There’s no tag team in the entire world that fans want to see in WWE more than the Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson. They’ll never stop teasing the world about it, either. While AJ Styles tried to get the Bucks to join him in WWE in 2016, the Jacksons instead opted to sign a two-year deal with Ring of Honor (and by extension, New Japan).
The Bucks have absolutely zero regrets about that decision, of course, as they’re wrestling entirely on their own terms, on their own schedule, and making an ass-ton of money without having to be on the road and away from their families for 250-plus days of the year. During a recent appearance on Edge and Christian’s podcast, they said that while this wouldn’t be the right time to sign with WWE anyway (because they say everyone is signing with the company and the “coolness factor” has worn off), they’ll explore all their options when their contracts are up in 18 months.
Matt offered one caveat, however: he believes that if they don’t end up signing with WWE in 2018, it’s probably never going to happen. (Transcript via Wrestling Inc.)
Nick Jackson: “Right now, we can’t, obviously, because we’re under a contract for the next, what, 18 months or so. But I don’t know. It’s such a hard question to answer because right now, I’d say ‘no’, obviously, because I can’t and we’re having a blast, like, on our own, doing it the way we do it. We’re having a good time doing it. I don’t know. It’s never say ‘never’, I guess. You can’t really say ‘no’ to that because that is the place everyone has wanted to wrestle, so I can’t say ‘no’, but, as of now, we’re happy with what we’re doing.”
Matt Jackson: “Even if we were available right now, now is not the time to go for us because everybody in the world is going there and so for the first time I can even remember, it doesn’t seem cool to go there right now. I think for us, if we did sign right now, we’d probably be lost in the shuffle. And we’re so, so, so appreciated right now, like, by the companies we wrestle for. Like, we’re pushed to the top, we’re in the main events, we pretty much get whatever we want creatively. Like, we’re doing our own angles at this point, so how do we … it would be hard to walk away from all that. But in 18 months, two years, or whatever our contract is, it’ll be interesting because I’m sure we’re going to at least want to talk to every company and to make a great decision for our families and for ourselves. And I think if it doesn’t happen in 18 months, then, it probably won’t happen.”
[Eminem voice] WHAT IF YOU HAD. ONE SHOT. TO SIGN THE YOUNG BUCKS. Well, there you have it. It will likely all come down to what sort of sweet deal WWE might dangle in front of the Bucks in 2018, when they’ve had another year and a half to build their cachet all over the world. There’s a decent chance WWE might give them everything they ask for.
But we should start mentally preparing ourselves now for the possibility the Bucks will never, ever be in WWE. … Excuse me, I need to lie down for a while.