The OC (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) have spoken out on some of the reasons behind their decision to return to WWE.
The OC was speaking on WWE After The Bell with Corey Graves about the reasons behind their return, and referenced Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque’s role in bringing them back.
Luke Gallows said:
“We had gone back and forth with Uncle Allen (AJ Styles)before the regime change, but we weren’t talking about anything. We had done the two years at IMPACT and were thankful to them, it was a great two years there, but we wanted to recharge our batteries and hit Japan pretty hard.
“We were like, ‘let’s take this time and go to Japan through the New Year and then make a decision on what we want to do.’
“We’re in Dallas, doing our last match with the Motor City Machine Guns and we get a text, ‘Hey guys, can we talk?’ Well, s**t, here we go. Maybe we should text back.
“It was a text from Triple H, but we didn’t know if this was something we could do or wanted to do or what was going to come out of it after what happened the last time. We got on the phone and could feel the new vibe and how positive everything was. One thing led to another from there.”
Karl Anderson expanded on their relationship with Paul Levesque, saying:
“We always had a good relationship with Triple H. He was our guy when our contract was coming up at the end of 2019 and it was Hunter who we talked with and ended up signing a new deal. We had a good relationship.
“That’s why, when we got released, I held some angst if we’d ever go back or ever speak again. We didn’t talk to Triple H for two and a half years. There was one text in July 2021, Gallows sent a selfie of me and him drinking beer to Triple H saying, ‘Hope you’re doing well baby boy.’ “Three days later, I’m like, ‘Did Hunter ever text you back?’ ‘No.’ A day later, ‘Hunter wrote back and said I hope you’re doing well.’ Besides that, we didn’t speak at all.
“We were just getting home from an IMPACT weekend, it was our final weekend, we get home, do a FaceTime with Hunter, we talked and asked how the families were. We got asked if we wanted to come back, talked through our issues, and said, ‘that was then, this is now, let’s push forward and go.’ That was it.
“Getting chills now thinking about it because I didn’t think we’d ever have that talk. Not just the business talk, but to get the personal talk out. It was nice to get all that on the table, and now we’re going forward.
“We still had to go back to Japan, we had a 10-day tour, I had a singles match with (Hiroshi) Tanahashi, then go to England for New Japan. Nobody knew we had planned to do October in New York City.”
Gallows and Anderson were released from WWE in April 2020 due to budget cuts.
The OC returned during the October 10 edition of Raw where they reunited with AJ Styles, assisting him in his feud with Judgment Day.
They are the latest members of the roster to praise Triple H since the regime change that saw him take over as WWE’s Chief Content Officer.
The OC and AJ Styles recently lost to Judgment Day at Crown Jewel. Since then, another returning name, Mia Yim, has joined their faction to equalize the threat from Judgment Day.
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