Tama Tonga & Karl Anderson Say Bullet Brigade & The Real Were Once Considered As Bullet Club Names

Before the stable that ultimately became Bullet Club, there were a couple of names that were briefly considered as the group''s name.

On the first episode of Tama Tonga's podcast "Tama's Island," he and the recently-released Karl Anderson discussed the beginnings of Bullet Club and revealed that at least two names were being considered before settling on Bullet Club. The two names ended up being "Bullet Brigade" and "The Real," the former being a name Tonga didn't care much for, but Bad Luck Fale did not like. 

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"Did you know that Bullet Brigade was a thought?' I remember being [approached] with Bullet Brigade and I didn't know any better and I was like, 'Whatever.' Fale didn't like that. From my understanding, Fale thought of Bullet Club [because club may refer to rugby clubs in Fale's native of New Zealand] and then Prince Devitt put it all together and it became the name," Tonga said.

"I thought we were going to be like the Bullet Brigade Boys, but Gedo actually wanted to call us The Real because we used to say in our promos that we are real shooters, making fun of [Tiger] Hattori. I guess we almost became The Real but then Prince Devitt said Bullet Club and that actually stuck. I think me and [Luke] Gallows were going to be the Bullet Brigade Boys," Anderson said.

The stable ultimately ended up becoming Bullet Club with many of its members winning a number of titles in NJPW and ROH with former leaders AJ Styles and Prince Devitt, now known as Finn Balor, becoming world champions in WWE. Anderson and Gallows were recently released by WWE.

The full podcast can be listened to at this link. If you use any of the quotes above, please give an H/T to Tama's Island and credit Fightful for the transcription.

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