Book or Cook? The Booking of the Good Brothers

Brian Damage, Benjamin Trecroci, Padraic Toolan and Craig Wilson

The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook the tag team of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson aka The Good Brothers.

Brian: When Gallows and Anderson were first signed by WWE, I thought it was a major “get” by WWE. The Good Brothers were a force in the New Japan tag team division as members of the Bullet Club. At first, aligning with AJ Styles and then winning the Raw tag team titles, they certainly were headed in the right direction.

After a brief title reign, the team seemed to lose their way. They have been both hot and cold. Teaming with another Bullet Club alum in Finn Balor really didn’t help them much. I thought them moving over to the Smackdown brand was a very good move, but they are now hardly ever used. So my question is, should the WWE book or cook this tag team?

Benjamin: Just took a long audible “sigh” here before writing this.

Remember when Karl Anderson took the kinshasa from Shinuske Nakamura to protect his friend AJ Styles right before WrestleMania? It was basically just a one week story and then nothing.
It’s obvious from that AJ Styles 365 on the WWE Network that Gallows & Anderson are still very tight with AJ.

Couldn’t they have just continued that story or how about instead, they sided with Nakamura and became his “Yakuza” as well as his voice? How tough could that have been?

The tag team scene on Raw as well as Smackdown seem to be an afterthought at this point so making Gallows & Anderson a force sounds pretty useless at this point.
It’s a weird time in the WWE, they keep adding people to their roster with little or no prospects of succeeding.

Padraic: You know what’s bad? I don’t even remember if they’re on Raw or SmackDown. I’m hoping against hope that they’re going to be reintroduced soon, and the tag team division needs them badly. But why would they even trust WWE to use them right after this long? I want them to succeed and become major players in WWE, but knowing it probably won’t happen, I have to COOK them.

Brian: Sadly, I have to agree with everyone here so far. They have been grossly mismanaged in WWE. They may not have the charisma of other teams….but so what? Give them a manager if that is the case. The bottom line though is they were better off in Japan. I believe their contracts are up soon so them returning to New Japan May still be a possibility. I say COOK them and let them be great someplace else.

Craig: I’m in full agreement with everything so far. When they were coming in, I thought them being a success was full proof but look many singles wrestlers and teams before them, the WWE has plainly had no idea what to do with them.

Brian mentions lack of charisma, then let them ride roughshod over teams and take advantage of their physical prowest. But no, they’ve been misused and wouldn’t really be taken seriously, even with a rocket strapped to their back.

What do you think? Leave your comments, thoughts and suggestions below.

You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.

2 thoughts on “Book or Cook? The Booking of the Good Brothers

  1. The Good Brothers?!? What a stupid name!!!
    The Club was better as a gimmick with Finn Balor and AJ Styles it would have been a huge success!
    WWE’s version of the Bullet Club. Easy money instead of a missed opportunity.


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