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The Club was a professional wrestling stable in WWE, consisting of AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows.

The trio originally debuted on the May 2, 2016 episode of Raw, but made their official television debut as "The Club" on the May 9, 2016 Raw. The stable draws inspiration from another professional wrestling group primarily active in the Japanese New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion and the American Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion, known as "Bullet Club", in which Styles (former co-leader), Anderson (former co-leader) and Gallows (former member) are all previous members of, before all three departed NJPW and ROH for WWE in January and April respectively.

History

Formation

In January 2016, on WWE.com, it was announced that A.J. Styles, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, were in talks to debut/return in WWE, leaving NJPW. After weeks of speculation, on January 20, 2016, it was confirmed that Styles had signed with WWE. After not being on WWE television since his Metal match in 2002, Styles made his return and official debut to WWE on January 24, 2016, at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view during the Royal Rumble match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, entering at number three and receiving a loud ovation. On the April 11, 2016, episode of Raw, Anderson and Gallows (who returned to his Luke Gallows ring name) made their debut for WWE, attacking The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso).

Feud with Roman Reigns and The Usos (2016)

On the following week's Raw, WWE began teasing an alliance between Anderson and Gallows and their former Bullet Club stablemate AJ Styles. After meeting Styles in a backstage interview, Anderson and Gallows attacked his Payback opponent Roman Reigns in the ring. Styles, however, did not seem pleased with the attack. Anderson and Gallows wrestled their first WWE match on the April 25 Raw, defeating The Usos. Over the next weeks, Anderson and Gallows continued teasing an uneasy alliance with Styles, while having several face offs with The Usos and Reigns, including at Payback, where the two failed in their attempt to help Styles capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Reigns, and the following week's Raw and SmackDown, where the two sides traded victories in six-man tag matches, with Reigns pinning Anderson on SmackDown for Anderson and Gallows' first WWE loss. On the May 9 Raw, the trio of Anderson, Gallows and Styles was dubbed "The Club".

On July 19, The Club was broken up in the 2016 WWE draft with Styles being drafted to SmackDown and Gallows & Anderson to Raw.

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