When it comes to the Bullet Club, Karl Anderson will always be known for his part when it comes to the launch of the iconic faction.
In 2013, the Western heel stable was created in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and were a success from the get-go, however, their fame would skyrocket all over the world when talent such as Kenny Omega and AJ Styles got involved. Ever since, Bullet Club has always remained at the top of the conversation in regards to factions, however, doubts loom over their appealing aura.
When 2019 rolled around, some of their top-tier stars in Omega, Cody Rhodes, Adam Page and the Young Bucks would exit both NJPW and the faction to join Tony Khan’s AEW. In the aftermath of the massive exodus, a lot of critics and fans have used the word “dead” to describe the current state of the stable today.
Anderson talked about the conversations going on about the faction with Sports Illustrated:
“Each time somebody has talked sh*t about Bullet Club or started to say Bullet Club is dead, or there’s too many members, something else cool happens. It just remains hot.”
Anderson brought up legendary factions such as the New World Order, D-Generation X and the Four Horsemen, and said that a faction is determined to be successful or “dead” depending on how members do in singles careers.
Following his point, he then brought up Bullet Club success that has taken place in WWE, AEW and IMPACT Wrestling, including the WWE Championship reign of Styles, Finn Balor winning the WWE Universal Championship and Omega racking up belts while holding the AEW World Championship.
When it comes to modern relevance, the Bullet Club is in a situation at the moment where they have to reinvent themselves with new talent, stars in particular. Anderson made the argument that the faction already has that star, and that the faction is in a good place with him.
“Bullet Club has been reinvigorated again in NJPW with Jay White, who’s turning into a massive star. Now he’ll always be attached to the Bullet Club.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.