This past weekend in San Francisco, New Japan Pro Wrestling superstars Tama Tonga and his brother Tanga Loa – known collectively as the Guerrillas of Destiny – shocked the world by attacking almost the entirety of Bullet Club, following a tremendous main event match between Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes. It was the shot heard ’round the wrestling world, as the Tongans officially declared Civil War on the men they have called partners, and brothers, for the last several years.
Following the incident, older brother Tama spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated to shed some light on the catalyst that sparked this massive faction fallout. According to the three-time IWGP Tag Team Champion, the division between Bullet Club started the day Omega and the Young Bucks began calling themselves “The Elite”, a brand that has since grown into a worldwide YouTube sensation.
“Kenny Omega started a subgroup, ‘The Elite,’ within Bullet Club. No one is the head of Bullet Club, no one ever has been, and we had a self-proclaimed leader focusing on his own ‘Super Kliq’ or whatever else nerd ass name it’s called. This war was sparked the moment ‘The Elite’ was formed.”
“Rank is how Japan is run, and that’s how Bullet Club—true Bullet Club—is run. Not egotistical clowns running around, shouting ‘Look at me!’ True Bullet Club is discipline and order.”
One of the major questions following GoD’s attack in San Francisco was the status of Bullet Club co-founder Bad Luck Fale, who was absent from New Japan’s G1 Special this past weekend. In the interview, Tama clarified that not only is The Underboss firmly on their side, but he was actually the one who “made the call”.
Tama clarifies that he is not the leader of Bullet Club, and that in fact there is no leader of the world’s most infamous faction. He also mentioned “former” members that have since joined WWE like AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Karl Anderson. In fact, he claims the superstars are still a part of the gang, stating, “No matter where you go, if you’re loyal to us, you are in Bullet Club for life.”
“Saturday night was a test. When Kenny took a bigger role, he took out AJ and we supported him. The Bucks ousted Balor and we didn’t say a word. Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens, Marty Scurll and Hangman Page, they would have been on our side had they helped, but they didn’t.”
Tonga will be competing in the 2018 G1 Climax tournament, kicking off this weekend in Japan and continuing through August. As previously noted, he is scheduled to collide with Kenny Omega later this month in what is now being considered one of the most anticipated bouts of the entire month-long series. For more from his interview with Sports Illustrated, check out the links above and below.