Formed initially in 2013, The Bullet Club is quite possibly the greatest faction to ever step foot into the world of Professional Wrestling and is right there with the likes of the New World Order, D-Generation X, and The Ministry of Darkness.
The group was initially organized by WWE's Finn Balor, who back then was known as Prince Devitt, and New Zealand native Bad Luck Fale, who till date remains an important part of The Biz Cliz.
Throughout the years, The Bullet Club has had some of the hottest superstars join their ranks including the likes of AJ Styles, Kenny Omega, Finn Balor, Cody Rhodes, Adam Cole, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and several other notable names. Despite the number of superstars who have joined and eventually left the faction and with the current incarnation of The Bullet Club, one thing is for sure that The BC always tends to remain as the hot topic of the industry.
So much so, that throughout the years, even the world's biggest wrestling promotion, WWE has been seen namedropping The Bullet Club every now and then. And therefore, in this article, I'd rather like to give all my readers an in-depth analysis of every single subtle mention of The Bullet Club on WWE Television.
#5 Tom Phillps mentions The Bullet Club on NXT
Prior to the arrival of Bullet Club's mainstay heavyweight tag team, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows to the WWE, former NXT commentator Tom Phillps was heard mentioning The Bullet Club on NXT TV.
With former leader Finn Balor being the hottest NXT star at that point of time, Phillips, without any sort of hesitation, mentioned the fact that Balor's former group, The BC, has definitely taken the entire internet by storm and gave credits to Balor for being at the heart of the conversation.
This was Phillips' exact statement on TV:
"Graves, I’ve gotta ask you: Finn Balor’s been at the heart of something that’s been taking the Internet by storm–The Bullet Club."
#4 WWE acknowledges The Elite on social media
Okay, now I do know for a fact that not a lot of people were a big fan of The Elite's shenanigans while they were a part of The Bullet Club but let us not forget for the fact that it was Kenny Omega and co. who kept The BC hot for several months in the US (and even in Japan) right after AJ Styles' departure from NJPW.
The Elite has established themselves' as the hottest brand in Pro Wrestling within these past two years and their YouTube channel Being The Elite has turned out to be a huge success as well.
In 2017, one of WWE's leading tag team, The New Day went head-to-head with The Elite, not in a dream-match-come-true bout, but in a Street Fighter V contest at the E3 Convention. Prior to the highly awaited six-man contest, WWE took to their social media channels and gave a brief introduction regarding The Elite to the WWE Universe.
You can check out WWE's instigation for Omega and The Bucks' below:
#3 Randy Orton throws a 'Too Sweet' shade on SmackDown
While Randy Orton was feuding with Jeff Hardy on SmackDown Live a few months ago, he made things very personal against 'The Charismatic Enigma', as 'The Viper' claimed that the WWE Universe didn't show him enough respect which he had deserved in the first place.
In the build-up to their intense rivalry, Orton cut one of the most kayfabe-breaking, genuine, and honest promos' ever seen on live TV, as he took shots at Jeff Hardy, Indie Wrestlers and their "flippy" style of wrestling, The Bingo Halls, and lastly took a dig at a group who seemingly stole a 'Sweet Hand Gesture'.
Clearly, Orton's promo was an indirect mock towards The Bullet Club, who he apparently thinks stole the Too Sweet hand gesture from the legendary New World Order. And this definitely wasn't the only time 'The Viper' mentioned the Bullet Club on TV, more on that on the next slide.
#2 The Viper mocks AJ Styles in a Too Sweet way
Orton, clearly not too impressed with Styles' claims of the fact that SmackDown Live is the house that 'The Phenomenal One' built, went off on the former leader of The Bullet Club in every vicious manner possible. Mentioning all of his major accomplishments in front of the WWE Universe, Orton and Styles got in an intense verbal altercation, with the latter claiming taking digs at the RKO by labeling it as a "knock-off Diamond Cutter".
Orton responded to it by claiming that Styles and all of his "indie pals" have also ripped off several legends of the business, as he did a Too Sweet gesture on Live TV. Obviously, according to Orton, AJ Styles and his former BC stablemates apparently ripped off the likes of the nWo and maybe even the Kliq who used the Too Sweet back in the day.
#1 John Cena openly mentions The Bullet Club on Raw
Way back in 2016, right after AJ Styles' debut and right as we headed into WWE's summer, 'The Phenomenal One' ignited one of the best and heated rivalries' on WWE TV, as he went up toe-to-toe against John Cena.
After failing to win the WWE Championship from Roman Reigns on two occasions, Styles got into a feud with Cena and took The Club to the very next level along with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
In what was yet another amazing build-up, the pair verbally destroyed each other on several occasions on TV, with Styles infamously cutting 'The Beat Up John Cena' promo on Raw and set a worldwide trend with it as well.
Cena, for one, also was on point with his verbal game, as he stated on live TV that Styles certainly did not involve his "junkies" from The Bullet Club, referring to Anderson and Gallows' interference in Styles' first-time-ever dream match against The Leader of The Cenation.