Bullet Club is still a relevant part of today’s wrestling industry

FUKUOKA, JAPAN - MAY 01: Jay White reacts with the belt during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling - Wrestling DONTAKU at Fukuoka PayPay Dome on May 01, 2022 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
FUKUOKA, JAPAN - MAY 01: Jay White reacts with the belt during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling - Wrestling DONTAKU at Fukuoka PayPay Dome on May 01, 2022 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images) /

Stables are an important part of professional wrestling. The power group helps build stars that are usually pushed into a run as a singles champion in the future. The Four Horsemen, Hart Foundation, Nation of Domination, DX, The New Day, and Bloodline – each have their place as important factions in wrestling history. Bullet Club is a name that has continued to thrive since its inception in 2013. However, for some, the question is whether their time of relevance has passed them by, which is a question that is much harder to answer than it seems.

The background of the group is well documented. Things kicked off back in 2013 when Prince Devitt, now known as Finn Balor, turned on his teammate Ryusuke Taguchi and was eventually joined by Bad Luck Fale and Karl Anderson in the first iteration of the group. The stable is based around the idea that foreigners were causing havoc in New Japan, much like the original “invasion” of WCW by the Outsiders, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash.

Bullet Club has since welcomed in some of the most important names in professional wrestling. AJ Styles, “Hangman” Adam Page, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, and The Young Bucks are all former members. Today’s iteration boasts others like Jay White, Chris Bey, KENTA, Taiji Ishimori, and the newest member, Juice Robinson. It’s a who’s who across professional wrestling.

Not only is Bullet Club’s legacy linked back to The Clique and NWO, but it also runs through today’s wrestling with The Elite, the formation of All Elite Wrestling, and the current faction of Styles, Balor, and Liv Morgan in WWE. But even with these current inclinations, there are some that think BC isn’t a relevant group today. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

First, let’s start with what is going on in AEW. Adam Cole is a featured member of the AEW roster. His links to The Young Bucks and a member of The Elite, plus his Undisputed Era peers in Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly create big anticipation around the storyline to come with Kenny Omega’s returns. Are we heading toward a showdown between Omega versus Cole? Where will The Young Bucks stand in that battle? That is an important angle that will drive future momentum for the company.

Then there’s AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door. Much of the reason this card is happening is due to BC’s place in the industry and its place in introducing North American stars to NJPW content. This will be an opportunity to showcase NJPW’s talent on the biggest stage yet in North America, and viewers best believe they will see individuals like White, Robinson, Ishimori, EVIL, and others. Imagine if this event is a launching pad to the angle above, with Omega being involved but not wrestling. The opportunity is there to kick off something major.

WWE is also taking interest in BC’s popularity by finally putting Styles and Balor together in an angle. Adding Liv Morgan to the group gives her yet another opportunity to break through as a main event star if booked right long-term. This will probably lead to an angle between Styles and Balor but imagine a world where Rhodes gets involved based on his links to the group. All of that is possible and at the feet of those with the creative book in WWE. The promotion wouldn’t be interested in this storyline without the budding interest seen in everything BC and NJPW as of late.

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There are a lot of stables that have long-lasting implications across professional wrestling. Bullet Club is one of those groups and fans should not denigrate its place in the industry, as it is still making waves in NJPW, WWE, AEW, IMPACT, and beyond.