneContributerJanuary 7, 2013

Courtesy WWE.com
Courtesy WWE.com

As we all know, The New Age Outlaws made their triumphant return during the Slammy Awards ceremony in December.

Now, here we are a few weeks later and it appears that the storied duo isn't going away anytime soon. Well, that may not be the case, according to F4Wonline (via WrestlingInc.com):

Word is that besides special appearances on RAW and at live events, "Road Dogg" BG James and Billy Gunn as The New Age Outlaws will not be a regular team on WWE TV. James will continue to work as an agent while Gunn is likely headed to developmental to work with the new talents there.

Look, I am all for nostalgia, but I think we have seen enough guys pushing 50 in the ring these days. So, I am relieved to hear that they will not be a regular fixture. Let's face it, during their heyday they had a great run. In fact, I would say they were probably one of the top tag teams in WWE history.

They not only helped define an era, they also were a part of the biggest faction in the WWE, Degeneration-X. Even after the team dissolved, both men found success in their own right.

After a short stint on his own, Road Dogg found himself paired with K-Kwik (now known as R-Truth). The pair had a failed run as a team and Road Dogg eventually headed over to TNA becoming a regular fixture there for several years.

Meanwhile, Gunn, went on to become WWE's King of the Ring and later won the IC title. Then, in the 2000's, he was teamed with Chuck Palumbo, forming the controversial tag team known simply as Billy and Chuck.

The flamboyant duo, garnered some mainstream media in 2002, when the WWE was set to have the pair marry on TV. The former two-time, tag-champs, halted the wedding and ultimately, fired their "manager/stylist" Rico.

Soon after that team dissolved, Gunn jumped ship to TNA and was reunited with his former D-X mate, for a failed run as VKM. The tag team was actually called Voodoo Kin Mafia but often used the monicker VKM as a slight at WWE honcho Vince Kennedy McMahon.

In the end, both men have seen and done almost all there is to do in wrestling. So, it's time to step back and begin teaching the future the ways of the wrestling game. Fortunately, both men realise this and will be passing their knowledge onto the younger stars of the WWE.