The idea for “The Elite” wasn’t some well-organized plan, but more so of a concept that took off on its own, according to The Young Bucks.
The Young Bucks, comprised of brothers Nick and Matt Jackson, were interviewed by “A Music Blog, Yea?” and talked about how much fun they are having traveling all over the world, but they did admit that the constant travel gets exhausting.
“Every weekend is really unhealthy for us,” Nick said. “It's cool though, because we know we only have a certain window [of time] to do this and we're trying to enjoy every minute of it because, I'm not going to be do this in fifteen years. Let’s try to enjoy it now and have some fun."
When talking about the origins of “The Elite,” a sub-stable comprised of the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, all members of NJPW’s Bullet Club stable, Matt said it all started when he and his brother constantly made lists of the top 100 wrestlers. The list routinely had all three members, and occasionally former Bullet Club leader AJ Styles, as the top wrestlers.
The Elite truly came into fruition the night AJ Styles was usurped as the leader of the Bullet Club by Omega as Styles was heading to WWE. Matt said an improvised moment after Omega kicked Styles out of the stable creating the small stable.
“We have this thing when we team with Kenny that we’re the Elite and we try to make our matches super interactive,” Matt said. “We want everyone to feel like they are a part of the match...Yeah, it was like a tongue-in-cheek thing, like 'yeah, we're the elite wrestlers in the world,' right? And then one day, on the fly, it was scripted for Kenny to turn on AJ, but it wasn't scripted for us to return to the ring, it was just the three of us, and then jump him and beat him up more, and then take a picture and stuff like that. That was something we just did on our own, and then we get to the back and people are already sending me pictures on Twitter. I put 'the Elite of the Bullet Club' as a caption, and immediately people were like 'woah, what's that?' and I'm like 'we need a shirt! We need a shirt!' I’m pretty sure that night we had a shirt made. We knew right away it was something cool."
The small stable even has a YouTube channel called “Being the Elite” where the group posts videos of their travels and behind the scenes videos featuring themselves and their wrestler friends. The interview can be seen in the video above.