On Monday Night Raw, weeks upon weeks of speculation finally got a brief payoff as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson emerged from the crowd in a blur and demolished The Usos before vanishing back into the crowd only moments later. Some fans may recognize Gallows from his past in the Straight Edge Society with CM Punk, but there is much more to this duo than that. There’s a reason the hype was so huge, and there’s a reason they’re one of the most respected and dominant tag teams in the world today.
What kind of team are they?
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what kind of duo we’ll see as they arrive in WWE. Gallows and Anderson have tended to be reminiscent of The Outsiders from their early WCW days and have taken obvious parallels from the good days of the nWo. We know very little about what they’ll be now, but we can expect the same ruthless mean streak that they held while members of Bullet Club. Seemingly random attacks could still be on the horizon, but it’s hard to say exactly what we’ll see from these two crafty veterans.
What have they done in the past?
Luke Gallows made his first mark on WWE as the drooling buffoon known as Festus. Some may remember him as the more chaotic half of the duo with the theme music that began with a country singer shouting “Biscuits & Gravy” at the top of his lungs. When the bell rang, Festus went nuts. When it rang to end the match, he’d turn back into a drooling blob. Fortunately, the man was talented enough to eventually outgrow that black mark. He went on to be Luke Gallows, the enforcer for CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society. After his departure from WWE, Gallows made his way to TNA where he was a key member of the Aces and Eights stable that also included former WWE-star Ken Kennedy as Ken Anderson (no connection to Karl Anderson) and current WWE-star Bubba Ray Dudley. Gallows later moved on from TNA and brought himself to New Japan Pro Wrestling where he truly honed his craft as a tag team specialist within the realm of The Bullet Club. When he first joined, Bullet Club was headed up by now-NXT Champion Finn Balor, and it was later led by now-WWE World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender AJ Styles. Definitely not bad associates, but his partner was no slouch either. Karl Anderson is a veteran tag team competitor who has competed at NJPW’s annual Wrestle Kingdom event for the last eight years straight. The first part of his NJPW career came as one half of Bad Intentions, a tag team consisting of Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard, who also known as Matt Bloom, the current head trainer of NXT. Together, Bad Intentions won NJPW’s G1 Tag League in 2009 and captured the IWGP Tag Team Championship on one occasion. This wasn’t Anderson’s only taste of glory, as he also won NJPW’s 2012 World Tag League with Hirooki Goto and the 2013 World Tag League with Luke Gallows. As members of Bullet Club, the duo of Gallows and Anderson held the IWGP Tag Team Championships on three separate occasions. While Gallows is definitely the power of the team, Anderson is no weakling and has significant technical prowess. Their veteran in-ring expertise and skills have helped make them a force to be reckoned with in Japan and around the world.
How do they fit in the WWE?
There are a few trains of thought on how Gallows and Anderson will fit in, and two obvious connections would be joining back up with former members of the Bullet Club such as AJ Styles or NXT Champion Finn Balor. There will likely be a continuation of their attack on The Usos, which could lead to a potential feud and a high quality match at Payback or another big event. Gallows and Anderson have both crossed paths with the Dudley Boyz in their past while apart, but haven’t gone up against them since being a team. The smash-mouth style of the Dudley Boyz and the pure experience of both teams would make this a dream confrontation. With the #1 Contendership Tag Team Tournament going on, it’s completely up in the air how the tag team division will pan out in the coming weeks. Don’t be surprised if Gallows and Anderson figure out how to beat their way into the tournament, or if they play spoiler by attacking beloved teams. With only a singular glimpse of this duo to go by, there’s not too much that’s known about where they’re going from now on. One thing is certain, though. With their past, bad attitude, and desire to make an impact, you’ll definitely want to stay tuned in to see what Gallows and Anderson do next.
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