Wrestling / The Young Bucks

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Trained by Marty Jannetty and Ron Rivera, The Young Bucks are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of real life brothers Matt and Nick Jackson (real surname Massie) from the suburbs of southern California. They are most known for their appearances in Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerilla, though they have also competed in Dragon Gate (both Japan and USA) and CHIKARA, and are currently also mainstays of New Japan Pro Wrestling as members of its top heel faction, the Bullet Club.

From 2010-2011 they had a short run in TNA under the team name Generation Me, using the ring names Max and Jeremy Buck respectively, where they were best known for their matches against the Motor City Machine Guns. They stand out due to their ever-constant boyish looks and mannerisms and their colorful attire, as well as their aerodynamic wrestling style.

As usual, more on their careers can be found here.

"SUPERTROPE PARTY!":

  • Arch-Enemy
    • The Motor City Machineguns went from The Rivals/Worthy Opponents to this when Generation Me decided to turn viciously heel on them.
    • Have severe competitive issues with reDRagon baggage involving both the IWGP Junior and ROH tag belts.
  • Always Someone Better: They have a history of derailing the Dark City Fight Club, at least when it comes to Davis and Chavis's ROH careers.
  • Animal Motifs: Early on, roosters.
  • Armed Legs: Once armed their legs by stomping into a pile of thumbtacks.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Guys: They're very good at playing the part of insufferably cocky assholes who think nobody can beat them. Oh, and they will super kick streamers back into the crowd.
  • Bash Brothers: Both figuratively and literally. They're so rarely anything but teammates that people who archive pro wrestling records for a living can count the number of times they weren't on one hand.
  • Big Little Brother: Their younger brother CK is noticeably larger than either Buck.
  • Camera Abuse: Defied, a camera stood out as one of the few things not kicked by the Bucks by the end of the 2016 Global Wars. It's safety came at the cost of a camera man's chin, though.
    • As part of their entrance at most Ring of Honor shows, they pantomime superkicking the camera, heightened by the cameraman turning it away to sell the hit.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Not towards each other, aside from that little spell late into the Generation Me run, but they've so far developed a distinct habit of being among the main guys in Bullet Club to turn on one leader/ace and then latch closer onto the next one they like better. The first time it was more a basic altercation coinciding with Devitt's departure and naturally gravitating to Styles over time,note  but the second time they outright helped Omega excommunicate Styles and take over the leadership.
  • Double Knockout: During a visit to Chile for Wrestling Superstar they wrestled the Hardy Boyz to a double pin.
  • Dumb Struck: Their reaction at Final Battle when Broken Matt was projected on an ROH jumbotron following their successful title retention. Matt Jackson looked as if it was taking long to register and Nick had a look of disbelief.
  • Ego Centric Team Naming: When Kevin Steen announced the formation of their PWG stable, the elder Jackson insisted it be called "Matt Rushmore".
    Steen: "That's not what we're putting on the shirt. Mount Rushmore."
  • Expy: They're quite reminiscent of the Hardy Boyz; dark-haired, calmer older brother with a blonde, less-calm younger brother, who are young high-flyers.
    • The Psycho Rangers: Can also be considered this due to spending so much more time as heels than the Hardyz.
  • Extremity Extremist: They're known for doing superkicks, to the point where they've created the "superkick party" and often joke about doing hundreds or thousands of them. Take a look at any of their t-shirts, and chances are the words "superkick party" will be somewhere on there.
  • Evil Duo: They're choir boys compared to reDRagon though. The Bucks at least respected some of Cheeseburger's dignity, for example. There was vocal demand from the crowd at Ring Of Honor's 13th Anniversary show for the Bucks to super kick Shayna Baszler for screwing them out of the tag titles, for another.
  • Evil Is Hammy: In a rare move-based sort of way: The Bucks have a move set that is usually suited towards high-flying babyfaces. But because they are so good at being assholes, their high-flying move set instead comes off as over-the-top for the sake of being over the top.
  • Evil Is Petty: As heels, the Young Bucks aren't just bad guys. They're assholes, often for no other reason than It Amused Me. One of their more infamous incidents involved super kicking an eight year old boy during his birthday. During their promised "super kick party" at the 2016 "Global Wars", they kicked their own father.
  • Fearful Symmetry: The first night main event at Supercard Of Honor X saw Matt Jackson and Chris Sabin unable to start the match off because they kept trying the same thing, getting frustrated and tagging out. It continued with Alex Shelley and Nick, until Nick started goofing off, which successfully threw the Motor City Machine Guns off their game.
  • Finishing Move: Several. Early-Onset Alzheimer's (double/stereo superkicks), the Indytaker/More Bang For Your Fuck (springboard spike Tombstone Piledriver), the Meltzer Driver (same as previous but with a somersault on the springboard), and More Bang For Your Buck (fireman's carry roll/450° splash/moonsault combination). In TNA as heels they also had a double team rope-hung DDT.
  • Five Moves of Doom: Their infamous finishing combo as a trio with AJ Styles. AJ applies an inverted face lock and suplexes the victim into one Buck who catches him in position for a tombstone. AJ then throws the other Buck up over his shoulder to spike the tombstone. Then the holding Buck gives the victim to AJ who sets him up for the Styles Clash, but AJ doesn't drop him until after both Bucks superkick the poor guy.
