Former New Japan star Matt Bloom addresses Bullet Club rumors
Although The Bullet Club formed after Matt Bloom wrapped his dominance of New Japan and returned to WWE, the current Head Coach of NXT knows plenty about three of the Superstars — AJ Styles, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson — rumored to be on their way to WWE. He even teamed with Anderson for three years as Bad Intentions. Bloom sat down with WWE.com to discuss The Bullet Club’s global impact, and what their potential arrival could mean for their former leader, Finn Bálor.
WWE.COM: You were one of the biggest American stars in Japan for years. Do you have any association with The Bullet Club?
MATT BLOOM: I’m friends with most of those guys. The Bullet Club came to fruition after I left. It’s something that Finn Bálor came up with one night while hanging with his buddies. They all kind of made fun of him about it, thinking it would never take off.
WWE.COM: Obviously, the group’s popularity exploded. What impact did they have in Japan?
BLOOM: That’s a faction that really helped New Japan become global, because everywhere you look, there are Bullet Club shirts at U.S. sporting events and U.S. wrestling events. It just took off. It’s all the brainchild of Finn Bálor and Karl Anderson.
WWE.COM: What was your reaction when you heard that some members were potentially coming to WWE?
BLOOM: It’s about time. WWE is the largest platform in the world to do what those guys love to do. They deserve to be here because they paid their dues, they worked really hard, and they made names for themselves. The best of the best come here to flourish. They’re gonna take all those years of experience, hard work and dedication, and now show it to the world on an even grander scale.
WWE.COM: Have you had a chance to talk to Finn about these rumors?
BLOOM: He’s excited. He’s stoked. Finn is doing big things on his own right now, but I’m sure he knows that becoming the champion is difficult and staying the champion is even more difficult. He’s got an ace in his back pocket because he might have some friends coming in that have been known to watch his back. I’m sure that’s very comforting for Finn Bálor.
WWE.COM: What should the WWE Universe expect if The Bullet Club do show up?
BLOOM: You hear the boss always say, “You need to reach for that brass ring.” The Bullet Club do things outside the box to continually reach for that brass ring. They’re not afraid to buck the system and be different. They’re not afraid of trying new things. The fans, the locker room, and us as coaches are very excited to see what The Bullet Club might do.