Karl Anderson On The Bullet Club’s Influence in Wrestling, Possibility of WWE Return

Karl Anderson is keeping busy with NJPW now that he and Doc Gallows are down with Impact Wrestling for now, and he recently weighed in on the Bullet Club’s influence and a potential WWE return. Anderson spoke with Sports Illustrated for a new interview and you can check out some highlights below:

On his NEVER Openweight Title win over Tama Tanga at NJPW Dominion: “That match with Tama, it meant a lot. We’ve been on the road together for so long. You hear this a lot, but it’s not cliché—people become like family in this business. We’ve spent so much time together on the road. Tama isn’t a friend to me; he’s more of a brother. When Gallows and I decided to come back to Japan, we made it a point to do some different s**t. We wanted to do something people didn’t expect. And the decision was made for me to attack Tama in Fukuoka and go into a program with him. And it’s really cool to see how good Tama’s become. He was basically starting in the business in 2009, 2010, and he’d only had a handful of matches when he came to New Japan as a young boy. I watched him go from a guy with a great look and potential to someone who has come into his own. He’s really f**king good now. Anytime you can get into a big match with a brother of yours, there’s nothing f**king cooler.”

On the longevity of the Bullet Club: “Each time somebody has talked s**t about Bullet Club or started to say Bullet Club is dead, or there are too many members, something else cool happens. It just remains hot. If you look at the totality of wrestling, there are a bunch of great factions. I look at it this way—I grew up on the Four Horsemen. I love the Four Horsemen. There’s the Four Horsemen, the NWO, Degeneration X and the Bullet Club. Of course, there are other great factions, and I’m not slighting anybody. But look at all the guys who have gone through the Bullet Club, where they are now, and how they still show their Bullet Club roots in AEW, WWE and Impact. Bullet Club has been reinvigorated again in New Japan Pro-Wrestling with Jay White, who is turning into a massive star. Now he’ll always be attached to the Bullet Club. [Kevin] Nash and [Scott] Hall passing on the Too Sweet to us, that completely legitimized us. Then Shawn Michaels and Triple H throwing up The Kliq sign to us in the Manhattan Center on Monday Night Raw [in 2018], that was another big moment. That’s all because of what we did in Japan. It’s pretty crazy to think back to 2013. There’s no way we could imagine where this was going to go.”

On the possibility of an extended singles run: “People look at us primarily Anderson and Gallows, or Gallows and Anderson, and I love tag-team wrestling, but I do want a singles run. I came into my own during the G1 in 2011 when I started learning from Tanahashi and Shinsuke [Nakamura]. I wanted to build the types of matches they were creating, and then I started to do that. I absolutely want an extended singles run in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. I was pushing for one in Impact, but the timing just didn’t work out. I love singles matches. It’s a different way to show people what I can do. I f**king love it.”

On the possibility of appearing in WWE: “Just like you said, never say never. We’ve verbally agreed upon dates with New Japan Pro-Wrestling for an extended period of time. But there’s such a built-in story with Bullet Club, and we never got to finish the story [in WWE] with AJ Styles or even Finn. There’s been a lot of things that have happened in the business, so you can never say never. Any time we can work with brothers like AJ and Finn, we’re always going to listen to that.”

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