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Doc Gallows
Luke GallowsBullet
Gallows in February 2016
Birth name Andrew William Hankinson
Born December 22 1983 (1983-12-22) (age 36)[1][2]
Cumberland, Maryland, United States[3]
Resides Monroe, Georgia, United States
Spouse(s) Amber Gallows (m. 2014)
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Doc Gallows[1]
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[4]
Weight 292 lb (132 kg)[4]
Billed from Chicago, Illinois
Trained By Bill DeMott
Deep South Wrestling
Debut 2003

  Andrew William "Drew" Hankinson (born December 22, 1983)[1] is an American professional wrestler.. He is best known for working for New Japan Pro Wrestling under the ring name Doc Gallows Along with Karl Anderson, Hankinson has held the IWGP Tag Team Championship three times with Anderson, making them one of only three tag teams (with The Steiner Brothers and The Dudley Boyz) to have held both titles between those promotions.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Early career (2005)Edit

Hankinson began his career in West Virginia with Mason Dixon Wrestling and in Pennsylvania with the World Star Wrestling Federation (AWA/World Star Wrestling), Summit Wrestling Association of Southern Pennsylvania, and Maryland-based promotions National Wrestling League and the Eastern Wrestling All xndndnnce,[5] wrestling as Dorian Deville, and for West Virginia's Championship Pro Wrestling as the masked wrestler, Dargon.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2013–2016)Edit

On November 11, 2013, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced Hankinson as a participant in the 2013 World Tag League, where he would be teaming with Karl Anderson as part of Bullet Club.[1] Gallows made his New Japan debut on November 23, when he and Anderson defeated BUSHI and Kota Ibushi in a non-tournament match, with Gallows pinning Bushi for the win.[6] In the round-robin portion of the tournament, which ran from November 24 to December 7, Gallows and Anderson finished with a record of four wins and two losses, winning their block and advancing to the semifinals.[7][8] On December 8, Gallows and Anderson first defeated G.B.H. (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma) in the semifinals and then Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) in the finals to win the 2013 World Tag League and earn a shot at the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[9][10] Gallows returned to New Japan on January 4, 2014, at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, where he and Anderson defeated K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) to become the new IWGP Tag Team Champions.[11][12]

Gallows and Anderson made their first successful title defense on February 9 at The New Beginning in Hiroshima, defeating K.E.S. in a rematch.[13][14] Their second defense took place on April 6 at Invasion Attack 2014, where they defeated Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata.[15][16] Gallows and Anderson's third successful defense took place just seven days later, during New Japan's trip to Taiwan, when they defeated Hirooki Goto and Captain Taiwan.[17] On May 17, Gallows and Anderson made their fourth successful title defense against The Briscoes (Jay and Mark) at a NJPW and Ring of Honor (ROH) co-produced event, War of the Worlds, in New York City.[18] On June 21 at Dominion 6.21, Gallows and Anderson made their fifth successful defense against Ace to King (Hiroshi Tanahashi and Togi Makabe).[19][20] From July 21 to August 8, Gallows took part in the 2014 G1 Climax, where he finished ninth out of the eleven wrestlers in his block with a record of four wins and six losses.[21][22] On September 21 at Destruction in Kobe, Gallows and Anderson made their sixth successful title defense against Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi.[23][24] In December, Gallows and Anderson made it to the finals of the 2014 World Tag League, after winning their block with a record of five wins and two losses.[25] On December 7, Gallows and Anderson were defeated in the finals of the tournament by Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata.[26] Gallows and Anderson's year-long reign as the IWGP Tag Team Champions came to an end on January 4, 2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome, where they were defeated by Goto and Shibata.[27][28]

Gallows and Anderson regained the title from Goto and Shibata on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka.[29][30] They lost the title to The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) on April 5 at Invasion Attack 2015.[31][32] They regained the title from The Kingdom on July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall.[33][34] From July 20 to August 14, Gallows took part in the 2015 G1 Climax,[35] where he finished last in his block with a record of three wins and six losses.[36] On January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, Gallows and Anderson lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship to Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma.[37] Hours after the event, it was reported that both Gallows and Anderson had given their notice to NJPW on the morning of January 4, announcing that they were leaving the promotion for WWE.[38][39] TNA later claimed that Gallows had agreed to return to the promotion, along with Anderson and AJ Styles, before the trio broke off communication with TNA over the Christmas holiday.[40] Though not under contract,[41] Gallows was expected to honor previously booked dates through February.[38] On February 14 at The New Beginning in Niigata, Gallows and Anderson received a rematch for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but were again defeated by Makabe and Honma.[42] On February 20, Gallows and Anderson wrestled their final NJPW match, where they teamed with Bullet Club stablemates Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga, losing to Bobby Fish, Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata, and Kyle O'Reilly in an eight-man tag team match.[43]

Personal lifeEdit

Hankinson married fellow professional wrestler Amber O'Neal in May 2014.[44] Hankinson has a son from a previous relationship.[45]

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
  • With Karl Anderson
    • Double-team finishing moves
    • Double-team signature moves
      • Boot of Doom (Fireman's carry lift flapjack (Gallows)/running single leg front dropkick to opponent's head (Anderson) (combination)[60][61][62][63]
  • Managers
    • Amber Gallows
  • Entrance themes
    • "Last Chance Saloon" by Deviant and Naive Ted[64] (NJPW/independent circuit/ROH; November 23, 2013 – 2014; used while a part of Bullet Club)
    • "Shot'Em" by [Q]Brick[65] (NJPW; 2014-2016 used while a part of Bullet Club)
    • "Baz" by Yonosuke Kitamura (NJPW; 2014–2016)[66][67]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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