The two things I hear most about Gunner is that he is a jobber and that he has no charisma, and I must say that I respectfully disagree. Gunner started off as a security guard then began tagging with Murphy, then got lost in the shuffle for a while. Once they signed new contracts with TNA they began getting more air time, with Gunner starting his singles career. He got a reign as Television Champion and even got a pinfall victory over Sting on Impact, who was the World Champion at the time.
Gunner kept getting more and more of the spotlight and earned his way into the Bound for Glory Series Final Four, where he added another dimension to his character. He was aligned with Immortal and Bully Ray and it showed, but he refused to lay down and teased a turn when he was asked to ‘do the right thing’ and let Bully beat him. The result in the end didn’t matter since Bobby Roode ended up winning the tournament and Gunner went back to being loyal to Immortal, but he still showed progress.
A lot of people may have gotten ticked off that he was getting ‘embarrassed’ by a very green (and undeserving) Garret Bischoff, but he ended up being OK. Gunner got a good amount of heat and was there to make Garret look good, so they must have a lot of faith in him. Garret was taken off of TV following a piledriver by Gunner, so while he was made of fool of a few times, he ended up getting his revenge. Since then he has also injured Jesse Neal and Douglas Williams with DDT’s on the concrete floor and got an endorsement from Ric Flair.
Obviously with Flair being in his corner Gunner will learn a lot and get some help on the mic, but he is also a good worker. Say what you will about Flair, but he has always aligned himself with talented guys from the Horsemen to Evolution to Fortune. He is in a good role and does nothing but help a younger talent like Gunner. Immortal’s roster has gone through a lot of changes, but Gunner has benefitted through it by being a constant focus. James Storm and Bobby Roode have been Impact’s ‘it’ guys over the past few months, and the praise is well deserved, but Gunner also deserves it and should be one of the guys to pay attention to in 2012.