  • Force Feeding: Force fed Joey Ryan thumbtacks during the a hardcore tag team match at PWG against the World's Cutest Tag Team. This was partially because they accidentally switched their thumbtack bag with a bag of gummy bears, but then they tried to kick the tacks down his throat when he wouldn't swallow.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heels: In New Japan Pro Wrestling as part of the Bullet Club.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: They tend to stay away from cuss words in their promos because they're good Christian boys. However they tend to forget that in matches from time to time, which the PWG fans will joyfully mock with the chant of "YOU SAID FUCK!"
  • Groin Attack: Suffered a particularly heinous example in the same hardcore tag match as the Force Feeding thing. Candice LeRae ballsplexed one of the Bucks into the turnbuckle, dropped a handful of thumbtacks down his pants, and then ballsplexed him again…into the remaining thumbtacks.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: They were the most comfortable with the notion when Kevin Steen announced Mount Rushmore would force everyone who got in Adam Cole's way to suck Cole's dick. But better you than them.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: As part of the Bullet Club. In New Japan Pro Wrestling, they're heels. Anywhere else, they're faces. They don't have a problem being heel, it's just the stable is so over due to cool factor and AJ Styles that no company's fanbase will boo them outside of NJPW anymore.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Matt.
  • I Have Many Names: The Young Bucks, Generation Me, Los Gallineros.
    • Matt Jackson, Max Buck, Fluffy the Dog, Gallinero II, Mr. Instant Replay.
    • Nick Jackson, Jeremy Buck, El Gallinero/Gallinero I, Slick Nick.
  • I Have the High Ground: Not their entire offense, but a good portion of it.
    • Two-thirds of their most frequent finisher, More Bang For Your Buck, is one brother hitting a 450 splash on their opponent followed immediately by the other hitting a moonsault and then going for the pin.
    • Whenever they break out the Meltzer Driver, fans get to see one of the brothers do a 450 splash flip to help the other brother spike their opponent in a kneeling piledriver.
  • It's All About Me: Does the name "Generation Me" carry a hint or two? Even outside of that, they are some of the most vain "good Christian boys" we will see in pro wrestling. TNA even tried to portray that they are so self-centered they would sell each other out to get ahead in a heartbeat, and even teased a split between both them and their arch-rivals the Motor City Machineguns when having both teams compete more in the X-Division than in the tag team ranks. This makes no sense seeing the way they function as pretty much one person in two when acting as a team.
  • Jerkass: Times two.
  • Kick Parry: Kenny Omega and one of the Bucks had once tried to super kick each other, resulting in their legs getting tangled up and each hopping around trying not to lose balance, which ended up being Omega when the other Jackson then kicked him in the head.
  • Kick the Dog: They defeated the All Night Express tag team at ROH Southern Defiance. In Real Life, ANX member Rhett Titus had suffered a legitimate injury and needed some time off to have it surgically repaired and to rehab. In kayfabe, the Bucks now going into Northern Aggression against the C&C Wrestle Factory, decided they hadn't had enough of the All Nights yet and intentionally injured Titus, putting him on the shelf and leaving Kenny King to face the Bravado Brothers by his lonesome.
  • Large Ham: Can be this when they're feeling particularly hyped or confident.
  • Likes Older Women: The boys had a thing with Tara for a brief period during their TNA run.
  • Merchandise-Driven: It's been shilled extra hard since becoming "Bullet Club Elite", and The Young Bucks shirts cost the most because they're the best! They've even made shirts out of their own injuries!
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • Handspring backrakes!
    • The Meltzer Driver/Indytaker fixes the issue of how non-finishing the Tombstone Piledriver looks when it's not done by or to The Undertaker and/or Kane — add another guy springboarding off the top to help spike the victim from the other side.
  • Older Than They Look: The Young Bucks are eleven-year wrestling veterans, 31 and 26 years old respectively, have both gotten married to womanly wives, and one's become a father. But if you saw Matt and Nick Jackson on the streets of Hesperia, California without first knowing who they are, you'd probably mistake them for high school kids about to attend a rave.
  • Popularity Power: While Adam Cole was trying to tell Matt Taven and Mike Bennett what they needed to do to defeat War Machine, Bobby Fish interrupted him to take his case to ROH match maker Nigel McGuinness for a reDRagon vs The Kingdom match. The Young Bucks then tried to go over Fish's head by taking their case to the fans, who naturally preferred to see them. It only half worked, as McGuinness refused to remove reDRagon from the match but did add the Bucks, making it a triple threat.
  • Power Stable:
    • In PWG, Mount Rushmore with Kevin Steen and Adam Cole.
      • Mount Rushmore 2.0 with Roderick Strong and Super Dragon.
    • In NJPW and ROH, they've got the BULLET CLUB.
  • Power Trio:
    • The Jackson 3 with Malachi
    • Have been this with both Steen and Cole in Mount Rushmore.
    • Usually fill in the numbers with their Bullet Club stablemates, most frequently with Bad Luck Fale in Japan and AJ Styles in America.
    • Crossing over with Tournament Arc, they've also been a part of a few of these for CHIKARA's King of Trios events. Examples include:
