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The Club was a professional wrestling stable in WWE, consisting of 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 Luke 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.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • Match of the Year (2016) vs. John Cena at SummerSlam – Styles[73]
  • Wrestler of the Year (2016) – Styles[73]
  • Ranked Styles No. 4 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[74]
  • Ranked Gallows No. 65 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[74]
  • Ranked Anderson No. 69 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016

WWE

See also

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AliyahAkamAsukaAleister BlackAlexander WolfeAndrade AlmasAngelo DawkinsAustin AriesBillie KayBobby RoodeBuddy MurphyDariaDrew McIntyreEmber MoonEric YoungHideo ItamiJohnny GarganoLiv MorganMandy RoseNick MillerNikki CrossNo Way JoseOney LorcanOtis DozovicPeyton RoyceRezarRoderick StrongRuby RiotSawyer FultonShane ThorneTian BingTino SabbatelliTommaso CiampaTucker KnightWesley Blake

205 Cruiserweights

Akira TozawaAriya DaivariAustin AriesCedric AlexanderDrew GulakGran MetalikGurv SihraHarv SihraHoHo LunJack GallagherLince DoradoMustafa AliNoam DarRich SwannThe Brian KendrickSin CaraTajiriT.J. PerkinsTony Nese

United Kingdom Championship Tournament participants

Chris TylerDan MoloneyHC DyerJack StarzJames DrakeJordan DevlinJoseph ConnersPete DunneRingo RyanRoy JohnsonSam GradwellSaxon HuxleyTiger AliTrent SevenTuckerTyler BateTyson T-BoneWolfgang

Unassigned Brand

Tyson Kidd

Stables & Tag Teams

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Unassigned personnel

Adrian JaoudeBabatunde AiyegbusiBianca BlairBig BoaCarolyn DunningDanielle KamelaJerome TurnerJulia HoKimberly FrankeleMada AbdelhamidMacey EstrellaMaryKate Duignan GlidewellMichael NichollsNikola BogojevicRuby MobsTerrance Jean-JacquesYifengZhao Xia

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Ring announcers

Dasha FuentesJoJoGreg HamiltonMike RomeTony Chimel

Referees

Chad PattonCharles RobinsonDan EnglerDanilo AnfibioDarrick MooreDarryl SharmaDrake WuertzEddie OrengoJason AyersJohn ConeMatt BennettMike ChiodaRod ZapataRyan Tran

Pre-Show Panel
Booker TJerry LawlerRenee YoungScott Stanford
NXT Trainers

Matthew BloomNorman SmileyRobbie BrooksideSara Del ReySarah StockSteve KeirnTerry Taylor

General Managers

Daniel Bryan/Shane McMahon (Smackdown)Kurt Angle/Stephanie McMahon (Raw)William Regal (NXT)

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