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Bullet Club
BC
The logo of Bullet Club, featuring the "Bone Soldier"
Stable
Members See below
Name(s) (The) Bullet Club[1]
Debut May 3, 2013[2]
Years active 2013–present
Promotion(s) 2CW[3]
Chikara[4]
CMLL[5]
FWE[6]
GFW[7]
NJPW
PWG
PWS[8]
ROH[9]
RPW[10]
WCPW[11]
WM[12]
wXw[13]

Bullet Club (バレットクラブ Barettokurabu?), sometimes shortened to BC,[14] is a professional wrestling group, primarily appearing in the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). In the U.S., the group appears most notably in Ring of Honor (ROH).

The group was formed in May 2013, when Irish wrestler Prince Devitt turned on his partner Ryusuke Taguchi and came together with American wrestler Karl Anderson and Tongan wrestlers Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga to form a villainous stable of foreigners, which they subsequently named "Bullet Club". Before the end of the year, the stable was also joined by three other Americans; The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) and Doc Gallows. Wrestlers from the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion have also worked tours of NJPW as members of, which led to the formation of an offshoot group named Latinoamerica in CMLL in October 2013. At the end of 2013, held both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, while also having conquered three of NJPW's five annual tournaments. The stable marked a major turning point for the career of Devitt, a longtime fan favorite, who began his ascent out of the junior heavyweight division and into the IWGP Heavyweight Championship picture.

In April 2014, Devitt left NJPW and was replaced in by American wrestler A.J. Styles. The following month, received its first Japanese member, when Yujiro Takahashi joined and helped Styles capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The following June, members of also won the IWGP Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight Championships, meaning that the stable had now held all titles NJPW had to offer. When NJPW added a seventh title, the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, at the start of 2016, quickly won that as well. The stable continued adding members, most notably Canadian Kenny Omega, who took over its leadership in early 2016, when Styles, Anderson, and Gallows all left NJPW for WWE — with this trio appearing in WWE as "The Club" in reference to the group.

ConceptEdit

Bullet Club was conceived by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) in early 2013, following a positive fan response to a storyline, where Prince Devitt turned on his longtime tag team partner Ryusuke Taguchi to form a villainous partnership with Bad Luck Fale. Originally, Devitt and Fale were scheduled to go on as a duo, but the storyline was altered with them instead coming together with Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga to form an all-gaijin (foreigner) stable.[15] Devitt came up with the name Bullet Club, which was in reference to his finger gun hand gesture and "Real Shooter" nickname and Anderson's nickname, "The Machine Gun".[15][16] In naming the group, Devitt has stated that he specifically did not want the word "the" in front of the name or a name consisting of just three letters.[15] Other names considered for the group included "Bullet Parade" and "Bullet League".[17] As of May 2016, the Bullet Club trademark is owned by NJPW.[18][19] Behind the scenes, the four founding members of Bullet Club were best friends and travel partners.[15][20]

The group has been compared to the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) stable New World Order (nWo).[21] As a way of paying homage to the nWo, members of Bullet Club began using the stable's signature "Too Sweet" hand gesture.[22] The gesture, also known as the "Turkish Wolf", had supposedly been used by Anderson and Devitt behind the scenes since 2006.[23] In March 2015, WWE filed a trademark application for the hand gesture.[24] Some, including Matt and Nick Jackson, suggested this was done due to Bullet Club's popularity.[25][26] The application was ultimately abandoned by WWE.[27] In August 2015, after Devitt had joined WWE as "Finn Bálor", WWE released "Bálor Club" merchandise playing off Bullet Club.[28] WWE recognized Bullet Club in the first week of January 2016, when discussing rumors about members of the stable joining the promotion,[29] preceding A.J. Styles' debut in the WWE as a 2016 Royal Rumble contestant.[30] In April 2016, the former Bullet Club tag team of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows debuted for WWE, with their NJPW background again being acknowledged by the company,[31] eventually forming "The Club" with Styles.[32] On September 25, 2017, Bullet Club appeared outside WWE's Raw show in Ontario, California, spoofing a segment from 1998 where D-Generation X "invaded" WCW Nitro.[33][34] Afterwards, WWE sent members of the stable a cease and desist letter, claiming they were using the company's intellectual property, specifically the "Too Sweet" hand gesture, leading to merchandise featuring the gesture being pulled from stores.[35] WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs was let go by the company for posting a photo on Instagram with members of Bullet Club, taken during the mock invasion.[36] However they would return to use the "Too Sweet" hand gesture during the 2017 World Tag League press conference.

nWo's founding member Kevin Nash has praised Bullet Club as a more athletic version of the nWo, stating that there is mutual respect between the two stables,[37] and informally passing the torch from his stable to Bullet Club.[38] Jeff Jarrett, who has represented both Bullet Club and nWo, has named in-ring ability as the main difference between the two stables, stating "Bullet Club is off the charts bell to bell more talented".[39] Former NJPW wrestler Matt Bloom has stated that Bullet Club's popularity helped the promotion become global.[40]

