WWE brought back a few Superstars that Vince McMahon fired, and the Good Brothers were two of the most surprising names. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson re-joined AJ Styles to re-form the OC, but then those plans were messed up thanks to Styles’ ankle injury. Now, it seems that Anderson and Gallows will only show up when they’re booked.

The 2023 Royal Rumble event went down without the Good Brothers there. A lot of fans wondered why they were absent, and what could have played into that call.

During The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Sean Sapp stated that the Good Brothers have a unique clause in their new WWE deals. Unless they’re booked to work an event, they don’t have to show up.

“People were asking why The Good Brothers were not at the Rumble or at Raw. In their new deals, they said, ‘if you’re not going to use us, we don’t want to be there. Just don’t send us there. [With] all due respect we will do our jobs, but we don’t want to be there for not being used,’ and WWE said ‘okay.'” 


Triple H signed the Good Brothers to five-year deals when they made their returns to the company. It was said that The Game felt bad about how their last contract situation went down after Vince McMcMhaon suddenly released them in the name of pandemic budget cuts.

The Good Brothers were on a roll, and in the middle of a feud with Judgment Day when AJ Styles was taken out of action. AJ Styles later commented that this ankle situation will keep him out of action for the longest injury hiatus of his career.

Only time will tell if WWE can figure out something for Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows to do in the meantime, but they certainly weren’t needed in the Alamodome on January 28th.

What’s your take on the Good Brothers’ new WWE contracts? Sound off in the comments!

Felix Upton

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