Ripple effects reverberated across the wrestling world this past Friday at Ring of Honor’s War of the Worlds pay per view in New York City when “The Villain” Marty Scurll joined the vaunted Bullet Club.
“I am Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks’ chosen villain,” said Scurll, who attacked Adam Cole after his loss to Hiroshi Tanahashi. “The truth is Adam Cole couldn’t cut the mustard anymore, and we replaced him in the most spectacular fashion. You can see the events leading to this on the YouTube series ‘Being The Elite.’ It’s absolutely awesome.
“We’re badasses and we have a vision for wrestling that we express every chance we get. We don’t play by ‘the rules of wrestling’. We rewrite them and revolutionize the business.”
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Scurll revealed that the notion of joining Bullet Club first entered his mind while wrestling at indie shows in Europe.
“Half the crowd would be wearing my Villain shirts, with the other half wearing Bullet Club, Bucks, or Omega shirts,” said Scurll. I gathered that together we could literally rule the wrestling world together. The Bucks are the best shirt-selling Americans on the indies, Kenny Omega is the best-selling Canadian, and ‘The Villain’ is the best-selling for the British. We have all corners covered, and Japan will be much of the same.”
Scurll is coming off an extremely compelling 175-day run as ROH’s World Television champion. New Japan’s Kushida upset Scurll for the belt this past Sunday at the ROH television tapings in Philadelphia, and Scurll was asked if he has plans to regain the title or if his next preferred destination will be attained by pursuing Christopher Daniels’ ROH world championship.
“I made that belt mean more than it ever has,” said Scurll, who would become only the third two-time ROH Television champion in company history if he is able to regain the title. “I took it everywhere around the world, and I always represented the company and the fact that I was champion wherever I was. In my opinion, I made that the number one belt in ROH. I’ll have my rematch with Kushida, I’ll get my belt back, and I look forward to that moment.
“Obviously, my eyes are also on the ROH world title. The fans want it. I want it more than anyone. Trust me. It’s only a matter of time.”
Scurll is set to break new ground in New Japan’s 25th annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament, which begins on May 17. He noted that his goals include retiring the legendary Jushin Liger, defeating the talented Ricochet, and winning the tournament in his debut.
“New Japan should rename this year’s BOSJ to ‘Better than the Best of Super Juniors’, because never has the tournament had someone like me,” noted Scurll. “Sure, some great names have competed in this very prestigious tournament—Jushin Liger, Kushida, and Y2J—and they have all earned the right to be called a Super Junior, but this tournament marks the debut of the very first genuine superstar in ‘The Villain’. Those guys all had or have incredible talents, but never has one man had it all. I am the brightest star and biggest talent. This tournament is a showcase so the country of Japan can see what the rest of the world has been raving about.”
Junior heavyweight wrestling, as seen in the BOSJ, is genuinely breathtaking to watch. Scurll was asked, despite its talented roster, why WWE’s presentation of 205 Live has struggled.
“I have not seen it so I cannot comment,” said Scurll, “but I did really enjoy the Cruiserweight Classic.”
Rumors swirled that Scurll was considering opting out of his ROH contract this June, but he is unlikely to leave after the move to Bullet Club. When asked whether he will work with ROH for the remainder of the year, Scurll succinctly stated, “I will work wherever I please and see fit.”
Scurll admitted that he has extra incentive to win the tournament, as last year’s winner—fellow British star Will Ospreay—ranks highly among his least favorite people on earth.
“Having to watch Will Ospreay run around Japan like a freaking idiot representing my country has been an embarrassment,” said Scurll. “I am Ospreay’s kryptonite. I have beaten him in Rev Pro, Progress, all over Europe, PWG, ROH. This will be no different. Ospreay won last year, but that was before ‘The Villain’ arrived. It all changes in BOSJ 24.”
Scurll has an ally in his war with Ospreay in WWE champion Randy Orton, who recently knocked the wrestling style of many on the indies, Ospreay included.
“Great stuff, Randy Orton,” complimented Scurll. “Bashing Ospreay is one of my favorite things to do. In fact, Orton might be one of the few people in the world who can hang villainy with the Villain. We could team up and he could hit the RKO to set up the Chicken Wing. Two super-over finishers there, it’d be money.”
As for goals for the remainder of 2017, Scurll promised to redefine Bullet Club, and even teased the match that he wants more than any other.
“I am goal driven, but a lot of them are things you may not suspect,” said Scurll. “I’d like to bring CM Punk out of retirement and wrestle him, that would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it? That’s a ‘dream match’ of mine.
“Bullet Club is now complete. We have all countries represented. We are Bullet Club worldwide. We will continue to push boundaries and rewrite the rules of pro wrestling—not what pro wrestling ‘should be’, but what it ‘can be’—and, most importantly, continue to be the most entertaining acts in pro wrestling. We’ll hit the mainstream, and you can watch us along the whole way on ‘Being The Elite’. It’s an amazing time to be a wrestler and a fan of wrestling. Wrestling is cool again.”
Scurll shared that his most important responsibility as a professional wrestler is to create a product that allows fans to proudly tell the world that they are wrestling fans.
“Make moments that create genuine excitement and emotions, to make those fans feel the same way I felt when I first watched this business as a five-year-old and fell in love with it when it changed my life forever,” said Scurll. “To create a legacy which will mean ‘The Villain’ will live forever. Long live ‘The Villain.’”