Born Drew Hankinson, he started out on the indies in the early 2000s wrestling under a mask under a few different names including Dargon. He picked up the name Dorian Deville when he unmasked and that was the name he brought with him to the WWE developmental territory Deep South Wrestling.
|Yep, bad occult gimmick.|
He continued to work in DSW under that name, then as Deacon Deville and finally as the Freakin Deacon. I wish I was making up that last name, but the occult big guy gimmick was apparently working well enough that WWE thought they would bring him to TV.
Unfortunately for Gallows, it was as this.
|The first wig was actually worse than this.|
After a short time back as the Deacon (and teaming with G-Rilla, a.k.a. TNA's Tyrus), he would be repackaged under a completely new gimmick.
|At least he proved he was good with his tongue?|
He returned to WWE television as the first disciple in CM Punk's Straight Edge Society. Punk revealed that Festus was doped up on multiple drugs and those substances turned him into a simpleton. Now free and clear of mind, he was using his "real name" Luke Gallows. He would serve as Punk's top enforcer for the next several months. But when the SES faded, so did Gallows' WWE career. After three different eras on WWE television, they released Gallows.
He made his post-WWE debut as Keith Hanson in the Inoki Genome Foundation where he beat another former WWE talent, Sylvester Terkay. He would work independents all over the southern US as well, sometimes under the Luke Gallows name but more often as The Big LG or The Big XLG.
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Now his and Anderson's connection with developmental trainer Matt Bloom looks to be paying off, as he appears to be on his way to NXT. With the Bullet Club possibly reuniting on the WWE roster, Gallows has finally come full circle in his career and has the chance to reach bigger heights than ever before.
And it only took him a decade and nearly a dozen names to make it happen.