Tama Tonga gives his thoughts on Kenny Omega's time as leader of Bullet Club.
After AJ Styles left NJPW for WWE, Omega took over as the lead man of the group. But during Omega's time as leader, a group of Bullet Club members, mainly Omega and The Young Bucks, started to branch out a bit on their as The Elite.
Upon seeing Omega focusing a lot on The Elite, Tonga said he knew the group was going to be its own entity separate from Bullet Club. Tonga, a founding member of Bullet Club, said he wanted to be supportive, but knew that the faction was going to be on its own and had to evolve the group with The Elite eventually leaving NJPW and heading to AEW.
"When we knew that Kenny was going to be leading the group, I was behind that. I’m a big picture thinker, I’m always thinking about what would be best for the group as a whole, and so I was absolutely fine with Kenny taking charge, but… I kind of started to see it when you saw him do more stuff popping up with the Elite here and there, but I was just trying to be supportive. Yeah, until there was a moment when I really saw what was happening, and you saw what happened then. It just felt like the Elite group was building something on their own. We were here in Japan on every single tour doing what we had to do, and they were going rogue, and just doing whatever the hell they wanted to do. Enough was enough," Tonga said in an interview with NJPW.
Moving on to the present, Tonga admitted that he wasn't sure about how well Jay White, the current leader of Bullet Club, would lead the group. However, Tonga later conceded that White fit the mold of what a Bullet Club leader should be.
"At first, I wasn’t sure. Not right away. I will make do, and adapt with every situation. So when Jay came in, I thought ‘OK, let’s make it work, let’s see’, but I didn’t know yet how good he’d be as a frontman," Tonga said.
If you want to check out the full interview, you can read more about it here.