WWE stars such as AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson worked in New Japan Pro Wrestling before joining the American promotion.
All of them except Nakamura have been Bullet Club members in the past, with Finn Balor being the creator of the stable. AJ Styles and Karl Anderson have served as the leaders of the factions.
In a recent interview with NJPW, Kenny Omega touched on this topic and said that the above mentioned wrestlers who left NJPW for WWE are “back stabbers” who stabbed the fans as well as the company, and it bothers him that they are still being lauded as heroes. This is what he said:
“You know crazy, how there’s this f***ing image where all these who stabbed you in the back, stabbed New Japan in the back; Prince Devitt, Nakamura, AJ Styles, Gallows, Anderson. You guys still praise these motherf***ers as heroes. They stabbed you in the f***ing back! Who raised this company up from the ashes? Who was the one who saved all of you peasants? It was f***ing me! That’s why I stood up on the apron and that’s why I voted for myself. I was the only one with the courage, I was the only one to f***king do it!”
You can check out the full interview here.