WWE has released Billy Gunn from his role as developmental coach down at NXT.
Dave Meltzer, who broke the story, reported that Gunn was released for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone stemming from a powerlifting competition over the summer. The test caused him to be suspended from powerlifting competitions for four years.
WWE’s public relations department has not confirmed but Gunn is already accepting independent bookings. According to Meltzer, WWE wasn’t even aware that Gunn was powerlifting in competitions until a few weeks ago, when they learned of his suspension.
Gunn saw his most success during WWE's "Attitude Era," where he was one-half of The New Age Outlaws tag team with Road Dogg. He was re-hired by WWE in 2012, where he was assigned as a developmental trainer. Gunn had a regular role on the latest season of Tough Enough earlier this year on the USA Network.
6:15 PM EST November 13, 2015 Update:WrestlingNewsWorld.com is independently able to confirm that Billy Gunn, whose real name is Monty Kip Sopp, is no longer employed by WWE. End update.