Bullet Club has become an institution of New Japan Pro Wrestling over the last decade. The group has seen a number of different iterations since 2013, now being led by Jay White and EVIL.
One of the longest-serving members of the group is Tama Tonga who is one of only two remaining founding members. In his recent interview with njpw1972.com, Tama compared the faction to the 1972 New York Yankees. Here is the quote:
“Well we’re like the 1972 New York Yankees. A dream team. All the best players in one place. Yeah there are egos. Egos all over the place, but we’ll pull it together and we’ll be the best there is,”
He also mentioned that there is no brotherhood in the group anymore. Rather they are all focused on simply winning.
“That era is gone. We aren’t brothers anymore. None of this ‘Good Brother’ stuff. That’s done. We’re not trying to be friends, we’re trying to be a team. The best team,”
Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa recently made their return to New Japan following a hiatus due to the pandemic. In their absence, Bullet Club has changed drastically with EVIL joining the group in June. The Guerrillas of Destiny defeated EVIL and Yujiro Takahashi on the most recent World Tag League show.
It is odd that Tama chose the 1972 Yankees to compare the team to as that team finished fourth. While they did have good players such as Thurman Munson, many historians would point to the 1927 team as perhaps the best in baseball history. This was the team dubbed Murderers’ Row with batters such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Bob Meusel in the lineup.