Gallows and Anderson Believe Paul Heyman is to Blame for WWE Release

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AJ Styles recently made headlines for calling Paul Heyman a bold-faced liar, and now former members of The OC Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows are explaining why he said it.

While speaking about their WWE release with Pro Wrestling Sheet Editor-in-Chief Ryan Satin, Gallows and Anderson first mentioned a conversation they had with Heyman after re-signing with the company in July of 2019. 

The duo say they had an issue with a creative decision and were told Paul would be contacting them. After making contact, Anderson says they had a great talk that led him to think by the end of it that the Executive Director of Raw was a fan of his.

Gallows also says they once had a conversation where Paul told them “if I ever lie to you, go on social media and f*cking bury me. F*cking put me under the dirt cause I f*cking deserve it and I want those guys in the locker room to know that I can’t f*cking be trusted.”

After their release, the tag team say they started asking around to find out what the reason may have been – since they had turned down AEW to stay with the company and had just been part of the acclaimed Boneyard Match at WrestleMania.

Finally, they were told by someone behind the scenes that their releases were “inspired” by Paul Heyman. They informed AJ Styles of this and he allegedly confirmed their information with another person, so he asked Paul to his face about it. Heyman denied having anything to do with it and gave his word that he was telling the truth.

Gallows and Anderson went back to their source and their source assured them Heyman wasn’t being honest. Because of this, Styles went straight to Vince McMahon for an answer. McMahon told him that Gallows and Anderson were not on his list, and confirmed to AJ that it “was a Heyman thing.”

“Apparently he thought we were making too much money for what we were doing,” Gallows said. 

The duo do both admit, however, that at the end of the day Vince McMahon made the final call.

“I think [AJ] felt a little guilty,” Gallows additionally noted. “I think Allen felt like it all fell on his shoulders and that’s why he publicly spoke about Paul a couple of times, and all that. Because, in his mind, he’s like ‘F*ck, I told these guys to stay and go against, not just our friends, but his other friends too. Not go against them. But, like, ‘Hey, stay here with me. There’s gonna be a lot of money on the table. Things are going to be great for us.’ Then the bottom falls out for us and he’s like, ‘that couldn’t have went worse.'”

The tag team also confirm that AJ told WWE officials he no longer wanted work with Heyman, which is why he was moved back to SmackDown. Heyman has since been replaced in the Executive Director of Raw position by Bruce Prichard. 

“I have permission to speak freely on this and he said f*cking bury Paul and tell the truth about it,” Gallows said. “That’s why he said he couldn’t work with him and that he had to be moved, because Paul’s a f*cking liar. It doesn’t matter that he lied to us. For his friends, yes … but, probably career-wise, he can’t trust the guy either if you’re AJ still in that spot and you don’t want to work with a guy that you know is a f*cking liar.”

Anderson also speculates the same as Gallows, that there was unhappiness behind the scenes from people in positions of power who didn’t like how much they were being paid and it led to Paul pushing for their release. 

Watch the video interview below.

27 Comments on "Gallows and Anderson Believe Paul Heyman is to Blame for WWE Release"

  1. So enlighten me please…
    What’s a ” bold faced lair”? If you’re going to write an article, at least learn how to f#@king spell

  2. Edward DiBari | July 18, 2020 at 4:22 am | Reply

    As they say about Paul Heyman,its all true. He was a true creative mind. But when your put in a huge position like he was and the internal spotlight is on YOU! 24/7 its gotta be crazy uncomfortable and the pressure just mounts and mounts. Now if I was paul Heyman I wouldn’t wanna fail at this position so he does and says anything he can to try and make it a success. Even if he’s LYING! half the time.

  3. He knows how to spell. A bold faced liar has been around for years it’s a person who shamelessly lies to another without hesitation or remorse Richard

  4. Gotta love people that sit around waiting for a typo so they can point out the obvious

  5. Gary S Means | July 18, 2020 at 5:50 am | Reply

    Thanks for trying to be the grammar king Richard, let’s see, isn’t “Dick” short for Richard?

  6. Lou Ann Thomas | July 18, 2020 at 5:58 am | Reply

    Real journalists have to publish corrections for “typos”. Lair has no linguistic relation to liar, and they aren’t interchangeable. Sloppy work.

