New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s factions have been going through a lot of changes lately. Jay White and Gedo betrayed Okada and, by proxy, the rest of Chaos, at Destruction in Kobe, and both Los Ingobernables de Japon and the Bullet Club OGs have been teasing new members via backstage promos, and in L.I.J.’s case, cool video package. At Monday’s King Of Pro Wrestling, all of these things came to head!
First, we got the new faction member reveal advertised for this show in advance when Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, and Bushi entered the ring for their tag team match against Okada, Yoh, Sho, and Yano. Naito took the microphone and said they would new reveal the “new pareja” who had been advertised as “X.” When the words “The Dragon,” popped up on the video screen, some fans had their theories confirmed.
The L.I.J. pareja entered the ring wearing the faction’s (especially the original Mexican group’s) signature mask, and removed it to reveal himself as… Shingo Takagi! Takagi is best known for his work in Dragon Gate, was recently a finalist in this year’s PWG Battle of Los Angeles, and has a significant shoot connection to Naito: both men were trained by Animal Hamaguchi.
Takagi looked right at home doing the L.I.J. fist bump and post-match pose, and picked up the win for his team after delivering a Last Falconry to Sho.
Over on the heel side of things, we first got a much less dramatic announcement of their, at the time, sole junior heavyweight’s Super Junior Tag League partner when Bad Luck Fale tweeted that it would be Australian indie wrestler Robbie Eagles.
The members of this tag team soon confirmed this with their own tweets.
But that wasn’t the end of the Bullet Club OG announcements for the night!
Jay White lost his match with Hiroshi Tanahashi for the contract for an IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom. After the match, he was immediately a sore loser and started attacking the Ace, joined in the ring by his manager, Gedo.
Kazuchika Okada ran off White to a huge ovation from the audience. White briefly prevented him from getting his hands on Gedo, but he got in some blows. However, then Gedo’s tag partner Jado, wearing a Rainmaker shirt, got in the ring to stop the attack.
But it turned out this situation was not diffused at all, as the BC OGs, Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Tanga Loa, and Taiji Ishimori immediately surrounded the ring. They pointed at Okada and held back Jado and Gedo, and Tonga hit Okada with a Gun Stun when he tried to help the tag team. Everyone in the ring, Jado and Gedo included, then stomped Okada on the ground. Jay White joined them, hit a Blade Runner on Okada, and Too Sweeted over his body with the team.
Kenny Omega attempted to recruit Switchblade to the faction back in January, but the offer was rejected. Later in the same show, Tama Tonga hinted at what turned out to be a lot of future Bullet Club developments, saying, “maybe we had the wrong guy try to recruit him.”
On Twitter, Fale reminded people of his main point when this development was teased during G1, that White joined NJPW through the Fale Dojo, and joined that after being introduced to Fale by the OG-est of Bullet Club OGs, Finn Balor.
So, to sum up:
- Shingo Takagi is in L.I.J. now and will be Bushi’s partner for Super Junior Tag League
- The current L.I.J. lineup is Naito, Sanada, Evil, Bushi, Takagi, and the injured Hiromu Takahashi
- Robbie Eagles will be Ishimori’s partner for Super Junior Tag League
- Jay White, Gedo, and Jado are all in the Bullet Club OG (dedicated to the original philosophy of BC group) faction now, White via SUPER SECRET, FOUR-YEAR GUERRILLA TACTICS PLAN, and Gedo and Jado probably in part because they love English-language swearing so much
- The New Japan BC OGs lineup is now Jay White, Gedo, Jado, Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Tanga Loa, Taiji Ishimori, and Robbie Eagles
Oh, also, Chris Jericho came back!