Bullet Club's matches often involve excessive outside interference, ref bumps and other tactics, which are more common in "American" professional wrestling and are rarely seen in Japanese puroresu, even in matches involving other villainous acts. This disregard for Japanese traditions and culture got the stable over as a top act.[41][42] Bullet Club has garnered a substantial amount of worldwide popularity,[21] especially among American professional wrestling fans.[42] As of March 2016, the stable's original "Bone Soldier" shirt was the top selling shirt on the Pro Wrestling Tees store, outselling all top independent wrestlers and WWE veterans that are affiliated with the site.[43] In 2017, Bullet Club shirts were made available at Hot Topic stores,[44] where they also became big sellers,[45] supposedly selling 100,000 copies in the first three months. Hot Topic executives reportedly became aware of Bullet Club after seeing the large number of the stable's shirts being worn by fans at WWE's WrestleMania 33. WWE then had to "awkwardly" tell the executives that the shirt was not one of theirs.[46] Bullet Club's popularity in the United States has led to members of the stable working as babyfaces at events held in the country.[47][48]

As Bullet Club is owned by NJPW, all wrestlers joining the stable, including those who have joined at Ring of Honor (ROH) events, have to be approved by NJPW booker Gedo.[49]

HistoryEdit

Formation (2013)Edit

On February 3, 2013, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt pinned IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in a tag team match, where he and Karl Anderson faced Tanahashi and Devitt's longtime Apollo 55 tag team partner Ryusuke Taguchi. This led to a match between Devitt and Tanahashi on March 3 at NJPW's 41st anniversary event. Though neither man's title was on the line in the match, Tanahashi vowed to relinquish the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in case Devitt was victorious. After defeating Devitt, Tanahashi went to help his opponent up, but was pushed away by the disappointed Junior Heavyweight Champion. The following weeks, Devitt began portraying a more cocky and villainous persona, regularly disrespecting both partners and opponents, with the exception of Ryusuke Taguchi, whom he tried to get to go along with his new attitude. However, this changed on April 7 at the Invasion Attack pay-per-view, when Devitt turned on Taguchi, after the two had failed to recapture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from the Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida). During the attack, Devitt was helped by the returning King Fale, who attacked not only Taguchi, but also Shelley, Kushida and Captain New Japan, whom Devitt then proceeded to unmask. Following the attack, Devitt took a microphone, introduced Fale as his new "bouncer", giving him the new name "The Underboss" Bad Luck Fale and dubbed himself the "Real Rock 'n' Rolla". At the following pay-per-view, Wrestling Dontaku 2013 on May 3, Devitt and Fale teamed up for the first time to defeat Taguchi and Captain New Japan in a tag team match. Later in the event, Devitt and Fale entered the ring to attack the now former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, after he had defeated Karl Anderson in a singles match. Anderson first went to stop Devitt and Fale, but then turned on Tanahashi, hitting him with the Gun Stun. As the three men continued their attack on Tanahashi, they were also joined by Tama Tonga, with whom Anderson had formed a partnership during the past two weeks. In a post-match interview, the four men announced the formation of an all-gaijin stable named "Bullet Club".

Prince Devitt's leadership (2013–2014)Edit

The four members of wrestled their first match together on May 22, when they defeated Captain New Japan, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi in an eight-man tag team match. Two days later, Devitt entered the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, where he won his block with a clean record of eight wins and zero losses, advancing to the knockout stage on June 9, where he first defeated Kenny Omega in the semifinals and then Alex Shelley in the finals to win the tournament, after which he proceeded to challenge Hiroshi Tanahashi. Devitt's old tag team partner Ryusuke Taguchi had originally earned a spot in the semifinals of the tournament, but a legitimate hip injury forced him to pull out. During the following day's press conference, Devitt also mentioned a move to the heavyweight division, aiming to become the first wrestler to hold the IWGP Junior Heavyweight and IWGP Heavyweight Championships simultaneously. On June 22 at Dominion 6.22, Devitt defeated Tanahashi, again the following interference from the rest of the Bullet Club, to earn his first-ever shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The reigning champion, Kazuchika Okada, accepted Devitt's challenge for the title later in the event on the condition that he first defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against his CHAOS stablemate Gedo.'s feud with Tanahashi continued at the July 5 Kizuna Road 2013 pay-per-view, where Tama Tonga and visiting Mexican wrestler Terrible lost the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) World Tag Team Championship to Tanahashi and Jushin Thunder Liger. Terrible worked also the rest of his two-week NJPW tour as a member of. After successfully defending his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Gedo, Devitt received his match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on July 20, but was defeated by Okada, despite interference from the rest of Bullet Club. From August 1 to 11, both Devitt and Anderson took part in the 2013 G1 Climax, wrestling in separate round-robin blocks. During the tournament, Devitt picked up big wins, through outside interference, over reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and former champions Hiroshi Tanahashi, Satoshi Kojima and Togi Makabe, but failed to advance from his block. Meanwhile, Anderson entered the final day with a chance to reach the finals, but a loss against Tetsuya Naito eliminated him from the tournament. On September 5, Rey Bucanero, another CMLL wrestler, started an NJPW tour working as a member of Bullet Club. On September 14, the rest of helped Bucanero and Tama Tonga defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin Thunder Liger for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship. The rivalry between Devitt and Tanahashi culminated in a Lumberjack Deathmatch on September 29 at Destruction, where Tanahashi was victorious.

