Wrestling / Bullet Club

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"Welcome to the Bullet Club!"
"The Machine Gun" Karl Anderson

The Bullet Club is a professional wrestling Power Stable that operates in New Japan Pro Wrestling, a gang of Foreign Wrestling Heels that use every dirty trick they can think of to win a match and through this have become one of the most dominant stables in New Japan's history.

The seeds for the group were first sown in April 2013 when Prince Devitt, long time face and member of the tag team Apollo 55 with Ryusuke Taguchi, as well as reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, began exhibiting egotistical heel characteristics following a loss in a champion vs. champion match to IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. He would disrespect everyone except Taguchi, who he tried to get to go along with his new attitude, but eventually completed his Face–Heel Turn by betraying and attacking Ryusuke after they failed to recapture the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship before joining forces with Bad Luck Fale, who became Devitt's personal bouncer and was dubbed "The Underboss". The next month during of New Japan's Wrestling Dontaku event, Devitt and Fale would attack Hiroshi Tanahashi and were joined by "The Machine Gun" Karl Anderson (who Tanahashi had previously defeated and first looked to put a stop to the beatdown only to join in) and Tama Tonga, who delivered a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him. Devitt took to the mic afterwards and announced the formation of an all-gaijin (foreigners in Japan) stable. And hence, the Bullet Club was born.

Unlike most Foreign Wrestling Heels, the Bullet Club was comprised of guys who were all from the Western part of the world (Devitt's Irish, Anderson's American, Fale and Tama are Tongan). The group immediately became a powerhouse in New Japan as Devitt swept the Best of the Super Juniors tournament and held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title when the group was made. More members eventually joined the Bullet Club as well, even from other promotions, as wrestlers Ray Bucanero and El Terrible from CMLL in Mexico joined them during their tour in Japan, forming Latinoamerica Bullet Club in their promotion. Both Terrible and Bucanero would win the CMLL Tag Team titles one time each with Tonga while they were there. They fought against other wrestlers in the promotion including Tanahashi and others such as Togi Makabe, Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan, and Jushin Thunder Liger. The group then set their sights on the IWGP World Heavyweight Title but failed to capture it from Tanahashi's successor as champion, CHAOS member Kazuchika Okada.

Half a year after its creation, Terrible and Bucanero went back to Mexico after their tour was over, only for three more members to join. The first of these, joining in October, were The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), a team of dynamic wrestling brothers who went on to win the Super Juniors Tag Tournament as well as the IWGP Junior Tag Team Titles, bringing even more gold into the group. Then in November, Doc Gallows joined the group and became Karl Anderson's partner. The two behemoths gelled together and would win the yearly World Tag League, earning themselves a title shot at the annual January 4th show, the first show New Japan hosts every year. Bullet Club would find mixed success that night as while Anderson and Gallows won the IWGP Tag Team Championship and the Bucks successfully defended their Junior Tag titles, Devitt's year-plus reign as Junior Heavyweight Champ was ended at the hands of Kota Ibushi. Shortly after that Devitt would find himself going up against a foe from the past, as his former best friend Ryusuke would return wanting revenge.

The rivalry between the two culminated in April at Invasion Attack with a Loser Leaves Town match forcing the loser to leave New Japan. Facing off against his old friend who he had had such success with, something happened to Devitt. He renounced his villainous ways and rejected any underhanded tactics, even going so far as to attack the Young Bucks when they tried to interfere on his behalf. This would result in his defeat and exodus from the company, leaving the Bullet Club without a leader.

However, like any good villain, the Club had a Plan B.

Later on in the show, after IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada won a tag match, AJ Styles appeared with no warning whatsoever and laid him out and used his Finishing Move, the Styles Clash, on him. AJ then revealed himself to be wearing a Bullet Club shirt, establishing himself as the newest member of the group, and challenged Okada for the championship, feeling Okada was still the same "young boy" Styles had known in TNA.note  The date was set for May, Wrestling Dontaku 2014, with Okada defending against Styles. The two battled one another and despite Bullet Club's interference Okada appeared to have the advantage…

…only for Yujiro Takahashi, a member of Okada's own CHAOS stable, to appear in the ring while the ref was distracted and lay Okada out, then take off his jacket to show off a Bullet Club shirt, revealing he had turned his back on New Japan and CHAOS. With Okada virtually unconscious, Styles hit his finisher and brought the most prestigious belt in all of Japan into the club. Shortly afterwards Fale would capture the IWGP Intercontinental Title and Yujiro would win the NEVER Openweight Championship. Bullet Club had successfully won every title in New Japan, becoming one of the most successful stables in recent pro wrestling history.

In November 2014, Kenny Omega, a Canadian cruiserweight who had been in NJPW since 2010 (and was working in Japan for a couple of years before that), joined the Bullet Club, immediately announcing he was gunning for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, which he proceeded to win at the next January 4 show. Also on the January 4 show, Doc's wife Amber Gallows (formerly known as Amber O'Neal) started accompanying him and Anderson as "The Bullet Babe", a role she would continue to take up on occasion. The day after that show, Cody Hall, son of Scott Hall, joined as the stable's "young boy", with Anderson stating that Hall would have to earn a full spot in the stable. The day before the 2015 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, Omega allowed NWA Junior Heavyweight Chase Owens to join, needing a partner for the tournament and seeing that he had the potential to be a superstar.

At New Year's Dash 2016, the night after a largely unsuccessful Wrestle Kingdom 10 for the Club, Styles and Omega teamed up to beat CHAOS's Shinsuke Nakamura and Yoshi-Hashi, with Omega doing what Styles couldn't do the night before and pinning Nakamura. Omega then proceeded to attack AJ Styles with the One-Winged Angel, following which the Young Bucks, Anderson, Gallows, and Cody Hall all came out to calm the situation. However, Omega and the Bucks then convinced the others to unite on page with them, continuing the beatdown to "fire" Styles from Bullet Club and also cement Omega as the new leader. Omega then declared he was no longer a junior, referred to himself and the Bucks as The Elite while stating that Bullet Club rule the world, and intended to challenge Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship.

