David Finlay made a statement at the NJPW 51st Anniversary Show on Monday.
After attacking former Bullet Club leader Jay White at NJPW Battle in the Valley last month, it appears the 29-year-old has joined the faction himself.
Finlay wrestled Tomohiro Ishii in the first round of the New Japan Cup in Monday’s semi-main event. He was accompanied by White’s former manager, Gedo, during his ring entrance as a Bullet Club style logo and the words “Rebel Club” flashed on the screen.
Finlay defeated Ishii cleanly after hitting Trash Panda. Gedo cut a promo after the match saying “Bullet Club needs a rebel” and it doesn’t matter that White is no longer there.
Finlay will now move on to face The Great-O-Khan in the second round on March 15.
Shota Umino also advanced in the New Japan Cup on Monday. He defeated Yujiro Takahashi and will now face Zack Sabre Jr. in the second round on March 15.
The night’s main event saw Bishamon successfully defend the IWGP Tag Team Championships against Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Full results from NJPW 51st Anniversary show on March 6:
- KENTA & El Phantasmo defeated Zack Sabre. Jr. & Kosei Fujita
- Will Ospreay & Aussie Open defeated Tama Tonga, Toru Yano & Satoshi Kojima
- Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, & Ren Narita defeated EVIL, SHO & Dick Togo
- Aaron Henare, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan defeated Shingo Takagi, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito
- YOH and Lio Rush defeated Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
- New Japan Cup First Round: Shota Umino defeated Yujiro Takahashi
- New Japan Cup First Round: David Finlay defeated Tomohiro Ishii
- IWGP Tag Team Champions Bishamon (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi