Matt Jackson has claimed The Young Bucks are the “most influential” team ever as he and brother Nick celebrate their 18th anniversary in wrestling.
The Young Bucks are perhaps one of the most polarising team of all time with both a legion of loyal fans and those that feel that the Jackson brothers are not their wrestling cup of tea.
Nick and Matt Jackson began building their name on the independent scene and in Dragon Gate, PWG, and Ring of Honor before an ill-fated spell in TNA.
It was after they left TNA that The Young Bucks really took off, as they joined the burgeoning Bullet Club in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Between NJPW and Ring of Honor, The Bucks built their popularity with their own hit YouTube show Being The Elite which frequently attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers every single week.
Their approach to merchandise as independent wrestlers helped revolutionise that side of the business for stars outside of WWE and they put their money where their mouth is when they helped fund the All In independent show with Cody Rhodes in 2018.
The support that The Young Bucks gathered along with the support for Rhodes and the rest of The Elite helped form AEW as they joined with Tony Khan to form the company where they still compete in the ring and act as Executive Vice Presidents.
Now Matt Jackson has given his thoughts on just how much he and his brother mean to the business as he commented on a post Nick Jackson shared on Instagram. The younger Jackson brother shared some photos of The Bucks during their eighteen years of killing the business, and Matt Jackson added:
“And to think, if we never decided to do it, so many wrestlers would currently be unemployed. An entire genre of wrestling would never be created. The very way merchandise was sold would’ve never been revolutionized & the economy of the industry would’ve never boomed the way it did. The most influential tag team of all time. Congrats.”
Already two-time AEW World Tag Team Champions, it looks like The Bucks could be looking to become the inaugural AEW Trios Champions after Adam Cole and reDRagon turned on the brothers.