Former Raw Tag Team Champion Doc Gallows says WWE once had plans to eliminate independent wrestling companies and self-produce more of their own content.
Gallows competed in WWE in several different spells but was best known as Luke Gallows during his time in the company. His most latest run with WWE came to an end in April 2020 when he and tag team partner Karl Anderson were released by the company just days after appearing in the WrestleMania 36 main event between The Undertaker and AJ Styles.
Speaking on the MCW Cast, Doc Gallows discussed hearing of a notion in WWE to take over the wrestling scene and get rid of the indies:
“I did hear this, WWE, I know at one point, there was a philosophy, which I hated hearing when I was working, they basically wanted to get rid of all the indies and have everything self-produced by them, and this was before AEW had officially launched and that was kind of the plan.”
“Hey, we’re trying to buy Ring of Honor, for example. I don’t know if that’s one of them, but they probably tried. But luckily, these people held up and said no, and then AEW happens and now we’re seeing it’s fruitful for everybody, which is really important because if it’s a monopoly, we all know it’s boring.”
Doc Gallows then lamented the importance of these smaller companies to the whole pro wrestling ecosystem and says a system without them would severely impede the chances of certain stars succeeding:
“This (the indies) is the lifeblood and the grassroots of what pro wrestling is. It needs it for its function. Where do you get people from? Grab them (an indie star) and make them we want them. They’re all gonna be the same.”
“I remember when I first signed too, a couple of years before that, everybody that came out of OVW looked like they were ready to step on a bodybuilding stage. They all wore trunks. They all had the same haircut. It was like a meat factory. Darby Allin would have never had a job. We would have never known where Darby Allin is. He never would have gotten a chance.”