The latest episode of AEW Dynamite ended with a Bullet Club reunion, with five former members meeting in the AEW ring to make the “Too Sweet” sign.
The reunion featured current AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), and Impact World Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows).
It has people speculating on what this new Bullet Club iteration on American soil might have in mind. It also might have ruffled feathers in Japan, where the original Bullet Club was formed and is still active.
Technically, when Omega, the Jacksons, and Anderson and Gallows left New Japan Pro Wrestling, they became “former” members of the Bullet Club.
Now, the current members Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale have reacted to the reunion with less enthusiasm than the majority of the wrestling audience.
Impact talent Alex Shelley, who is part of the tag team, The Motor City Machine Guns, and was also part of NJPW where he clashed with the Bullet Club, tweeted about the “reunion”, saying that there was something missing.
Shelley basically said that the group that formed in Dynamite was not the real thing because there were “no Tongans.” Since Bullet Club originally formed in 2013 (led by NXTs Finn Balor), Tongan wrestlers have always had a presence.
Founding member and current IWGP Tag Team Champion Tama Tonga agreed with Shelley’s assessment. According to Tonga, “it’s only Bullet Club when the Tongans are in it”.
He went on to say that the guys who ‘Too-Sweeted’ in the AEW ring just “wished they were back in Bullet Club.” He followed that up with a Tweet stating he felt betrayed.
Another Tongan and founding Bullet Club member, Bad Luck Fale also reacted to the Bullet Club reunion in AEW. Fale Tweeted out a reference to the fact that, upon leaving NJPW, the Young Bucks were served with a “cease and desist” order from WWE for using the Too Sweet sign and phrase.
Before the Bullet Club started using “Too Sweet”, it was mostly associated with the NWO in WCW. WWE claims that they had the rights to the phrase as they had the rights to WCW trademarks when they bought the company.