    • As of 2016 they are considered the "Bullet Club Elite" along with new leader Kenny Omega, who they won the Never Openweight Six Man Tag Team Title from The Briscoes and Toru Yano with at that year's ROH Honor Rising: Japan.
  • Punny Name: One of their finishing moves, More Bang For Your Buck. Also, their TNA ring names, Max (Matt) and Jeremy (Nick) Buck, were seemingly designed to allow fans (and Taz) to keep calling them the Young Bucks despite officially renaming them as a team for trademarking purposes.
  • Put on a Bus: A couple times out of ROH, including once to TNA. At other times they were intentionally sent out with the ROH Tag Team titles to other countries, though ROH would not always name the specific promotions. When they boarded the bus out of TNA, the first place it stopped was WWE for a tryout, but after rubbing Booker T the wrong way (by not going up to him and shaking his hand, of all things) they were told their services would not be required. So the bus kept on going and finally took them back to ROH and PWG as well as to New Japan Pro Wrestling. They also appeared in CHIKARA.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The Young Bucks are one of the most respected tag teams around. They still look like teenage boys, they've worn pink before, and this, is their theme, MMMBop!
  • Red Baron:
  • Running Gag: In PWG, the Bucks would often start a match by superkicking the ring announcer, making everybody laugh. Eventually, the announcer got his revenge by dodging the attack and then flooring them both with a double clothesline.
  • Sibling Team: A brothers tag team and, more rarely, a brothers trio.
  • Signature Move: Superkick Party, anyone? Even then, it's one of many.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • After returning to ROH following a stint in TNA, this is basically their gimmick. They have very high opinions of themselves, refuse to shake hands with anybody but each other, and give themselves sole credit for selling all the tickets to the shows.(they did shake with the Briscoes after they were saved from an Addiction beating though)
    • Their current union with Kenny Omega in 2016 has taken this Up to Eleven, with the three outright declaring themselves the Elite, both of Bullet Club and in general, after removing AJ Styles from the equation.
  • Smug Snakes: Especially as heels, goofing off and mocking their opponents is kinda their stock and trade.
  • Spot Monkey: Have been accused of being this, as ring psychology is not the strongest part of their game.
  • Stealth Pun: Their NJPW theme is called "Double Barrel". Time to remember what stable they're in.
  • Tag Team: One of the very best.
  • Technician vs. Performer: They are the performers vs reDRagon, as Kyle O'Reilly is a mixed martial arts enthusiast and Bobby Fish is a former Muy Thai and kick boxing competitor who has also dabbled in mixed martial arts. Ironically reDRagon's MMA friends such as Filthy Tom Lawlor have been known to run interference in the times the Bucks manage to overwhelm them.
  • The Rival
    • They've faced London and Kendrick (AKA The Hooligans) in Big Time Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Family Wrestling Entertainment, House of Hardcore and House of Glory. For better or worse they are associated with Shawn Michaels to the Jannetty trained Bucks, which is partially why encounters keep happening.
    • The Motor City Machine Guns may have been behind the conspiracy to bring down The Knights of the Rising Dawn, but The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) frequently looked past them in favor of attacking the Young Bucks. Even though it was two years ago they were still upset about being the first victims of the Meltzer Driver.
  • Too Many Belts: Twice held the IWGP Jr., ROH, and PWG tag team championships at once and for a time were known to carry all three sets of tag titles to the ring at once during their first run. Within NJPW they took this to its logical extreme, as after 2016's Dominion 6.19 they were both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and two thirds of the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions (their third man being Kenny Omega).
  • Tournament Arc
    • They won the Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in 2009, Roderick Strong and Bryan Danielson being their final opponents. They went on to win it again in 2011 (beating Nightmare Violence Connection in the final) and 2013 (Kevin Steen in the final again, this time with El Generico)
    • In 2013 they also won one for the House Of Glory tag team titles at Fight For Gold, beating "LAX" (Homicide and Hernandez) in the final.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Had absolutely no problem superkicking Taeler Hendrix.
  • Wrestling Family: Besides each other, younger brother Malachi wrestles as well. They also have a cousin, Tabitha Seelig, who wrestles as Tab Jackson.
  • Wrestling Psychology: The Bucks are an interesting example. Their style of wrestling is very fast-paced, high-flying, and visually appealing. However, their mannerisms in and out of the ring are so douchey that they come across as blowhards and unnecessarily full of themselves. It is a major departure from traditional wrestling psychology note , and it certainly has its detractors (There's often a generational divide too: younger fans like it, older fans hate it). However, the Bucks are still a good draw with this almost meta-heeling concept. That being said, they are still a very polarizing group.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: A strange inversion. Max and Jeremy of Generation Me were created as identities that TNA could trademark, but they still felt the need to allude to the Young Bucks by eventually adding "Buck" as the characters' surname.

Alternative Title(s): Generation Me

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