Nakamura would vacate the championship instead, with his departure confirmed at the end of the month. Instead, Omega defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi for the vacated championship on February 14, 2016 at The New Beginning in Niigata while Anderson and Gallows, accompanied by Fale and Tama, lost their rematch opportunity to take back the IWGP Tag Team titles from Great Bash Heel and bowed to the New Japan fans, indicating their departure from the company, which took place soon after. Tama then announced he had a new tag team partner to join the club, which turned out to be his brothernote , later revealed to be going by Tanga Loa (or Tanga Roa; both spellings have been used by official sources), with the sons of Haku adopting the team moniker Guerrillas of Destiny. At Invasion Attack on April 10, 2016, the GOD defeated Great Bash Heel to reclaim the IWGP tag team titles for the club. However, even this was only the tip of the iceberg of the club's new ambitions.

At the NJPW/Ring of Honor co-produced Global Wars event on May 8, the Young Bucks and Guerrillas of Destiny were scheduled in an eight-man tag match. Though the Bucks promised a new Bullet Club member and a massive superkick party that night, the team won their match without a hint of either. However, they reappeared during the ROH World Championship main event between Jay Lethal and Colt Cabana, and the lights went out and came back to reveal ROH stalwart and one-time enemy Adam Cole in a Bullet Club shirt. The Cole-Bucks-Guerrillas tandem proceeded to destroy everyone and everything on their side of the guardrail in a calamitous run-in which culminated in 51 superkicks. The very next ROH TV taping saw the group joined also by Hangman (Adam) Page. Over the next three months Cole's quest to regain the ROH World Championship (which he had held once before) resulted in him cutting the hair of then-champion Jay Lethal to enrage Lethal into having commissioner Nigel McGuinness give him a title shot, in which he proceeded to beat Lethal for the title from Lethal on August 12 at Death Before Dishonor XIV, leaving Lethal sans championship for the first time in years in the process.

At 21 of September at the Destruction in Kobe event, the new anti-Club faction "Hunter Club", led by Yoshitatsu, had a schism; with Captain New Japan being denied his place in the faction, he jumped ship to Bullet Club, being renamed Bone Soldier upon his debut in the new persona.

Nine days after Cole lost the ROH Championship to former partner and heated rival Kyle O'Reilly at ROH Final Battle, December 11 saw Omega reveal a new member to the group, nicknamed the American Nightmare: Cody Rhodes. Officially billed under only his first name, Cody made his debut for the faction on Wrestle Kingdom 11 on January 4, 2017, defeating Juice Robinson. At the same show, the Guerrillas lost their tag team titles to Chaos members Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano, and Cole won the ROH World Championship back from O'Reilly for the record-setting third time overall, second time as a member of Bullet Club, and became the first man in history to win the title outside of ROH. Meanwhile, Omega challenged Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in what was instantly acclaimed as one of the greatest pro wrestling matches of the modern era if not all time, though he ultimately came up short.

After Wrestle Kingdom 11, Cody Hall made his departure from New Japan official, and with it, his affiliation with the Bullet Club.

Following Omega's return to action after his devastating loss, Cole began dissenting with Omega and trying to assert himself as a leader over the group. However, after a storyline in which Frankie Kazarian betrayed new #1 contender Christopher Daniels in favor of the Club turned out to be a ruse meant to distract Cole and allow Daniels to beat him for the ROH championship at the company's 15th Anniversary show on March 10, Cole blamed the Bucks for not having his back and tried to fire them from the Club, only for them to retort that Omega was the only leader of Bullet Club. The tension and downward spiral, including Cody going after Daniels' championship after Cole failed to regain it as well as a storyline developed on the YouTube series Being the Elite, culminated with Cole being literally superkicked out of the Bullet Club by the Bucks and replaced with British wrestler Marty Scurll on Omega's call following a loss to Tanahashi at the 2017 War of the Worlds show on May 12.

See The Other Wiki's more comprehensive article on Bullet Club in its full reign of terror here.


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Heading into Wrestle Kingdom 10, rumors had started developing surrounding the futures of Styles, Anderson and Gallows (along with Nakamura) all potentially joining former Bullet Club leader Prince Devitt (now known as Finn Bálor) in WWE, most if not all of them to form a new incarnation of Bullet Club within Vince McMahon's brand. After much teasing from Finn's and the Club's social media accounts as well as WWE.com itself as time went on, the NJPW departures all eventually lined up into WWE debuts. Styles would make his debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble, established as a face in a program with Chris Jericho involving a match series, a brief team-up, and a feud leading up to WrestleMania 32. (Nakamura, meanwhile, traveled to NXT, wrestling Sami Zayn at NXT Takeover: Dallas two days before WrestleMania.)

Though he lost at the Grandest Stage of them All, AJ pinned Jericho in a four-way match the next night on Raw to become #1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, moving into a feud with new champion Roman Reigns. The following week saw Anderson and Gallows debut on the 4/11/16 episode of Raw with a post-match run-in attacking Reigns' cousins The Usos, though as many suspected, they soon focused their attacks on Reigns himself and maneuvered to assist Styles. Despite his initial reluctance, AJ slowly came to accept their help and officially reunited their version of The Club as the rivalry deteriorated into a war of trios. After Styles failed to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules even with the help of Gallows and Anderson, Styles told them that they should go their separate ways and remain friends, but Anderson and Gallows refused and ended their friendship with Styles... only for all that to be revealed as a ruse, as the three reunited the next week to beat up John Cena, firmly completing Styles' Face–Heel Turn. From there the three would launch the quickly-infamous #BeatUpJohnCena campaign, and Anderson and Gallows would also antagonize other tag teams on the roster, primarily the then-reigning champions The New Day, and mark themselves as a threat for the WWE Tag Team titles.

