The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) recently spoke with Chuck Carroll of CBS Sports to talk about a wide range of pro wrestling topics. They sent us the following highlights:
What is the timetable for getting AEW on TV? It’s been reported that you guys were looking at a live two hour show once a week and talking to a couple of networks. What can you tell us as far as when we can expect to see you guys on some network?
Matt: It’s really one of these things that it’s an ongoing thing, and I can’t really comment much more on it. But we’re excited, and we’re expecting something big.
Nick: I can say this, we’re looking into all possibilities of trying to get it somewhere. If we don’t get a TV deal, why can’t we be the first wrestling promotion to successively do something streaming or something like that? We’re looking at all the outlets that are given to us. So, we’re excited about the possibilities of things that we could get. So, it should be something good.
A lot has been made about the offers you received to go to WWE, or stay in New Japan, or Ring of Honor. I spoke with [ROH GM] Greg Gilleland last year and asked him about plans for you, Cody and [Hangman] Page. He told me that they were going to make an aggressive attempt to re-sign you. How aggressive was that attempt and how difficult was it to turn it down?
Nick: For a company of their size, I guess you could consider it aggressive. But Matt and I felt like we had peaked at that company money wise. And, let’s be honest. If we would stay there, we would never be able to retire and help our families out. So, we were looking at this window we have, which is not long in pro wrestling. And we were like, “I think we need to make a change because we want to retire one day.” Staying there, we honestly wouldn’t be able to.
Matt: And I think that before it could really get really aggressive, we had already made the decision that we were leaving no matter what. We didn’t know where we would end up. We just knew that it was time to leave. I didn’t know if that meant going to WWE. I didn’t know if that meant going and just being competitors again or with this possible new project, that could happen hypothetically. There was just too many choices and we just told them that we have to get to next year so we can at least look and see what the landscape truly looks like. Also, we wanted to gauge our street value, because we had never really even looked before. We just didn’t know what we were worth. We knew in our hearts what we were worth, but until someone actually tells you this is the number that I think you are worth, you just don’t know.