All Elite Wrestling’s first official event, Double Or Nothing, will be taking place on May 25th. AEW would not have existed in the first place if The Young Bucks were treated better in the previous companies they worked at.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, The Young Bucks discussed how the idea for AEW came to be. Here is what they said:
Matt and I didn’t even want to announce the start of the company until closer to May,” confesses Nick Jackson. “We even thought of the idea of announcing the company at Double or Nothing, and Tony [Khan] was completely against it. He wanted to announce it as soon as possible. Well, we can’t say no to him. As soon as we announced it in January, we were like, ‘We gotta start working and start getting shows ready, gotta find buildings, build a ring.’ Right away, we felt the pressure of getting everything going.”
In just a few months, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, The Khans and others were working together in order to create an actual wrestling promotion. However, to start one promotion, The Bucks had to leave their previous places of employment. They were hesitant in leaving ROH and NJPW. They worked for the companies from 2009 and 2013 respectively.
However, both companies didn’t realize The Young Bucks’ true potential and they didn’t really try hard to keep them either.
“You know what’s sad? New Japan and ROH could have easily come together and offered us the contracts they wanted, but they just didn’t do it,” Nick laments. “New Japan never saw the value in Matt and I. They never paid us good. We would have had to work with New Japan for another two decades to even get close to retiring, and the style they demand is backbreaking. Ring of Honor paid us a lot better than New Japan. We could have probably retired there, but we would have to work probably another decade with them.
“We pitched it to both of them: Why don’t you guys get us a dual contract? And they just didn’t get it done. We would have easily stayed, and there would have never been an All Elite Wrestling if they would have met what we wanted, but it didn’t get done.”