All Elite Wrestling has been a tremendous success since its launch almost two years ago. With Tony Khan at the helm and the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes working as executives, it has been an impressive first two years.
However, The Young Bucks have now opened up about being nervous about meeting Khan. After years of being self-made, there was some hesitation to go work for someone new. Here is Matt Jackson’s quote from their recent interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT:
“We were almost over-protective of what we created. So yeah, meeting this new guy, Tony, was like this guy seems great, but again, we’re just meeting him for the first time and he’s saying all the right things, but there’s still a trepidation.
Because we’d been doing this for so long and had struggled for so long and finally we’re finding this success, is now the time to finally hand it over to someone?
But he didn’t want to do that, he wanted us to keep being ourselves because that’s what brought us to the dance. When we heard that, it was reassuring to us.
He’s a wrestling fan and to this day, he probably loves wrestling more than anyone I’ve ever met. And he knows more about wrestling than anyone I’ve ever met.
It didn’t happen overnight, it took a lot of conversation, speaking to him every day and meeting his dad – which we talk about in the book as well – and realising one, I think this is real and two, I think this is someone I’m comfortable working with on an everyday basis.”
Obviously, things came together after this and on January 1, 2019, AEW was officially announced.