CBS 2 of Chicago Chuck Carroll has recently been interviewed with Matt & Nick Jackson, better known as The Young Bucks of All Elite Wrestling. The duo opened around a time when Matt Jackson left the professional fight, his first encounter with Tony Khan of All Elite Wrestling, and defeated aggressive offers from both the WWE and the # 39; Ring of Honor. The highlighted features appear below.
Almost walking away from the professional fight:
Matt Jackson: Less than ten years ago I was in a situation where I could not even pay my bills, and I was about to leave wrestling. And now, just to reflect on what we are doing, I'm really confronted and I can not say the words that excite me and how emotion I was signing the contract, and yes. I can not wait for that.
Nick Jackson: You know what's fun. I was never at this time (from walking away), but Matt was definitely. Actually, it had to be the kind of saying: "Hey Matt, there's a reason why we're doing this." This way, I told him we would not do something like that for eight years if there was not something to do it for us to do it. And we've always looked like the big picture, and we've always thought that there is a reason for everything. I had a narrow feeling that there is something very great about us. I did not know that this would lead to all this, but I'm glad that we have stayed with that.
When they met Tony Khan:
Matt Jackson: I first introduced Tony to probably around July, but it was more or less simple. I like, "Hey, I'm Tony. I'm a great freak fan." He flattered me and I knew who he was. And I was not really joking when he told me he was a fighting fanatic, because he sent me a video with a Bullet Club t-shirt in front of one of the New Japan shows in Long Beach. And, in fact, I think I've climbed and could have it "too sweet" or something like that.
And we talked, and everything was hypothetical. What would happen if we did and what would we do? At first, it was almost as if I were moving my eyes a bit, oh, we've heard a million times people who want to enter the free-fight business. We are the most doubtful and skeptical in the world, because everything changes weekly in the wrestling. One day he was promised that he was going to be the champion, and then he appeared that day and then they are, oh, we've changed it. Or the game is made up of a pay per view.
Then there was more of us talking about the possibilities. He told me basically: "I can only do this with you and Nick. I can only do that with you. I'm choosing two. I need to work with you because I see your vision, and it seems to be the same as mine. And I need you do this project ". This put pressure on us a lot. I was like maybe that could be a real thing. We had a lot of great deals on the table, so we really did not know what we wanted to do and what was real or not. Being skeptical, we do not know, you never know, and the stranger is scared. Something new is frightening.
When competing with WWE:
Nick Jackson: There has not been a real alternative. I do not know if that means competing, but it definitely gives Americans an option, and it really has not been a different option in almost 20 years. I think by saying that, because we have stars like Chris Jericho, and Cody, and Matt, and I, and the three of us, in particular, are at our fingertips. And that is a big problem. I do not think it realistic that we can compete immediately, because this is almost impossible, because they have been forever, do you know that?
Matt Jackson: I do not think that this is something that we are even considering right now is competing. I think we should be worried about ourselves. I think we should leave our own goals aside and think, in accordance, we meet these goals in the first year. Because after all, we are a new company. I do not think we have to pay attention to what they do. If we're going to do some kind of comparison, it should be, how could we be different? I do not want to use the templates. I do not want to use terminology. I just want to be different … This is how Nick and I have competed throughout our career, always trying to be different and just doing ours. I think we are a start company, and I do not think we should jump on the weapon and go, let's go to war with these guys. I think it would be irresponsible to us.
When leaving ROH after an aggressive offer:
Nick: for a company of its size, I suppose it could be considered aggressive. But Matt and I had the feeling that we had made the most of this company with money. I, let's be honest. If we stayed there, we could never get back and help them get out. So, we were looking at this window that we have, that the free fight does not last long. And we have been like this: "I think we have to make a change."
Matt: And I think that before it really could become really aggressive, we had already made the decision that we were leaving, no matter what. We did not know where we would finish. We knew it was time to go. I did not know if this meant going to WWE. I did not know if this meant going and becoming competitors or with this possible new project, which could happen hypothetically. There were too many options.
In addition, we wanted to measure the value of the street, because we have never seen before. We did not know what we used to. We knew in our hearts what we were worth, but until someone really tells you that this is the amount that I think is worth it, you just do not know it.
On the resistance of the openings of the WWE:
Nick: yes, we could say that his offer was very aggressive.
Matt: I'll tell you. For a moment, I thought we were probably going to WWE. This was the closest you ever came to go there, surely. And they were great. They are respectful and they told us what our value was. I think it was like a call for us. It was almost like, wow. It is good to be loved. These guys teach us that we are valuable and we value them a lot. Definitely, it was something we considered, and it was difficult to reject because it would have changed life …
But once again, with the WWE, they were very willing to do anything. Any type of concern we had, had something good to talk about and how they would solve it. I can not stress enough kind and happy for us. And I have nothing more to say about them.
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