During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, The Young Bucks opened up about all things AEW just days before Double or Nothing. Together with Cody Rhodes, Nick & Matt have been the driving forces behind the early success of All Elite Wrestling – and it seems like this is just the beginning.
Justin Barrasso: You have both worked tirelessly to turn the dream of a new wrestling promotion into a reality with All Elite Wrestling. This past week, AEW made headlines by announcing its partnership with WarnerMedia.
What excites you the most about the weekly television opportunity on TNT? Also, does it motivate you that WWE is already planning to air a Tuesday night program on FS1 that, if AEW is on Tuesday nights, would compete opposite you?
Matt Jackson: It’s exciting to know that so many fans who may not have seen or even heard about us now have the opportunity to do so. TNT will shine a spotlight on so many talented wrestlers who look, feel and sound so different than what casual fans might be used to. I didn’t know any other wrestling organization was planning on airing opposite of us until this interview, so that’s news to me.
Nick Jackson: I love it. That’s exactly what wrestling needs right now, competition. They’ve been so comfortable for the last two decades that they need something like this. This only helps the whole landscape of wrestling.
Barrasso: The planning for Double or Nothing must have been extremely exciting. I’m picturing far more of “All The President’s Men” than “Office Space.” How do you describe the work place with Tony Khan, Brandi and Cody Rhodes, and Kenny Omega?
Matt Jackson: The creative team is essentially a group chat that goes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some people in the group think a bit more traditionally, while others think super outside the box. We always come to some sort of agreement, somewhere in the middle. It’s a recipe that works. The process has been both challenging and incredibly rewarding.
Nick Jackson: So far, it’s been pretty good. We all are fantastic at separate things and, when we come together, it all meshes well.
Barrasso: Beyond your own, is there one match that you think could steal the show at Double or Nothing?
Matt Jackson: If you asked me a couple of days ago, I would’ve said PAC vs. Hangman, but that match isn’t happening anymore. Cody vs. Dustin is going to be a rollercoaster ride of emotion, while Kenny vs. Jericho is going to be a brutal fight. I’m also really excited for SCU vs. OWE (Cima, T-Hawk, and El Lindaman). I think that can be a dark horse match of the night.
Nick Jackson: Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho is going to be phenomenal, of course, and a dark horse I think could be Best Friends vs. Angelico and Jack Evans.