Gunner (wrestler)

Gunner (wrestler)

Gunner in July 2011.
Ring name(s) Phil Shatter[1]
Phill Shatter[2]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[4]
Billed weight 247 lb (112 kg)[4]
Born 1982 (age 28–29)[1]
Hickory, North Carolina, United States[1]
Billed from Parris Island, South Carolina[2]
Hickory, North Carolina[4]
Trained by Abel Atoms[1]
Debut August 2001[1]

Chad Lail (born 1982) is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, where he performs under the ring name Gunner. In TNA, Lail is a member of the Immortal stable and a former one-time TNA Television Champion. In addition to wrestling for TNA, Lail also performs for various promotions on the independent circuit under the ring name Phill Shatter.


Professional wrestling career

After serving in the Iraq War, Phill Shatter signed with NWA Anarchy along with fellow Iraq War veteran Truitt Fields. Although they began competing as a tag team, Shatter eventually turned on Fields and joined manager Jeff G. Bailey's NWA Elite stable.

Shatter feuded with Iceberg before receiving a championship match against NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion Ace Rocwell. Shatter won the match and the title.[5]

Shatter later won the NWA National Heavyweight Championship from Crusher Hansen on January 17, 2009, and is the longest reigning champion in the title's history. Shatter would drop the championship to Chance Prophet on February 19, 2011, after signing a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[6]

In October 2010, Shatter defeated Chase Stevens for the Showtime All-Star Wrestling (SAW) International Heavyweight Championship, but was forced to vacate the title in June 2011, due to being unable to defend it because of his TNA schedule.[7]

Ring of Honor (2010)

Shatter appeared at Ring of Honor's The Big Bang! pay-per-view on April 3, 2010, defeating Zack Salvation in the opening match of the pay-per-view.[8]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2010–present)

(Left to right) Gunner and Murphy on TNA Impact! in July 2010.

At the June 23, 2010, tapings of TNA's Impact! television show, Shatter made his TNA debut, along with Mikael Judas, as TNA's on-air security. On the July 29, 2010 edition of TNA Impact! taping, Shatter, now using the name Gunner and Mikael Judas, using the name Murphy, came out after an altercation involving Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson with Matt Morgan, and attacked Hardy and Anderson, thus turning heel. They then teamed with Morgan in a handicap match, where they were defeated by Hardy and Anderson.[3][9] After appearing with Morgan the following week, Gunner and Murphy's angle with him was discontinued and they went back to being regular security guards.[10][11] On the October 21 edition of Impact! Gunner and Murphy aligned themselves with Jeff Jarrett and helped him beat down Samoa Joe.[12] At the Turning Point pay-per-view Gunner and Murphy interfered in a match between Jarrett and Joe, helping Jarrett pick up the win.[13] On the following edition of Impact! Gunner and Murphy made their in–ring return, losing to Samoa Joe in a handicap match.[14] After Jarrett's feud with Samoa Joe ended, Gunner and Murphy became regular members of the Immortal stable and were less involved with Jarrett. At the December 9 tapings of Xplosion Gunner and Murphy picked up their first win in TNA, defeating Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal and Shannon Moore) in a tag team match.[15] On February 13, 2011, at Against All Odds, Gunner and Murphy wrestled their first TNA PPV match, a six man tag team match, where they teamed with their Immortal stablemate Rob Terry in a losing effort against James Storm, Robert Roode and Scott Steiner.[16]

Gunner after attacking Mr. Anderson.

In February both Gunner and Murphy signed two–year contracts with TNA, which saw them moved from their roles as just security guards into the active roster.[6] On the February 24 edition of Impact!, Gunner and Murphy defeated Eric Young and Orlando Jordan to earn their first shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championship, held by Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode).[17] They would receive their shot at the title on the following edition of Impact!, but were defeated by Beer Money, Inc.[18] On March 14 at the tapings of the March 17 edition of Impact!, Gunner defeated Murphy and Rob Terry in a three–way match to win the vacant TNA Television Championship.[19][20] He would lose the title to Eric Young on May 17 at the tapings of the May 26 edition of Impact Wrestling.[21][22] On the June 9 edition of Impact Wrestling, Gunner pinned World Heavyweight Champion Sting in a tag team main event, in which he teamed with Mr. Anderson against Sting with Eric Young.[23] The following week, Gunner asked new TNA World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Anderson for a shot at his title and eventually put him through a table, when he declined. In the main event of the show, Gunner defeated Anderson in a non-title match.[24] From June to September, Gunner was one of the twelve participants in the Bound for Glory Series to determine the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. When the group stage of the tournament concluded, Gunner finished in the top four and thus advanced to the finals at No Surrender along with James Storm, Robert Roode and his Immortal stablemate, Bully Ray.[25] On September 11 at No Surrender, Gunner was eliminated from the tournament, when he was defeated by Bobby Roode via submission.[26]

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • As Gunner
  • As Phill Shatter
  • Signature moves
  • Jeff G. Bailey[2]
  • The Universal Soldier [2]
  • Mr. Intensity

Championships and accomplishments

  • Future Legends Cup (2010)[29]
  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heritage Championship (1 time)[32]
  • PWI ranked him #59 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2011[34]
  • Showtime All-Star Wrestling
  • SAW International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[7]
  • TNA Television Championship (1 time)[19][20]

1Shatter defended the title with either Kimo or Abomination under the Freebird Rule.


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