AEW tag team the Young Bucks have opened up about their absence following All Out 2022, and the difficulties they have faced in that time.
The pair, along with Kenny Omega, were suspended from AEW television following a physical altercation with CM Punk and Ace Steel in the wake of comments Punk made at a post-All Out media scrum.
Punk and Steel were also suspended, with Steel being formally released shortly afterwards.
The pair, along with Omega, returned to the promotion at AEW Full Gear 2022 this past Saturday (November 19).
Now the Bucks have opened up about their experiences during their time off.
Speaking on the latest edition of Being The Elite (which also suspended operations during the team’s absence), Matt Jackson said:
“We’re officially back. We, however, have been technically back, backstage for a few weeks. Now, we’ve been on-screen, we’re wrestled, we’re back. Being The Elite is back. Everything is back to reality.”
Nick then said:
“It didn’t feel like we were officially back until [AEW Full Gear]. We were around for four weeks, but it didn’t feel like it. There was something missing.
“That something missing was us performing live. We did that, we scratched that itch. We’re back. I’ve had anxiety thinking about it. Didn’t know if I could still perform at a high level.”
Matt then closed by saying:
“I was waking up in cold sweats, I haven’t been sleeping. People don’t understand because we haven’t been able to talk about it. This has been…two of the hardest months of my life. I know for you [Nick] too. Here we are, we got through it, you just never know what’s going to happen until you do it.
“To hear the support and hear and see how happy a lot of people were to see us, that meant the world to us and Kenny. It felt good. We’re going through the healing process right now.
“Last night [Full Gear] was a big step to get there. I feel good. We got to come out to a song we grew up listening to with our Dad. A song we almost didn’t get. We didn’t get it until the 11th hour. That was stressful.
“Getting that, it was the night before, we finally knew. Collectively, it was a crazy time. Now that it’s the end, I can almost sight relief at this point.”
The Elite lost their return match to Death Triangle at Full Gear, and will now face then in a best-of-seven series for the AEW Trios Title.
Transcription courtesy of Fightful.
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