The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) recently spoke with Bleacher Report to talk about the launch of AEW and their television deal that will kick in later this year with TNT that will see them produce a weekly show.
During the interview, Nick spoke about their journey to AEW, which launched back in January. It turns out that the brothers were initially hesitant to depart ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling due to them being with the promotions for so many years.
According to Nick, they thought that the promotions never realized the value or potential of The Bucks. In fact, when their contracts were up, if ROH and NJPW offered them more money then they may have stayed instead of being part of the launch of AEW.
“You know what’s sad? New Japan and ROH could have easily come together and offered us the contracts they wanted, but they just didn’t do it,” Nick laments. “New Japan never saw the value in Matt and I. They never paid us good. We would have had to work with New Japan for another two decades to even get close to retiring, and the style they demand is backbreaking. Ring of Honor paid us a lot better than New Japan. We could have probably retired there, but we would have to work probably another decade with them.
“We pitched it to both of them: Why don’t you guys get us a dual contract? And they just didn’t get it done. We would have easily stayed, and there would have never been an All Elite Wrestling if they would have met what we wanted, but it didn’t get done.”