I sat down to observe the primary night time of New Japan Professional Wrestling‘s Highway to Wrestling Dontaku with sure expectations. I anticipated some evolution of the feud between Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzukigun and the feud between Chaos and Taguchi Japan. I didn’t count on any content material associated to the continued Bullet Membership civil battle – we final noticed them in NJPW at Sakura Genesis, then we had Kenny vs. Cody at ROH Supercard, after which we noticed a number of the fallout on Being The Elite. Bullet Membership, even the NJPW full timers, isn’t booked for something till Wrestling Dontaku.

So think about my shock when this appeared on my display screen:

Of all of the Bullet Membership-related issues I wasn’t able to see, I wasn’t able to see that THE MOST. If Bone Soldier is Asuka, I’m EVERYONE BUT CHARLOTTE. My response was basically this:

I do know BC is four Life, however does that basically apply to a skeleton … man … factor?

For these of you not enlightened about Bone Soldier, he was by far the worst ever member of Bullet Membership. He wrestled for NJPW, principally as Hideo Saito (unmasked), from 2006 to 2010 as mainly a midcard fall man. He returned to NJPW in 2011, joined Chaos, and was quickly exiled from Chaos for being horrible and making them lose matches. This precipitated him to created a masked alter ego, superhero Captain New Japan. He allied with Tanahashi and acquired his butt kicked by Bullet Membership a bunch.

When Yoshitatsu fashioned an anti-Bullet Membership steady, Hunter Membership, in 2016, Captain New Japan joined up. He continued to suck, acquired voted out of the faction by way of Twitter ballot, and promptly joined Bullet Membership. You understand what they are saying: in case you can’t beat ’em, be a part of ’em. (However Captain New Japan hardly beat anybody, so he actually may have joined anybody.)

Captain New Japan needed to change his picture and persona, in fact, now that he was anti-establishment heel faction member. He acquired a brand new masks that made Evil’s scythe look as expensive as a Triple H WrestleMania entrance. He referred to as himself “Bone Soldier.” He continued to suck. The true downside was that he didn’t simply suck in kayfabe; the dude’s ring work was not good and his presence was at all times extra irritating than humorous. This was Bullet Membership at arguably its most bloated.

Bullet Membership, like Chaos and Hunter Membership earlier than them, finally kicked Bone Soldier out for always making them lose tag matches. Kenny Omega dubbed him an “intergalactic catastrophe.” This time, he didn’t run to the following faction that might take him, as a result of the person behind the masks, Mitsuhide Hirasawa, was launched from New Japan Professional Wrestling.

However now the masks, if not the person beforehand behind it, is again! And guess who’s accountable:

Because the wrestling web exploded with this stunning information, the semi-deposed Bullet Membership chief and Golden Lover Kenny Omega felt the necessity to reply:

So did Tama Tonga, in a crytic tweet that might positively make journalists retweet with “He’s working” in the event that they thought of Bullet Membership chief to be a political workplace of actual world significance like I do:

Dangerous Luck Fale, the person who misplaced seven straight World Tag League matches with the unique Bone Soldier as his associate, additionally weighed in:

Possibly the identification of the masked man calling himself Bone Soldier will grow to be clearer in further vignettes alongside the Highway to Wrestling Dontaku. Possibly not. Bone Soldier is NOT ON THE CARD for Wrestling Dontaku, so it’s laborious to say what the heck is occurring with this man. However that gained’t cease me from fascinated about it each waking second till he seems. So let’s take a while to contemplate our choices for the identification of the brand new Bone Soldier!

Flip Gordon

There are such a lot of causes Flip Gordon may grow to be Bone Soldier: he’s attempting to make Cody guide him for All In; he’s attempting to get Cody out of the image so he can get with Brandi Rhodes; Brandi and/or Cody has persuaded him to don the masks to get at Kenny in change for a kiss and/or being booked at All In; he’s nonetheless sore about all these dangerous ribs from when he first joined ROH. We’ll understand it’s Flip if the brand new Bone Soldier exhibits up and does like twelve flips in a row earlier than the bell rings.


Kitamura has been out injured, so this might be his momentous return and the beginning of a brand new part in his profession. Kitamura has at all times appeared like a reasonably good dude, however Cody is a grasp manipulator and will have persuaded him to show heel. Look ahead to a particularly jacked, orange man carrying a mouth guard with fangs (I’m assuming he’d nonetheless put on it beneath he masks) and failing to pin folks after spears and jackhammers.


Younger Gun Hikuleo (additionally out injured) is technically nonetheless in coaching on the dojo and has but to go on tour, however his brothers Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa have already welcomed him into the Membership. We’ve seen him enhance loads since he got here to New Japan, however he nonetheless has a methods to go. Possibly Cody and Tama agree on actually one factor, and that’s new gimmick would assist Hikuleo? If Bone Soldier exhibits up and it’s a 6’eight″ Tongan man who appears to be like involved about by accident hurting folks, we’ll have our reply.

Burnard the Enterprise Bear

Cody’s new BC mascot, Burnard the Enterprise Bear, who I already love 1,000,000 occasions greater than Bury the Drug-Free Bear, has solely appeared in ROH up to now. If Burnard and/or Cody was nervous about him getting over in Japan they may have thought to affiliate him with already well-liked emblem that retains Sizzling Matter in enterprise. We’ll know Burnard is Bone Solider if Bone Soldier exhibits up and it’s a bear in a shirt and tie carrying a cranium masks.



Give me one good motive it SHOULDN’T be Hornswoggle. That’s what I assumed. There isn’t one. I guess he’s accessible.

Dave Meltzer

Brandon Stroud

In an effort to be taught extra about what makes Kenny Omega the best wrestler on this planet, intrepid professional graps journalist Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Publication infiltrated the Bullet Membership beneath a brand new identification. That man’s at all times making the remainder of us trying lazy. I wouldn’t put this previous him.

John Minadakis of Jimmy’s Seafood

John Minadakis of Baltimore’s Jimmy’s Seafood, aka the American Ribera Steakhouse, is thought to pal round with (or suck as much as, relying on who you ask) the various professional wrestlers who go to his institution. The American Nightmare is among the few who has spoken in poor health of him on the web.

Pushed to near-madness by this rejection, Minadakis realized Japanese, realized to wrestle barely higher than Hirasawa, donned a masks, and traveled to the New Japan dojo. Everybody was so impressed with Hirasawa’s seeming enchancment that they re-signed him instantly. We’ll understand it’s this man if Bone Soldier seems at ringside holding crab truffles, ready to get his revenge on Cody.

CM Punk








Rusev could be a means higher match for Taguchi Japan, you guys. Come on.

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows


BCOGs Anderson and Gallows are sick of being a neutered midcard tag staff in WWE and yearn for his or her far more related days in NJPW. Somewhat than wait for his or her contracts to be up or face authorized points by defecting early, Gallows and Anderson sneak into Japan and take turns wrestling beneath the Bone Soldier masks, considering it would make folks much less prone to suspect its them.

Bone Soldier


When NJPW says Bone Soldier is will return, they imply Bone Solidier will return. The unique Saito/Captain New Japan/Bone Soldier will return at Dontaku. He’s been coaching his thoughts and physique relentlessly since his launch. Was this so he may make up for the various, many tag matches he value the faction that initially welcomed him with open arms? Heck no. It was for revenge. Guerrilla techniques acquired nothing on skeleton military technique. Watch that 10-man tag on Might 4th finish with OG Biz Siz standing over a hoop filled with inclined our bodies, now the supreme ruler and sole member of Bullet Membership.

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