With the 2016 WWE draft, Styles was drafted to SmackDown Live but Anderson and Gallows were drafted to Raw, effectively separating them; however, they maintained that they were still allies and that the Club had merely expanded to take over the entire company. Following a Club backstage segment at SummerSlam which also included Bálornote  teasing as usual, Styles went on to defeat Cena cleanly at the event, while Bálor became the first-ever WWE Universal Championship by defeating Seth Rollins. A month later Styles beat Dean Ambrose to finally become WWE World Champion. At the Royal Rumble 2017 Gallows and Anderson became WWE Raw Tag Team Champions by defeating Cesaro and Sheamus.

More on WWE's version of the Club here.


"Bullets fire and tropes appear!":

  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Shinsuke Nakamura of the CHAOS stable has become this for Bad Luck Fale, the two having faced each other several times in single and tag matches and having traded the IWGP Intercontinental Championship between them.
    • Both Devitt and Anderson had turns at Okada and Tanahashi over the IWGP Heavyweight Title, but only Styles managed to break in and become their real third rival.
    • The Young Bucks bring reDRagon baggage involving both the IWGP Junior and ROH tag belts.
    • Styles, Anderson and Gallows recently went to war with the Anoa'i dynasty (specifically Reigns and the Usos) over the WWE Championship, and also faced off against John Cena, Dean Ambrose and the New Day.
  • Arc Symbol: A skull with two AK-47s in an "X" formation. Most of the Club's members have their own takes on the logo: the Young Bucks have a variant with a deer skull, Kenny Omega's is in an 8-bit fashion with an Omega symbol, Cody Rhodes' has the American flag painted on the skull, Scurll's logo has a bird skull and two umbrellas instead of A Ks and G.O.D.'s version includes their facial paint.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In building towards an upcoming match, The Elite on Twitter would declare that they are going to set Michael Elgin's beard on fire (arson), give Yoshi Tatsu a Styles Clash (murder), and cut Hiroshi Tanahashi's hair off...
  • Badass Biker: The Bullet Club is heavily inspired by this trope. Many of the members make frequent use of black leather in their entrance attire. There's a legitimate biker club in India called the Royal Enfield Bullet Club centered around a specific brand bike of the same name. And two of its (former) top members, AJ Styles and Doc Gallows, had both been seen riding motorcycles in wrestling media during their last gimmicks before joining Bullet Club. Oh, and ask original leader Prince Devitt what this was all about.
  • Badass Longcoat: Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows wear them to the ring.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Their calling card. One of the biggest examples was in The New Beginning in Osaka 2015, which saw the group hold all but one of NJPW's championships.
  • Bald of Evil: Anderson, Gallows, and Fale.
  • Bash Brothers: Anderson and Gallows. The Young Bucks as well, even moreso than the first two, since they're real life brothers and have been teammates their entire careers. Tama Tonga has been this with both cousin Fale and adopted brother Tanga Roa.
  • Bastard Understudy: Kenny Omega became this as AJ Styles' send-off from NJPW at New Year's Dash 2016. Despite being brought in as a mercenary and to fill the Junior Division hole left by original leader Prince Devitt, he never openly showed disloyalty to the club's senior members and leaders. However, as soon as he saw weakness in the club with every major member (other than The Young Bucks) losing at Wrestle Kingdom 10 the night before, he made sure he was the one to pick up the ball by pinning Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in his and AJ Styles' tag match against Nakamura and Yoshi-Hashi, then attacked AJ and convinced the club in a brief argument to finish Styles off, essentially marking him as the new leader.
    • There's now Adam Cole, who is starting to show shades of it as the head of the Club's ROH operations. In 2017, Cole teased dissension in the ranks with Kenny Omega after their tag team match at the first day of Honor Rising. He then attempted to kick the Young Bucks out of the Club, only for them to state that Omgea was the group's leader and that Cole had no say in the matter. The Bucks instead kicked Cole out of the Club in May, fitting, at the behest of Omega, replacing him with Marty Scurll.
  • Beard of Evil: Tonga's face paint is meant to make it stand out more, when the beard itself isn't painted anyway.
  • Big Bad:
    • Prince Devitt was this at first.
    • Karl Anderson and AJ Styles took over as this (see Big Bad Duumvirate below), until...
    • Kenny Omega usurped control of Bullet Club, essentially making him this now.
    • Styles returns to this position as the main focus of The Club in WWE and then as the top heel on SmackDown Live.
    • Adam Cole has become the main man for the Bullet Club takeover of ROH. He was later surpassed by Cody Rhodes and then replaced as a member by Marty Scurll.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • In the time between Prince Devitt's departure and Kenny Omega's coup (see Bastard Understudy above), Karl Anderson was the defacto leader of the group, cutting their promos and seemingly fronting their decisions, which made sense since he held seniority as one of the co-founders including Devitt and had the best mic skills of the group. But with AJ Styles holding the IWGP Title while appearing on the American indies moreso than in New Japan, he was the man to beat, making him a combination of both Dragon-in-Chief and The Face of the organization. In fact, AJ had been considered the leader in Bullet Club's US operations such as ROH, a status which New Japan recognized towards the end of his run there. In any case, neither man ever claimed to be the absolute leader and there never seemed to be any signs of either subservience or a power struggle, at least not between these two.
    • Kenny Omega may be the official leader of Bullet Club in 2016, but Adam Cole is just as close to the Young Bucks as he is and is the central figure in its current Ring of Honor operations, even becoming the ROH World Champion, while AJ remains the leader of the offshoot faction and has the strongest presence in America as the WWE Champion. Despite getting along initially, Omega and Cole have shown signs of disagreement since the former's return to New Japan. This and other actions culminating in Cole's exodus from Bullet Club.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Adam Cole has 100% become this in 2017.
    • Trying to play Eviler Than Thou with Kenny Omega from the moment Omega came back from his post-Wrestle Kingdom 11 hiatus, despite said comeback occurring as partners in a tag team match. This included abandoning several double team opportuniti -ADAM COLE BAY BAY!- as well as constantly cutting into Omega's post-match return promo -ADAM COLE BAY BAY!-
