After reportedly fielding offers from both WWE and AEW, Bullet Club Gold leader “Switchblade” Jay White decided to sign with Tony Khan earlier this year. The brash, young star has been a staple in New Japan Pro-Wrestling since 2015 but it wasn’t until three years later, when he took over as leader of Bullet Club, that he really began to shine. As of late, things have been a bit chaotic when it comes to leadership for the legendary stable, with Gedo proclaiming David Finlay the leader of the faction just ahead of White’s All Elite move.
White was not formally removed from the group, however, and upon his arrival in AEW, the screen flashed brightly with a Bullet Club Gold logo, hinting that he was still with the group but now has his own faction, like The Elite or WWE’s The OC. Until now, the only other BC Gold member has been Juice Robinson, who has been by White’s side as he sets about making Ricky Starks’ life miserable. However, it looks like that may be about to change.
Fightful is reporting that Bullet Club Gold is expected to add new members “imminently.” While not confirmed, Austin and Colton Gunn seem like likely candidates after they helped White pick up a victory over Starks last night on Dynamite. Earlier in the night, Tony Khan announced that the AEW: Collision debut episode main event will see CM Punk and FTR team up to take on White, Robinson, and ROH TV Champion Samoa Joe. Despite Joe’s pairing with the duo, it was noted his name has not been mentioned as a new possible Bullet Club Gold member.
Joe and White are both men that Punk has reportedly wanted to work with once he returned to action for the company. Where things go from here seems like anyone’s guess. It is possible that this six-man tag match results in two sets of programs coming out of the finish, Joe versus Punk and FTR versus Bullet Club Gold. Those are big programs that the show could build itself around, not even taking into consideration what talents like Miro, Thunder Rosa, and Andrade El Idolo could be doing.
If the show is a creative success some of that will have to be attributed to the creative minds backstage. Punk, along with Ace Steel, are expected to have a lot of influence but Bryan Danielson has begun speaking openly about how he’ll be lending his mind to creative as well.