The second episode of Monday Night Raw following WrestleMania was a pretty good affair, but no moment was more shocking and exciting than the long-awaited debut of New Japan Pro Wrestling stars, Luke Gallows and “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson.
Two of the founding members of Bullet Club literally burst into WWE following a match between The Usos and The Social Outcasts. After delivering Magic Killer to one of The Usos and destroying the other outside of the ring, Anderson and Gallows were forced out of the arena through the crowd by security, leaving destruction in their wake without a single word.
When news broke in January that the New Japan four (Anderson, Gallows, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura) were signed to WWE, fans were anxious to see when these internationally renounced stars appear in WWE for the first time.
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AJ and Shinsuke debuted quickly after this, but the fans were kept waiting with regards to the team of Anderson and Gallows. However, despite the huge fan reaction on Raw this week when the debut finally happened, there were still some who weren’t happy.
Many were hoping for an appearance at NXT Takeover: Dallas, or even WrestleMania, as the two members of Balor Club, a Bullet-Club inspired stable lead by former Bullet Club leader, Finn Balor. Fans were disappointed that Anderson and Gallows didn’t make an appearance in either event, even more so when it seemed like a great debut was wasted on The Usos on Raw. But there may be more to this than meets the eye.
With the attack on The Usos on Raw, it’s entirely possible that Jimmy and Jey’s victory in the first round of the tag team championship tournament could become invalid due to a kayfabe injury. If this is the case, then there needs to be a replacement for the Samoan twins in the second round of the tournament. Enter Anderson and Gallows.
The two could take the place of The Usos in the tournament and work their way through the bracket, maybe to a match with Enzo and Cass in the tournament final. Gallows and Anderson could brutalise their way to a tag team title match at Payback and maybe even unseat The New Day for the titles.
Putting the belt on these new, yet popular stars, would be a good way to continue the momentum the team has from Japan and defeating The New Day, now full-on faces and incredibly popular faces at that, would create massive heat for the team, creating a legitimate heel team that the tag team division has sorely lacked over the past few years.
Anderson and Gallows rocketing their way to the WWE Tag Team Championship would cement them on the roster and create two new legitimate stars on the roster. The potential feuds that this team could have are endless and nobody is going to argue with the two stars of NJPW securing gold in WWE.
Equally, the big interference could come at Payback. AJ Styles defeated Sami Zayn on Raw to secure a one-on-one match with Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Payback. Considering AJ’s prior relationship with Anderson and Gallows in NJPW, could we see a reformation of Bullet Club in WWE, with Anderson and Gallows helping AJ to win the world title and beginning a huge new storyline that could potentially last until next year’s WrestleMania?
It’s a long shot, but, with fan backlash towards Reigns getting more and more intense in recent weeks, maybe WWE are planning to pull a massive swerve at Payback and put the title on someone who is massively more popular.
Whatever happens with Anderson and Gallows, rest assured, it will be spectacular. One of the greatest teams in Japanese history making their debut in the biggest company in the world, with so many possibilities at their fingertips. It’s a very exciting time indeed.