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Andrew William "Drew" Hankinson (born December 22, 1983) is an American professional wrestler.

Shortly after beginning his career in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland-based promotions, Hankinson auditioned for the $1,000,000 Tough Enough in 2005. Despite failing to make it as one of the final ten contestants, he was signed to a contract by WWE and was assigned to the Deep South Wrestling (DSW) developmental territory, where he wrestled as Deacon Deville before changing his ring name to The Freakin' Deacon.

On May 2006, Hankinson debuted on the main roster as an impostor Kane; wearing Kane's old mask and ring attire, attacking the real Kane during or after his matches. The pair finally faced off in a match at the Vengeance pay-per-view, with the impostor Kane. One night later, however, the storyline was abruptly ended when the original Kane attacked the impostor Kane, removed his mask, and threw him out of the building.


Hankinson returned to Deep South Wrestling, until in 2007 he re-appeared on the SmackDown! brand as Festus, alongside Ray Gordy (son of Terry Gordy of The Fabulous Freebirds fame) as "Jesse", with the gimmick of a pair of Southern boys. Despite Festus looking dimwitted and unresponsive, Jesse was in awe of his tag team partner; this was revealed to be because when the opening bell rang, Festus' personality changed into a very focused and angry competitor as compared to the mentally challenged character he had portrayed, when the bell rang to signify the end of the match, Festus returned to his docile self. On April 2009, Festus was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft and, as a result, was separated from his tag team partner Jesse, who remained on SmackDown!.

Hankinson returned to SmackDown! on November, however, repackaged and now under the name Luke Gallows, sporting a new attire with a goatee and shaved head. CM Punk later revealed that Gallows was actually Festus' true identity and claimed that Gallows' family and friends enabled him to become drug-addled, which led to the mental state he was in as Festus, before stating that Gallows was cured due to Punk showing him the Straight Edge lifestyle. Thus, Gallows became the enforcer and "disciple" of Punk, forming the Straight Edge Society alongside Serena Deeb, and later, Joey Mercury. After the stable broke up in September 2010, Hankinson was released from his WWE contract on November.


Hankinson would next appear prominently in TNA two years later in November 2012, where he was revealed to be a member of the heel Aces & Eights stable under the ring name D.O.C. (short for Director of Chaos). However, eight months later he left TNA after contract negotiations fell through, the departure being explained on-screen as him having turned in his kutte after losing the bid of Vice President of the stable to Mr. Anderson.

On November 2013, Hankinson was revealed to have been brought in by New Japan Pro-Wrestling as a participant in the 2013 World Tag League, under the name Doc Gallows, teaming with Karl Anderson as part of Bullet Club. Instant chemistry and success followed, as Anderson and Gallows won the 2013 World Tag League tournament, then went on to become IWGP Tag Team Champions at Wrestle Kingdom 8. Throughout the next couple of years, Anderson and Gallows would gain back and lose the IWGP Tag Team titles three times before both left the company for WWE in February 2016, shortly after fellow Bullet Club member AJ Styles did the same.

Returning to his former WWE ring name, Luke Gallows, he made his return to WWE alongside Anderson on May 11, eight days after WrestleMania 32, and very quickly they made their intentions known: to reform their alliance with AJ Styles. It took some convincing initially, but eventually it got done.

More on his career on The Other Wiki here.

"Gallows Tropes":

