On Monday’s WWE Raw, it appeared that AJ Styles was set to join The Judgment Day, however, Styles had another faction in mind: The O.C.
It was rumored all day on Monday, and later on Raw, the return of both Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows happened. As it appeared that Styles was about to join the Judgment Day, embracing Finn Balor with a hug, he tricked him and instead introduced the returns of Anderson and Gallows, seemingly reforming The O.C. faction. After the quick welcome back, the three of Styles, Anderson, and Gallows rolled all over The Judgment Day, forcing them to exit backstage.
— WWE (@WWE) October 11, 2022
In August, Anderson and Gallows saw their time end in IMPACT, with their last match being a loss to The Motor City Machine Guns at a Dallas television recording. Originally, the pair’s deal with the promotion expired in July, but the two sides agreed to do further business into August.
Before signing with WWE, the tag team was planning on putting a spotlight on New Japan Pro Wrestling through Wrestle Kingdom, with NJPW having plans for Anderson to have a huge singles match at their Tokyo Dome event.
Back in the summer, while Vince McMahon was still the Chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, the company launched communication with the team about coming back to the company when their contracts with IMPACT were officially expired. However, negotiations would break down between the two sides after The Good Brothers’ requested price tag.
The reason for The Good Brothers’ demanded high pay is because of what happened in 2019, when the tag team had an opportunity to sign contracts with a newly-launched AEW, but instead chose to remain with WWE on fresh five-year deals. However, WWE released them right after WrestleMania 37 in a batch of cuts that the company made, and at a bad time as well with it being at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During their contract negotiations back in the summer, the two parties were extremely far apart in terms of money, which led to talks quickly fizzling out. Now, with a new regime in charge, WWE and The Good Brothers re-opened negotiations, and this time around, it was successful.
Representing the Bullet Club faction, the most recent in-ring action from Anderson and Gallow was in London for NJPW’s Royal Quest II, and despite the signing to WWE, Anderson in particular is still being advertised for New Japan Pro Wrestling for a November 5 event in Osaka, Japan. There, Anderson will be defending his NEVER Openweight Championship taking on Hikuleo.
In WWE from 2016 to 2020, The Good Brothers were previously with NJPW beforehand, but would make the move to World Wrestling Entertainment with AJ Styles, forming The Club which would eventually become The O.C.
With Gallows, he’s had a lot of other stints in WWE besides just being a part of The O.C. stable, including his Festus gimmick, a Kane impersonator and he was also a part of CM Punk’s Straightedge Society. For Anderson, he’s had a healthy run in New Japan Pro Wrestling having success in both the singles division and tag team division, where he would be a member of Bad Intentions before pairing up with Gallows.