I’m pretty confident in saying Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson haven’t been the tag team division-destroying act we all hoped for from when they were first signed to WWE earlier this year. They debuted strong…and then fizzled out. Then they joined AJ Styles to create The Club…and then they got separated in the brand split. Then they challenged New Day for the tag team titles…and lost a lot and were responsible for one of the worst promo segments of the year with the Old Day skit. Karl Anderson still hasn’t won a singles match in WWE.
So it’s no surprise that WrestlingNewsWorld are reporting that Gallows and Anderson are very unhappy with their positions in the company at the moment and are pushing for a Smackdown move to be reunited with AJ Styles as The Club.
When the draft happened earlier this year, most of the talent didn’t actually know where they were being drafted to. In wrestling terminology, it was a ‘shoot’. Cesaro infamously cut a pre-draft promo saying how he wanted to go to Smackdown, which some say played into him being drafted to Raw. There was also the case of real-life couple Alberto Del Rio and Paige being sent to different brands.
There’s a great video of AJ Styles being interviewed right when Gallows and Anderson were drafted to the opposite brand to him, and he appears visibly upset. According to WrestlingNewsWorld, the only real reasoning behind this was because Vince McMahon wanted to split up a group to make the draft feel more legitimate, but got cold feet over splitting up The New Day. The Club was split up in their place.
Vince was reportedly very reluctant about letting wrestlers switch brands. So far Jack Swagger is the only one to have made the jump. But with the Intercontinental Title and the whole Cruiserweight division now being up for grabs at Survivor Series between Raw and Smackdown, this stance is said to be somewhat softening. One of the discussed options at the moment for the latter is a disputed finish, which sees Smackdown creating their own cruiserweight division.
After Uncle Shawn Michaels took a load of the NXT talent and trainers out for a trip to the cinema last week, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman might have revealed HBK’s actual backstage role at WWE on The Kevin Gill Show, with Nash saying:
How many people, including the two guys to my left, know that the new Head of the WWE Performance Center is Shawn Michaels? If you thought that NXT was something wait til that son of a bitch gets down there and gives them his magic….I don’t know what the hell they are paying him but it’s got to be a lot because to get Shawn to do the 9-5…
However, the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter says that while Michaels has been coaching there, WWE have confirmed that Matt Bloom is still the head coach.
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