The Young Bucks declined offers from WWE “at least four or five times”, they recently revealed in an interview with Fightful.
In 2018, as their Ring of Honor contracts were close to their expiration date, The Young Bucks were still a huge fixture on Ring of Honor programming. They featured prominently in New Japan Pro Wrestling as well, along with fellow members of The Elite Kenny Omega, ‘Hangman’ Adam Page and Cody Rhodes. The popular duo were highly sought after by Triple H on WWE’s behalf, and the reigning AEW Tag Team Champions have explained that they had to turn him down on more than one occasion:
“He was great. Charming dude. He said all the right things. I don’t know how many times I told him no. We must have declined the offer, in the end, I don’t want to exaggerate, it had to have been at least four or five times, and by the end of every conversation he would have another call scheduled with me in two weeks and I would go “how did he do that?” What, I just told him no. We’d be laughing by the end of the conversation. The conversation would start with me saying we’re so sorry, we’re going to pass on this, thank you so much, and an hour later I’m talking about our next phone call in two weeks.
Matt and Nick, clearly, were happy with how negotiations went with Triple H. Their praise for the man running AEW’s main competition continued as they explained how close the duo came to joining WWE:
“He’s a magician and no wonder he has the job he has because he’s a charming guy and he’ll charm your socks off. I have nothing but positive things to say about him. He’s very intelligent too. The things he said, the ideas he had. At times I told Nick, “man, maybe this is something we should at least consider.” There was a time when me, Nick, and Kenny, the three of us were all like “holy sh*t, I think we’re going to end up in WWE,”
H/T to Fightful for the transcription
It was previously reported that WWE had offered The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes “multi-year deals for more than seven figures annually”. Though The Young Bucks ultimately declined WWE and joined All Elite Wrestling, Triple H’s recent statement that WWE are “open for business” with other promotions may yet see The Young Bucks appear on WWE television one day.