Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson Talk Joining Impact Wrestling, Negotiations Getting Leaked


Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson recently did an interview with Gary Cassidy of SportsKeeda where they talked about various topics. Here are the highlights: 

So, I need to address the elephant in the room before we get into the interview. I’m nothing if I’m not transparent so, full disclosure, I wrote an article last month confirming that you guys had signed with IMPACT was a done deal. That evidently didn’t ruin any surprises because, when IMPACT broke the news of your signing, the tweet of The Good Brothers’ signing became THE best performing tweet in the company’s history!

Now, I was going to ask how lucky I am to be far enough away from you guys not to be on the receiving end of a Magic Killer – but a better question would be, whose idea was it to announce your debut ahead of time, and would you guys have actually preferred it to be kept a secret?

Gallows: I thought leaking it was a good idea. Why not? Let’s get some buzz. Let’s get some eyes on this thing and I think that us and IMPACT did a good job of using our Countdown to F***town thing that we were promoting on social media because we were going to announce our pay-per-view, Talk N’ Shop A-Mania, but also we needed a big announcement of where we were going so the clock strikes 12 and the clip can be shown of us in the IMPACT Zone making that announcement, and IMPACT putting that out on their social media and it ended up being the best performing tweet in IMPACT Wrestling history so I think it all worked great. It was a good idea.

Anderson: Yeah, I think, in this environment, I thought it made it more fun to announce it ahead of time. I would say, if this was in front of a live crowd and may be there are ways to have a surprise and you get that reaction from the surprise that maybe you could have held off but I think in this Covid-19 environment and with there not being a crowd, I think us announcing that we were coming to IMPACT actually got a lot more eyes on the pay-per-view, and that’s what made it so cool. And with the Magic Killer, you’re lucky… You’re not that lucky, because it’s probably the safest move in wrestling.

Like I said, you’ve most definitely made an immediate impression and got EVERYONE talking! I keep referring to you guys as “needle-shifting” talents, someone who brings eyes to the product. I spoke to World Champion Eddie Edwards last week, he very much echoed that sentiment.

But the one thing I need to ask, you guys aren’t the only new arrivals in IMPACT. Of course, there’s Eric Young, Heath, EC3 and Brian Myers. Do you know personally if you guys were the first to sign out of that group and, if so, did any of them ask you any advice – or was it the other way around?

Gallows: Well, yeah, we were all talking. We’re all friends. We were all talking leading up into this and I think it came off beautifully. Like you said, EC3, EY, Brian Myers, Heath. It came off great. But yeah, we were talking a lot. Karl and I have had success outside of WWE, so a lot of times, people come to us to ask. Especially someone like Heath who was in that system for 14 years. They don’t necessarily know what it’s like outside, so we don’t mind helping our brothers along when they need it but I think we were a huge part of that.

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