Tony Khan Details Inspiration Behind The Young Bucks’ EVP Characters

Tony Khan Details Inspiration Behind The Young Bucks’ EVP Characters AEW

AEW CEO and President Tony Khan has detailed the inspiration behind Matthew and Nicholas Jackson of The Young Bucks’ EVP characters.

In January 2024, The Young Bucks returned to AEW television with a brand new look and new characters. Now officially known as the AEW EVPs, Matthew and Nicholas Jackson have completely changed their presentation.

After their feud with Sting and Darby Allin culminated at AEW Revolution, The Bucks have kept their sights on winning the AEW World Tag Team Championships and also added Kazuchika Okada to The Elite.

Speaking on the AEW Dynasty media call, Tony Khan discussed his friendship with Jesse Armstrong, who is the director of HBO hit television series, “Succession.”

Revealing that the show was an inspiration for The Young Bucks’ new characters, Khan stated:

“I was very fortunate to befriend Jesse Armstrong. He got caught by the wrestling media sitting with me at a Fulham match.”

“In addition to being a Fulham supporter, he’s a brilliant brilliant writer and a really nice guy. I’ve enjoyed talking to him. He, inadvertently, helped inspire this change.”

“Matt and Nick mentioned to me, we were talking about changes for 2024, and they asked about something inspired by Succession.”

“I had a meeting with them and a lot of the team in Jacksonville on January 10 and it was surreal because Matt, Nick, and I have spent weeks of our lives in this office in Jacksonville and I had a big vision for where we would go.”

“They had an idea of a presentation that was their idea, and it’s been tremendous, of utilizing Succession.”

On how his friendship with Jesse Armstrong and his show Succession helped with bringing The Young Bucks’ idea to fruition, Khan said:

“I was able to tell Jesse straight up to his face that there are wrestlers on our show that are very inspired by Succession and their theme song may or may not be similar to the Succession theme song. He was very kind about it.”

“Matt and Nick brought it up and I thought it was a great idea. I’m such a big Succession fan.”

“We started working on it late last year and January 10 we had this meeting, it was a good meeting, and I laid out ideas for upcoming events.”

“So far, it has all played out exactly like we talked about. I’m really excited on where we’re at now”

The Young Bucks will face FTR in a Ladder Match for the AEW World Tag Team Championships this Sunday, April 21 at AEW Dynasty. For the full lineup for the event, click here.

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