Prior to signing with WWE in 2016, AJ Styles was the leader of Bullet Club. For almost two years, Styles led New Japan’s most popular faction. Now, he has opened up about why the faction worked so well.
While speaking with Bleacher Report, Styles said that Bullet Club worked because they were a group who genuinely wanted to be around each other. Here is the quote:
“It’s one of those things where it’s like, ‘How did this get over so well?’ It’s because you had guys that genuinely wanted to hang out together. We weren’t just together when it came to wrestling. We were together outside of the wrestling ring, too. We were actually hanging out, and I think that’s why it worked so well for us at that time. We all hang out together, so seeing those guys, I’m happy for them. It’s cool they’re able to continue what they started, whenever it was.”
When Styles signed with WWE in 2016, he was usurped as leader of Bullet Club by Kenny Omega. Omega served as leader until Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, and Bad Luck Fale kicked The Elite out of the group in 2018.