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Gallows and Anderson

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, often shortened as Gallows and Anderson,[2] are a professional wrestling tag team currently signed to WWE and assigned to the Raw brand.

Gallows and Anderson
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in September 2016.jpg
Gallows (left) and Anderson (right) in September 2016
Tag team
MembersDoc Gallows/Luke Gallows
Karl Anderson
Name(s)Bullet Club[1]
Gallows and Anderson[2]
Gun(s) and Gallows[3][4]
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
The Club/The O.C. (with AJ Styles)[5]
Bálor Club (with Finn Bálor)[6]
Billed heightsGallows:
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[7][8]
Anderson:
6 ft 0 12 in (1.84 m)[9][10]
Combined
billed weight
505 lb (229 kg)[10][8]
Billed fromBy way of Tokyo, Japan[11]
DebutNovember 23, 2013[12]
Years active2013–present

As Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, and as a part of the Bullet Club stable, they worked in the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and have also worked as a tag team in the United States for Ring of Honor (ROH) and various promotions on the independent circuit. Gallows and Anderson were first put together by NJPW in 2013, working as a tag team within Bullet Club. Over the next three years, the two won the IWGP Tag Team Championship three times, while also winning the 2013 World Tag League. In February 2016, the two left NJPW to sign with WWE, where they became Raw Tag Team Champions twice, first in January 2017 and again in July 2019.

HistoryEdit

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2013–2016)Edit

 
Gallows and Anderson performing the Magic Killer on Togi Makabe

On November 11, 2013, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) announced the participating teams in the 2013 World Tag League. Included was a team representing the Bullet Club stable, made up of founding member Karl Anderson and the debuting Doc Gallows.[13] Anderson had been working for NJPW regularly since 2008,[9] while Gallows, a former WWE performer, had most recently worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[7] The two ended up winning their block with a record of four wins and two losses,[14] and on December 8, first defeated Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma in the semifinals and then Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima in the finals to win the tournament.[15] This led to a match on January 4, 2014, at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, where they defeated K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[16] Anderson and Gallows ended up holding the title for a full year, successfully defending it six times.[17] In December 2014, the two made it to the finals of their second consecutive World Tag League, but were defeated there by Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata,.[18] who then went on to defeat them for IWGP Tag Team Championship on January 4, 2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome.[19]

On February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka, Anderson and Gallows defeated Goto and Shibata in a rematch to regain the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[20] Their second reign ended on April 5 at Invasion Attack 2015, where they were defeated by The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) in their first defense.[17][21] Anderson and Gallows won the title for a third time on July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall by defeating The Kingdom in a rematch.[22] After a six-month reign that saw Anderson and Gallows successfully defend the title once,[17] they lost the title to 2015 World Tag League winners Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma on January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome.[23]

In the midst of rumors they were leaving NJPW,[24][25] Anderson and Gallows received a rematch for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but were again defeated by Makabe and Honma on February 14 at The New Beginning in Niigata.[26] Anderson and Gallows wrestled their final NJPW match on February 20 at Honor Rising: Japan 2016, where they teamed with their Bullet Club stablemates Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga in an eight-man tag team match, where they were defeated by Bobby Fish, Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata and Kyle O'Reilly.[27][28]

Ring of Honor (2014–2016)Edit

Anderson and Gallows made their debut for American Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion on May 17, 2014, during the War of the Worlds event, which was co-produced by ROH and NJPW, successfully defending the IWGP Tag Team Championship against The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe).[29] They also appeared for ROH in 2015,[30] and on January 23, 2016, took part in an eight-man tag team match, where all three of the promotion's titles were on the line in which Anderson and Gallows teamed up with Bullet Club stablemates The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), but were defeated by ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, ROH World Television Champion Roderick Strong and ROH World Tag Team Champions War Machine (Hanson and Ray Rowe), who all retained their titles.[31]

Other promotions (2014–2016)Edit

On December 20, 2014, Anderson and Gallows made their debut as a tag team on the American independent circuit, defeating Reality Check (Craven Varro and Devon Moore) at a Pro Wrestling Syndicate (PWS) event.[32] During the summer of 2015, the two worked several Global Force Wrestling (GFW) events,[33] where they took part in the GFW Tag Team Championship tournament.[34] In October 2015, Anderson and Gallows took part in a Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW) event in Reading, England, which also featured several other NJPW wrestlers.[35] That same month, they also took part in German promotion Westside Xtreme Wrestling's World Tag Team Tournament, where they made it to the quarterfinals, before losing to Big Daddy Walter and Zack Sabre Jr.[1]

WWEEdit

The Club and Raw Tag Team Champions (2016–2017)Edit

"Anderson and Gallows have nearly had all the luster removed from them since their debut [...] [They] appear to be just another tag team that gets used as fodder whenever a main event story crosses their path [...] Roman Reigns gains next to nothing from beating Karl Anderson without first establishing that as an accomplishment".

