The OC, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, returned to WWE on the October 10th episode of WWE Raw. They were released in April 2020. Anderson and Gallows were outspoken regarding their WWE release, stating that they were unlikely to return.
Anderson and Gallows discussed their decision to rejoin WWE on After The Bell. “We had gone back and forth with Uncle Allen [AJ Styles] before the regime change, but we weren’t talking about anything. We had done the two years at IMPACT and were thankful to them, it was a great two years there, but we wanted to recharge our batteries and hit Japan pretty hard,” said Gallows.
The Good Brothers then went into even more detail about what weighed into their decision. In the end, AJ Styles and Triple H were able to make things so that Gallows and Anderson could make a return.
We were like, ‘let’s take this time and go to Japan through the New Year and then make a decision on what we want to do.’ We’re in Dallas, doing our last match with the Motor City Machine Guns and we get a text, ‘Hey guys, can we talk?’ Well, shit, here we go. Maybe we should text back. It was a text from Triple H, but we didn’t know if this was something we could do or wanted to do or what was going to come out of it after what happened the last time. We got on the phone and could feel the new vibe and how positive everything was. One thing led to another from there.
Gallows and Anderson signed with IMPACT after being released by WWE and appeared on AEW TV and NJPW STRONG. They had been working on NJPW events in Japan when travel became available again. Anderson said, “We always had a good relationship with Triple H. He was our guy when our contract was coming up at the end of 2019, and it was Hunter who we talked with and ended up signing a new deal.”
The Machine Gun went on to explain that they always had a good relationship with Triple H. In the end, they felt WWE’s new vibe and decided to come back.
We had a good relationship. That’s why, when we got released, I held some angst if we’d ever go back or ever speak again. We didn’t talk to Triple H for two and a half years. There was one text in July 2021, Gallows sent a selfie of me and him drinking beer to Triple H saying, ‘Hope you’re doing well baby boy.’ Three days later, I’m like, ‘Did Hunter ever text you back?’ ‘No.’ A day later, ‘Hunter wrote back and said I hope you’re doing well.’
Besides that, we didn’t speak at all. We were just getting home from an IMPACT weekend, it was our final weekend, we get home, do a FaceTime with Hunter, we talked and asked how the families were. We got asked if we wanted to come back, talked through our issues, and said, ‘that was then, this is now, let’s push forward and go.’
That was it. Getting chills now thinking about it because I didn’t think we’d ever have that talk. Not just the business talk, but to get the personal talk out. It was nice to get all that on the table, and now we’re going forward. We still had to go back to Japan, we had a 10-day tour, I had a singles match with (Hiroshi) Tanahashi, then go to England for New Japan. Nobody knew we had planned to do October in New York City.
Anderson is still the reigning NEVER Openweight Champion in NJPW and was set to defend the title on November 5. However, he was double booked as he wrestled at WWE Crown Jewel. He has stated that he will defend the title on his own time.
On Monday’s episode of WWE Raw, Mia Yim joined the OC to assist with their Rhea Ripley problem. Let’s see what more they have in store for us. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.
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