Bullet Club is riding high after a hugely successful night at New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Dominion show in Osaka on June 9, but the faction will have to navigate through some potentially explosive situations in Ring of Honor and NJPW in the coming weeks for Bullet Club to truly be fine.
At Dominion, Kenny Omega finally realized his dream of becoming IWGP Heavyweight Champion by ending Kazuchika Okada’s incredible 720-day reign in a two-out-of-three-falls match that became an instant classic; The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) won the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles from Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL and SANADA on their first opportunity; and Cody, Marty Scurll and Adam Page defeated the star-studded trio of Rey Mysterio Jr., Jushin “Thunder” Liger and Hiroshi Tanahashi in a six-man tag match.
The relationship between Omega and his close friends The Young Bucks had been strained for months, but The Young Bucks celebrated in the ring with Omega after his career-defining victory. Moreover, Omega, The Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi -- Omega’s tag partner in The Golden Lovers -- all embraced after the match and dubbed themselves The Golden Elite.
Cody, who proclaimed himself the leader of Bullet Club after his win over Omega at ROH’s Supercard of Honor in April, started to walk down the aisle to join in the celebration, but then decided against it and headed to the back. It was announced the following day that Omega will defend his IWGP Heavyweight Title against Cody on NJPW’s G1 Special on July 7 in San Francisco. There’s a possibility that Cody could leave with both the IWGP Heavyweight and ROH World title belts that night, a feat which would be unprecedented.
Eight days before his match against Omega, Cody will have an opportunity to regain the ROH World Title he lost to Dalton Castle at Final Battle in December when he competes in a Triple Threat Match against Castle and Scurll at ROH’s Best in the World pay-per-view on June 29.
Cody and Scurll were on the same page for the most part during the six-man tag match at Dominion, but both of them have a burning desire to be world champion. Will one of these two Bullet Club members be ROH World Champion at ROH’s international TV taping on June 30 at Fairfax Excellence in Virginia? Regardless of who has the gold, will Cody and Scurll be fine?
Bullet Club will have a chance to show that it’s a cohesive unit at ROH’s State of the Art - San Antonio on June 15, as The Young Bucks, Scurll and Page face ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes and Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) in an eight-man tag match. While The Young Bucks and Omega have repaired their friendship, Page has pledged his allegiance to Cody.
The Young Bucks cannot afford to be distracted by internal conflict, as they have an opportunity to become the first team to hold the IWGP Heavyweight and ROH World Tag Team Titles simultaneously when they challenge The Briscoes at Best in the World.
As the summer heats up, will Bullet Club be as hot as ever, or will the group combust?