The Young Bucks will be playing prominent roles for AEW in the upcoming Wednesday Night War with WWE, and they fired a big shot at Vince McMahon ahead of the Dynamite premiere.
Matt and Nick Jackson are among the most accomplished and admired tag teams in the wrestling world. They reached historic success in Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and now the two brothers will be tasked with helping AEW get to that next level.
WWE has been heavily criticized over the years for their handling of the tag team division. They don't get much television time, and the Tag Team Championships are always changing hands.
The brothers sat down for an interview with Bleacher Report, and Nick took a verbal jab at the WWE chairman for his management of the tag team division.
"For some reason, whatever it is, Vince McMahon just doesn't like tag team wrestling," Nick said. "And for 20 years now, he's controlled the mainstream market in wrestling. It's become a lost art form because of that..We're gonna focus on it more so than anything you've seen in 20 years. Don't be surprised if a tag team match is the main event on TV multiple times a year.
WWE hasn't done a whole lot in recent years with its tag team division. Outside of The New Day -- and maybe The Usos -- it's hard to think of a tag team in the PG Era that can be deemed as Hall of Fame-caliber.
There have already been six Raw Tag Team Championship reigns in 2019, and six for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. The Women's Tag Team Championships, meanwhile, have seen very little time on television. After The IIconics won the titles at WrestleMania 35, they only defended them four times before losing to Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross at the SummerSlam pay-per-view.
The Jackson brothers are two of the greatest superstars in the world not in WWE right now. They actually had a tryout for the company in 2011, but obviously never wound up signing. Matt and Nick wound up in the Philadelphia-based Chikara company instead.
Young Bucks Have A Real Opportunity
AEW obviously has a long way to go before they can seriously compete with WWE. However, the Young Bucks are perhaps the greatest tag team in the world, and AEW could easily gain an advantage by building up a stronger tag team division than WWE.