Before they were two of the top tag teams in the world of wrestling, The Young Bucks faced The Usos in a match that very few got to witness!
Though they no longer reign as AEW Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks have been hailed as one of the top tag teams in wrestling for a number of years, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down even in the face of defeat at the hands of the Hardys at Double or Nothing.
Meanwhile, The Usos have risen to the top of the WWE with multiple championship reigns, and are currently holding the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Titles, representing both Raw and SmackDown.
Though the two teams have over a decade of dominant history in professional wrestling, many believed their paths would never cross as they’ve always found themselves in different promotions – but speaking on his debut episode of his Gentleman Villain podcast (available early via AdFreeShows), William Regal revealed that one match between the two sets of brothers took place twelve years ago, long before either team was a top act.
“There was a group of extra talent that was brought to every show. Part of that was The Young Bucks. I liked them straight away. We had a great few days together. I talked to them a lot. They had some incredible matches in the afternoon. In fact, I put them on with the Usos to have a tag match and the two teams tore the place down. So that’s probably something that the fans would love to see. I saw it in the afternoon. I was raving about them.”
However, despite Regal being a fan of the Jackson brothers, WWE chose not to hire them, and the former NXT General Manager detailed why he thought that was.
I’d been told a few things. Now I could have some of these things wrong. But there were a few guidelines. The guidelines were that we don’t like to hire anybody under 20-something and I can’t remember if it was 22 or 25. The reason being, they can’t even rent you a rental car. It has something to do with rental cars.”
“I’m just hearing little bits of information from people, and I could have this completely wrong, but this is what I remember. I’ve heard different people tell me who know them far better than me, they’d already made up their minds that they were going to Ring of Honor, they didn’t really care about this gig. A while after that, I found out that they were older than what they were.”
At AEW Double or Nothing, The Young Bucks fell in defeat to another set of brothers, The Hardys.
h/t WrestlingNews.co for the transcription