The Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson, are one of the few teams that carried tag team wrestling through the 2010s, a decade that was almost barren in that realm of the wrestling industry. Now, they both help run All Elite Wrestling, the first major alternatives to WWE in nearly 20 years.
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, the California-based Brothers discuss the hardest challenge about running a promotion, their desires to be seen as the greatest tag team of all time, and who they think currently holds that honor in wrestling.
Chris Van Vliet sent the following to WrestleZone:
The biggest challenge of being Executive Vice Presidents:
Nick Jackson: “I never would have thought that we’d be doing this on a weekly basis, so I have to pinch myself every Wednesday before we go on live. So that aspect is still there. It still feels like a dream. The hard part is the job and keeping everyone happy because you don’t even really realize it until you get into management that’s it’s hard to keep a lot of these wrestlers on the same page. Because obviously there’s a lot of egos in wrestling and you want the wrestlers to be happy and that’s something that’s hard but it’s manageable and we’ve learned that you can’t always be the good guy so at some points you have to be the bad guy.”
Matt Jackson: “Our fans, I’ve learned, are very loyal to us and no matter what is on we still have a good base and they’re always going to watch at this point now that we’re a little over a year in. But yeah, we definitely pay attention to everything. You have to pay attention to everything because everything is competition.”
On balancing storylines and in-ring wrestling on Dynamite:
Matt Jackson: “It’s constantly trying to come up with compelling, interesting television that also will get a rating. And sometimes those two don’t go together. Sometimes you have to make a sacrifice a week or two and do something that maybe people won’t be compelled by or gravitate to immediately but maybe in four to six weeks they’ll go ‘oh!’ and then they’ll get it and it will then create a bigger rating. But that’s difficult, especially in wrestling. So that’s been a challenge having interesting storylines that normal people are interested in watching because sometimes we’ll maybe overcomplicate something or try to make it a little too complex and sometimes wrestling fans just kind of want to watch wrestling.”
They want to be known as the greatest tag team of all time:
Who do they consider the best tag team of all time right now?
Matt Jackson: “It’s Matt and Jeff Hardy. They’re the greatest ever. There’s so many ways that you measure that and I know that we say it’s an opinion but at the same time this is a box office business and Matt and Jeff Hardy are the biggest box office tag team act in the history of the business. Could we ever reach those numbers that they hit? I don’t know because it’s a different time now. We’re talking about The Attitude Era when those ratings were insane and people were buying merchandise everywhere but hey, again, dream big. If one day people compare us to them and they already do compare us to them but if they say we’re better than them. Man, what a crazy accomplishment. But like Nick said, who wants to really be known as the second-best tag team of all time?”
Nick Jackson: “The one thing we have on them is we haven’t split up and they’ve had a few angles where they had to split up. So we just have to stick together and if we do, I think that’s an accomplishment in itself. Just being a tag team that never split up ever.”
You can check out the full interview embedded below.
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