Luke Gallows

Sep 2, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

luke gallows

Real name: Andrew Hankinson
Height: 6’8″
Weight: 302 lbs.
Date of birth: December 22, 1983
Hometown: Cumberland, MD
Pro debut: 2004
Trained by: Bill DeMott
Finishing move: Chokeslam

Audio: Gallows cuts a promo for GERWECK.NET


– Hankinson began his pro career wrestling under his real name, but also worked as Dorian DeVille and the masked Dargon
– In April 2005, Hankinson applied for WWE’s $1,000,000 Tough Enough. Despite failing to make the final 10, he was signed to a development deal
– In September 2005, Hankinson reported to Deep South Wrestling, where he was given the ring name ‘Freakin’ Deacon Deville
– In May 2006, Hankinson began appearing on WWE television as a Fake Kane, continuously attacking the real Kane
– At Vengeance 2006, Fake Kane defeated Kane. However, due to poor fan reaction, the angle was abruptly halted the next day, with Kane throwing an unmasked Hankinson out of the arena
– In May 2007, Hankinson adopted a new character, Festus Dalton, alongside Ray Gordy’s Jesse Dalton. He debuted the character on Smackdown via a vignette on May 11
– On October 2, 2007, Festus & Jesse finally made their in-ring debut on Smackdown, defeating Chad Collyer & Mike Tolar
– In 2009, Festus was drafted to RAW, but made only two televised appearances before returning to the developmental system
– In November 2009, Hankinson re-debuted on Smackdown as Luke Gallows, part of CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society
– On January 12, 2010, Punk & Gallows defeated Matt Hardy & The Great Khali, Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard & JTG) and The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd)
– In September 2010, The Straight Edge Society split up, with Gallows turning face
– On November 19, 2010, Gallows was released from his WWE contract
– On June 14, 2011, Gallows wrestled a TNA dark match, losing to Gunner. He was later signed to a deal to compete for TNA’s Ring Ka King project
– On September 10, 2011, Gallows defeated Raven & Jake Davis in a Raven’s Rules Elimination Match
– In December 2011, Hankinson began working for Ring Ka King as ‘The Outlaw’ Isaiah Cash
– On December 19, 2011, Cash defeated Roscoe Jackson to become Number 1 Contender to the RKK World Heavyweight Title
– In June 2012, Hankinson (as Luke Gallows) toured Japan with NOAH
– On August 26, 2012, Gallows defeated Kyle Matthews to win the NWA RPW Heavyweight Title
– In mid-September 2012, Hankinson began working for TNA as a masked member of the Aces & Eights group
– On September 23, 2012, Gallows defeated Micah Taylor to retain the NWA RPW Heavyweight Title
– On November 1, 2012, Hankinson was unmasked as a member of Aces & Eights. His ring-name was later revealed to be DOC (Director of Chaos)
– At Turning Point 2012, DOC defeated Joseph Park
– In late November, DOC frequently assaulted members of the TNA roster with a hammer
– In July 2013, DOC departed TNA
– In November 2013, Hankinson (as Doc Gallows) joined New Japan’s Bullet Club stable
– On December 8, 2013, The Bullet Club (Gallows & Karl Anderson) defeated TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) to win the NJPW World Tag League
– At Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, The Bullet Club defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer) to become the new IWGP Tag Team Champions
– On February 9, 2014, The Bullet Club defeated Killer Elite Squad to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– At NJPW Invasion Attack ’14, The Bullet Club defeated Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On April 13, 2014, The Bullet Club defeated Captain Taiwan & Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– At ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds ’14, The Bullet Club defeated The Briscoes (Mark & Jay) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On June 14, 2014, Gallows defeated Logan Creed to win the SFCW Heavyweight Title
– At NJPW Dominion ’14, The Bullet Club defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– At NJPW’s G1 Climax Finals, The Bullet Club (Gallows, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi) defeated BUSHI, Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata
– In December 2014, The Bullet Club (Gallows & Anderson) reached the final of the NJPW World Tag League, but lost in the final to Hirooki Goto & Kaysuyori Shibata, who would defeat The Bullet Club again at Wrestle Kingdom 9 to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On February 11, 2015, The Bullet Club defeated Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata to regain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On May 23, 2015, Gallows & Iceberg defeated The Tradition (Andy Anderson & Tyson Dean) to win the NWA Southern Tag Team Titles
– On July 5, 2015, The Bullet Club defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles for a third time
– In August 2015, The Bullet Club made their GFW debuts
– On September 23, 2015, The Bullet Club defeated TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– On November 13, 2015, Gallows & Tama Tonga defeated PCW Tag Team Champions The Forgiven (Jason Kincaid & Matt Conard) by DQ
– On December 20, 2015, Gallows defeated WrestleForce Champion John Skyler by DQ
– At NJPW New Year Dash ’16, The Bullet Club (Gallows, Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi) & King Haku defeated GBH (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma), TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & KUSHIDA
– Shortly after this event, rumours emerged that Gallows (along with fellow Bullet Club members AJ Styles & Karl Anderson) were in negotiations with WWE
– In late February 2016, Gallows & Anderson officially finished up with New Japan
– Gallows & Anderson debuted on the April 4 edition of Raw, attacking The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
– 3 weeks later, the duo made their in-ring WWE debuts, defeating The Usos
– At Extreme Rules ’16, Gallows & Anderson (now known as The Club) defeated The Usos in a Tornado Tag Match
– In the 2016 WWE draft, Gallows & Anderson were allocated to Raw, separating them from AJ Styles
– At Summerslam ’16, Gallows & Anderson defeated WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) by DQ

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