June 8, 2017 by Everett Barilla
At War of the Worlds PPV in New York almost a month ago, the surprise of the addition of the Villain Marty Scurll to the Bullet Club to replace Adam Cole happened. To anyone who actually half pays attention to Bullet Club will know that since the departure of AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, the Bullet Club lost a large amount of depth and numbers to the highly popular faction. The promotion of Kenny Omega from junior heavyweight to heavyweight and his success IC title run plus G1 Climax win with a 6 Star match at Wrestle Kingdom 11 had the Bullet Club looking good, and filling the spot Styles had left but things were not right in the tag team division. The Young Bucks remain the hottest tag team in the world but they are in the junior tag division and the Guerrillas of Destiny are nowhere near the tag team Anderson and Gallows were in NJPW, which is a bit of a problem. Despite this the biggest problem is the lack of domination in the divisions as at one point Bullet Club had “all the gold” in New Japan, and the addition of Hangman Page and Adam Cole may have helped keep the faction going in Ring of Honor, since Omega has not appeared in the United States for the promotion since the 14th Anniversary show in February of 2016. But the juniors singles division has been a non presence since Omega moved up to heavyweight which is where the Villain may be the answer they have been looking for.
In New Japan the promotion has five major factions, Bullet Club, Chaos, Taguchi Japan, Suzuki Gun and Los Ingobernables de Japon. For many of the shows in order to feature many of the large roster in New Japan a lot of 6, 8, and 10 man tag matches take place especially at house shows and the factions are the ones battling it out with each other so all of them must maintain about roughly ten members in order to make this work (L.I.J has only has five). So in the Bullet Clubs peak in New Japan it had six top members (Styles, Anderson, Gallows, Omega and the Young Bucks), so after the loss of 3/6 to WWE, The sub group of The Elite was formed to carry the faction for the last year and a half, with members like Bad Luck Fale getting his usual push in tournaments like the New Japan Cup and even a world title shot ultimately, despite being a founding member he is a background guy. Now with Mart Scurll, who is world famous unlike most members including Adam Cole, Bullet Club no has a member who can regularly appear in both NJPW and ROH and fill the void left in the juniors division left by Omega’s promotion. With his fame and skill one must see this as a step in the right direction for Bullet Club as Adam Cole ultimately was a failure as a member especially by the time he came to Japan, which was already the beginning of the end for his 1 year run in the faction.
Marty Scurll has already in a few weeks for Best of the Super Juniors tournament gotten over more than any other ROH added Bullet Club member and was even a tag partner with Omega against Okada and Gedo. I believe Scurll adds what Bullet Club has been missing and can help the faction get back towards its former glory. Ultimately the faction will survive but when Omega’s one year deal expires in the early months of 2018 his loss could be what puts the final nail in the Bullet Club coffin unless someone bigger than the Villain Marty Scurll and Cody is there to carry Bullet Club in NJPW.