The Bullet Club have made an impact in their first few weeks with the WWE, going after Roman Reigns and his family, seemingly siding with AJ Styles in order to help him win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but right now, we really have no idea whether they’re siding with Styles or if there’s another twist in this tale.
While we’ll probably find out at Payback, this is HOW the WWE should book the Bullet Club and how former Bullet Club leaders AJ Styles and Finn Balor should tie into it all.
Let’s start with next week on Raw, the final show before Payback. The Bullet Club are scheduled to face The Usos in their WWE debut match. They should win this match clean and beat the Usos down further afterward but they should play no further role with Styles or Reigns.
At Payback, AJ and Roman are coming towards the end of their match, when the referee gets knocked out inadvertently. Gallows and Anderson immediately storm the ring and beat down Roman. Styles runs over and rips them off Reigns, scolding them for interfering. The two men then proceed to attack Styles, attacking him for far longer and taking him completely out before leaving the ring. Roman recovers just enough to put an arm over Styles and pins him to retain.
The next night on Raw, Styles comes out and demands Gallows and Anderson come to the ring and explain why they interfered and why they turned on him. They come out and explain that they did what they did because they came to the WWE expecting to reunite with their former comrade, but when Styles disowned them multiple times for attacking Reigns, they came to the conclusion that Styles wasn’t the same man he was in NJPW. He now panders to fans and puts them ahead of his friends. The Bullet Club decide to go into business for themselves. Styles tells them they’re liars who simply wanted to inject themselves into the main-event scene without earning it. Styles earned it by winning the fatal 4-way and they robbed him of his title chance. Gallows and Anderson have heard enough and begin attacking AJ again. The lights go out.
When they come back on, Finn Balor is standing in the ring next to Styles. Styles looks over at him guarded and ready to fight the inaugural leader of the Bullet Club. Finn runs at Styles, runs right passed him and drop kicks Anderson off the apron. Styles hits a forearm and Gallows and they retreat.
Backstage, Styles comes up to Balor and explains that he thought Finn was there to take him out and asks him why he helped. Balor says that he had just as much to do with Gallows and Anderson as Styles did and he thought what they did at Payback was unacceptable. Finn tells Styles that so long as Gallows and Anderson are coming after him, he’s got AJ’s back and the two shake hands.
The match is made for Extreme Rules, AJ Styles and Finn Balor versus The Bullet Club. The match should be given plenty of time, as all four men really need wins. The Bullet Club should come out on top, pinning Styles and escaping with a narrow victory. You know these four are going to put on a fantastic match one way or another.
After Extreme Rules comes Money in the Bank and both Finn and Styles should be announced as participants in the match along with Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Sheamus, The Miz and Bray Wyatt.
The Bullet Club will then complain to whoever is in charge of Raw (because who knows who it’ll be) and ask why they were not added to the match when they were the winners at Extreme Rules. The general manager agrees and an Extreme Rules rematch is made for that night on Raw. Balor and Styles win with Balor getting the pin on Gallows meaning the winners remain in the ladder match.
Next week on Raw, Anderson calls out Styles and tells him that he needs Balor to do all his work for him and that he doesn’t deserve to be in the Money in the Bank match. Styles gets fired up and tells Anderson that he’ll not only compete in the ladder match, but he’ll beat Karl on the same night and prove he’s the better man. Anderson agrees and tells Styles he’s going to ruin any chance of him being World Champion… again. Later in the night, Balor pulls Styles aside and asks him what he was thinking. Finn believes Gallows is simply going to interfere and attack Styles so he can’t compete later on in the night. AJ tells him he can handle himself, but also says if Finn were in that situation, he’d have his back. Balor says that he has AJ’s back, but he’s not going to do anything that might jeopardize his shot at the briefcase and tells AJ that he’s not going to ruin his own opportunity at the briefcase to protect him.
Money in the Bank kicks off with Karl Anderson versus AJ Styles in what will be inevitably a fantastic match. Styles wins with a roll up, but as expected, Gallows comes out and attacks Styles. Anderson joins in and the two target Styles’ right leg. The two hit their finisher on him and leave. Balor doesn’t come out.
Backstage, trainers are helping Styles who needs assistance to walk, when Gallows and Anderson attack again. This time, Balor fends them off. Styles asks him why he didn’t give him a hand before and Balor tells him exactly what he told him on Raw. He was never going to do anything to ruin his chance at backing Mr Money in the Bank and it’s Styles’ on fault that he’s in this predicament.
Towards the end of the ladder match, Balor reaches the top of the ladder and gets his hands on the briefcase before Styles limps into the ring and pulls him down. They then brawl at the top of the ladder with both men landing a critical blow and they both crash to the ground. Kevin Owens utilizes this opportunity and wins the match.
The next night, Balor is scheduled to go one-on-one with Gallows, but the match goes no longer than two minutes before Anderson gets involved. Styles limps out to the ring to help Balor, but the moment he hits the ring Anderson and Gallows go straight after Styles and double team him. Balor stands there and watches while AJ is taken out. When Styles is down, Balor smiles, climbs to the top rope and hits a coup de grace on AJ. Balor jumps out of the ring, goes underneath and pulls out a small bag. Inside the bag, he pulls out t-shirts and gives them to Anderson and Gallows. They smile and put them on. Finn sold out, the Balor Club has formed. Michael Cole points out that the bag was under the ring all show, this whole thing was a set up from the beginning. Balor planned to get disqualified all to take Styles out for costing him the Money in the Bank briefcase.
The three men then put Styles through the announce table and ‘injure’ him.
Finn and the Bullet Club go on a one month rampage of the WWE. Gallows and Anderson win the Tag Team Championships at Battleground and Balor takes on and squashes someone like Dolph Ziggler or Kalisto.
From here, Styles returns after Battleground and challenges Balor to a one-on-one match at SummerSlam in a match that should end with Finn winning via interference. This whole feud should culminate in Finn Balor versus AJ Styles inside Hell in a Cell.
From there, several options open up such as the Balor Club versus The Wyatt Family, Finn Balor winning the Intercontinental Championship and even possibly Balor Club versus The Shield.
What this feud does is it creates a rivalry to carry the WWE through to the summer and then beyond while not rushing the formation of the Balor Club. You can get multiple pay-per-views of Finn Balor as a face, before forming the Balor Club, turning him heel and creating a Shield-esque juggernaut.
As for Styles, it showcases how good he is and puts him at a main-event level without necessarily having him in the championship picture. It also keeps him face which is important as he should be one of the biggest faces in the company for WrestleMania 33 and this is the kind of storyline, along with Kevin Owens versus Sami Zayn, that should carry the WWE for most of 2016.