Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues

Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues

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"The Young Bucks are two guys who not only beat the odds to become one of the greatest, most popular tag teams ever, but also two industry changing visionaries. Matt and Nick are two of the smartest, hard-working, passionate individuals I’ve met during my 28 year career. With the creation of AEW, The Bucks will definitely leave the pro wrestling industry in a much better place then they discovered it in." —Matt Hardy, multiple-time world tag team champion

The electric and daring independent wrestling tag team tells their inspiring story, revealing how two undersized, ambitious amateur athletes from Southern California became the idols of millions of popular sports fans and coveted among the ranks of AEW’s elite wrestling lineup. 

Famous for their highflying moves, Superkicks and viral videos, Matt and Nick Jackson are two of the hottest and most talented competitors in professional wrestling today. Known as the Young Bucks, this pair of ambitious brothers are an inspiration to both fans and aspiring wrestlers worldwide due to their message of resilience and determination. That they are also faithful family men devoted to their loved ones gives them additional appeal. 

A warm, heartfelt story of hope, perseverance, and undying ambition told with the brothers’ wit and charm, Young Bucks begins in Southern California, where two young boys grew up dreaming of success and fame. Matt and Nick look back on the sacrifices they made to achieve their ambitions, from taking odd  jobs to pay for their own wrestling ring to hosting backyard events with friends. They share their joy at being recruited into the amateur California circuit and the work it took to finally make it professionally, and speak frankly about what it means to have the support of millions of fans cheering their talents in arenas nationwide. The Young Bucks talk endearingly about their sport, their faith, and their families, sharing personal reflections and behind-the-scenes anecdotes while paying tribute to the wrestling acts and inspirations that came before them. They also elaborate on this historical time in the evolution of wrestling, as the sport and its culture dramatically change day by day.

Alternating between each brother’s perspective from chapter to chapter, this entertaining memoir is a complete portrait of what it means to grow into—and give back to—wrestling, the sport and profession they embody and love. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781799945727
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Sales rank: 689,829
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Young Bucks is an American professional wrestling tag team, consisting of brothers Matt and Nick Massie (also known by their ring names Matt and Nick Jackson) from Southern California. They are currently a part of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), for which they made their TNT debut in October 2019 to millions of fans across the United States. They previously worked for various promotions on the independent circuit, most notably Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Ring of Honor (ROH) and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). 

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Growing Up Young lucks 3

A Wrestling Ring in My Backyard 19

Nice So Meet You, My Name is Mr. BYWA 30

High Risk Wrestling 43

Superhero Origin Story 55

Extra Talent 70

Culture Shock in Japan 85

Sweaty Nights in Reseda 103

Sign the Bucks! 118

Welcome to TNA 130

Handshake Gate 152

Superkick Party 167

Bullet Club 181

Bloodstained Sneaker 199

The Elite Is Born 214

Being the Elite 227

Going All In 247

A Road Never Traveled 268

Epilogue 285

Acknowledgments 291

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