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The Young Bucks Say They Don’t Watch NXT

November 25, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with Wrestling Inc, The Young Bucks said that they do not watch WWE NXT due to the tunnel vision they have with their own product. Here are highlights:

Nick on the time period they got big in the business: “Maybe so. What’s funny though is it didn’t really feel like an indie boom period at that time, specifically in California because a lot of people from California will say the same thing. They’ll say, ‘Get out of California if you want to make it in wrestling,’ and we always heard that as young wrestlers. And it actually scared us because we’re like, ‘Man, really? Do we have to move somewhere?’ And we never wanted to because we’re California boys, and so it was like, ‘Man, how do we get out of California to make it?’ And luckily, we got a break, and we went to Japan for the very first time in 2009. So it actually took us quite a few years to get a small break to get out of California, but getting out of California actually helped our career more, and I would say the indie boom period actually came a little bit later after that.”

Matt on their pay at the time: “I remember it being kind of a cold period. There was no money in wrestling, zero money. We talk about it in the book where I remember how blown away we were when Generico told us how much money he was making, I don’t remember what the number was. It was like $25,000 a year, and we were like, ‘What?’ We’re making $25 a match. That shows you how bad it was. There was no money, and I remember at times thinking ‘is this impractical for me to be thinking about doing a career with this because there’s no money here, and if I ever want to make money, I have to go to WWE. As we knew, we come to find out in the book also, when we were extras, we realized quickly, man, I don’t really know if I want to work there. We almost felt like we were almost running out of options if we were going to do this for a living, and at one point, our goal was just to be able to do this for a living and be able to support ourselves and our families, eventually down the line when we had families, but that was the goal. If I can do this as a job, that would be great. I never thought of superstardom. I never thought of being on TV, and being famous and selling thousands of t-shirts and all that stuff. That sort of just came later, and if you had told me 10 years ago, when we were struggling on IMPACT, that we would be where we are today, I would go, ‘No way.’ So even 10 years ago, it didn’t look real.”

Matt on if they watch their competition: “I forget that they have shows. It’s tunnel vision to our own product. It’s like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right. There’s another show tonight. That’s right.’And that’s the mentality of Dynamite and AEW is we’d never wanted to know what that show is doing because we feel like if we do know, then it might screw up our brains and our minds on how we book things as well. So we never have wanted to get caught up in any of that.”

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