To be a member of The Bullet Club is an honour, a sign of achievement and respect, and a position of importance in the professional wrestling world.
Let’s face it – BC is cool, and so are it’s members regardless of who they are. However, from it’s inception back in 2013, The Bullet Club has never been one to cherish loyalty, and if you’re not right for the club, you’re going to be kicked out. Its founder and leader Prince Devitt was booted out, Adam Cole was too, and in AJ Styles’ final match in NJPW it was fellow team mate and current IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega that hit him with the One-Armed Angel and sent him packing. Betrayal comes with the territory, but when it’s good, it’s damn good, and The Bullet Club is the best stable ever to feature in professional wrestling.
Much like the mafia, you’re never too sure who’s safe, and when it kicks off within the BC you’re guaranteed one hell of a show.
At the G1 Special in San Francisco this past weekend, the two top guys within The Bullet Club fought for Omega’s gold, but along with that they were fighting for leadership of the recently fractured BC. Everything has not been fine this year, but with some clarity at the top, a new mentality, and a solid hierarchy, it might set the team on a stable path going forward.
Cody and Kenny Omega put on one of the finest performances of their careers; both guys took a beating, but it was Kenny who reigned victorious. After the post-match speech by Kenny Omega, fellow members Haku, Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa came out to celebrate with them.
It almost ended with a picture perfect scene as all of The NJPW BC stood proud (minus Bone Soldier and Bad Luck Fale), posing for the fans. Then, out of nowhere, the Tongans erupted, beating down The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega.
They removed their shirts to show off new “Firing Squad” t-shirts and took the beat down to the ring. Hangman Page came running down, but they laid him out, followed by Marty Scurll, Honorary Tongan Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi, but they all got a taste of the mat thanks to this new, brutal faction of Tama Tonga, King Haku, and Tonga Loa.
Even Cody came back to the ring to help, but got taken down, leaving eight members of The Bullet Club battered and bruised. As the Tongans left, Tama said there shouldn’t be any leaders of The Bullet Club – that it should be about the team and not the man. Maybe he has a point, but this was not the way to deal with it. It was the ultimate betrayal, and with the future of BC hanging in the balance, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens next.
Of course, the G1 Climax is coming up soon, and Kenny Omega is set to face Tama as part the event, so it’s likely we’ll see the next phase of BC’s evolution there. This is bigger than one match, though, but Kenny is going to want to get his hands on his former friend as soon as possible. It could even lead to a potential match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship if Tama Tonga ends up winning the tournament, but in the short term we’re are going to witness a match filled with revenge and ruthless aggression. There are a lot of questions after the G1 Special, but the big one is where are the other members going to end up? Bad Luck Fale’s “F*** Em” tweet points to the fact that he’ll be siding with The Firing Squad, and to level the playing field it seems as though Gambino, Hikuleo and Ishimori with side there too, seeing as they were brought in by Tama Tonga.
Cody announced on Twitter he would be taking a short break from professional wrestling, so this could indicate that the stateside members may be taking a break from the feud, but hopefully they’ll be there to stand with Omega. After all, they were made a mockery of by The Tongans, and besides, who wouldn’t want to see a match between the Guerillas of Destiny and The Young Bucks. It could set the stage for singles competition with Page, Scurll and Takahashi taking on the as yet announced members of The Firing Squad too.
Whatever happens, this is certainly not over, and whether it’s in NJPW or ROH, we’re going to see some heated matchups as the weeks and months progress.
What it does mean is The Bullet Club’s numbers have shrank dramatically. The Firing Squad could end up drafting in some completely new members and potentially growing bigger than BC, but for now I think the teams will end up at each others throats at a level eight members a piece.
After the Firing Squad attacked The Bullet Club, one thing was highlighted more than anything, and that is Omega and the rest of his friends are stronger. There was a great sense of unity amongst their ranks despite the attack from the Tongans. Hopefully once the smoke has cleared and The Bullet Club has had time to think about its next move, the fans are going to be treated to one hell of a rivalry, as well as some fantastic matches wherever the feud takes us.
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