NJPW: Who is Replacing AJ Styles as Bullet Club’s New Leader?


With AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows WWE bound, The Bullet Club will continue with a new leader.

With reports from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling News) state that Bullet Club Members AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows are heading to WWE, thoughts began to enter that group would disband. Styles and Anderson for the last two years have been the leaders of the popular group.With them heading to WWE (along with Gallows) people began to think that the remaining group members would go their separate ways. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

Last night at New Year Dash at Korakuen Hall we were introduced to the new leader of The Bullet Club in a shocking way. After a tag team match victory by Kenny Omega and AJ Styles over Shinsuke Nakamura and Yoshi-Hashi, Omega announced himself as the new leader of Bullet Club.

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Omega then shockingly turned on Styles beating him out of the group. The rest of Bullet Club came down to break Omega off Styles. However after a few seconds, all of Bullet Club jumped on Styles officially ending Styles leadership of the group. Omega then announced he was entering the Heavyweight Division and would be challenging Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

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The turn on Styles was logical as last night in Korakuen Hall was most likely his last night with NJPW. With no contract with NJPW, Styles commitments are most likely done and he can begin with WWE relatively soon. Doing this also showed that even with AJ leaving the group will still remain strong.

It will be interesting to see if Gallows and Anderson will receive the same fate that AJ Styles received from his former Bullet Club brothers. Anderson and Gallows are also linked to WWE but it seems like they’ll be with NJPW for at least another month. Last night they set up a rematch with Honma and Makabe for the IWGP Tag Team Championship. The duo will most likely lose the rematch so it will be interesting to see if Omega will make the remaining members beat out Gallows and Anderson.

The way Omega took over the group made Bullet Club look as strong and dominant as ever. Omega seems poised to lead Bullet Club to new heights. With Omega most likely to become Intercontinental champion it helps the group stay even with Chaos for dominance in NJPW.

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The move also shows that NJPW is preparing to help elevate talent to help beef up the main event roster. With NJPW losing two of their top guys (Styles & Nakamura) making Omega the leader of Bullet Club will help strengthen the top of the roster for 2016 and onward.

Going forward Bullet Club will consist of Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi and Cody Hall. Making Kenny Omega the leader of Bullet Club shows that NJPW is prepared to change with the times and that they still want this popular and iconic group to remain intact. This is great news for fans of NJPW, Kenny Omega and The Bullet Club.