Road Dogg, a WWE Hall of Famer and one-half of the popular tagging group The New Age Outlaws, recently shared an emotional story of how he reacted when Vince McMahon decided to split. The New Age Outlaws, which includes Road Dogg and Billy Gunn are known for their entertaining performances as members of the iconic DX faction in the Age of Attitudes.
According to Road Dogg, when McMahon made the decision to split The New Age Outlaws in 1999 and use both stars as single competitors, he went to McMahon and begged him not to separate them. Road Dogg expressed doubt he could have succeeded without Billy Gunn by his side and admitted that he cried during their conversation.
Dogg Street explain that he wants was the first to pick up the microphone when they entered, but he wanted Billy Gunn to be right behind him, emphasizing his dependence on his partner. When it was announced that they were breaking up, Road Dogg was adamant that he needed Billy Gunn.
Responding to Road Dogg’s pleas, Vince McMahon remained steadfast in his decision to split, believing it would benefit both Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. McMahon expressed confidence in Billy’s potential and assured Road Dogg that WWE had important plans for his partner. However, Road Dogg admits that he doesn’t have the same level of confidence in himself.
“This is where I really stepped in and asked Vince to please don’t tear us apart because I don’t think I would be able to do it without Billy,” he said. “That’s just me being honest. To be honest with you, there may have been tears and when I say there might have been, I mean, I cried.
I want to be the first to step off the screen with the microphone, but hey, stay right behind me. Be close. That is my feeling. I felt like I needed him and when I was told I wouldn’t have him, it was as simple as that. I was like, no. I need him.”
The New Age Outlaws are fondly remembered as one of the most popular tagging groups in WWE history. In 2019, the duo were well-deservedly honored by being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the DX faction, cementing their impact on the industry.