Jay White's transition to the top of the mountain in Bullet Club wasn't easy, nor was it some part of a long-term plan.
When White first returned to NJPW years ago, he had a chance to first join the group in 2018 when Kenny Omega offered him a spot, but White declined the invitation. Fast forward a couple of years later and White is back Speaking to NJPW, White spoke about joining the stable and when asked if he ever envisioned himself being a part of the group, White said he believed he was always destined to be in Bullet Club, but maybe not as its leader.
"I don’t think I predicted being at the front of the group, but it was almost determined from the start would be a part of the group. Connections I had to (Prince) Devitt and (Bad Luck) Fale are what brought me into NJPW in the very first place. There’s too many roots that were planted in me from the start, I think," White said.
White, as well as the current incarnation of Bullet Club, is a bit of a departure from past leaders and iterations from the group with the likes of Finn Balor (Prince Devitt), Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and more being either leaders or integral parts that left the group years ago. At first, it was tough for White to adjust to being part of a new group, according to him, but soon all the members got on the same page.
"I think that tension is only natural at first, that’s to be expected from at least some people. It’s a teething period, I guess you could call it. But as soon as everybody knew we were on the same page, it all clicked pretty quickly. Certainly I was much easier to get along with than guys like Kenny, after they’d been fighting for the best part of a year. Tama [Tonga is] a smart guy himself, he knows a guy who can be a good team player when he sees one," White said.
You can check the full interview at this link.