October 15, 2020 | 10:43am | Updated October 15, 2020 | 11:14am
FTR (l.) and The Young Bucks meet in the ring on “AEW Dynamite.”
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The Young Bucks are as interested as pro wrestling fans in what a match between them and FTR will be like in All Elite Wrestling when the time comes.
“They [fans] don’t know what that kind of match would even look like. I don’t even know what that match would look like,” said Matt Jackson, one half of The Young Bucks with his brother Nick. “I’ve fantasized for years about what it would look like. You never truly know until you finally get there to that day. And maybe when I did fantasize about it, I fantasize about a full arena full of 10,000 people going crazy. That might seem farfetched nowadays.”
The match, no matter when it happens, will feature a compelling clash of styles between two teams that have both been called the best in the industry.
“Even down [to] the aesthetics, the way that we look, it’s so different,” Matt Jackson said. “They’re old school, smash-mouth, hard-hitting wrestlers and people refer to us as the Deadpool of wrestling because we break the fourth wall. We really do whatever we want. We break all rules and logic while they follow all the rules. FTR, follow the rules.”
FTR (Fear the Revolt), formerly The Revival in WWE, has been with AEW since late May. They and The Young Bucks have yet to be on opposite sides of the ring against each other. The two groups did team up for a six-man tag match on “AEW Dynamite” in July. Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler have since won the company’s tag team titles and caused a storyline rift between The Bucks and former friend and Elite faction member “Hangman” Adam Page.
The rivalry between FTR and The Young Bucks has been going on much longer than a few months. Both teams, who have traded barbs across social media and YouTube videos, tweeted in 2018 that one day they will wrestle each other and “everyone will rejoice.”
The next best opportunity for the clash would be at the “Full Gear” pay-per-view on Nov. 7; The Young Bucks will be part of a four-team No. 1 contender’s match on next week’s “Dynamite,” with the winner facing FTR at “Full Gear.” If done then, it would likely not have the atmosphere the teams envisioned. AEW, because of the coronavirus pandemic, is working with a crowd at 10-15 percent capacity at the 5,500 seat Daily’s Place amphitheater in Jacksonville, Fla. They don’t believe the lack of a true crowd will keep them from delivering.
“When this match does happen, I expect it to live up to the expectations everybody built it up to be, but it’s gonna be difficult when there aren’t 10-12,000 screaming fans going crazy,” Matt Jackson said. “I think at the least, there are gonna be a lot of people watching at home and they’re gonna see a tag team clinic.”
Outside their on-screen rivalry, The Young Bucks – who are also both executive vice presidents in AEW and have a heavy influence on the tag division – see a chance to use FTR to their full potential.
“If you look at FTR, these guys are massive stars and they weren’t utilized the way they could have been,” Nick Jackson said. “They were for a minute in NXT, but we’re gonna show the world this is how you book these guys.”
They couldn’t be happier to have them in AEW.
“They’re so different,” Matt Jackson said. “In a world where a lot of people, the trends are set and people kind of wrestle the same, what a breath of fresh air they’ve been. Having them come in these last three, four months is just awesome.”
Since The Elite won the Stadium Stampede match in May, the group of The Young Bucks, Page, Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes has drifted apart in storyline. Omega and Page broke up as a tag team and are starting singles runs. The Young Bucks’ focus is the tag team titles and Rhodes recently became a two-time TNT champion. Nick Jackson believes the members of the group going their separate ways is “for the better.”
“That doesn’t ever say we won’t ever come back to one another at some point because you always see that in wrestling,” he said. “Right now, I feel we all need to separate and tell stories on your own. I think it is better that way because now we can pretty much focus on our own. Page can focus on his and Kenny can focus on his end. We’ve never really done that in quite some time. Three separate stories on Dynamite I think can help grow the company.”