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Let me start off by saying yes I was a fan of The Bullet Club, and yes I will rock my T-Shirt from time to time. But, I am a fan of what the Bullet Club once was, not what it has become. I don’t care for the “Civil War” angle that we had to endure about who is the leader. It is time for Bullet Club to take a bow and exit stage left. As Owen Hart use to say “Enough is enough and it’s time for a change.”

History Lesson

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The NWO was one of the greatest things that came out of wrestling in the 90s. It filled a void that we all needed in wrestling. Eventually though, the taste of the NWO grew sour, and we all tired of the saturated product that became the NWO, with too many members, members breaking off to make their own sub faction, and the group becoming baby faces.

Much like the NWO, The Bullet Club, has also run its course. At its inception it was a thing of genius, a breath of fresh air in NJPW. It was a heel stable created by Price Devitt (Finn Balor) as a group of foreigners, who set out to upset the establishment of NJPW. It worked perfectly, when Devitt left and AJ became the leader, it continued to gain momentum and headed to new heights.

State of Current Affairs

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Now a day, it has become a lukewarm interpretation of the greatest that it once was. The Bullet Club has become just another of a long list of factions in NJPW. It has become a shell of what it once was and started out to be, that has many sub-factions connected to it. Do they sell merchandise? Of course, but it has become a pop culture phenomenon in the states, where they sell it at Hot Topic. And “Wrestling Fans” wear it because they think it is cool. Only having an idea of what The Bullet Club is, and throwing names around like Omega and Young Bucks because they watched them on YouTube. Much like everyone in the 90s wore an NWO and Austin 3:16 shirt, without ever truly being a fan. Many of the members have now become baby faces, the only heel being Cody. Anytime something gets so popular it begins to leave a bad taste in your mouth. With the Bullet Club growing bigger and bigger in popularity it has lost what it once was, a heel faction of foreigners, who cheat to win. Along with pissing the Japanese people off, by not playing by the rules.

Final Thoughts

The Bullet Club needs to be disbanded and put on the shelf. We don’t need a ton of subgroups outside of the main group. We don’t need nearly 15 people to be part of a faction. Factions work better when they are a small group trying to upset the establishment. If you are selling a ton of merchandise then you are defiantly not a heel faction. Let the group break up and just take the sub names of so called groups. If Omega and The Young Bucks want to be The Elite then by all means let’s call them that and not continue to ride the coat tails of a once popular faction name that stood for something completely different. Has Bullet Club been around for five years? Yes, but all I can say is the name has been around for five years, The Club has morphed and become something else entirely.

The only hope for the Bullet Club at this point if it has to endure and live on, are for Cody to take and cut its members way down, and take it back to the days of being a heel faction. If this isn’t what we get, then by all means let’s be done with it.


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Dear Smarks: WWE Does Listen To Fans

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Either last week or earlier this week (my days are running together so I don’t remember), Stephanie McMahon was at a summit called ‘Game Changer’ and she made the following comment: ‘We’re successful for one reason only – we listen to our fans.’

The internet smarks ROASTED Stephanie over this comment, mocking her for claiming that WWE listens to their fans when, in their minds, that is clearly not the case. Why? Because Roman Reigns, not Braun Strowman is champion, among other things. Clearly, any company that makes Roman Reigns champion over Braun Strowman isn’t listening to their fans, or at least, their REAL fans. You know, the all-knowing, smark community who know how to run a multi-billion dollar business better than the people who work there do.

I’ve tackled this ‘Real fan’ nonsense in the past and I’m really not in the mood to do it now and the issue of Braun Strowman being champion is an article unto itself. However, let’s be clear here: WWE DOES listen to their fans and the fans they listen to are the fans that buy stuff.

WWE first, last, always, and forever, is a business. They need money to survive and being a publicly traded company, they need money to keep the shareholders happy, that means they have to know who and what makes the money to keep the shareholders happy and keep the company afloat and who is making them the most money is Roman Reigns.