On October 11, Tonga and Bucanero returned to CMLL, where they formed " Latinoamerica" with CMLL World Heavyweight Champion Terrible and female wrestler and manager La Comandante. However, a week later, Tonga and Bucanero were stripped of the CMLL World Tag Team Championship, when they were unable to defend the title against La Máscara and Rush due to Bucanero being sidelined with an injury. On October 25, American tag team The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) made their NJPW debut as the newest members of by entering the 2013 Super Jr. Tag Tournament. In early November, The Young Bucks first defeated the Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) in the finals to win the tournament, and then Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. On November 11, NJPW announced the participating teams in the 2013 World Tag League. In the tournament, would be represented by two teams in separate blocks; Devitt and Fale in block A and Anderson and the debuting American Doc Gallows in block B. On December 7, both teams entered the final day of the round-robin portion of the tournament with a chance to advance to the semifinals. Anderson and Gallows won their block with a record of four wins and two losses by defeating NWA World Tag Team Champions The IronGodz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway), while Devitt and Fale were eliminated with a record of three wins and three losses, after losing to Captain New Japan and Hiroshi Tanahashi, who had lost all their other matches in the tournament. The following day, Anderson and Gallows first defeated Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma in the semifinals and then Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima in the finals to win the tournament. This led to a match on January 4, 2014, at the Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, where they defeated K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship. During the same event, Devitt lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Kota Ibushi, ending his fourteen-month reign. February's The New Beginning tour featured defending both of their tag team championships and the re-ignition of a rivalry between Devitt and his former partner Ryusuke Taguchi, who returned from an eight-month injury break. Devitt dominated his encounters with Taguchi for most of the tour, including pinning him in his return eight-man tag team match on February 2, but at the tour ending event, The New Beginning in Osaka, Taguchi pinned his former partner in a tag team match, where he teamed with Togi Makabe and Devitt with Fale. In March, Bad Luck Fale made it to the finals of the 2014 New Japan Cup, but was defeated there by Shinsuke Nakamura. As the one-year anniversary of the break-up of Apollo 55 approached, the rivalry between Devitt and Taguchi escalated, leading to Taguchi challenging his rival to a Loser Leaves Town match. The stipulation, however, was never made official for their April 6 Invasion Attack 2014 match. During the match, Devitt got into an argument with The Young Bucks, after the two repeatedly interfered in the match despite his orders not to do so. This led to The Young Bucks turning on Devitt, who responded by diving onto his stablemates. After Taguchi defeated Devitt, the two men shook hands, ending their rivalry with each other and Devitt's association with New Japan Pro Wrestling and the Bullet Club. Devitt's resignation from NJPW was announced the following day. It is made to believe that Devitt realized the error of his heel ways which is why he shook Taguchi's hand and why he walked away from Bullet Club. Devitt ended up walking away from NJPW because he was ashamed of the bad things he did with the stable he created.

Karl Anderson and AJ Styles leadership (2014–2015)Edit

Later at Invasion Attack 2014, American wrestler A.J. Styles debuted as the newest member of the Bullet Club, attacking IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. Styles, who knew Okada from their days working together for the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, claimed that Okada was still the same "young boy" (rookie) he had known in TNA and asserted himself as the next challenger for his title. Following Invasion Attack 2014, with Styles still working a full schedule on the American independent circuit and only booked to work NJPW's larger events, Anderson was positioned as the new leader of the stable. However, Styles was considered the leader of the Ring of Honor (ROH) version of the stable, a role which was also given to him by NJPW by the end of 2015. To sum it up, AJ Styles and Karl Anderson were leaders at the same time with Styles being the guy who carried the group to success and Anderson being the mouthpiece of the stable. On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2014, Styles defeated Okada to become the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion, when Yujiro Takahashi turned on Okada and the Chaos stable and jumped to Bullet Club, becoming its first Japanese member. With capturing NJPW's top title, while also holding both of its tag team titles, and adding new members, this was billed as a "rebirth" for the stable, which was celebrating its one-year anniversary during the event. Also, Styles winning the IWGP Heavyweight Champion gave him the power to be the leader of the Bullet Club alongside Karl Anderson.

Later in the month, took part in NJPW's North American tour, produced in collaboration with ROH. On June 21 at Dominion 6.21, The Young Bucks' seven-month reign as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions came to an end, when they were defeated by the Time Splitters in their sixth defense. Later that same event, Bad Luck Fale defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to become the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion. On June 29, Yujiro Takahashi brought another title over to the stable, when he defeated Tomohiro Ishii with help from his stablemates for the NEVER Openweight Championship. With the win, had won every title in NJPW, now simultaneously holding all four of its heavyweight titles.

