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Bad Luck Fale says early Bullet Club wasn’t racially motivated

The Bullet Club began back in 2013 with a disgruntled and frustrated Prince Devitt, who had just failed to defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi in a one-on-one match at NJPW’s 41st Anniversary event that year. Devitt would bring in King Fale as his bouncer, dubbing him “The Underboss” Bad Luck Fale. Over the next few months, Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga would join them, and the four men would dub themselves the Bullet Club.

The group began as an all-gaijin stable in its early days, and Bad Luck Fale spoke about the group’s origins with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Originally, the group began as a stable of international wrestlers. Was the Bullet Club’s initial heat racially motivated?

No, the heat wasn’t racial. Foreigners always have a tough time in Japan. Doesn’t matter if you speak Japanese or if you have family members here, it’s always an upward battle. The heat that we got was purely wrestling… the passion and the drama we had for pro wrestling.

Fale also went on to discuss Kenny Omega, stating that he doesn’t blame the IWGP Heavyweight Champion for the division in Bullet Club but said that Omega’s goals were different from the group’s initial goal.

Fale also said that Bullet Club will never come back together, claiming that Firing Squad and The Elite have differing views that will keep them from mending their relationship.


  • Soulshroude

    I don’t care how you feel “I think” or feel. If I wanted your opinion… I would have posted it, myself.

  • Whistling Joe

    I don’t think you know how racism works.

  • Soulshroude

    That’s not a racist opinion, that’s just small town culture bias. Racist would be certain “terms” added to that statement such as “n*gger” and that sort of ilk.

  • Whistling Joe

    “You aren’t from here so we don’t like you.” Sounds racist to me.

  • Soulshroude

    You and your response would be considered as “gaijin.”

  • Soulshroude

    You may argue semantics all you wish. This kind of debate is for those who tread through college in order to “justify” motive and/or form movements based upon antagonistic idealism.

  • Soulshroude

    Exactly MY point…

  • Luke

    Um… he didn’t bring it up, the interviewer did…

  • CC

    This being racial or xenophobic does not mean they “hate” other races, it means they feel they should be treated differently because they are not their own.
    There are many of things being racial. Yes there is the hate aspect, but there is also segregation just because you feel they have no place doing certain things.

  • CC

    Actually it is both.

  • CC

    Eh? So by not being accepted because you are not Japanese is racial/xenophobic. Just because it is “heritage” does not detract from the fact you are being excluded or treated differently because of your nationality or skin tone.

  • Soulshroude

    I disagree, most people have a rational concept of what they hate. Which isn’t racist, it’s bias.

  • Soulshroude

    That’s not racial. It’s their Japanese Heritage. If your gaijin, wouldn’t understand this… nor be accepted by Japanese Culture or community.

  • Soulshroude

    Why do things NEED to be centered around “racism” by black people, any day? It’s old, stale and boring.

  • Tokeman

    It really ISN’T racial. It is Xenophobia.

  • rob

    yeah, it makes no sense lol

  • CC

    “Foreigners always have a tough time in Japan. Doesn’t matter if you
    speak Japanese or if you have family members here, it’s always an upward
    battle.”

    Sounds pretty racial to me if foreigners ALWAYS have a tough time.