  7. Proofread your work before publishing. Lair is a dark dwelling. Fuck all you dopes for jumping on Richard!

  8. What did they expect? Heyman is the same guy that lied to his wrestlers about how ECW wasn’t going bankrupt and they would get paid. There’s some ECW alums that still haven’t been paid. Heyman ain’t going to change.

  9. Oh my goodness guys grow up

  10. It’s not ev n a sport. Wrestling is entertainment and thus shouldn’t really carry threads from angry people.

  11. So wrestling shouldn’t carry threads, even though Oleg left a comment on the thread? I suppose comic books, movies, videogames, and other such entertainment shouldn’t have threads either? I agree that wrestling fans go overboard with anger, and it is a fake sport. However, they deserve the same rights to discuss fandom like anyone else.

  12. A wrestling promoter that lies…in other news water is wet

  13. Here’s the facts, Paul Heyman has been lying since ECW, he is one hell of a talker but, when it comes to delivering he can’t pull through he never has been able to. Now don’t get me wrong Paul is easily one of the best creative minds in the history of the business but that’s all he is.

  14. Slick Chrome American Prince | July 18, 2020 at 8:24 am | Reply

    I find it dissapointing and disheartening to see people bitch and moan when someone has the decency to point out grammatical and spelling errors. Get a grip, someone is trying to help you. This half-assed, mediocre outlook towards important matters is quite frankly disgusting.

  15. Paul was lying way before ecw, just see what some of the people who worked with him at turner say, Lawler has a great story from when Heyman worked for him in memphis also.

  16. Well, I guess some may say since the guy in the White House can’t spell….

  17. Since wrestling was founded back in the 50s I kept up with it since WCW was started then ECW but as a fan of wrestling I hated Heyman and even now with WWE Vince McMahon made a huge mistake with all of the former companies he bought out and ECW is and has been the worst .
    WWE is a valuable enterprise of entertainment since but errors were made with some if not all past employees. The creative team has since sucked because of ex owner’s of bought out companies such as ECW and WCW Vince being how he wants to be the ultimate wrestling company it’s time to face facts the past employees working for WWE now should be repremand and fired because the the creative teams for RAW, NXT and SMACKDOWN should look elsewhere maybe adding me as part of the creative team, management for wrestlers. Especially now with the virus we had since March no matter what Vince or the creative team thinks or does all shows suck until full changes are done and the public needs to voice and vote what WWE should and shouldn’t be doing I’ve been putting my life savings into wrestling since 1985 to current and if the environment for the wrestlers are not taken seriously for there employees and there contracts are about to end each of the wrestlers and the universe should be on social media or contact me directly and I’ll make it a priority for them from the outside.
    WWE must listen to the employees wrestlers and the universe for the way they do entertain the country now. Over looking the facts viewership will continue to drop dramatically. It’s sad what I see and hear weekly.

  18. Look what Happened to Cm Punk what Paul Heyman did to him at Money in The Bank an SummerSlam in 2014 Heyman costed him the Briefcase an the Match against brock Lesnar

  19. I am pissed off at people who get pissed off when someone gets pissed off about poor grammar & spelling.

  20. Matthew Carpenter | July 18, 2020 at 11:07 am | Reply

    So Heyman really was coming to conquer and divide?

  21. The only person to blame for their release is Vince McMahon.

  22. All these grammar kings and queens bottom line Paul E Dangerously lied to the brothers

  23. It’s a dirt sheet don’t expect it to be grammatically correct.

  24. Spellin nazis suck | July 18, 2020 at 2:40 pm | Reply

    Fuckin spellin nazis. Like you never made a misteak ans mispeled a word before. You know what he meant didn’t ya. Morons * words in this coment were purposly spelled wrong as my way of saying, fuck off now back to tha knews.

  25. Gary S Means | July 18, 2020 at 8:32 pm | Reply

    Someone didn’t use an apostrophe in a sentence here and it just can’t be tolerated! 😄

  26. LMAO, you fkn humps, wrestling gas been #1 lie ever since the day they aired in the 70s. It’s staged in everyway especially the back stage antics. But by all means trust people to tell the truth.

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