From July 21 to August 8, five members of took part in the 2014 G1 Climax with Fale and Gallows wrestling in block A and Anderson, Styles and Takahashi in block B. All five failed to advance from their blocks with Fale finishing third and Gallows ninth in their block of eleven and Styles finishing second, Anderson third and Takahashi tied sixth in their block. Styles was eliminated due to losing to block winner Okada in their head-to-head match. On August 10, Global Force Wrestling (GFW) founder Jeff Jarrett joined the stable, attacking Hiroshi Tanahashi after he had defeated Styles in a non-title match. On September 21 at Destruction in Kobe, Fale lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back to Shinsuke Nakamura in his first defense. Bullet Club lost their two remaining singles titles on October 13 at King of Pro-Wrestling with Takahashi losing the NEVER Openweight Championship back to Tomohiro Ishii in his second title defense, while in the main event Styles lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi in his third defense, after Jeff Jarrett's outside interference was stopped by the returning Yoshitatsu.

On November 8 at Power Struggle, Kenny Omega, who had joined NJPW at the beginning of the month, became the newest member of the stable, challenging Ryusuke Taguchi to a match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Omega had earlier dismissed the idea of joining Bullet Club as he did not consider himself a gaijin after six years of living in Japan, Refusing to speak Japanese despite being fluent in the language, Omega dubbed himself "The Cleaner" with the idea of him being there to "clean up" the junior heavyweight division. From November 22 to December 5, three teams took part in the 2014 World Tag League; Anderson and Gallows and Styles and Takahashi in block A and Fale and Tonga in block B. Anderson and Gallows won their block with a record of five wins and two losses, while Styles and Takahashi finished close behind with four wins and three losses. Styles and Takahashi were victorious over the reigning IWGP Tag Team Champions in the head-to-head match between the teams, but were left behind them in the final standings due to losing to Okada and Yoshi-Hashi on the final day. Meanwhile, Fale and Tonga finished at the bottom of their block with a record of three wins and four losses. On December 7, Anderson and Gallows were defeated in the finals of the tournament by Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata.

On January 4, 2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome, Omega, in his first match as a member of , defeated Ryusuke Taguchi to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, while Anderson and Gallows lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship to Goto and Shibata, ending their year-long reign in their seventh defense. The following day, Cody Hall, the son of nWo founding member Scott Hall, joined as the stable's personal "young boy" with Anderson stating that he would have to earn his spot as a full-fledged member. Later that month, NJPW relaunched Latin America in time for the Fantastica Mania 2015 tour, co-produced by NJPW and CMLL. On January 18, during the fifth day of Fantastica Mania 2015, CMLL wrestler Mephisto joined, prior to successfully defending his Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship against Stuka Jr. On February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka, The Young Bucks regained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship by defeating defending champions reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) and Time Splitters in a three-way match. Later that same event, Anderson and Gallows regained the IWGP Tag Team Championship from Goto and Shibata, while in the main event A.J. Styles defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to also bring the IWGP Heavyweight Championship back to the stable. Both of 's tag team championship reigns ended in their first title defenses on April 5 at Invasion Attack 2015 with The Young Bucks being defeated by Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) and Anderson and Gallows by the ROH tag team The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett).

The Young Bucks regained the title on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2015 in a three-way match with Roppongi Vice and reDRagon. Also during the event, was involved in the first NJPW match to feature female wrestlers in over twelve years, where Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows and his wife Amber Gallows were defeated by Maria Kanellis, Matt Taven and Michael Bennett in a six-person intergender tag team match. On July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall, Kenny Omega lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to the 2015 Best of the Super Juniors winner Kushida in his fourth defense, while Anderson and Gallows defeated Bennett and Taven in a rematch to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship for the third time. In the main event, Styles lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Kazuchika Okada in his second defense. From July 20 to August 15, five members of took part in the 2015 G1 Climax with Fale, Gallows and Styles in block A and Anderson and Takahashi in block B. Both Styles and Anderson entered their last round-robin matches with a chance to advance to the finals, but were eliminated after losing to Hiroshi Tanahashi and Satoshi Kojima, respectively. On August 16, The Young Bucks lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to reDRagon in their second defense. From September 4 to 6, Styles and The Young Bucks represented in American promotion Chikara's 2015 King of Trios tournament, where they made it to the finals, before losing to Team AAA (Aero Star, Drago and Fénix). On September 23 at Destruction in Okayama, Omega defeated Kushida, following outside interference from Anderson, to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. On October 23, Chase Owens became the newest member of the stable.

