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Gallows & Anderson Finally Receive the Tag Team Push They Deserve
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Making their impression in tag team dominance while competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson debuted in WWE with high expectations. During a match being the Usos and Heath Slater & Curtis Axel, a week after WrestleMania 32, Anderson & Gallows made their WWE debut by attacking The Usos.

The two formed an alliance with AJ Styles just weeks later, reuniting from their days as The Bullet Club in NJPW. They were now known as The Club in WWE, and Styles turned heel on John Cena during an episode of Raw after briefing leaving the group to remain a babyface.

Gallows & Anderson Left on Their Own

As Styles moved to SmackDown Live en route to becoming WWE Heavyweight Champion, Gallows & Anderson were left on Raw to fend for themselves. Surprisingly, despite having an impressive debut, Gallows & Anderson saw themselves on the losing end for a large portion of the rest of 2016. They rebounded at the beginning of 2017, winning the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships by defeating Sheamus & Cesaro. This reign lasted from the Royal Rumble until WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida, where they lost against Matt & Jeff Hardy in a ladder match, which also included Enzo & Big Cass, and Sheamus & Cesaro.

Gallows & Anderson remained in a stagnant position in the tag team division following their loss at WrestleMania 33, but they did have short alliances with former Bullet Club member Finn Balor, as well as reuniting briefly with AJ Styles. The duo went on an over two-year drought of winning the tag team championships, before defeating The Revival and The Usos in a triple threat match to win the Raw Tag Team Championships for the second time on the July 29th edition of Raw.

Gallows & Anderson’s Reign as Champions

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That title win is largely speculated to occur due to rumors of Gallows and Anderson being unhappy with their current position in the company and ready to seek other options since their contracts were up to expire. With AEW gaining a significant level of fan buzz, along with signing a television deal to air weekly on TNT, options are widening for WWE superstars to explore other options. However, with reports of signing new deals to remain in WWE (PWInsider reported a five-year deal was signed that will keep them with the company until 2024.), it looks like WWE is rising their stock by aligning once again with AJ Styles (now known as The OC), and winning the tag titles. In addition to Gallows & Anderson attaining championship status, AJ Styles is also the United States Champion.

Based on being two of the most dominant tag team wrestlers in New Japan – winning the IWGP Tag Team Championships on three occasions – “The Good Brothers” did not have to go through NXT to debut to the main roster. This showed how much confidence Vince McMahon had in the team succeeding. The new WWE contracts seems to be a positive move for Gallows & Anderson, although they did not defend their titles at the SummerSlam PPV.

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But despite losing an impromptu tag team title match on the August 19 episode of Monday Night Raw against Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins (which sets up a Strowman vs. Rollins feud for the Universal Championship), Gallows & Anderson are in a much better position than they have been for a long time in the tag team division, as well as being members of the OC.

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Chris Featherstone is a WWE Contributor for FanBuzz. He has years of wrestling journalism experience, contributing for sites such as Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Digital Spy, and more. Since 2012, Chris has hosted the Pancakes and Powerslams Show, with over 100 wrestlers as special guests. Some of these guests include ...Read more
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