On Wednesday, WWE released 23 Superstars including Heath Slater, Drake Maverick, Rusev, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson. The company said they were forced to make cutbacks because of the coronavirus pandemic, despite estimates showing the company is still set to make record profits in 2020.
Many former Superstars have been upbeat and optimistic since their releases, with one being Karl Anderson. The former Raw Tag Team Champion has returned to his Machine Gun persona, changing his Twitter handle to @MachineGunKA and he tweeted a video teasing a return to Japan.
Within the clip, a plane takes off from Santa Monica, California and lands in Tokyo, Japan. The video then ends as "Machine Gun" passes across the screen as gun shots play in the background.
Before signing with WWE in 2016, Anderson enjoyed a successful career in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, competing as both a singles and tag team wrestler. In 2011, he took part in the G1 Climax, gaining impressive wins over Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi. His biggest impact in the Japanese promotion, however, was as a founding member of Bullet Club with Prince Devitt, Tama Tonga, and Bad Luck Fale. He later formed a tag team with Luke Gallows and The Good Brothers have been together ever since, winning the IWGP Tag Team Championships on three occasions.