Kenny Omega's leadership (2016–present)Edit

On January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, was involved in five championship matches. In the first, The Young Bucks defeated reDRagon, Roppongi Vice and the team of Matt Sydal and Ricochet to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. In the following match, Fale, Takahashi and Tonga were defeated by Toru Yano and the ROH tag team The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) in a match to determine the inaugural NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions. This was followed by two title matches, where lost two of their championships with Omega losing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back to Kushida and Anderson and Gallows losing the IWGP Tag Team Championship to Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma. In 's final title match of the event, Styles unsuccessfully challenged Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Hours after the event it was reported that Anderson, Gallows and Styles had all given their notice to NJPW and would be leaving the promotion for WWE. The following day, the rest of turned on Styles and kicked him out of the group with Omega taking over the leadership. Omega also announced his graduation from the junior heavyweight division, stating that he did not want a rematch with Kushida, but instead a match with Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

In the aftermath of Omega taking over 's leadership, he and The Young Bucks formed their own subgroup within the stable, called "The Elite". Omega stated that he and The Young Bucks were The Elite, but accepted if NJPW continued calling them "in parentheses" as the stable was their "cash cow". He explained the name change by stating that following Anderson, Gallows and Styles' departures from NJPW, " [wasn't] so much the anymore", adding that the stable "had all sorts of wrestlers come and go. Some were good, some were bad, some were god-awful", but that "there's a place you can go to watch the most ridiculous and entertaining stuff in pro wrestling, and it's The Elite". On February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka, Fale, Takahashi and Tonga defeated the Briscoes and Yano in a rematch to capture the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. Later that same event, The Young Bucks lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Matt Sydal and Ricochet in a three-way match, also involving reDRagon. Three days later at The New Beginning in Niigata, Fale, Takahashi and Tonga lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship back to the Briscoes and Yano. Also during the event, Anderson and Gallows received a rematch for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but were again defeated by Makabe and Honma, who were afterwards challenged by Tonga, who stated that his partner would be a new member of the stable. In the main event of the show, Omega defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, which had been vacated following Shinsuke Nakamura's departure from NJPW. On February 20 at Honor Rising: Japan 2016, Anderson and Gallows wrestled their final NJPW match, an eight-man tag team match, where they, along with Fale and Tonga, were defeated by Bobby Fish, Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata and Kyle O'Reilly. Later that same event, Omega and The Young Bucks defeated the Briscoes and Yano to bring the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship back to the stable, while also making Omega a double champion in the process.

On March 12, Tonga revealed that his partner for the upcoming IWGP Tag Team Championship match and the newest member of was his real-life brother Tevita Fifita, who was two days later given the ring name "Tanga Roa", with the tag team between him and Tonga dubbed "Guerrillas of Destiny" (GOD). On April 10 at Invasion Attack 2016, The Elite lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin and Yoshitatsu. Later that same event, Guerrillas of Destiny defeated Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship. On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2016, The Elite regained the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship from Tanahashi, Elgin and Yoshitatsu. Five days later at the NJPW and ROH co-produced Global Wars show, Adam Cole was revealed as the newest member of as he helped the Guerrillas of Destiny and The Young Bucks take over the ring in a show-closing angle. The following day, during the first show on the War of the Worlds tour, Adam Page also joined. In NJPW, Page was given the ring name "Hangman Page". On June 19 at Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall, The Young Bucks won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the fifth time by defeating Matt Sydal and Ricochet, reDRagon and Roppongi Vice in a four-way elimination match. Later that same event, lost two titles, with the Briscoe Brothers defeating the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Tag Team Championship and Michael Elgin defeating Kenny Omega for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in NJPW's first ever ladder match. On July 3, Omega and The Young Bucks lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship to Matt Sydal, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima .[50] From July 18 to August 13, three members of took part in the 2016 G1 Climax with Fale and Tonga in block A and Omega in block B. Fale finished his tournament with a record of five wins and four losses and Tonga with four wins and five losses, with Tonga winning the head-to-head match between the two. Meanwhile, Omega won his block with a record of six wins and three losses, advancing to the finals of the tournament.[51] On August 14, Omega defeated Hirooki Goto in the finals to win the 2016 G1 Climax.[52] On August 19 at Death Before Dishonor XIV, Adam Cole defeated Jay Lethal to bring the ROH World Championship to .[53] On September 25 at Destruction in Kobe, Captain New Japan, part of the anti- stable Hunter Club, turned on Yoshitatsu and joined , becoming its second Japanese member. In a backstage interview, Omega welcomed Captain New Japan to , but called his character ridiculous and told him to come up with a new name and costume. The following day, NJPW announced that 's newest member, "Bone Soldier", would be making his debut on October 8. On September 30 at ROH's All Star Extravaganza VIII, The Young Bucks won the ROH World Tag Team Championship for the second time by defeating former champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) and The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) in a three-way ladder match. On October 10 at King of Pro-Wrestling, the Guerrillas of Destiny regained the IWGP Tag Team Championship from the Briscoe Brothers.[54] On December 2 at Final Battle, Adam Cole lost the ROH World Championship to Kyle O'Reilly. On December 10, Cody was revealed as the newest member of the stable. Later that same day, the Guerrillas of Destiny were defeated in the finals of the 2016 World Tag League by Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma.[55] Later that same day, the Guerrillas of Destiny were defeated in the finals of the 2016 World Tag League by Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma. On January 4, 2017, at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, The Young Bucks lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Roppongi Vice.[56] Later that same event, Adam Cole regained the ROH World Championship from Kyle O'Reilly, while the Guerrillas of Destiny lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship to Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano in a three-way match, also involving Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma.[56] In the main event of the show, Kenny Omega unsuccessfully challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[56] On February 11, Frankie Kazarian joined the stable, turning on longtime tag team partner Christopher Daniels at a taping of Ring of Honor Wrestling.[57] On March 4, The Young Bucks lost the ROH World Tag Team Championship to The Hardys (Broken Matt and Brother Nero).[58] On March 10 at ROH's 15th Anniversary Show, Kazarian turned on Adam Cole and Bullet Club, helping Christopher Daniels become the new ROH World Champion.[59] The following day, Cole tried to fire The Young Bucks from , but the two responded by stating that Omega, not Cole, was the leader of the stable.[60] Despite the dissension among members of the Superkliq, Cole remained a member of .[61] On April 1 at Supercard of Honor XI, The Young Bucks regained the ROH World Tag Team Championship from The Hardys in a ladder match.[62]

