2016 saw the most drastic change in leadership for the Bullet Club up to that point. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Doc Gallows all left New Japan Pro Wrestling to go to WWE, leaving the likes of Tama Tonga to question their future.
Now, Tonga has revealed that he wasn’t sure if he was going to stay. Kenny Omega was made the leader of Bullet Club and Tonga stayed but it was a decision. Here is the quote from his interview with njpw1972.com:
“They were really uncertain times. We had a meeting in the hotel, and they told us. It was definitely sad, definitely unsure. You have to remember, I was on the same boat. There were rumours about me, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to stay.
In the end, I still strongly believed in what we were trying to do, and what we were building here in New Japan. I believed that strongly enough to stay, and at that point, Karl, Gallows, AJ leaving was just another hurdle that we had to overcome. The decision was made for [Omega] to be the guy calling the shots, and I said ‘OK’. Let’s do it. Again, I’m the workhorse.”
Eventually, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, and Bad Luck Fale turned on The Elite, making Bullet Club their own.
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