Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were two of the high profile names who were let go by WWE as part of cost-cutting measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two are under a non-compete clause that will expire on July 18 and many people have speculated that once it does, they might be returning to New Japan Pro Wrestling where they were a well thought off tag team, holding the promotion’s tag team championship titles several times.
However, according to Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, the duo might be staying in the United States after all.
Satin is reporting that sources from the American wrestling promotion Impact Wrestling have told him that they are heavily pursuing the duo to get them to sign with them. They want Anderson and Gallows to debut for the promotion at next month’s Slammiversary.
Satin also pointed out that Anderson and Gallows actually have a strong connection to Impact through their friendship with the promotion’s current vice president, Scott D’Amore.
D’Amore and Anderson have known each other since Anderson broke into the wrestling business and, when Impact was TNA, D’Amore had already tried to bring Anderson in.
D’Amore is also said to have influenced Gallows to go to Japan to team up with Anderson when Anderson was part of the Bullet Club in NJPW.
The deal being offered to Gallows and Anderson by Impact is said to be “incredibly strong” and it will include a clause that would still allow the duo to work with NJPW.
Slammiversary is being advertised for July 18, when the duo’s non-compete clause expires. According to recent advertisements for the show, the world of Impact Wrestling will change during the event. One big “change” could be the first appearance of Gallows and Anderson as Impact talents.