Karl Anderson revealed how close he came to signing with Impact until WWE stepped in at the final hour and snatched the star.
The 37-year-old Karl Anderson was a guest on WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast, The Steve Austin Show and revealed that he was close to signing with Impact Wrestling before deciding to instead go with WWE, who he says he never expected to hear from.
“I remember when Gallows came [to NJPW] and the way we clicked over there, and I said, ‘man, we really, we’ve got to get into America somehow.’ Do you know what I mean? We almost went to TNA. Thank goodness WWE called in the same exact month, but I mean, we knew we had to do something. I wanted to get over here. WWE is the place to be. It’s the place we wanted to be. I wanted that exposure finally.”
Not being able to sign Karl Anderson was certainly a big loss for Impact with all of the stars that they've lost to WWE over the years. But they shouldn't be surprised that he signed snubbed them. Would anyone really sign with Impact instead of WWE?
During the interview, Anderson also said that he didn't learn anything new during his time with New Japan Wrestling, which is probably why he left after eight years with them.
“Being around guys that were better than me actually helped me. Did they teach me anything that I didn’t know? No, but being around them helped me polish myself.
“It was good being around people who were better than me. Shinsuke Nakamura came there and look where he is now. He came there and we brothered up big time. We drank a lot… we read a lot of novels together. Shinsuke needed to go there too because he needed to brush [up]. He needed to get in there with people who were different and better than him. That’s what I learned a lot. These guys in Los Angeles [California] had different styles, lucha guys, Japanese guys. It’s all different and learning all that s–t’s good.”
Anderson had a heck of a career with New Japan Wrestling while winning the IWGP Tag Team Championship four times, so it was time for him to move on and challenge himself. He also won the WWE Tag-Team Championship with Luke Gallows, who he won some of his NJPW tag-teams titles with.
While Anderson and Gallows aren't involved in any feuds on Raw at the moment, don't be surprised if that changes in early 2018. We're sure they'll win the tag-team titles once again very soon.
Aside from wrestling, many people don't know Anderson was a star baseball player in high school and received a scholarship to play in college, but decided to drop out in order to pursue a wrestling career.
Comment below and give us your thoughts on Anderson almost ending up with Impact Wrestling. Also, will he end up on top again with Gallows in 2018?