Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were on The Jim Rome Show recently and had an incredibly entertaining interview. The two discussed getting botox, their early struggles to make a living, and a hilarious story about Finn Balor taking his storyline too seriously.
Check out highlights below:
Transcription by WrestleZone.com Senior Editor Tyler Treese.
On possibly getting botox:
Anderson: One time we were in Japan, we had had ourselves a couple beverages and Gallows looks at me and goes, “Hey man, we gotta talk about getting that botox, man. You’re starting to get the crow’s feet.” I said, “What in the hell are you talking about?”
Gallows: I said let me get some cocoa butter on that face of yours. We can’t age, we’re gonna wrestle forever.
Anderson: I’m not gonna show up next tour looking like this [he proceeds to widen his brow].
What it means to be a good brother:
Gallows: I probably started saying this 10 years ago and it’s just a term that started getting used in our industry. It just means you’re a good dude, a guy you want to hang out with, crack open a beer with. He won’t stooge on nobody. You need some good brothers in your life.
Working New Japan Pro-Wrestling:
Anderson: I was in Japan for eight years. When I first signed that contract in 2008, it was the coolest thing that ever happened. First time I started getting paid. I went from making $5,000 in 2007 to probably $55,000 in 2008, and it was like I struck gold. Each year the contracts got better and at the end we were making some bank.
[Wrestling in Japan] is still good guy versus bad guy and telling a story, but there’s nothing like competing in Japan. Those people believe and they love the sport of professional wrestling.
Karl Anderson on having to remind Finn Balor that it’s scripted:
This was when the Bullet Club was running hot and [Finn] was our “leader.” We were waiting in the lobby for Tama Tonga to come downstairs and Finn goes, “Why am I always waiting for people? I’m the leader!” I go, “Whoa, Finn. Pipe it down. You know that Morgan Freeman wasn’t actually God in Bruce Almighty, right? This is scripted entertainment. It’s a television show.” He stormed out.
Luke Gallows on wrestling being called fake:
Fake is such a funny word when it comes to what we do because you’re moronic to think a big boot and a leg drop really pin somebody, but on the other hand, I wish all the things we heard about ourselves for years were true. I wish there were fake chairs, I wish the ring felt like a trampoline. I would feel so much better. WWE has cleaned up the business so much. When we first broke in, if you took a chair shot and put your hands up you were considered not a man. So, we were standing there for $20 getting [our heads hit].
Check out the full interview below: