Chad Allegra is a 43-year old professional wrestler from Asheville, North Carolina. He is currently signed to WWE where he performs on the company’s SmackDown brand. He is a member of the stable, The O.C., and performs under the ring name, Karl Anderson.
Allegra grew up in Minnesota and received a baseball scholarship to study at Mars Hill College in his home state before dropping out to pursue a wrestling career. He moved to Ohio and began training at Les Thatcher’s Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp.
Karl Anderson’s Early Wrestling Career
Allegra started his wrestling career training under Les Thatcher in 2000. He wrestled for the Northern Wrestling Federation (NWF) in Cincinnati. After this, he wrestled for promotions such as The National Wrestling Alliance, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Ring of Honor, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Karl Anderson joined The Bullet Club in 2013 and found his lifelong tag team partner Luke Gallows (FKA Fetus in WWE).
In New Japan Pro-Wrestling as apart of The Bullet Club he had multiple reigns with the IWGP Tag Team Championships alongside Gallows. In 2016 Anderson confirmed that he would be leaving New Japan Pro-Wrestling and in his final NJPW match, Anderson teamed with Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows and Tama Tonga, losing to Bobby Fish, Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata and Kyle O’Reilly in an eight-man tag team match.
Karl Anderson Joins WWE
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows made their debut on the April 11, 2016, episode of RAW, and attacked The Usos. A week later, they attacked WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns, following his promo with AJ Styles. At first, AJ Styles was reluctant to accept their help in his feud with Reigns. They wrestled their first WWE match on April 25th where they defeated The Usos.
As part of the WWE’s draft in July, both Anderson and Gallows were drafted to the company’s RAW brand. AJ Styles, however, was drafted to SmackDown. At WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view, The Club wrestled together for the final time, losing to John Cena and Enzo and Cass. Gallows and Anderson continued feuding with The New Day. At SummerSlam, Gallows and Anderson won by disqualification because of interference of show guest Jon Stewart and Big E. Then, at Clash of Champions, Gallows and Anderson failed to win the titles. In November, Anderson and Gallows competed for Team RAW at Survivor Series which they won.
Anderson & Gallows Win Gold
On the January 18th episode of RAW, Gallows and Anderson defeated Cesaro and Sheamus for the RAW Tag Team Championship, but the decision was reversed to a disqualification as Sheamus had hit the referee. Then, at the Royal Rumble pre-show, Gallows and Anderson, defeated Cesaro and Sheamus again but actually won the RAW Tag Team Championship.
At WrestleMania 33, Gallows and Anderson lost the titles in a fatal four-way tag team ladder match to the Hardy Boyz. For the remainder of 2017, Gallows and Anderson were not seen on television and only appeared on RAW sporadically.
On the January 1st 2018 episode of RAW, Gallows and Anderson turned face and joined former Bullet Club stablemate, Finn Balor, as his surprise tag team partners. After a short feud, they lost to The Revival at the Royal Rumble pre-show. At the WWE Draft in April 2018, both Gallows and Anderson were drafted to SmackDown.
Then, on the May 22nd episode of SmackDown, Gallows and Anderson defeated The Usos to become number one contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Gallows and Anderson failed to win the title from The Bludgeon Brothers on the Money in the Bank pre-show. They also lost a rematch on the June 19th episode of SmackDown. At WrestleMania 35 in April 2019, Anderson and Gallows wrestled in their second André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Neither Gallows nor Anderson won.
Anderson and Gallows Return to RAW
After WrestleMania, Anderson and Gallows began performing on WWE’s RAW brand. In July 2019, they re-signed with WWE to five year contracts. On the July 22nd episode of Raw, The club was renamed The O.C., (Original Club). Anderson and Gallows became two-time RAW Tag Team Champions by defeating The Revival and The Usos in a triple threat tag team match on July 29. Their second title reign lasted only three weeks before they lost the titles to Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman.
At Crown Jewel, Anderson and Gallows defeated eight other teams to win the WWE Tag Team World Cup. Gallows competed in the men’s Royal Rumble match entering at number 24 before being eliminated by Edge. Anderson and Gallows appeared at WrestleMania 36 during Styles’ Boneyard match against The Undertaker. On April 15, 2020, Anderson and Gallows were released from their WWE contracts as part of budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Return to Independent Circuit
A few months after being released by WWE, Anderson and Gallows both announced they had signed two year contracts with Impact Wrestling. They appeared at Slammiversary known as “The Good Brothers.” At Turning Point (2020), Anderson and Gallows defeated The North to win the Impact World Tag Team Championship for the first time.
Anderson and Gallows made their AEW debut at the end of AEW Dynamite New Year’s Smash Night 1 on saving Kenny Omega from Jon Moxley and making the “Too Sweet” hand gesture along with Omega and The Young Bucks. In June 2021, it was announced that Gallows and Anderson would be returning to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Anderson and Gallows Return to WWE
On October 10 2022, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows made a surprise return to WWE as faces, saving AJ Styles from an attack by The Judgment Day. The O.C wrestled the Judgment Day on at Crown Jewel on November 5, 2022 but lost due to interference by Rhea Ripley.SHOW LESS
Birth name: Chad Allegra
Born: January 20, 1980, Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Spouse: Christine Bui
Ring name(s): Chad 2 Badd, Chad Allegra, Karl Anderson, Killshot
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
Finishing move(s): Diving neckbreaker
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Career Championships & Accomplishments
- Appalachian Wrestling Federation
- AFW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Empire Wrestling Federation
- EWF American Championship (1 time)
- Impact Wrestling
- Impact World Tag Team Championship (3 times)
- Impact Year End Awards (3 times)
- Finishing Move of the Year (2020)
- Moment of the Year (2020)
- Tag Team of the Year (2021)
- Lariato Pro Wrestling
- Lariato Pro Tag Team Championship (1 time, current)
- National Wrestling Alliance
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- NWA Midwest
- NWA Heartland States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA United Kingdom
- NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- IWGP Tag Team Championship (4 times)
- NEVER Openweight Championship (1 time)
- G1 Tag League (2009)
- World Tag League (2012)
- World Tag League (2013)
- NJPW Strong Tag Team Turbulence Tournament (2021)
- Nikkan Sports
- Best Tag Team Award (2011)
- Outstanding Performance Award (2012)
- Northern Wrestling Federation
- NWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- NWF Tri-State Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- WWE Tag Team World Cup (2019)