In the months following Wrestle Kingdom 11, Omega looked for another shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but his plan of obtaining one through the 2017 New Japan Cup was derailed, when he was eliminated in his first round match by Tomohiro Ishii.[63] After defeating Ishii in a rematch on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2017, Omega was nominated by Kazuchika Okada for an IWGP Heavyweight Championship rematch at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall.[64][65] On May 12, during the third night of the NJPW and ROH co-produced War of the Worlds tour, Omega fired Cole from and gave his spot in the stable to ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll. On June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall, The Young Bucks defeated Roppongi Vice to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the sixth time.[66] Later that same event, Guerrillas of Destiny defeated War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship for the third time.[66] In the main event of the show, Omega and Okada wrestled to a 60-minute time limit draw for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship..[66] On June 23 at Best in the World, Cody defeated Christopher Daniels to bring the ROH World Championship back to Bullet Club.[67] On July 1, during the first night of G1 Special in USA, Guerrillas of Destiny lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship back to War Machine in a no disqualification match.[68] In the main event of the show, Cody unsuccessfully challenged Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. During the match, Omega, playing off what had happened at Dominion, walked out, wanting to throw in the towel for Cody, which led to Cody confronting him after the show.[69][70] The following day, Omega defeated Tomohiro Ishii in the finals of an eight-man tournament to become the inaugural IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion.[71] Later that month, three members of Bullet Club took part in the 2017 G1 Climax; Fale in block A and Omega and Tonga in block B. Omega won his block and advanced to the finals of the tournament with a record of seven wins and two losses by defeating IWGP Heavyweight Champion Okada in their third match against each other on August 12.[72] Meanwhile, Fale finished third in his block with a record of six wins and three losses and Tonga finished in the middle of his block with four wins and five losses.[73] During the head-to-head match between Omega and Tonga, which was won by the former, tensions escalated between the two with Tonga questioning Omega's leadership of Bullet Club due to his association with The Elite.[74] On August 13, The Young Bucks lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Funky Future (Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi).[75] Later that same day, Omega was defeated in the finals of the 2017 G1 Climax by Tetsuya Naito.[76] On August 20, Page and The Young Bucks, forming another Bullet Club sub-group named "The Hung Bucks", defeated Dalton Castle and the Boys for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, meaning that Bullet Club now held three of the four ROH titles.[77] On September 6, it was announced that Tonga and Loa's youngest brother, NJPW young lion Leo Tonga, was joining Bullet Club, replacing Omega on an upcoming tour due to him having suffered a knee injury.[78][79] On September 22 at Death Before Dishonor XV, The Young Bucks lost the ROH World Tag Team Championship to The Motor City Machine Guns.[80] On November 5 at Power Struggle, Scurll defeated Will Ospreay to bring the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back to Bullet Club. The following month, Guerrillas of Destiny made it to their second consecutive World Tag League final by winning their block in the 2017 tournament with a record of five wins and two losses. On December 11, they were defeated in the finals of the tournament by Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL and SANADA).

Other mediaEdit

In January 2016, NJPW announced a DVD chronicling the history of Bullet Club and featuring interviews with members of the stable, which was released on March 30, 2016.[81] In January 2017, it was announced that the Tekken 7: Fated Retribution video game would feature a Bullet Club shirt as an alternate outfit for all characters.[82] On November 11, Bullet Club received its first Australian member, when Fale inducted "Mr. Juicy" Gino Gambino into the group at a Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW) event.[83][84] On November 17, actor Stephen Amell, who had befriended Cody when they worked together in WWE, joined Bullet Club,[85] wrestling his first match as a member at ROH's show later that same day.[86]

MembersEdit

* Founding member
I First leader
II Second leader
III Third leader
IV Fourth leader

