After weeks of rumors and teases, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are heading to Impact Wrestling in a deal that will allow them to also work for New Japan Pro Wrestling.
The discussions were first reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet and then followed up on by SportsKeeda’s Gary Cassidy, confirmed by our Dave Meltzer Tuesday.
Their WWE non-compete deals are up on July 18th, the same day as Impact’s Slammiversary pay-per-view. Meltzer couldn’t confirm when their debut will happen, but did confirm the other reports that the two will be free to return to New Japan when travel allows them to do so. Whether they have officially signed the deals and the length of those deals is also unknown.
The two were shown in a promo for Slammiversary along with other fellow released WWE wrestlers like Eric Young and Mike Kanellis. They were released on April 15th as part of a mass layoff/furlough effort by WWE due to the pandemic, less than a year after re-signing multi-year deals.
Gallows worked in then-TNA from 2011-2013 as DOC in the infamous Aces & Eights stable while this would be Anderson’s first run there. The team was part of the Bullet Club in New Japan for nearly four years before signing with WWE in 2016.