The AEW World Tag Team Title Match between The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. FTR at the Full Gear PPV last month was known as one of the greatest tag team matches of all time as well as an absolute instant classic.
This recognition was given despite the fact that the match happened in an arena where only a limited number of fans were allowed and during a pandemic. Roughly 1,000 people were able to attend the AEW Full Gear PPV, but the company would have liked to have this match take place in front of a packed arena.
A stipulation was added to the match that if the Young Bucks lost then they would never again be able to challenge for the AEW World Tag Team Titles, but the Young Bucks got a huge win and became the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.
The Young Bucks’ Matt Jackson recently spoke with Steven Muehlhausen of The Walkway to Fight Club about if they were thinking of holding back the tag team championship match for when things go back to normal.
Matt Jackson said they talked about it and the truth is, nobody knows when the world is gonna open up again. Matt Jackson also said it finally got to the point where they were saying
“What are we waiting for? We can’t just keep waiting, and we can’t hold back. Because who knows, this can go another year. And by the time we finally do it a year later, do people even care at that point?”
Matt also said the idea was Tony Khan’s, even when they were suggesting to hold it off until Revolution, but it did work out and the four of them delivered and a lot of people are saying it is a classic now. Matt also said that he thinks people will only remember the match for that, a love letter to tag team wrestling.
This is what Matt Jackson said:
“We talked about it. The truth is, nobody knows when the world is gonna open up again. We suggested in the very beginning that we got to save this for the fans. Then this thing (COVID-19) keeps getting longer and worse and worse. Finally, it got to the point where it was like, ‘What are we waiting for? We can’t just keep waiting, and we can’t hold back. Because who knows, this can go another year. By the time we finally do it a year later, do people even care at that point?’ Do you know what I mean.”
“It was Tony’s call to finally do it because we are even suggesting trying to hold off until Revolution. He said, ‘Nope, now’s the time to do it, we’re doing it.’ In retrospect, he was right in hindsight because it did work out, and it did deliver. Would I be saying the same thing if the match didn’t deliver? I’d be pissed off right now. But the four of us delivered, and a lot of people are saying it is a classic now. I think people will only remember the match for that, a love letter to tag team wrestling.”
There was not even one single complaint about the Young Bucks vs. FTR Match, but complaints were made about the build-up to the match. Even Dax Harwood of FTR said prior to Full Gear that their tag match with The Young Bucks could have had a better build-up, which Matt Jackson agreed with.
This is what Matt Jackson said:
“You know, the build maybe could have gone a little bit longer [as] people said it was a little rushed. But again, I don’t think at the end of the day, nobody’s even gonna think about that. They’re just gonna think about the match.” “Nick made a great point. Nobody thinks about when Hogan and Rock wrestled [at Wrestlemania 18], nobody thinks about the fact there was a diesel involved, and someone got killed. Nobody thinks about that. They think about the match they had. I’m not comparing our match to that match. I’m just saying two different matches, but nobody thinks about the delivery of the match. I think we stuck the landing.”