The biggest WWE rumors as 2018 comes to an end involved the Bullet Club and the WWE — or more specifically the Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes’ plans for 2019.
After the All-In pay-per-view in Chicago, the Young Bucks added some teasers on their YouTube show concerning the destination of the Bullet Club spinoff group, The Elite.
That group included the Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Adam Page, Marty Scrull and Kenny Omega — as well as members of So-Cal Uncensored (SCU), Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky.
Everyone knew that the Ring of Honor contracts for Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes and Adam Page were coming to an end. There were also strong rumors that SCU was also leaving at the end of the year.
To emphasize changes coming, a ticking clock was inserted into the YouTube show Being the Elite. That ticking clock ends when 2019 begins.
This past weekend was Ring of Honor Final Battle. The Elite did the time-honored deed and lost all their matches at the show — putting over talent that is staying in Ring of Honor on their way out. They made it clear they were leaving.
Adam Page lost to new ROH TV champion Jeff Cobb (he was Mantaza in Lucha Underground). SCU and the Young Bucks lost in the main event to the Briscoes in a Ladder War match.
Cody Rhodes lost to Jay Lethal in a world title match. Christopher Daniels lost to Marty Scrull in a match with his job on the line.
And every one of those wrestlers turned in great matches. They were true professionals.
However, as the rumors of a WWE signing hit a high fever, this week’s episode of Being the Elite squashed those rumors brilliantly. Here is the episode and we chat about it below the video.
In the episode (which if you have never watched it before is a mixture of comedy sketches (R-rated in some cases due to language), match highlights, backstage talk and more), they hit the WWE rumors head-on.
Adam Page asked what they were going to do. They said The Elite will stick together. They also said that Final Battle was their last night with Ring of Honor.
Then there was the sketch to answer the question. “Triple H” (Kazarian pretending to be Triple H) visited the Young Bucks in their hotel room. After a gag where he spits water on them, making fun of Triple H’s ring entrance, the Bucks handed him what looked like the contracts to join the WWE.
Later in the episode, the sketch concluded. “Triple H” read the paper and it wasn’t a contract at all. Instead, it read:
“Although this was a difficult decision, we watched an episode of Raw and saw what you guys did to the tag team division. I know in this business the saying goes, “never say never,” but for now, we wish you the best in your future endeavors.”
After this, “Triple H” lowered the paper and the Young Bucks were there to both superkick him. They then mocked the gimmick of Triple H taking forever to fall after getting hit and then walked off.
By the end, the Young Bucks, Adam Page and Cody Rhodes walked off together and said it was time to “change the world”.
The episode then ended with SCU hearing their phones ticking and seeing the countdown that will expire when 2019 begins.
So, if the WWE is out, what does that leave?
From the sound of it, Cody and the Young Bucks are teaming up with Tony Khan, the son of the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars to start their own new promotion All Elite Wrestling.
The big announcement should come when 2019 begins.