Don’t give me that look. Don’t roll your eyes at me and grumble about him being over pushed and/or shoved down your throat. I can name several people in WWE not named Roman Reigns that are over pushed. The bottom line is that Reigns moves merchandise, his stuff sells and sells really well. Having been to a few WWE TV/PPV tapings, I can tell you that Reigns’ stuff can get a little tough to find and is usually the most requested item.

Now before any of you make snide comments about Reigns having more stuff to sell, I checked WWE’s shop are and compared the number of Roman Reigns shirts to the number of shirts for AJ Styles, in terms of shirts including: T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and what’s available for both genders, Roman Reigns had thirteen shirts available while Styles had twenty. Thirteen different shirt designs to twenty and that doesn’t include hats, gloves, or the non-wearable stuff available.

Oh, Reigns’ stuff is bought by women and kids, so it shouldn’t count? Here’s my question: So what? It’s still money that SOMEONE is spending on merchandise. If WWE didn’t want women and kids to buy their stuff, they wouldn’t be marketing stuff for women and kids. Why? Because women and kids are FANS!

For those of you still grumbling, here’s some food for your thoughts: Why should WWE listen to their ‘real’ fans? No, I’m serious. Why should they listen to fans who cheer something one week, boo it the next, demand that indy darlings get pushed despite getting mediocre pops from Main Roster audiences, and pay more attention to beach balls and time clocks than the matches? Why should they listen to people who BRAG about spending a lot of money on tickets just to boo one person they don’t like?

WWE is like any company, they listen with their bottom line, and what they’re hearing from fans is that the fans like Reign because that’s the stuff that sells the best. And before you say one thing about about Reigns’ stuff being more available at TV tapings and Live Events, I’ve been to a RAW taping, a RAW PPV, and a SmackDown/205 taping and while Reigns stuff was at SmackDown, there was also a lot of Styles and Cena stuff available at RAW events and I’m not hearing any complaining about that.

Maybe the problem isn’t that WWE isn’t listening, it’s just that your views aren’t the what the majority paying fans think or want. WWE is catering to what most of their fans want, not just the small minority that can’t seem to make up their minds about what they want.


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Cheap Shots: Should Finn Balor Quit WWE?

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Why Finn Balor should “Quit” The WWE

After seeing KO burst into tears on Monday night RAW two weeks ago and “quit” there were a slew of videos about why KO “quit”. The biggest one was to revitalize his character. So in playing the devils advocate why not have the first Universal Champion quit? Here’s why!

After Balor won and “lost” the title after 2016 SummerSlam he’s had and up and down career in the main roster. The once longest reigning NXT champion was a phenomenon when he joined the NXT, but once he hit the main roster, while fan support is still there it is fleeting. He had a brief reunion with Gallows and Anderson which might’ve singled a heel turn to fans, a feud with Rollins for the IC title and has had back to back to back matches against Baron Corbin. None of which have done anything for the superstars character. A heel turn might have helped a few months ago, but the repetitive booking has kind of killed that momentum. 

With Finn away from the scene for a while it might help the WWE reevaluate the talent that is Finn Balor, it might also give Finn time to figure himself out too. With a WIN to his name against Elias, it seems like the co-founder of the Bullet Club may either turn to his alter ego The Demon, or perhaps a superstar shakeup is in order and he should be in place to get Balor back in the limelight. Right now, Raw seems packed full of main card talent that is either starting a faction of sorts I.E. Braun, Drew and Dolph or is turning on The Shield. 

Listen, while SmackDown Live is producing the better show, it is not like the talent on there is being utilized any better. Nakamura is in limbo with the U.S. title, Aj and Joe are having a great feud in terms of promos, but not in the squared circle. The only thing that brings SmackDown Live as the A show is really their tag division and the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch feud. 

So maybe a frustrated Finn goes away, and comes back as The Demon on SmackDown Live and interjects himself in the feud between AJ and Joe, maybe he causes friction between The Club and AJ and they “screw over” AJ during a title match, the possibilities are endless moving Balor to team blue, but what this boils down to is WWE needs to make this move while Balor is still a fan favourite and what I mean by that is that he will always have the crowd behind him, but even the loyalist fans can get bored. 


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