CurrentEdit

Member Arrival
Bad Luck Fale * May 3, 2013
Brandi Rhodes July 1, 2017
Chase Owens October 23, 2015
Cody (Rhodes)[note 1] December 10, 2016
Gino Gambino November 11, 2017
Hangman Page May 9, 2016
Kenny Omega IV November 8, 2014
Leo Tonga September 6, 2017
Marty Scurll May 12, 2017
Matt Jackson October 25, 2013
Nick Jackson October 25, 2013
Stephen Amell November 17, 2017
Tama Tonga * May 3, 2013
Tanga Roa/Loa[note 2] March 12, 2016
Yujiro Takahashi May 3, 2014

FormerEdit

Member Arrival Departure
Adam Cole May 8, 2016 May 12, 2017
Amber Gallows[note 3] January 4, 2015 July 5, 2015
A.J. Styles III April 6, 2014 January 5, 2016
Bone Soldier[note 3] September 25, 2016 March 1, 2017
Cody Hall[note 3] January 5, 2015 January 11, 2017
Doc Gallows November 23, 2013 February 20, 2016
Frankie Kazarian February 11, 2017 March 10, 2017
Gabriel Kidd March 27, 2017 March 27, 2017
Jeff Jarrett[note 3] August 10, 2014 January 5, 2015
Karl Anderson * II May 3, 2013 February 20, 2016
King Haku[note 3] January 4, 2016 July 2, 2017
La Comandante[note 3] October 11, 2013 December 13, 2013
Mephisto[note 3] January 18, 2015 January 19, 2015
Prince Devitt * I May 3, 2013 April 6, 2014
Rey Bucanero[note 3] September 5, 2013 October 13, 2013
Scott D'Amore[note 3] August 10, 2014 January 5, 2015
Terrible[note 3] July 5, 2013 December 13, 2013

Sub-groupsEdit

Affiliate Members Tenure Type Promotion(s)
Bullet Club Latinoamerica La Comandante
Rey Bucanero
Tama Tonga
El Terrible
2013 Stable CMLL
The Dream Team Adam Cole
Kenny Omega
Matt Jackson
Nick Jackson
2016–2017 Stable NJPW
ROH
The Elite Kenny Omega
Matt Jackson
Nick Jackson
2016–present Trio NJPW
ROH
Guerrillas of Destiny Tama Tonga
Tanga Roa/Tanga Loa
2016–present Tag team NJPW
ROH
Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows Doc Gallows
Karl Anderson
2013–2016 Tag team NJPW
ROH
Independent circuit
The Superkliq Adam Cole
Matt Jackson
Nick Jackson
2016–2017 Trio NJPW
ROH
The Hung Bucks Adam Page
Matt Jackson
Nick Jackson
2017–present Trio ROH
Luxury Trio Cody
Kenny Omega
Marty Scurll
2017–present Trio NJPW
ROH
The Young Bucks Matt Jackson
Nick Jackson
2013–present Tag team NJPW
ROH
Independent circuit

