Bullet Club

professional wrestling stable

Bullet Club (バレットクラブ, Barettokurabu) is a professional wrestling stable that competes in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The stable was created on May 3, 2013.

Bullet Club
Bullet Club during A.J. Styles' leadership in 2015
Stable
MembersSee below
Name(s)(The) Bullet Club
DebutMay 3, 2013
Years active2013–present

The current leader of Bullet Club is David Finlay. Over their years of existence, Bullet Club has had many different members join the group and leave. Former leaders of Bullet Club were Prince Devitt, A.J. Styles, Kenny Omega, and Jay White. They all portray a group of heel gaijin (evil foreigners). A branch called Bullet Club Gold with Jay White, Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn, Juice Robinson wrestle in All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

Leadership under Prince Devitt change

Finn Balor was wrestling in a tag team with Ryusuke Taguchi called Apollo 55. After losing a match to Hiroshi Tanahashi, Devitt would start to change his personality and become more disrespectful.[1]

He would try to get Taguchi on his side but Taguchi refused. At Invasion Attack, Devitt and Taguchi would face the Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships but lost. Devitt would attack Taguchi after the match and end Apollo 55. King Fale ran down to the ring and joined in on the beatdown. Devitt would call himself the Real Rock 'n' Rolla and renamed Fale as "The Underboss" Bad Luck Fale.[2]

At Wrestling Dontaku 2013, Tanahashi would defeat Karl Anderson. After the match, Devitt and Fale ran out and attacked Tanahashi. Anderson and his partner Tama Tonga would join in on the beatdown and join the other two. They would announce after the match that their new group would be called "Bullet Club".[3]

Devitt would enter the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors. He would sweep his block and make it all the way to finals, defeating Kenny Omega and finally Alex Shelley in the finals to win.[4]

At Kizuna Road 2013, Tonga and Terrible would lose their CMLL World Tag Team Championships to Tanahashi and Jyushin Thunder Liger. On the same show, Devitt would successfully defend his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Gedo and earned a shot at Kazuchika Okada's IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[5]

At the 2013 G1 Climax, Devitt and Anderson would both join the tournament. Devitt would lose in his block and Anderson would be eliminated by Tetsuya Naito. Members of Bullet Club would interfere in many of the matches during the tournament.[6]

During the 2013 Super Junior Tag League, The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) would join Bullet Club.[7] They would win the tournament and go on to defeat Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at Power Struggle.[8]

Anderson and the debuting Doc Gallows would win the 2013 World Tag League on December 8.[9] At Wrestle Kingdom 8, Anderson and Gallows would defeat K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) to become the new the IWGP Tag Team Champions. Also during the event, Devitt would lose his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Kota Ibushi.[10]

Devitt would lose a Loser Leaves Town match[broken anchor] to his former Apollo 55 partner Taguchi at Invasion Attack. During the match, the Bucks would turn on Devitt and attack him after he told them multiple times not to interfere in the match. Devitt would leave New Japan Pro-Wrestling after his loss.[11]

Members change

Below are the current and former members of Bullet Club and the timeline of the group along with the multiple sub-groups:

References change

  1. "New Japan Cup 2013". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. "Caldwell's New Japan "Invasion Attack" iPPV report 4/7: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of new IWGP World champion, U.S. stars in title matches, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  3. "Caldwell's New Japan "Invasion Attack" iPPV report 4/7: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of new IWGP World champion, U.S. stars in title matches, more". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on May 9, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. "Best of the Super Jr. XX". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. "吉野家Presents Kizuna Road 2013". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. "Live results – New Japan's G1 Climax Finals 8/11: Caldwell's complete coverage of Sunday's event featuring Naito vs. Tanahashi, Shelton, Hoyt, Bulldog, Jr., Devitt, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  7. "Japan news: Funks arrive for reunion match, Bucks & Hooligans advance in NJPW tourney, NWA Tag Title defense next month". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  8. "Power Struggle". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. "アンダーソン組が天コジ倒し結成即V". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  10. "飯伏悲願のIWGPジュニア王座/新日本". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  11. "飯伏悲願のIWGPジュニア王座/新日本". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)


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