It’s been a hectic few weeks for Bullet Club. The American chapter of the NJPW gang, often referred to as the Being The Elite Cast (for their roles in the Young Bucks‘ YouTube series Being The Elite), has undergone some internal strife as of late due to the actions of Bullet Club leader Kenny Omega and “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, that has lead to both men facing each other at this year’s ROH Supercard of Honor XII over WrestleMania weekend. The main Japanese contingent, also referred to as Bullet Club OG and featuring founding members Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga, have been growing more and more irate at the goings on of their BTE brethren and the chaos of the group’s leadership. But has it all been a secret plan by Cody Rhodes from the start to bring down the Bullet Club from within?
Is Cody Rhodes Trying To Destroy Bullet Club From Within?
Tama Tonga has recently launched a Guerrillas of Destiny video series, similar to Being The Elite, that documents what the predominantly Japanese members (Fale, Guerrillas of Destiny, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens, Leo Tonga) are doing on their side of things. Both Tonga and Being The Elite released videos over the past two days that draw some interesting aspects into the ongoing saga over whether Bullet Club is fine.
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) February 12, 2018
In this week’s Being The Elite, Cody Rhodes flirts around the Omega issue, as the Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Adam “Hangman” Page continue to shows signs of stress over the issues arising between Cody and Kenny. But throughout the episode, Cody is shown playing up to certain members in their presence, while talking down other members. While trying to talk the Young Bucks into turning heavyweight in the NJPW tag team division, he laments Marty Scurll for being small saying he’s “a Junior and shops at Gap Kids”. Later on in the episode, he talks to Scurll in confidence, laughing about where Omega’s head is at while also mocking the Bucks aspirations of “wanting to go heavyweight? Come on, man!” All the while, he keeps muttering the phrase “Bullet Club is fine” to anyone in earshot, even unveiling new shirts with that very slogan.
It was later announced that day that at the ROH/NJPW co-promotion Honor Rising on February 24, Cody and Scurll would be teaming up to face the reunited Golden Lovers tandem of Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi. Marty, however, didn’t seem thrilled with the idea.
— Marty Scurll (@MartyScurll) February 13, 2018
Meanwhile, Tama released a video the day before entitled “Bullet Club – A New Beginning”. While it’s a clever nod to the happenings of the New Beginning tour that recently concluded, it starts with an ominous voice stating: “Bullet Club. The future and the past. There’s been a disturbance. The Bullet Club must remain true to their beginnings.” Throughout the cryptic message, photos of past members Prince Devitt (WWE’s Finn Balor), AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows are prominently featured, with the BTE cast only being shown when they mention “the disturbance”. The rest of the video is fairly routine, until Leo Tonga, the younger brother of Guerrillas of Destiny, has a premonition (similar to what Nick Jackson has been having on BTE). In this vision, a shadowy figure appears before him and says (in the same voice as the opening narrator): “Leo, it’s time to fulfill your destiny. Under my guidance, you can have it all. Now come to me…that’s it. Closer. Closer. LOOK AT ME.”
The promise of making the lesser member of the Tonga family something better sounds ominously like similar words that Cody Rhodes has said to both The Young Bucks and Marty Scurll, not to mention his prior pep talks with Hangman Page that stirred the initial Omega turn in the first place.
Has Cody been playing the entire Club all along? Has he secretly infiltrated the group just to infect them with self doubts, rise up jealousies and fill the others with promises of greatness? After all, his father, Dusty Rhodes, did something similar back in WCW, when he joined the nWo at WCW/nWo Souled Out in January of 1998, only for it to be a ruse when he returned back to WCW’s camp on Nitro later that November. Like father, like son?
For what its worth, he’s also recently changed his Twitter bio to update his role in Bullet Club…