Doc Gallows was not thrilled to be returning to WWE in 2016, but he saw that some things had improved from his last run and thanks Roman Reigns for that. Gallows spoke with Dave Penzer on his Sitting Ringside (h / t at Wrestling Inc) and explained how Reigns did a lot to clean up the changing room vibe behind the scenes.“I’ll say this. I wasn’t a fan of Gallows, Anderson, and AJ Styles joining WWE in 2016. I’ve said that publicly. I thought we had a good thing going on in Japan, ”Gallow said, reiterating a comment he made on the Talk ‘N Shop podcast immediately after the completion of his non-compete clause and Anderson. While that mindset hasn’t changed, he found the behind-the-scenes change surprising in a good way.
“When I got there in 2016, I was pleasantly surprised because the locker rooms of yesteryear had changed,” he said. “The old guard was gone. It wasn’t everyone who was walking around on eggshells. I give Roman Reigns great credit for this. It wasn’t necessarily the vibe of the locker room in WWE, it was the vibe of some people who weren’t in charge still trying to lead through fear and everyone is supposed to be afraid of everything the world and all that.
Gallows and Anderson are now part of Impact Wrestling and also plan to participate in NJPW when the pandemic situation improves enough for them to be allowed to do so.