Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows made their return to WWE in 2022, but their journey has been beset by a string of injuries, hindering their momentum. However, they have since re-emerged and are actively involved in NXT over the past few months. They also claim that they aren’t bitter about transitioning to NXT.

In February, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson began making regular appearances on NXT television, working with talents such as Tyriek Igwe & Tyson Dupont, Hank Walker & Tank Ledger, and more.

While speaking on Talk’N Show, Gallows & Anderson shared their thoughts on their NXT run. Anderson claimed that neither he nor Gallows felt any sort of jealousy or bitterness after moving to NXT.

Luke Gallows also explained why the duo didn’t go to NXT during their initial WWE run, explaining that NXT is no longer a developmental brand and The OC had already done numerous tours all over the world, so they didn’t need any special training.


Anderson: ”When we go there now, this is me speaking honest and open, I don’t feel the weird jealousy or bitterness of ‘why are these guys here?’ We have not felt that. When we debuted in WWE in 2016, when we went to NXT and walked back there, I felt that. I’m just keeping it real.”

Gallows: ”I don’t want to go too deep, but you could tell, because it is competitive, it kind of felt like that we should have gone through the NXT system. I felt that. My argument and rebuttal to that is that, I don’t necessarily look at NXT as a developmental system like what I came through in 2005-2007. I went there when I was 21 years old in a warehouse and doing 500 squats. It’s two different things; they’re producing a television show, but I had already been through the full developmental thing. Had a WWE run, had a TNA run, had a New Japan run. You had been a featured high card act in New Japan for eight years. If I was 21 again, obviously, I need to be there. I didn’t feel like we needed to be there, but I am glad we are there now because I enjoy the experience.

Anderson: ”I’m beyond glad we’re going down there.”

Gallows: ”We even said, ‘Bring us me. We’re great with it.’ I don’t know if everybody feels that way. I think everybody is pretty positive now, but we do feel it.”

The OC was last featured during NXT Spring Breakin’ Week Two on April 30th, where they beat Tyriek Igwe & Tyson Dupont in a short match. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next in store for the duo.

Do you feel The OC being in NXT is actually for the best or should they go back to the main roster? Let us know in the comments section below!

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