    • Attempting to "fire" from the Bullet Club the very same Young Bucks that brought him into Bullet Club because they "didn't have his back" when he fell for a trap by people who've done the same trap before.note 
    • Calling TSA to keep Omega out of the US on grounds of child abuse so he couldn't make it to a set of ROH tapings.note 
    • Poisoning Nick Jackson's drink and bragging about it to Marty Scurll as if Scurll was only his backstage buddy and not the Elite's too. Bonus point on the latter two bullets, as they were seen on the Being the Elite series.note 
    • This ultimately came to an end at the ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds show on May 12, 2017 with Omega, being the REAL Big Bad of Bullet Club, firing Cole and replacing him with Scurll, and the Bucks once again providing the excommunicating superkicks, with full agreement from the rest of the good brothers.
  • Bookends:
    • Devitt's Heel–Face Turn saw him leave the group in the exact reverse situation from the one that caused his initial Face–Heel Turn that started Bullet Club in the first place.
    • Likewise, Cole's time with the Club both began and ended with a lights-out new member reveal, stereo superkicks, and Cole receiving double cheek kisses from the Young Bucks.
  • Boomerang Bigot
    • Yujiro turned on his countrymen and promotion and aligned himself with Bullet Club. He would occasionally joke about it by refusing to speak or understand Japanese when interviewed with the Club, leaving most of the duties to Kenny Omega.
    • Kenny Omega turned on what was effectively his adopted home. Before joining Bullet Club, he said that he no longer considered himself a gaijin, but then said he had lied and was interested only in money and the Junior Heavyweight crown.
  • Broomstick Quarterstaff: Omega, though usually limited to his entrance.
  • The Brute: Fale, Tonga, and Gallows each serve as this.
  • Combination Attack: The Kingdom were pretty proud of themselves after hitting Styles and The Bucks with simultaneous dropkicks at the 2015 Best In The World only to be sent into retreat by simultaneous suicide dives.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Jeff Jarrett is considered a member of Bullet Club but mostly works in production and relations, rarely wrestling or appearing in front of any New Japan audiences.
  • Cool Shades: Bad Luck Fale rocks a pair to the ring. Yujiro does as well. Kenny Omega wears them too. Scurll joins them later on.
  • Continuity Nod / Shout-Out: Despite the falling-out that took place in Prince Devitt's on-screen exit from NJPW and the later more extreme case with AJ Styles, the NJPW homebase members and WWE alumni of Bullet Club all continuously send nods to each other indicating that they're still all on the same page.
    • Following Devitt's exit and Styles' entry on the same night, the two each adopted one of the other's signature moves. Styles has taken to using Devitt's Bloody Sunday DDT (which he outright admitted on Twitter was a tribute to Devitt), while Devitt used a variation of AJ's Pelé kick on WWE NXT as Finn Bálor.
    • Both WWE and Anderson himself pretty much confirmed in the lead-up to his NXT title shot in 2015 taking place at a special show in Japan that Anderson and Devitt are still as close friends as ever. Devitt proudly showed off some of his Bullet Club gear during a WWE Netowrk documentary in which he went through his history, which also showed pictures of him with Anderson as well as a clip of them greeting again when Anderson came down to see him in Florida prior to the trip. On Anderson's part, said reunion trip also produced a Vine video from Anderson's account of the two hanging out with Karl's sons, as well as an appearance by Devitt on Anderson and Gallows' "Talk'n Shop" podcast in which Devitt described his exit from the Club with the words "I orchestrated a little babyface scenario."
    • Despite ROH acknowledging the "executive decision" that went down in Japan with Styles' excommunication at the beginning of 2016, Anderson and Gallows as well as the Young Bucks all aided Styles and enjoyed a curtain call with him in his final appearance with the company before his Royal Rumble debut. Then when Anderson and Gallows made their way into WWE, they made it their mission to reunite with him again, with their Bullet Club history explicitly referenced in all but name (they were simply called The Club).
    • The Club has Japanese characters on their clothing, referencing their time in Japan.
    • In a post-show video after the July 18 episode of Raw, Anderson stated that "The Club owned Japan." Styles and Gallows corrected with "Still do." Stealth reference thinly masked by the fact that they recently headlined a WWE tour of Japan.
    • In his match against Tomohiro Ishii during the 2016 G1 Climax tournament, Tama Tonga countered the Ishii Driller into a cutter, which was Anderson's Finishing Move during his time in New Japan (as the Gun Stun), then hit him with another one to get the pin. Tama has since adopted it as his finisher.
    • In the last moments of the 2016 G1 Climax, Kenny Omega hit Hirooki Goto with a Bloody Sunday, a Styles Clash, AND his One-Winged Angel for the victory.
    • SummerSlam 2016 found Styles, Gallows, and Anderson reuniting backstage for the first time since the draft and discussing their matches later that night. Then, they look off camera, and it pans to see...Finn Bálor in his Bálor Club shirt. They offer him a Too Sweet, but he just smiles and walks away. Hilariously, The Club aren't even mad, and Styles even gives a knowing glance and point to the camera.
    • A week after giving Big E Langston a groin injury, Gallows and Anderson posed as doctors in a vignette mocking his "ringpostitis". Remember, Luke uses his first name in Vince's ring, not his club nickname. Speaking of which…pay attention to the next two.
    • During a Bullet Club vs. Chaos six-man tag team match, Loa scoop-slams Yano near the corner and then goes to intimidate the referee while Fale and Tama pull Yano groin-first into the post the same way Anderson and Gallows did Big E. Fale even outright says "ringpostitis" ten seconds later.
