WWE fans are always buzzing when the company manages to snap up a big-name talent that nobody probably ever expected to see sign with Vince McMahon’s company.
Legends like Sting, independent stars like Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe and even a world-class athlete like Ronda Rousey - WWE has been fortunate enough to bring in some of the finest talents possible even when it never looked possible.
Another name which excited the WWE Universe was AJ Styles. He finally made his long-awaited debut in WWE at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, after dominating on the independent scene for years prior and cementing his status as possibly the greatest in-ring performer on the planet.
So, there was understandable excitement from the fans when his music finally hit. However, there were certainly some worries about how WWE would use him, especially since he lost in his WrestleMania debut against Chris Jericho.
Since then, though, The Phenomenal One has turned into the go-to star for the company, resulting in multiple championship reigns and heads into WrestleMania 34 to battle Shinsuke Nakamura in a WWE dream match, following on from their Wrestle Kingdom encounter when both men were a part of NJPW.
The Japanese promotion took Styles to that next level, especially since he ended up as the leader of the popular Bullet Club faction following Finn Balor’s switch to WWE. As fans know, Styles wasn’t the only one to leave the Bullet Club as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson also jumped ship to join WWE.
However, Styles recently revealed to Lilian Garcia on her Chasing Glory podcast that the company originally didn’t want Gallows and Anderson, and were solely interested in signing Styles. In the same week, though, the company changed its mind following Styles’ eagerness to go over as a group and decided to bring all three to WWE.
GALLOWS & ANDERSON
According to Ringside News, he said: “I said, ‘Hey listen, I got these two other guys, Gallows and Anderson, and we’re going to go over as a group.’
“‘Well, we’re just interested in you right now’ and within that same week, they said, ‘No, we want all of you.’
“So, it was like ‘YES’ because I didn’t want to pull them away and get their hopes up. ‘Well, sorry guys, it’s just me.’ I am so glad that they got to come with me.”
Fans have been critical in recent times regarding WWE’s handling of Gallows and Anderson, especially in regards to them not having much success as a team since joining WWE.
However, with the formation of The Balor Club on Monday Night RAW - along with the possibility of Styles moving to the red brand following WrestleMania in the Superstar Shake-Up - perhaps Gallows and Anderson could have much more prominent roles on television and showcase what they’re truly capable of.
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