The Young Bucks became the hottest free agents in wrestling at the end of 2018 when their contracts with ROH and NJPW expired.
Matt & Nick Jackson had offers from all the major companies but went with the yet to be announced All Elite Wrestling, signing on as co-executive Vice Presidents alongside Cody Rhodes and Kenny Omega. Just how close were Matt & Nick to going to WWE? So close that Matt told his wife they were headed to New York.
"We were on a family vacation in Hawaii and we had just landed when Matt got a text from Hunter and he was like, 'Do you have some time to talk?' 'I'm on vacation with my family.' 'I just need 20 minutes. Whenever you're available, give me a call.' I remember Matt hung up -- it ended up not being 20 minutes, it was much longer than that -- he looks at me and he's like, 'I think we're going to WWE.' 'I never thought I'd hear those words come out of your mouth, but okay.' Things made sense. After having the conversations he did, it didn't sound as horrible as we expected it to be. I had always heard about how many days on the road there are and he wouldn't be at home. Family is number one. That was a concern he brought up to Hunter and he was wonderful. Anytime we had -- I was part of the conversation because I handle the business for Matt and Nick -- anything we were worried about, he would reassure us and have an answer right away. We were comfortable with it," Matt's wife Dana Massie recalled on Tradecraft Podcast.
Massie went on to say that before Matt and his brother officially signed with WWE, they met with Tony Khan.
And the rest is history.
Massie currently serves as Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer for AEW.
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