    • We got one to a different company and club. Once upon a time in TNA there was a pack called the Aces & Eights, which Doc was a part of, only to leave after the group passed him over for Vice President in favor of a different Mr. Anderson.note  Then over a year later, two particular brothers who formerly led that pack decided to make a direct challenge to the Bullet Club when TNA held Bound for Glory in Japan. Fast forward again, nearly two more years later to the night after SummerSlam, The Dudley Boyz, announced their departure after a full year back in WWE. In came Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows jumping the Dudleyz, driving both Bubba Ray onto the outside floor and D-Von through a table in the ring with the Magic Killer, destroying them with no chance of retaliation.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In his match with Toru Yano (whose wacky antics involve the ref getting distracted so he can low blow his opponents) in the 2014 G1 tournament, Yujiro showcases this as he suffers a Groin Attack during it but doesn't show any damage and after defeating Yano reveals he had a Cup on the entire time. Even more justified if one remembers that Yujiro used to be stablemates with Yano in CHAOS before defecting to the Bullet Club.
  • Cross Through: The Young Bucks and AJ Styles paved the way for the rest of Bullet Club to frequently cross through between its home promotion and Ring of Honor. Later, Adam Cole and the Bucks would serve as the Club's ROH representatives or "away team" with Cole holding the ROH World Title on the group's behalf. Cody also represents the club outside of those promotions. The members seem to act on Twitter like the Bullet Club is still one entity, ignoring the time they threw AJ out, and regarding The Club, the ROH branch and the main team in NJPW as still being the same thing.
  • Crowd Chant:
    • Karl Anderson has had his promos interrupted by "Fuck TNA" chants at ROH events, such as War Of The Worlds. This isn't hostile, mind you: it's said fully in support, since he was responsible for "bringing back" AJ Styles and The Young Bucks.
    • The name of Bullet Club has become its own chant everywhere that current members or past remnants have a presence in.
  • Dark Action Girl: La Comandante in CMLL, since it has several divisions for women and a partnership with REINA.
  • Dark Is Evil: The group is known to dress in black and they are easily bad to the point of Obviously Evil.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Particularly in America, ever since their popularity power grew enough to turn them face there. This lasted until 2016, with both ROH and WWE attempting heel Club takeovers.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Fale, including his beard/goatee. His eyebrows and mustache are black though.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Within the context of the club, anyway, Kenny Omega's actions at the start of 2016 should not have come as a surprise to anyone. Pretty much everything the man has said in official material since joining Bullet Club was either explicitly or implicitly about himself — even when talking about the club as a whole. His entrance is the most blatantly self-aggrandizing of them all in the way he sings his own theme song operatically, blatantly over-emphasizes his gun point pose, and uses his teammates (especially younger members Chase Owens and Cody Hall) as sidekicks and item-carriers. He openly threatens to kill his opponents over perceived slights, and even when standing in the club's midst could often be seen staring off to the side or at one of the others with a crazed look on his face. "The Cleaner" is clearly insane. That said, the Young Bucks are there to keep everything together and when it comes down to it, Kenny still occasionally shows clear loyalty to Bullet Club itself even as the leader. On the other hand, the fact that he's not overly attached to the fraternal concept of Bullet Club and instead more focused on spreading their dominance to impart his vision on the business allows him to be a more efficient leader, sensing when someone starts to become a liability and reacting accordingly — an increasing necessity without Anderson around.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Members of the group have been from Ireland, Mexico, Tonga, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. Subverted during their early run, when all the members were gaijins (foreigners to Japan) but didn't have Japanese members.
  • Evil Brit: The appropriately named Villain, Marty Scurll, who joined the Bullet Club by helping The Elite kick out Adam Cole.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Their feud with another heel New Japan stable, Los Ingobernables de Japon.
  • Face–Heel Turn
    • Devitt had been a long-time face for a time before turning on Ryusuke Taguchi ending Apollo 55 and forming the group. Anderson and Tonga also had been faces at the time before they joined him in forming the group.
    • Similarly, AJ Styles was a long time face even when he left TNA and portrayed a face on the independent circuit, so it was a surprise to some to see him be a heel and join Bullet Club. He still wrestles as a face while representing the Club in America as The Face / Dragon-in-Chief of the club, making him also something of a Token Good Teammate. The latter trope would be played straight in his WWE team-up with Anderson and Gallows.
    • Once a long time fun-loving face in love with Japan to the point of learning the language and getting a home there, Kenny Omega is now an arrogant gaijin mercenary Cobra-Wesker fusion whose primary motivations are for money, championships, and (formerly) "cleaning out the crap" in the Junior Division.
  • Facial Markings: Tonga and Loa cover their face with paint as did Gallows. Devitt, Anderson, and the Bucks on occasion as well. When Devitt became Finn Finn Bálor in the WWE, he would continue painting his face and body when wrestling as "the Demon King." Gallows has yet to don paint of any kind since returning to WWE with Anderson.
  • Fake Defector: Frankie Kazarian, who joined Bullet Club by turning his back on old partner Christopher Daniels to help Adam Cole retain the ROH World title. His membership lasted a month before revealing it to be a ruse, helping Daniels defeat Cole for the belt.
  • Five Moves of Doom: AJ applies an inverted face lock and suplexes the victim onto one Buck, who catches him in position for a tombstone. AJ then throws the other Buck up over his shoulder to spike the tombstone. Then the holding Buck gives the victim to AJ who sets him up for the Styles Clash, but AJ doesn't drop him until after both Bucks superkick the poor guy.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: While the main branch in NJPW is this trope by and large, excepting Yujiro Takahashi, the Latin American branch operating mainly out of CMLL is largely made of Latin Americans, excepting Tama Tonga.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Kenny Omega went from a faithful young upstart who loved New Japan to a psychotic hitman threatening to kill his rivals to the boss of the biggest heel faction in the company.
  • Four is Death:
    • The Core Four, with Anderson, Fale, Tama, and either Gallows or Devitt depending on the time.
    • The Dream Team, with Omega, Cole, and The Bucks, putting together The Elite (Omega/Bucks) and Superkliq (Cole/Bucks) power trios into one…dream team.
  • Fun Personified: Kenny was this before joining the club, and only became an evil version upon turning heel and joining them.
