Bullet Club’s new big star has been the talk of the wrestling world since his shocking defection from LIJ and subsequent defeat of Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships at Dominion on July 12.
While many assumed it was panic booking due to several stars being stranded overseas during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, reports state that this isn’t true.
According to Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, plans have always been in place to make EVIL a top star in 2020, with the 33-year-old’s push being discussed “months ago”.
Alongside EVIL, the addition of former Kai En Tai and bWo Japan member Dick Togo to Bullet Club can be attributed to NJPW head booker Gedo wanting to freshen up Bullet Club and give it a renewed push, in part due to BC stars such as Jay White and KENTA being unable to travel to Japan at the current time.
The same can also be said for long time BC member Yujiro Takahashi, with the Tokyo Pimp receiving a big push for a program with Kazuchika Okada, in a further attempt to rebuild Bullet Club into the force it once was.