While speaking with CBS Sports, The Young Bucks discussed negotiations with WWE prior to making the announcement that they would be starting up AEW with Cody Rhodes.
Nick Jackson mentioned that WWE’s offer was very aggressive and Matt believed at one point that they were actually going to WWE.
“For a moment, I thought that we would probably be going to WWE. That was the closest that it’s ever come to us going there, for sure. And they were great. They were respectful, and they told us what our value was. I think it was really like a wake-up call for us. It was almost like, wow. It’s good to be wanted. These guys, they’re teaching us we are valuable and we’re worth this much. It was definitely something we were considering, and it was hard to turn down, because it would have been life-changing.”
Matt said that they had to do what is best for their families and pointed out that WWE was friendly during the negotiations.
“We just had to do the best thing for our families. We’re family men, and we just want to take care of them, and we want to make the best decision, and we want to be home,” said Matt. “But again, with WWE, they were pretty much willing to do anything. Any type of concern we had, they had something good to say about it and how they would fix it. I can’t stress enough how friendly and how great they were to us. And I have nothing but good things to say about them.”
As previously reported, WWE was looking to bring The Bucks on for a three-year deal. They ultimately turned down WWE and signed a five-year deal with AEW instead.