  • Fun with Acronyms
    • Guerrillas of Destiny, the name of the Tonga brothers' tag team.
    • Gallows' Organization for Nether Area Diseases and the Octogenarian Leisure Destination For Aging Rehabilitation Treatment, Anderson and Gallows' parodies of Wrestling Doesn't Pay based on a piece of damage they caused which they used to mock The New Day.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: When Kenny Omega joined them as the Cleaner, he drastically changed his hair, dying it a mix of black and gray.
  • Hard Head: Fale, no surprises there.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Devitt had his when he faced Ryusuke Taguchi in a Loser Leaves NJPW match, renouncing his cheating ways and refusing the Young Bucks' help. This plus losing the match resulting in Devitt obviously leaving the group.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Besides the already mentioned cases, the Anderson and Gallows pair were faces by default on the Global Force Wrestling kickoff tour.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: The Western gang of gaijin "cool heels" who recently acquired the most popular independent American wrestler of the past decade are generally very popular as a whole in America.
  • I Have the High Ground: Matt and Nick's specialty. Can perform flawless aerobatic moves. While AJ's not as young and agile as them as he used to be, he can still take to the air.
  • Ironic Nickname: Ironic in the sense that you wouldn't expect things to end up that way, rather than named that way from the start. Still, going by his independent/shoot appearances and eventual return to WWE, the character name of Anderson's larger counterpart is actually Luke Gallows—Doc is short for Director Of Chaos, his position in Aces & Eights before it was forced to disband.
  • Large Ham: Anderson and Omega stood out as this.
  • Leave Him to Me: Devitt's attitude towards the rest of the club when it came to Ryusuke Taguchi. Unfortunately, The Young Bucks didn't take the hint, leading to one of the few incidents of Club infighting at Invasion Attack.
  • Lightning Bruiser: All four leaders have counted as this.
  • Meaningful Name: Tangaroa (also spelled Takaroa, Tangaloa, etc.) is one of the oldest Polynesian deities, whose legend varies depending on which island culture. In Tongan myth, he's the progenitor of an entire family of sky gods who were the ancestors of the first Tongan kings. Now the Guerrillas of Destiny become more significant when you remember both the acronym to their name as well as who their father is.
  • Mighty Glacier: Fale is the biggest of the group and the tallest and is least likely to win a foot race. But all he needs to do is get you and you're in trouble.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Devitt's good looks and toned body made him popular with female fans. Same goes for AJ.
  • Ms. Fanservice
    • Mao, a female dancer who accompanies Yujiro at times to the ring.
    • Amber O…Gallows was this before she declared herself part of Bullet Club, proclaiming herself a "Bullet Babe."
  • Multinational Team: In the Bullet Club's long history, there have been representatives from the United States,note  in addition to Tonga,note  Japan,note  Irelandnote , Canadanote  and the United Kingdomnote .
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit:
    • Mao, Yujiro's most common valet wore one that was this and Hello, Nurse! during a match.
    • Dana Brooke served as this for one night as the "nurse" for Gallows and Anderson's OLD FART "retirement home" in a precursor segment to an intergender six-person tag match against The New Day and Bayley.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Their specialty.
  • Occidental Otaku: Kenny Omega is a huge video game fan and his finishing move (see above) and his theme music (a Final Fantasy-inspired number called "Devil's Sky") reflect this.
  • Oireland: Devitt hails from Ireland.
  • Older Than They Look: The Young Bucks are eleven-year wrestling veterans, 31 and 26 years old respectively, have both gotten married to womanly wives, and one's become a father. But if you saw Matt and Nick Jackson on the streets of Hesperia, California without first knowing who they are, you'd probably mistake them for high school kids about to attend a rave.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Kenny Omega's entrance music contains this.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Averted with the Club's "young boy" Cody Hall and their newest addition, Cody Rhodes. Eventually played straight following Hall's departure, leaving Rhodes as the only Cody in the Club.
    • Also averted with Adam Cole and Adam Page, although the latter is usually addressed as Hangman Page to differentiate him from Cole.
  • Power Trio
    • AJ Styles and the Young Bucks, especially at CHIKARA's King of Trios.
    • Omega replaced Styles in 2016 and called them the Elite. They went on to win the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team belts from the Briscoes and Yano. When Cole teams with the Bucks, they call themselves Superkliq.
    • In WWE, Anderson and Gallows have reunited with Styles to form their own incarnation of the Club.
  • Psycho for Hire: Kenny Omega, in his "Cleaner" character. He's basically a hitman whose goal is to lay waste to the junior heavyweight division. Not surprisingly, he became the group's first-ever true Bastard Understudy.
  • Put on a Bus: The Latinoamerica members' association with the club usually only spans around the time of and shortly following their tours in Japan. Devitt left after losing a career match against Ryusuke. Real Life Writes the Plot as Devitt was going to sign with WWE and that was New Japan's way of writing him off. Styles was kicked out by Omega, while Anderson and Gallows would undergo a more peaceful departure ceremony; all three were WWE-bound within months of each other.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: In joining Bullet Club, Adam Cole linked back up with The Young Bucks, his former partners in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Mount Rushmore stable, and they became known as Superkliq. (Later he wound up rejoining them there in the new Mount Rushmore as well.)
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Yujiro wears pink and black trunks to go with his outfit.
  • Red Baron
    • Oh so many. Real Rock'n Rolla for Devitt. The Underboss for Fale. Bad Boy for Tama. The Machine Gun for Anderson. The Phenomenal One for AJ. The Cleaner for Omega. The American Nightmare for Cody Rhodes. The Silverback for Roa. Mr. Rated R for Yujiro. The Villain for Scurll.
    • The group have adopted such nicknames as Ammunition Coalition, Brothers of the Covenant, Bone Soldiers, and the hashtag #BizCliz.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Karl Anderson was usually the Blue to Doc Gallows as the "A Team", though occasionally he was the Red to AJ Styles instead.
