A.J. Styles devastated by Anderson and Gallows WWE release
The careers of professional wrestlers A.J. Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke “Doc” Gallows have been intertwined since 2014. The trio began their working relationship in New Japan Pro Wrestling as part of the Bullet Club, and when the WWE came calling in 2016, the trio went together. Their careers have been so connected that Styles, Anderson, and Gallows were all three set to join Impact prior to the WWE offering them a deal they couldn’t refuse. Combat sports fans are anticipating the biggest events of the year in WWE, UFC, and boxing. Fans can wager on their favourite combat sports and get a bet bonus here before selecting the fighter they believe will win when the bell rings.
Now, with the WWE having nothing for Anderson and Gallows – despite recently signing new contracts – the tag team was let go or furloughed last week along with 300 staff and 33 wrestlers in total. The releases came due to the WWE making cutbacks with costs and also came on the tail end of owner Vince McMahon once again losing millions on the XFL. You can find all the latest information about WWE and other sports on Iusport.
While Anderson and Gallows are free agents – and could be the biggest thing to hit AEW if they sign – Styles must go it alone in the WWE. Following the release of Styles’ ex-Bullet Club partners, the “Phenomenal One” spoke during a gaming stream about feeling “hurt” over the duo’s departure.
“The only way I can explain it is that these guys are my family and I couldn’t take care of my little brothers,” Styles explained. “I didn’t manage to do that and I feel responsible for them being released. It’s devastating.”
What is the future for Anders and Gallows?
Although Anderson and Gallows have long been one of the world’s best tag teams, it is safe to say they were used and abused by the WWE’s lacklustre writing staff for most of their WWE run. Yes, the Good Brothers were two-time WWE Raw tag champions and the 2019 Tag Team World Cup winners, but in recent time, the duo was merely fodder in Styles’ feuds with other grapplers.
Prior to joining the WWE, Anderson was a decorated singles competitor in New Japan and one of the Bullet Club’s original members. Gallows was put through the ringer with WWE developmental in the 2000s and spent time as the mentally handicapped Festus before joining CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society. He also worked for Impact before catching the break of his career as a member of the Bullet Club in 2013.
The Good Brothers dominated the New Japan tag team heavyweight ranks winning the World Tag League in 2013 and lifting the IWGP Tag Team titles on three occasions. Unfortunately, those years of success seem far away, but they could still join AEW and become the biggest stars the company has to offer.
Just days after their release, the Good Brothers and New Japan star Rocky Romero brought back their former podcast Talk’n Shop on the MLW Radio Network. Prior to joining the WWE, the trio had a cult following thanks to the original podcast that shed light on their careers and working for New Japan.
After their WWE release, Talk’ Shop hit No. 1 on Apple’s Sports Podcasts. Unfortunately, on the episode, the duo does not go into detail about its WWE release, so anyone wanting two disgruntled ex-employees dissing the brand, won’t find it. This was perhaps due to hopes of a return or a no-compete clause preventing them from discussing their time in the company.