Last week, we wrote about Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson letting WWE know that they planned on looking at other options when their contracts expire in September.
Today, WWE pulled Gallows and Anderson from all future live events so it looks even more likely that they will be leaving the company in a few months.
The word in WWE is that they turned down five-year multi-million dollar deals to remain with the company. It’s been a few weeks since they’ve worked on live events and they are not listed on any future shows but they could still appear on SmackDown Live and pay-per-views for the next couple of months, likely to put over other talent.
As many of you would have guessed, the reason why they want to leave to pursue their options is that WWE has not done much with them since they signed in 2016. There have been promises made to wrestlers about doing more with the tag team division on Raw and SmackDown Live but there’s only so much the company can do with their loaded roster. and their efforts to boost the tag team division on both shows have been lackluster.
Obviously, there would be a ton of interest from several companies including Impact Wrestling, Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling. AEW is looking to put a heavy focus on tag team wrestling so they would be a good fit with them.
There is still time for things to change between now and September, but friends of Gallows and Anderson have indicated that they are likely to leave. They would be free to appear for any company after late September.
For those of you wondering, Dean Ambrose has yet to sign a new deal and he is still expected to leave at the end of April. We’re told that The Usos have not signed new deals and there are other wrestlers considering leaving when their contracts expire. Click here for an update on AJ Styles’ contract status with WWE.