  • Shadow Archetype: Kenny Omega is this to all the other Bullet Club leaders, especially original leader Prince Devitt. All cocky and ambitious, all want money and championships, all talented enough to be successful on their own yet perfectly willing to flout puroresu tradition and use the help of their club mates when they have to in order to take it over the top. Yet where Devitt, Styles and Anderson valued all of their teammates and treated Bullet Club like a family, Kenny is flagrantly in love with himself and only considers The Young Bucks to be of any substantial importance — as seen by how quickly the three would adopt the "Elite" tag for themselves once they got rid of Styles. Thankfully for the Club's sake, the Bucks seem to have the "caring about the others" part taken care of, and Kenny still shows enough loyalty when it counts toward Bullet Club itself for the others to regard him as a good leader.
  • Shout-Out
    • The group is known to throw out crotch chops and 2 Sweet signs. Signs that were used by D-Generation X and the New World Order. Karl Anderson has stated in interviews they do it to pay homage to both groups.
    • Yujiro often does the Hip Sways that Rick Rude did when he removes his towel around his waist. He doesn't tell the music to be shut off and for the crowd to shut up though.
    • Combined with Take Up My Sword: Anderson and Gallows' Magic Killer finisher is a carry-over from Anderson's tag team with Giant Bernardnote  as Bad Intentions, which in turn is a carry-over from Bernard's tag team with Travis Tomkonote  as well as Tomko's TNA team-up with AJ Styles at the same time.
    • Kenny Omega is a WALKING homage to Japanese video gaming culture with a Western film thrown in. He's a powerhungry psycho who dresses like Albert Wesker with Marion Cobretti's shades and Dante's hair. His theme song, called "Devil's Sky", sounds like it belongs to an epic boss battle in an Eastern RPG. His main finisher is called the One Winged Angel, and his stage screen graphic will often feature fire burning behind a picture of him. After Shinsuke Nakamura left New Japan he also added the Boma Ye…erm, V-Trigger to his arsenal. Omega's also entered the Tokyo Dome twice with a Terminator gimmick, and invokes it from time to time; it's become something of a custom for New Japan fans to clap to the Terminator theme for some of Kenny's matches, especially for one of his spots where he recreates the Terminator's entrance before launching himself over the top rope.
    • One of Yujiro's valets during The 2015 World Tag League came out dressed up and dancing as Chun-Li.
  • Sibling Team: As stated, the Young Bucks. Ditto the Guerrillas of Destiny.
  • Sinister Shades: Fale's pair that he dons. Also, Omega's. Yujiro's been taking to using them lately. Scurll also wears a pair of Lennon Specs.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Both Gallows and Anderson are the most vulgar of the group. New Japan would make a lot of money off them if they had a Swear Jar. Tanga Roa seems to hold this up a lot. Granted, they have a lot of free reign swearing while wrestling in Japan since all of their obscene stuff is in English.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Similar to the divine namesake, the second part of Tanga's name has been spelled both Roa and Loa. NJPW seems to stick with "Roa" while ROH alternates between the two.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Kliq and its two official sister stables, D-Generation X and the nWo. It stared with Anderson and Devitt greeting each other with the Turkish Wolf "Too Sweet" hand-signal behind the scenes as an in-joke nod to cool memories of fandom youth, and became a worldwide phenomenon widely considered one of the two hottest stables pro wrestling has had in YEARS.
  • The Starscream: Adam Cole has started becoming an almost comical example of this in 2017, escalating the obvious tension between him and Omega on the "Being the Elite" series to "this club's not big enough for the two of us" levels. He's had several double team opportunities with Omega go -ADAM COLE BAY BAY!- during a tag match together, tried to fire the Bucks from Bullet Club despite not having the authority to do so for "not having his back" when he lost the ROH World Championship to Daniels via Kazarian's Fake Defector ruse which HE fell for, gotten Kenny temporarily banned from entering the US for ROH events on grounds of child abuse, and poisoned one of Nick's drinks and gloated about it to the group's outside friend (and sometimes rival in villainy) Marty Scurll. All these actions proceeded to do was first drive Omega down the direction of orchestrating the firing of Cole, then convince the Bucksnote  to actually go through with it and the rest of the Club to be okay with it.
  • Stealth Pun: The Young Bucks theme is called "Double Barrel".
  • Stock Sound Effect: "Last Chance Saloon" runs though a lot of stock gun sounds. When Anderson's name gets announced in Japanese, sounds of an gun cock and machine gun fire play while he mimics the action of shooting a gun.
  • Tag Team: In addition to the Club itself, there exists a few teams which serve as sub-units: the Young Bucks, Gallows and Anderson, and the Guerillas of Destiny (Tanga Roa and Tama Tonga). The Young Bucks are also part of The Elite with Omega, and the Superkliq with Cole - combined, they are The Dream Team.
  • Take Up My Sword: As one of the last two founders of the Bullet Club, Tama Tonga has taken to using Anderson's old Gun Stun cutter since the latter's departure in 2016.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The relationship between Kenny Omega and Adam Cole is increasingly looking like this both on the Elite's Youtube channel and now on NJPW programming.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: At New Year's Dash 2016, after attacking AJ Styles and hitting him with his One Winged Angel finisher, Kenny Omega finished the job by hitting Styles with his own finisher the Styles Clash, preceded by Stereo Superkicks courtesy of the Young Bucks. Talk about an excommunication.
  • Too Many Belts: The Young Bucks became Triple Tag Team Champs by winning the IWGP Jr., ROH, and PWG tag team titles, and were known to wear all their titles to the ring at once.
  • Trash the Set: Adam Cole's induction of the group in May 2016 came off a lot like this. Interfering in the main event match between Colt Cabana and Jay Lethal, hardly anyone inside of the ring barricades was spared being superkicked. Both competitors, referee Todd Sinclair, Lethal's manager Taeler Hendrix, Kevin Kelly and even Steve Corino were laid out along with security, the Young Bucks' own father, and one heroic cameraman who stepped in front of another to save the "$40,000 camera".
  • Tribal Face Paint: The Guerrillas of Destiny.
  • True Companions:
