IWGP tag champion “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson is the latest wrestler announced for the Wrestling Revolution Project. Anderson, who wrestles in the U.S. and Japan, is the 15th wrestler to be announced for the wrestling start-up promotion that begins production in Los Angeles in one month. The announcement is at GeekWeek.com.
Currently one half of the IWGP and GHC Tag Team Champions, Chad Allegra (aka “Karl Anderson”) has made a name for himself as one of the most prominent American performers working in Japan today. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, he would ultimately move to Cincinnati where he would begin training in earnest under the highly respected Les Thatcher and later under BoneKrushers instructor Roger Ruffen. He would spend his early years battling stars such as Jerry Lawler, Abyss and Jimmy Valiant across the midwest and soon catch the eye of New Japan Pro Wrestling, who invited him to train at their Santa Monica based dojo. He would officially debut for NJPW in 2008 and soon find himself teaming with Giant Bernard as “Bad Intentions.” The team recently became the longest reigning IWGP Tag Team Champions in history, surpassing the previous record held by Japanese legends Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. The duo also recently captured NOAH’s GHC Tag Team Championship, giving them a lock on two of the most prestigious titles in Japan. Now a seasoned and respected international competitor, the “Machine Gun” returns to America this October as a member of the WRP cast.
WRP current cast list:
(1) Colt Cabana
(2) Len Olson a/k/a Dr. Luther
(3) Ken Doane (formerly Kenny Dykstra)
(4) Alex Reynolds (Alex Zikos)
(5) Kenny Omega
(7) Sami Callihan
(9) Emil Sitoci
(10) Luke Gallows (Drew Hankinson)
(11) Prince Devitt
(12) Ben Muth
(13) Amazing Red
(14) “Psycho” Mike Rollins (Michael Oberegger)
(15) “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
The addition of Karl Anderson is a very strong one to the cast, as he’s someone who has really carved a niche for himself in Japan, teaming with the former Albert (now wrestling as Giant Bernard) and becoming quite the dominant tag team.Â For grins, here’s Anderson wrestling another WRP cast member, Prince Devitt in August, 2010.
On another note, Lance Storm has also been announced as a producer on the project, set to start production in October.
Kyle Sparks got his Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University in public relations, and lives comfortably in Michigan with his beautiful wife. Interests outside of wrestling include football, music, acting and writing (about either sports or politics) at his blog The Big Lounge.