Following a hugely successful run in New Japan Pro Wrestling as part of the Bullet Club, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows arrived in WWE in April 2016 on a high.
While Anderson had also enjoyed some success as a singles star, it was his tag team resume which included four IWGP Tag Title reigns which really caught the eye.
However, despite a reunion with Bullet Club running buddy AJ Styles and two RAW Tag Team Title wins, Gallows and Anderson were released by WWE in April 2020.
Speaking in a new interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Karl Anderson reflected on his WWE exit, describing it as the “best thing that has ever happened” to him. Explaining that he felt he deserved more during his time with the company.
“What we do is scripted entertainment, and I’ll be honest, there are times when I felt like I deserved more in WWE… Going on the road in WWE, especially in 2018 and 2019, I was taking my frustrations from the road back home. My wife didn’t understand what I was going through; my kids couldn’t understand why I was in a bad mood. All I wanted to do was get out of that bad mood. I was only home for two or three days, and then I had to go back to this f—— place I didn’t want to go back to. A couple weeks very quickly turns into six months. I love my family so much, but that affected my life at home. Getting released by WWE was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Following their departure from WWE The Good Brothers were contacted by IMPACT Wrestling within 15 minutes. This led to the pair debuting at Slammiversary winning the IMPACT Tag Team Titles a month later.
As IMPACT established a working relationship with AEW, The Good Brothers began to appear on Dynamite, taking part in a Bullet Club Reunion.
On the most recent episode of AEW’s flagship show, Anderson was back in singles action, challenging Jon Moxley for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. While Anderson ultimately came up short on the night, the clash served as a reminder that “Machine Gun” is more than just a tag team specialist.
After picking up the win, Moxley was immediately challenged by Lance Archer to a match for the championship at night 2 of Fyter Fest on July 21st. Archer, who lost the title to Moxley back in January 2020 in a Texas Death Match, laid down the challenge to the former AEW Champion, explaining that only the same match stipulation would do.
Since winning the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, Jon Moxley has become the longest reigning champion in history, racking up a record number of defences.