  • Action Dad: Gallows is a father besides being a wrestler.
  • Affably Evil: He may be a loud and coarse individual who revels in kicking ass by hook or by crook, but damn if he isn't one of the coolest guys to do it.
  • Badass Biker: If Bullet Club wasn't already inspired by the trope, it certainly became so when it added Doc, given the fact that he was outright this in TNA, via both its international sister fed Ring Ka King as "The Outlaw" Isaiah Cash and the mainline product itself as a member of Aces & Eights. In fact he recycled "The Outlaw" Red Baron as Doc Gallows.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wore them occasionally in NJPW and on the indies, does so regularly in his second WWE run.
  • Bald of Evil: He's usually a heel, and he's been bald since the beginning of his career.
  • Bash Brothers:
    • With Jesse as Jesse and Festus, and CM Punk as the Straight Edge Society in WWE.
    • With whoever he would be teaming as Aces & Eights in TNA. After all, all of the stablemates (except their boss, as they found out later) considered themselves True Companions of each other. This especially holds true with Mike Knox AKA Knux, who he often worked in tandem with as the stable's big bruisers and who he considers to be his best friend in the business.
    • With Karl Anderson in NJPW and then again in WWE.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Has been the Big Guy to at least 3 Little Guys: Jesse (in his Festus gimmick), CM Punk (in Straight Edge Society), and currently Karl Anderson.
  • Beard of Evil: He's usually a heel, and rocks a tight goatee.
  • The Brute: He served this role in every stable he was part of; the Straight Edge Society, Aces & Eights (alongside Knux and, on rare occasions, Bully Ray), and Bullet Club (alongside Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga).
  • Canon Discontinuity: Gallows' previous run in WWE has yet to be mentioned since his return, even though he's using the same name. Probably to avoid mentioning CM Punk.
  • Catchphrase: In his second run in WWE, he tends to call his adversaries "nerds."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He and Karl Anderson spewed the F-Bomb often in NJPW.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Mr. Anderson were a competitive/combative version of this when both were vying for the Vice President bid in Aces & Eights. The winner was bound to be this anyway, with Bully's brother Devon being the Sgt. at Arms.
  • Drugs Are Bad: According to CM Punk, Luke Gallows used to be Festus because of them.
  • Dumb Muscle: Played with, in that prior to resurfacing in 2010 as CM Punk's bodyguard he was, for some time, the Gentle Giant Festus; Punk claimed that it was pills that caused Luke to act "how other people wanted him to act", that those people were the ones who got him addicted to said pills, and that Punk had "saved" Gallows from those people by pulling him into the Straight Edge lifestyle.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": DOC is a clubhouse nickname TNA came up with to avoid using his character's more well-known name since it's owned by WWE.
  • Facial Markings: Wore facepaint as the Freakin' Deacon in Deep South Wrestling, and went back to the practice in New Japan.
  • Finishing Move:
    • A chokebomb that has been called the Deacon Bomb, the Gallows Pole, the 12th Step, and the Hangman's Noose. During his 2009–2010 run in the Straight Edge Society, the Gallows Pole was a reverse full nelson slam.
    • As DOC in TNA, a chokeslam.
    • With Karl Anderson he's got the Magic Killer (an aided snap swinging neckbreaker).
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: For about 2½ years at least in Japan.
  • Fun with Acronyms: DOC stands for "Director of Chaos".
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In 2015, Gallows was one of many Bullet Club members who found themselves working traveling back and forth between Japan and the US, working heel in New Japan, face in ROH and US independent feds, so on and so forth.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: Was one of the few men in New Japan that resisted the charms of Maria Kanellis.
  • I Have Many Names: Deacon Deville, The Freakin' Deacon, (Impostor) Kane, Festus, Luke Gallows, DOC, Doc Gallows, Isaiah Cash, Keith Hanson, Big XLG.
  • Irony:
    • Left Aces & Eights because he was passed over for second-in-command in favor of a man named K. Anderson. Turned up in Bullet Club just three months later as the tag team partner of its second-in-command and eventual leader, a man named K. Anderson.
    • The stark difference between the above two stables and the Straight Edge Society. Being the "DOC" to two vicious clubs out to take over places, wreak havoc, kick ass, and celebrate with the occasional cold beer is a stark cry from his days as a minion to CM Punk's Drugs Are Bad Straight Edge Evil crusade. That said, when he and Punk fell out and they had a match a week or so later, he did tell Punk to his face he planned on beating him and then celebrating with a beer. Granted, he lost that match to Punk, but he's beaten a lot of other people since.
  • Lightning Bruiser: 6'7" and 300 lb, yet has lots of speed and agility, and understated power.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Festus was generally portrayed as this during the character's run, going from docile and unresponsive to intense, angry, and focused (and vice versa) as some sort of Pavlovian response to the sound of a ring bell and in neither state being able to form coherent words.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A man nicknamed "Director of Chaos" can't have good intentions in mind.
  • Power Stable:
    • In WWE, the Straight Edge Society.
    • In TNA, Aces & Eights.
    • In NJPW, Bullet Club.
  • Power Trio: With AJ Styles and Karl Anderson in what WWE simply calls The Club.
  • Rage Quit: Turned in his kutte and left when Aces & Eights voted Mr. Anderson the vice president over him.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: He was written out of the Aces & Eights by having him having turned in his kutte when the club voted Mr. Anderson the vice president over him due to contract negotiations with TNA falling through.
  • Red Baron: "The Corn-Fed Colossus" as Festus, "The Detoxified Disciple" and "The Sin-Free Soldier" in the Straight Edge Society, "The Outlaw" as Isaiah Cash and Doc Gallows.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Was usually the Red to Karl Anderson's Blue in Bullet Club, which really says something, as Anderson was the Red to AJ Styles instead.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Nearly every sentence out of his mouth in NJPW contained a swear. They would've made a lot of money off him and Anderson if they had a Swear Jar.
  • Sore Loser: Turned in his kutte and left when Aces & Eights voted Mr. Anderson the vice president over him.
  • Smug Straight Edge: Was a minion of CM Punk, who sure was smug about being Straight Edge, and some of it rubbed onto Gallows. Gallows later was a Smug non-Straight Edge, as the break-up of the Straight Edge Society included Gallows telling Punk once that after defeating him in a match, he would have a beer (he lost the match, though).
  • Straight Edge Evil: As a member of the Straight Edge Society, Gallows was a violent brute formerly pacified by medication.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Twice in WWE; from his Festus gimmick to Luke Gallows, he went from something of a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass character to CM Punk's dangerous muscle. And then, after a several-year sojourn to TNA and Japan, he returned as a legitimately terrifying giant heel — with longtime partner Karl Anderson in tow.
  • True Companions: Was part of two stables made of this, Aces & Eightsnote  and Bullet Club. Also applies to Real Life with some of the members of each, as well as CM Punk and his close circle of friends — which may have something to do with his being the enforcer in the Straight Edge Society.
  • Weapon of Choice: Was the one who introduced the ball-peen hammer as the Aces & Eights' weapon.
  • Wrestling Family: He's married to wrestler Amber O'Neal.
  • Writing Around Trademarks:
    • TNA came up with the DOC name since his more well-known name of Luke Gallows is owned by WWE, yet portrayed DOC as a nickname and title the Aces & Eights gave him, covertly implying that Gallows was still the character's real name.
    • New Japan ran with this by combining both above names, making him Doc Gallows. If we want to add to the mix, his Red Baron at the same time was taken straight from his days in Ring Ka King ("The Outlaw").
    • Eventually WWE got hit with this, as the trio of Gallows, Karl Anderson and AJ Styles that's clearly a spinoff of Bullet Club is simply called The Club, then his and Anderson's reunion with Finn Bálor in 2018 was dubbed the Bálor Club.

Alternative Title(s): Festus, Luke Gallows, DOC, Keith Hanson, Isaiah Cash, Doc Gallows


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