    • Through Bullet Club's first over 2½ years of existence prior to New Year's Dash 2016, no one was kicked out of Bullet Club as a member or associate. They would happily compete against each other when they had to (such as in tournament situations, for example), then shake hands and raise arms and drink beer together after the bell. The only guy who left during this time, Prince Devitt, left of his own accord, and going by Continuity Nod / Shout-Out above, things don't even seem half bad between him and the gang since. One can even stretch storylines to posit the idea that AJ Styles, who joined the same night Devitt left the club and whose Big Bad Duumvirate arrangement with Karl Anderson went seamlessly for over a year and a half, had been supported by the club since the closing stretches of his run with TNA—as in, before he even could join them in New Japan. Say what you will about their tactics in New Japan, but they were certainly a closer knit crew than any other stable Styles and Doc Gallows have ever been a part of. Of course, that was all prior to New Year's Dash 2016, when Kenny Omega proceeded to forcefully eject AJ, declare himself the new leader (as in, overriding Anderson), and position himself above the Junior Heavyweight ranks by challenging Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC title.
    • Subverted since then, thanks to Bullet Club's interactions in the time between Styles' ejection from Bullet Club (which Omega orchestrated) and his WWE debut. Aside from the endless Bálor Club teasing and occasional boasting about the Elite, the other Bullet Club members openly supported him in his final independent appearances. AJ and Doc still teamed up in a match in Georgia days after the ejection; the Club's Twitter account along with a couple of members expressed that AJ was "always a brother" and that kicking him out was an "executive decision"; and finally, Gallows & Gun and the Young Bucks shared a Curtain Call-esque moment with AJ in his final ROH appearance at an autograph signing the night before the Rumble. Of course, Kenny had no part of this.
    • Anderson and Gallows' first order of business upon debuting in WWE has been to reunite with Styles and back him up against Roman Reigns, and later against John Cena. (Hilariously, the Bucks "forgave" AJ on Twitter after this, while Kenny reconsidered his opinion after AJ won the WWE World Championship.) Later, Kenny finally cemented himself as one of these by hitting Devitt and Styles' finishing moves in succession before his own to win the G1 Climax, then throwing down the G1 Climax flag to wave the Bullet Club flag instead. This kicked off one of the greatest months in the collective history of Bullet Club.
  • Wham Episode: Both leadership transfers became these.
    • Devitt had been defeated in a career match and it looked as if Bullet Club has been badly weakened with the loss of their leader. However, the following match, AJ Styles appeared and attacked Kazuchika Okada, revealing himself as the newest member of the group. The next month Yujiro would betray Okada and CHAOS and join the Bullet Club, enabling AJ to win the IWGP Heavyweight title and establish the Bullet Club as the most powerful faction in all of NJPW.
    • Despite Kenny Omega and AJ Styles losing both their matches at Wrestle Kingdom 10, the two appeared united the following day at New Year's Dash 2016, facing CHAOS members Shinsuke Nakamura and YOSHI-HASHI. Omega pinned Nakamura to win the match, doing what Styles couldn't do the night before. As Styles celebrated on the turnbuckle, Omega did the same... only to suddenly hit Styles with his One Winged Angel finisher, effectively betraying the leader of the Club. Their stablemates came out, the Young Bucks attempting to reason with Omega as Anderson, Gallows and Hall checked on Styles. Just when things appeared to have been smoothed over, Omega and the Bucks triple-superkick Styles, to the surprise of the rest of the Bullet Club... whom Omega quickly convinced to follow him as their leader instead of Styles. Cue the Bullet Club laying a beatdown on Styles, with Omega and the Bucks hitting him with the Stereo Superkicks/Styles Clash combo for the exclamation point.
  • Wild Samoan: Averted with Tonga and Fale. Don't let Tonga's face paint or occasional shoelessness fool you, they're among the two most thoughtful and articulate members of this club.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • The Briscoe Brothers, however the Bullet Club did not believe the Hammerstein Ballroom to be a worthy arena nor Ring of Honor to be a worthy promotion.
    • Unlike the other Bullet Club top members who challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight title, Omega became a worthy respected rival rather than an Arch-Enemy to Okada. It helps that they both have the same vision for New Japan and are basically fighting for themselves and their stables to take the lead.
  • Would Hit a Girl: They were prepared to destroy Maria Kanellis along with the rest of The Kingdom if she even teased stepping in the ring.
  • Writing Around Trademarks:
    • Doc Gallows combines both names he used in WWE (Luke Gallows) and TNA (DOC). It's unclear whether he would actually need to do so for an overseas promotion like New Japan, but keeping bases covered never hurt anyone.
    • The spin-off faction in WWE consisting of Styles, Anderson and Gallows is simply called The Club. WWE social media name-dropped the Bullet Club when the latter two made their debut. John Cena seems to care just little about trademarks, though, referring to them mockingly as the Pull-It Club while making it sound as similar to Bullet Club as he can whenever given the chance. When Styles appeared on Edge and Christian's show on the WWE Network, they did mention the group by name, although the two joked that the WWE would end up renaming it the Mullet Club.
    • Due to his situation with WWE, Cody Rhodes is technically not allowed to be referred to with his last name. As such, he's solely referred to by his first name, Cody.
  • Wrestling Family
    • Matt and Nick Jackson.
    • Tama is also the adopted son of Meng and brother of Camacho, who he later brought into the club as Tanga Roa. In addition to this, he and Fale are cousins.
    • Doc Gallows is married to Amber O'Neal.
    • Cody Hall is the son of Scott Hall.
    • Cody Rhodes is the son of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes and the younger brother of Goldust.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kenny Omega's argument for betraying AJ Styles and ousting him from the Club, usurping the leadership in the process at New Year's Dash 2016. Omega states that Styles had failed time and time again in big title matches and that he was therefore fired from the Bullet Club. This marks the first time anyone has been outright kicked out of the Club. The second one involved Adam Cole.

Alternative Title(s): The Club, The Elite

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