With WWE’s roster being so large, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that some wrestlers aren’t seen very often. However, some fans have noticed that a very specific duo, who returned to the companu recently amid little initial fanfare and much surprise, haven’t been seen much recently despite their high-profile status.
As it turns out, this duo’s recent absence can be explained by a very specific clause in their contracts.
Neither Karl Anderson nor Luke Gallows have been seen on WWE programming in weeks
Gallows & Anderson – better known as The Good Brothers – made a surprise return E in October 2022. Their return shocked many fans as it wasn’t too long ago that the pair reunited with The Bullet Club in AEW and IMPACT.
Upon their return, Gallows & Anderson joined their fellow OC member AJ Styles in taking on the Judgment Day stable. However, the Good Brothers haven’t been seen much on TV as of late.
Aside from an appearance on a RAW Tag Team Title #1 contender’s match on January 9th and Anderson’s appearance at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 17, Gallows & Anderson have only been appearing at WWE’s untelevised events and in dark matches that take place either before the cameras start rolling or after they’ve stopped.
As it turns out, Gallows & Anderson have been able to skip televised appearances thanks to a guarantee in their contracts. Sean Ross Sapp appeared on the Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, on which he explained that both Good Brothers’ contracts included clauses that allow them to skip coming to events if they aren’t going to be used.
“People were asking why The Good Brothers were not at the (Royal) Rumble or at RAW. In their new deals, they said, ‘if you’re not going to use us, we don’t want to be there. Just don’t send us there. (With) all due respect we will do our jobs, but we don’t want to be there for not being used.’ WWE said ‘okay.’”
It has been common practice in WWE for years for talent to show up to venues and remain backstage there, even if said wrestlers don’t end up being used, in case something last-minute comes up and the cards must be reshuffled.
h/t EWrestlingNews for the transcription