Last night at WWE’s TLC pay-per-view, Finn Bálor and AJ Styles faced off for the first time — not just in a WWE ring, but ever. Even though the match was thrown together 48 hours before show time due to Bray Wyatt falling ill and had absolutely zero TV storyline build behind it, thousands of people the world over were extremely excited. Why? Because Bálor was the founder and original leader of the now-legendary wrestling faction Bullet Club, and after leaving the group to sign with WWE in 2014, his leadership role was assumed by AJ Styles, who helmed BC until he left to sign with WWE in 2016. In WWE parlance, this is akin to Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H in a battle of who was the better leader of D-Generation X.
While Bálor won last night, in reality, we were all winners, as the match was spectacular and made everyone immediately wish for a rematch as soon as possible. But what did the rest of the Bullet Club think? Well, thanks to the power of Twitter, we know what was on the minds of plenty of BC members past and present.
First, let’s check in with those who are still in Bullet Club, starting with original members Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale, who were genuinely excited to see their former stablemates square off:
Fellow founding member Karl Anderson, now a part of the Club in WWE, was a bit sadder about the whole thing:
Matt Jackson of the Young Bucks simply posted the sunglasses emoji, which could be interpreted a number of ways (but I like thinking he meant “the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades”):
Surprisingly silent on the whole exchange — including Styles and Bálor’s post-match “too sweet” in the middle of the ring — were current Bullet Club members Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes, the latter of whom has had plenty of things to say about WWE lately. But really, Styles and Bálor’s own words kind of sum up the special nature of this contest: