The Elite have embraced their hoop dreams this year, doing more basketball related segments on Being the Elite and AEW Dynamite.
It all culminated in Charlotte, NC when the group had an NBA-style introduction ahead of their ten-man tag team match. One week later, the group did a pre-tape where they cut down the nets to celebrate their victory.
On Talk N Shop, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, and The Young Bucks recalled the segment and why they believe it would not have worked in WWE.
"There's no chance in hell we'd be able to do that (in the other company). Three pages of scripts, lighting, three approvals, then up to the big boss, then a no, then back, then change this, do it that way, take that off. The fact that you can be your organic self," said Gallows.
Matt Jackson added, "It's why it works. It's straight for us. It's not from a million writers or filters. We did one take and Kenny missed shows, we were happy, but wanted to do it again. Just for fun, I changed the play. I'm thinking, 'No way Nick makes this shot again.' I faked out Kenny, passed it to Brandon. It was a joke to pop myself. It made the play better because it was a little longer."
Nick said that after Tony Khan saw the footage, he called it, "The best pre-tape of all time."
They noted that one of the floodlights was during segment and the crew wondered if they should do it again. All of them agreed that they wanted to keep it as it was and not have it "WWE'd."
Of course, not every pre-tape is perfect.
"Here is one thing that was bad about the pre-tape. We were on set for two hours waiting for one individual; Kenny by God Omega. He's getting a massage," recalled Nick Jackson.
"He's our Brock Lesnar now," joked Karl Anderson. "When you're the top guy (you do what you want). If I was the top and you guys were waiting on me, I'd be like, 'Sorry, boys I got shit to do. Are you gonna tell me I can't?'"
The Young Bucks are set to defend their AEW Tag Team Championships against Jurassic Express on Wednesday's Dynamite.
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