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Would Bullet Club work in WWE?

Kenny Omega

Any time a Bullet Club member’s contract comes up, the speculation starts, and the question gets asked, would The Bullet Club work in WWE? The Bullet Club is a mainstay faction in New Japan wrestling and has been since 2013. The Bullet Club has included the likes Finn Balor (formerly Prince Devitt), AJ Styles, Adam Cole, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson. All of which are now under WWE contracts.

My prediction is that by mid-2019 Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, and the Young Bucks will all be in WWE. The rumor on the street is that The Young Buck’s contracts are up in November, Cody’s is up at the end of the year, and the golden goose Kenny Omega’s contract expires at the end of January. Recently, Hangman Page was offered a WWE contract but turned it down in favor of staying with the group. I have not heard any rumbling on the status of Marty Scurll’s contract so if you have any insight let me know in the comments below.

I know there are other members of Bullet Club but I am going to focus only on the above mentioned guys because I believe they are the most likely to end up in WWE. However, I have to say that I honestly do not see WWE sweeping all these guys up at once. A few of the members have said that they will only make a move if it is together. We will see when the checks start getting written that things change.

Unless the WWE can come up with some sort of invasion angle that doesn’t suck then I do not see it working. Remember the WCW invasion? How about the first NXT invasion? Large factions just aren’t in the WWE’s wheelhouse. Trim that group down to 3 or 4 and then the Bullet Club in WWE might fit a little better. Certainly, the WWE cannot call them Bullet Club, but they could get a licensing deal with the Bucks to use The Elite.

Say WWE brings in The Bucks, Cody, and Omega and calls them The Elite. That too me, makes the most sense. All four are ready for either Raw or Smackdown right away. Page & Scurll probably need a little “WWE tuning” in NXT before they appear on the main roster. Scurll has arguably one of the best entrances in all of wrestling & it would be interesting to see how it looks at Full Sail.

Omega is the easiest plug & play guy, next would be Cody. The Bucks on the other hand might have a tougher time. Not because of talent but because they are a tag team and WWE doesn’t go all in on tag teams (see what I did there?). I could see the Bucks getting off to a hot start only to be relegated to comedy skits with New Day within 6 months. Don’t get me wrong, those comedy skits would be tremendous but that isn’t the optimal position they would hope for.

Kenny Omega is the leader of The Bullet Club and (hold your breath marks) one of the top 5 wrestlers in the world. Omega is primed for an AJ Styles type run in the WWE. That means a contract between 1.5 to 2.5 million a year peak with a downside of around 450 to 600 thousand per year. My guess is that his downside in WWE would be more than his current max in NJPW. People can say Omega isn’t about money and I get it. However, as the great Million Dollar Man would say, “everybody has a price” Omega included.

Cody Rhodes

Cody already knows the WWE style and has improved on every facet of his game. I will say that it is a lock that at some point Cody will make a return. He is a WWE baby. My guess is that Cody’s career in professional wrestling will not be complete until he has a big WWE run. When Cody left, he wasn’t ready, but now he is.

The Bullet Club as a whole may never be all in the WWE together. I will stick to my guns. Omega, Cody and the Bucks will be in WWE by the close of 2019. Even if they only have a 1 or 2 year run and return to Japan the exposure they will receive in WWE will be worth it. I know, I can hear you now. They sold 10 thousand tickets at All In, their shirts are selling at Hot Topic, blah blah blah. Don’t be a mark, the WWE TV and marketing machine will make these guys twice the stars they are now.

With WWE signing two one-billion-dollar TV deals there is a 99% chance that some of these guys end up going. The smart money is on The Elite and Cody. The fact that they sold out All In in such an impressive fashion makes them more attractive to WWE. 2019 will be an extremely interesting year in the crazy world of professional err sports entertainment. Either way, Bullet Club’s fine.

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  • Gitch

    I selfishly want to see all of these guys in the WWE but I don’t wanna take the chance just to see them not be properly used. That would be even worse to me than them never even signing WWE contracts to begin with. Stay away boys. You’re better off where you’re at now.

  • CC

    And we all know that anyone who makes their name outside of WWE is not necessarily going to get anything. Look at the likes of Finn Balor, Woken Matt Hardy, Galows & Anderson, Nakamura etc etc etc.
    Styles has been the only one who has been given any kind of decent push, and even that was not necessarily down to WWE as it was far more organic.
    If you seriously think anyone from outside is going to get a push bigger than Reigns then you have not been watching WWE for that long.
    Only person in recent years who has been given a bigger push is Lesnar, and that is because he made his name in WWE originally then became an even bigger star through UFC, granting him mainstream attention which then enabled him to negotiate a contract with stipulations that WWE could not bend or back down on.

    Bring in the Young bucks, and they might get a tag reign, but they will soon be in the same spot as former Bullet club members, Gallows and Anderson.
    Cody will be fighting for the Universal title one minute (not winning it), then challenging for the IC the next.

    As for Omega, who knows. WWE can be very very petty.

  • Ernest Gouker

    As the article implies where Cody was when he asked to get released and where he is now is night and day. The naming of the group would come down to the Young Bucks letting wwe use the name of The Elite. And the group wouldn’t be a flash in a pan, I see them more like Undisputed Era. Young Bucks in the raw tag team division automatically makes them the best team there and wouldn’t be shocked to them automatically given the tag team titles aka when the hardy boys returned at mania.

  • Rinn13

    Do you earnestly believe that? They didn’t push Cody like that when he was with them the first time. There’s no way they’re going to push people like the Young Bucks like that. If anything, they’d be a flash in the pan, and knowing WWE, they’d even give them some stupid new name. Like….”The Club”, or worse.

  • M

    Well written article. I hope that the four of them NEVER make the move here. Cody would probably get a McIntyre like return but it will amount to nothing in the end. Kenny would get AJ treatment but overall would be limited due to WWE bs. The Bucks would be treated like Gallows and Anderson. They’re better off continuing this “revolution” than jumping ship to the corporate payday.

  • Ernest Gouker

    If wwe gives them big money which it will take to lure them away from roh n njpw, they will be pushed beyond Romans level.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    From a marketing standpoint yeah people would buy the merch, from a booking standpoint? Well.. just ask

    The NWO
    The Club
    Anybody from WCW or ECW
    Cody Rhodes

    If the bullet club came into the wwe my gut reaction is they’d be dead within 3-6 months with no direction