TimelineEdit

In wrestlingEdit

  • Triple-team finishing moves
    • Omega and The Young Bucks
      • One-Winged Meltzer Driver[95] (Aided electric chair driver)[96]
      • Tiger Hattori Special (Rolling fireman's carry slam into a springboard moonsault by Omega followed by a high-angle senton bomb by Nick followed by a 450° splash by Matt)
    • Styles and The Young Bucks
      • Double superkick (The Young Bucks) / Styles Clash (Styles) combination
  • Double-team finishing moves
    • Anderson and Gallows
    • Fale and Tonga
    • Roa and Tama Tonga
    • The Young Bucks
      • Indytaker (Springboard spike kneeling reverse piledriver)[106][107][108]
      • Meltzer Driver (Springboard somersault spike kneeling reverse piledriver)[109]
      • More Bang 4 Your Buck (Rolling fireman's carry slam by Matt followed by a 450° splash by Nick followed by a moonsault by Matt)[110][111][112]
  • Anderson's finishing moves
  • Devitt's finishing moves
    • Bloody Sunday (Lifting single underhook DDT, sometimes from the top rope)[115][116][117]
    • Reverse Bloody Sunday (Lifting inverted DDT)[118][119]
  • Fale's finishing moves
    • Bad Luck Fall (Throwing crucifix powerbomb)[120][121][122]
    • Grenade (Chokeslam transitioned into a thumb thrust to the opponent's throat)[121][123][124]
  • Gallows' finishing moves
  • Hall's finishing moves
    • Razor's Edge (Crucifix powerbomb)[128]
  • Mephisto's finishing moves
    • Devil's Wings (Lifting double underhook facebuster, sometimes from the second rope)[129][130][131]
  • Omega's finishing moves
    • Croyt's Wrath (Electric chair dropped into a bridging German suplex)[132]
    • Katayoku no Tenshi / One-Winged Angel (One-handed electric chair driver)[133][134][135]
    • V-Trigger (Running knee strike)[136][137][138]
  • Owens' finishing moves
  • Leo Tonga's finishing moves
    • Vertical suplex
    • Chokeslam
  • Page's finishing moves
    • The Adam's Apple (Slingshot lariat)[140]
    • Rite of Passage (Kneeling back-to-belly piledriver)[140][141]
  • Roa's finishing moves
    • Running Samoan drop[90]
  • Styles' finishing moves
    • Calf Killer (Calf slicer)[142][143][144]
    • Styles Clash (Belly-to-back inverted mat slam, sometimes from the second rope)[142][145]
  • Takahashi's finishing moves
  • Tama Tonga's finishing moves
  • Nicknames
    • "Bullet-gun"[150] (Japanese for "Bullet Army")
    • "Biz Cliz"[18]
    • "Good Brothers"[151]
  • Entrance themes
    • "Last Chance Saloon" by Deviant and Naive Ted[152]
    • "Shot'Em" by [Q]Brick[153]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • American Wrestling Roadshow
    • Wrestling.Ie Championship (1 time) – Devitt[154]
  • Bullet Proof Wrestling
    • BPW Championship (1 time) – Cody[155]
  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • CMLL World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Terrible[156]
    • CMLL World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – Terrible and Tonga (1)[157] and Bucanero and Tonga (1)[158]
    • Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Mephisto[129]
  • Dragon Gate USA
  • DDT Pro-Wrestling
  • Family Wrestling Entertainment
    • FWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Styles[6]
    • FWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – The Young Bucks[6]
  • Global Force Wrestling
    • GFW NEX*GEN Championship (1 time) – Cody[159]
  • House of Glory
    • HOG Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Young Bucks[160]
  • Insane Championship Wrestling
    • ICW Zero-G Championship (1 time) – Devitt[161]
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA World Women's Championship (1 time) – Amber Gallows[162]
  • NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling
    • NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Owens[163]
  • Northeast Wrestling
    • NEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current) – Cody[164]
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
    • PWG World Tag Team Championship (2 times)[175] – The Young Bucks
    • Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament (2013) – The Young Bucks
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked Styles No. 3 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2015[176]
    • Ranked Omega No. 23 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[177]
    • Ranked Devitt No. 38 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2013[178]
    • Ranked Cole No. 45 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[177]
    • Ranked Matt No. 46 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[177]
    • Ranked Nick No. 49 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[177]
    • Ranked Anderson No. 70 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014[179]
    • Ranked Gallows No. 73 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2015[176]
    • Ranked Fale No. 90 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2015[176]
    • Ranked Page No. 190 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[177]
    • Ranked Tonga No. 298 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2013[178]
    • Ranked Takahashi No. 303 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[177]
    • Ranked Roa No. 324 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[177]
    • Ranked Hall No. 359 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[177]
  • Revolution Pro Wrestling
    • British Cruiserweight Championship (1 time) – Devitt
    • British Heavyweight Championship (1 time) – Styles
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Championship (3 times, current) – Cole (2) and Cody (1, current)
    • ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) –  Cody, Omega, Page, Scurll and The Young Bucks
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – The Young Bucks[180]
    • ROH World Television Championship (1 time) – Scurll
  • Squared Circle Wrestling
    • 2CW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – The Young Bucks[3]
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Best Bout Award (2017) Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada on January 4
    • Technique Award (2016) – Omega[181]
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling/Defiant Wrestling
    • WCPW/Defiant Championship (1 time) – Scurll[182]
    • WCPW Internet Championship (1 time) – Cody[11]
    • Magnificent Seven Briefcase (2017) – Scurll[182]
  • WrestleCircus
    • Big Top Tag-Team Championship (1 time) – Roa and Tonga[183][184]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • 5 Star Match (2016) Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito on August 13[185]
    • 6 Star Match (2017) Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada on January 4[186]
    • 6¼ Star Match (2017) Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada on June 11[187]
    • 6 Star Match (2017) Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada on August 12[188]
    • 5¾ Star Match (2017) Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito on August 13[188]
    • Best Wrestling Maneuver (2014) The Young Bucks' Meltzer Driver[189]
    • Best Wrestling Maneuver (2015) Styles' Styles Clash[190]
    • Best Wrestling Maneuver (2016) Omega's One-Winged Angel[191]
    • Most Outstanding Wrestler (2014, 2015, 2016) Styles[189][190][191]
    • Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2014) Styles vs. Minoru Suzuki on August 1[189]
    • Tag Team of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) The Young Bucks[189][190][191]
    • Worst Gimmick (2016) Bone Soldier[191]
    • Wrestler of the Year (2015, 2016) Styles[190][191]

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Billed as "Cody" by both NJPW and ROH and as "Cody Rhodes" by WCPW.[87][88][89]
  2. The name has been written as both "Tanga Roa" and "Tanga Loa". NJPW originally used the spelling Roa,[90] but have since switched to Loa.[91] CMLL used the spelling Roa, while ROH has used both Loa and Roa.[92][93][94]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 This member never officially left the stable. The date represents their final appearance as a member.

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