Pro Wrestling Dot Net writer Jake Barnett after the May 5, 2016, episode of SmackDown[36]

On the April 11, 2016 episode of Raw, Gallows (who returned to his Luke Gallows ring name) and Anderson made their debut for WWE, attacking The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso), establishing themselves as heels in the process and with the duo's NJPW background being acknowledged by WWE announcers.[37] On the following week's Raw, WWE began teasing an alliance between Gallows and Anderson and their former Bullet Club stablemate AJ Styles when, after meeting Styles in a backstage interview, Gallows and Anderson attacked his Payback opponent Roman Reigns in the ring; Styles, however, did not seem pleased with the attack.[38] Gallows and Anderson wrestled their first WWE match on the April 25 Raw, defeating The Usos.[39] Over the next weeks, Gallows and Anderson continued teasing an uneasy alliance with Styles, while having several face offs with The Usos and Reigns, including at Payback, where the two failed in their attempt to help Styles capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Reigns,[40] and the following week's SmackDown, where the two suffered their first WWE loss, when Reigns pinned Anderson in a six-man tag team match.[36] On the May 9 Raw, the trio of Styles, Gallows and Anderson was dubbed "The Club".[41] The Club disbanded two weeks later on Raw, when Styles stated that he wanted an amicable separation from Gallows and Anderson, blaming them and The Usos for his failure to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the previous day's Extreme Rules.[42] Though Styles stated that the three could remain "brothers", Gallows and Anderson refused and ended the friendship altogether.[43] On the May 30 episode of Raw, Gallows and Anderson entered the WWE Tag Team Championship picture by attacking reigning champions The New Day, while later in the show, Styles turned on the returning John Cena and reunited with Gallows and Anderson.[44] On July 19, The Club was split up in the 2016 WWE draft with Gallows and Anderson being drafted to Raw and Styles to SmackDown,[45] which resulted in them wrestling their last match together as a trio on July 24 at Battleground in a loss against John Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass.[46]

Afterwards, Gallows and Anderson continued feuding with The New Day, attacking and sidelining Big E on the August 1 episode of Raw, which led to the other two New Day members, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, agreeing to defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against them.[47] The title match on August 21 at SummerSlam ended in a disqualification win for Gallows and Anderson, when Anderson was attacked by the returning Big E.[48] Gallows and Anderson received two more shots at the newly renamed Raw Tag Team Championship, first on September 25 at Clash of Champions and then the following day on Raw, but were both times defeated by members of The New Day.[49][50] On the November 7 episode of Raw, Gallows and Anderson were announced as part of Team Raw for the 10–on–10 Survivor Series tag team elimination match at Survivor Series. The same night, while being at odds with the rest of Team Raw, they defeated The New Day in a non-title bout.[51] At Survivor Series, Gallows and Anderson were eliminated from the match by Rhyno.[52] Gallows and Anderson received two more shots at the Raw Tag Team Championship, but were both times defeated by The New Day, first on the November 28 episode of Raw,[53] and then in a three-way match, also involving Cesaro and Sheamus, on the December 12 episode of Raw.[54] On the January 18, 2017 episode of Raw, Gallows and Anderson appeared to defeat Cesaro and Sheamus by pinfall for the Raw Tag Team Championship; however, due to Sheamus having hit the referee, the decision was reversed to a disqualification, leading to them winning the match but not the title.[55] This led to a rematch with two referees on the Royal Rumble pre-show on January 29, where Gallows and Anderson became the new Raw Tag Team Champions.[56] Gallows and Anderson made a successful title defense at Fastlane, against Enzo Amore and Big Cass.[57] At WrestleMania 33 on April 2, they lost the title to The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) in a four-way ladder match, also involving Cesaro and Sheamus as well as Enzo Amore and Big Cass, ending their reign at 63 days.[58]

Rare appearances (2018–2019)Edit

On the January 1, 2018, Raw, the duo turned face by appearing as former Bullet Club stablemate Finn Bálor's surprise tag team partners.[59] After a brief feud, they lost to The Revival at the Royal Rumble kickoff.

On April 17, as part of the Superstar Shake-up, Gallows and Anderson were drafted to SmackDown. On the May 22 episode of SmackDown Live, they defeated The Usos to become number one contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. At Money in the Bank kickoff, they failed to win the title from The Bludgeon Brothers. At Survivor Series, they made up part of Team SmackDown as they took on Team Raw, and they would go on to win the match.[60] The team hardly appeared on SmackDown during their year on the brand. A WWE.com article blamed their lack of success on the brand on being "in the same division as The New Day, The Bar, The Usos and The Bludgeon Brothers."[61]

Reuniting with AJ Styles (2019–present)Edit

On the April 29, 2019 episode of Raw, Gallows and Anderson returned to the Raw brand, losing to The Usos.[62] As of that match, they had not won a match on television since they defeated The Usos in May 2018.[63] On the July 1 episode of Raw, Gallows and Anderson encouraged AJ Styles to be the guy he was in NJPW. After Styles lost a United States Championship match to Ricochet; Gallows and Anderson helped Styles to beat up Ricochet, and reuniting The Club as heels.[64][65] On the July 22 episode of Raw, The Club was renamed The O.C., which means "The Original, The Official and The Only Club".[66] On the July 29 episode of Raw, Gallows and Anderson defeated the Usos and The Revival in a triple threat tag team match to capture the Raw Tag Team Championships for a second time. They would then go on to lose the titles on the August 19 episode of Raw to Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman.[67]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

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