Every time The Young Bucks come out to the ring, they come out to thunderous applause and adulation. Matt and Nick Jackson are two of the most talented individuals to hit a wrestling ring, and from a young age, they were born to shine.
In 2001, in their backyard was where brothers Matt, Nick and their younger brother Malachi began to learn everything to do with wrestling. In 2004, Matt opened up his own wrestling company called High Risk Wrestling. Originally Matt was the owner and then Nick, Malachi and their friend Dustin Cutler took over. Each time they wrestled, Matt and Nick perfected their skill. It took till 2005 until they began to call themselves The Young Bucks and then at a later date a promoter suggested the surname Jackson for them and it became notorious for the brothers. In 2007, they teamed with Marty Janettey to take on and defeat Joey Ryan, Karl Anderson and Diablo, High Risk Wrestling shut down in 2009.
In 2007, The Young Bucks debuted in Pro Wrestling Guerilla (PWG) and it was there the brothers began to really shine, it was in 08, after defeating Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black (Seth Rollins), that The Bucks became PWG World Tag Team Champions. One of their biggest accomplishments in PWG was winning the DDT4 Tournament, defeating; Dustin and Brandon Cutler, Kenny Omega and Chuck Taylor and finally Bryan Danielson and Roderick Strong. All these title defences happened in one night.
In 09, after teaming with and turning on Brian Kendrick, The Bucks announced they were signing with TNA and would now be known as Max and Jeremy of Generation Me. TNA failed to make stars of them after many unsuccessful title attempts and monetary issues. It was unsurprising when they asked for their release.
The Bucks also debuted in Ring Of Honor (ROH) in 09, and although it took until 2014, for them to win tag team gold, they were finally a lot happier wrestling. The Young Bucks also wrestled for companies such as Chikara and Dragon Gate both in America and Japan. It’s little wonder that New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) gained interest in the brothers in 2013, where they joined the heel stable Bullet Club. After winning the Super Jr Tag Tournament, they earned a shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship which they won (defeating Taichi and Taka Michinoku), it would be the first of seven Junior Heavyweight Championship reigns for The Bucks.
In 2016, with new Bullet Club leader (and long time friend) Kenny Omega, they formed The Elite, a trio promising to bring the best in professional wrestling. The Elite got tag gold as the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, the Young Bucks also in 2016, set up the YouTube channel Being The Elite showcasing what they did on the road and other shenanigans. The Young Bucks often appeared at ringside during Kenny Omega’s matches, cheering him on and helping him to the back afterwards.
The Young Bucks have won gold at many brands, and whenever they’re booked, fans go absolutely crazy for them. In 2017, they entered in a feud with their hero’s – The Hardy Boyz as The Hardyz wanted tag gold from as many brands as possible. The Hardyz won the ROH World Tag Team Championship off of The Bucks, and for extra measure took the Superkick Championship (their own made Championship) off of them. In a ladder match at Supercard of Honor, The Bucks won the ROH World Tag Team Championship back.
By now The Young Bucks were huge, and the sad time at TNA was nothing more than a faded memory, their popularity was skyrocketing higher and higher.
It seemed The Young Bucks were unstoppable as they flew all around the world, performing for thousands of die hard fans. In 2017, they (along with fellow Bullet Club member Cody Rhodes) decided to put on a 10,000 seat show paid for entirely out of their pockets, with a deeply impressive roster announced, it was no surprise that the event – All In sold out. Of course, not everything was sunny for them, just recently they feuded with friend Kenny Omega due to the manipulation from Cody Rhodes. Kenny had recently reunited with old tag partner Kota Ibushi and reformed The Golden Lovers, The Young Bucks had a flawless match against The Golden Lovers. It seemed like The Elite were never going to be reunited, especially when they tried to Superkick Cody at his match against Kenny Omega, but Cody ducked at the kick connected with Kenny. Then at Dominion after they won the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Championship, they came out to show Kenny the love as he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The Young Bucks and The Golden Lovers formed to be the super group The Golden Elite.
The Young Bucks are famous in tag wrestling, with a whole heap of love and respect from the fans and the love they have for the business is so strong. Often their shirts are in the top sellers on Pro Wrestling Tees or they’ve sold out at Hot Topic, they’ve helped many wrestlers gain popularity and helped many fans lives merely by doing what they love. The Bucks are absolute pioneers in wrestling, they even wrestled one of the most fantastic matches against The Worlds Cutest Tag Team (Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae) in something bloody and extreme, they may have lost the PWG World Tag Team Championship but they won even more love from fans.
The future for Matt and Nick Jackson is very bright, whether they’re flying through the air or signing autographs the love for them will never fade. Teaming with Kenny Omega and being a part of Bullet Club, whatever they do next will be memorable.
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