The Young Bucks were both guests on Talk Is Jericho where they revealed that WWE is no longer a goal for them, because they don’t need it to be. They explain why.

The Young Bucks first recalled learning that AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were leaving for WWE:

Nick Jackson: “it was sad to see Chad [2 Badd], Gallows, and AJ leave because we’re like, ‘that’s our family! They’re gone!’ Yeah, it was weird! I said, ‘oh my God!’ It kind of felt like a raid because they didn’t smarten us up until the day before the [Tokyo] Dome [show], which was about two years ago. We found out with everybody else, so we were kind of blindsided, actually. We knew they were leaving, but we didn’t know where they were going.”

Matt Jackson: “[Pro] wrestling’s so weird. Like, you kind of stop talking to them. Like, they were my best friends! And it’s not like we’re not friends anymore, but it’s not what it used to be.”

Styles reportedly attempted to bring the popular tag team to WWE:

“We had just signed a contract with ROH at the time in November because AJ pulled us aside and was like, ‘tell me you guys don’t have any contracts now please,’ and we were like, ‘we just signed.’ And he was like, ‘argh!’ because he wanted to bring us over too. And I don’t know if that would’ve happened, but that was his idea. And we were like, ‘naw, man. We just signed for two years’ or whatever it was.”

Matt Jackson believes it would be dumb for them to sign at this point in their careers:

“If we left right now [for WWE], it would be kind of dumb of us because they couldn’t pay us what we’re making right now, not with the schedule we’re on too. There’s no way. Of course, they could [afford the pay]! Do you know what I mean? I just don’t think they would!”

Matt doesn’t want to go to WWE as he likes to be in charge of what he does:

“I’m so used to being in charge of everything. Our entire business, we run this thing together. Like, I’m on my phone all day. My wife’s helping me do it too, but we do this independently, so it would be so hard for me to just give all that up, to go, ‘here you go! Here are the keys to the car.'” 

He also doesn’t believe they’d get too far in the company, given WWE has never considered the tag team division as a priority:

“Historically, tag teams aren’t the main feature there, so I mean, would you say The Hardy Boyz were the last big [WWE tag team]? Yes, so it’s like, ‘well, do you want to put in 10 years there to get to the point of where the Hardys were?’ We have a lot of weighing options, but like [Jericho] said, if you get there, you make top dollar and you can’t make money like that doing what we’re doing.”

They list some of the side work they’ve done for WWE in the past:

Matt: “I wrestled Big Show and it was a last man standing match. He put me through a table, yeah. We were on the Dirt Sheet with [John] Morrison and The Miz. We dressed up as DX.”

Nick: “We impersonated DX once. We’ve done a few things [with WWE]. That was early on, probably eight years in.”

The tag team also explain that WWE has attempted to sign them on numerous occasions:

“So many times too, it looked like we were going to get signed. They’d say, ‘you did great! How would you feel about coming here for this?’ and we were like, ‘yeah!’ It just never happened. I don’t know [why WWE did not sign Young Bucks]. Things were different back then. It was harder to get signed. Now it seems very easy to get signed, but at the time, it seemed impossible.”

Jericho asked the real-life brothers if they’d ever entertain the offer to go to WWE:

“It’s always going to be a question. No matter how big we get, it will always be a question that lingers on in our career, I think, as well as Kenny because the three of us, well, he went to [WWE] developmental for a little bit, but people don’t remember that. I don’t even know if that counts as a WWE run, but it will always be a question. The way we’re going, we could probably quit in five years. At this point, [WWE]’s not a goal. We don’t need it. It was [a goal] for sure. For our first eight years, that was the goal.”

Finally, The Young Bucks explain that they would have no regrets in retiring tomorrow, but a WWE run could be the “missing piece”:

“We could literally quit tomorrow and do something else. And we would be fine though because we have enough saved now at this point. Like, we’re in a good spot! We’ve built this empire, man, The Young Bucks brand. What else could I want? That would be literally the last missing piece, going there and doing a run.”

With H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription.

Below you can see The Young Bucks saying goodbye to Styles, Gallows & Anderson:

#ROHTBT - the Young Bucks bid farewell to Styles, Gallows & Anderson

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