Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues by Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson

April 1, 2021

This will reinforce everything you already thought about the Young Bucks.

Perhaps inevitably, for older readers this will bring to mind the WWE Hardy Boys book with its similar tale of two brothers moving up from backyarding and enhancement roles to a high-profile career.

The main structural difference (aside from the lack of a ghostwriter) is that the Hardys Book was almost in an oral history style, with individual paragraphs cited as either Matt or Jeff speaking. Here Matt and Nick write lengthy alternating chapters in the first person and, with the pair having similar writing voices, I was often left checking back to remember who was telling the story at a particular moment.

For fans of the Bucks, this will be a fun experience reliving an uplifting tale of two guys who took chances and made their own career by treating themselves as a merchandise business while breaking many of the unwritten rules of wrestling.

The most divisive element of the book will depend very much on your perspective of confidence: while only the harshest critics will interpret this account as being arrogant, there’s certainly no false modesty on display.

The book is certainly an enjoyable read, but it’s biggest drawback is that so much of the Bucks’ career took place in an era when events both in the ring and behind the curtain were recorded and shared in real time. Those who’ve only discovered the Bucks through AEW may have a different experience, but for me there wasn’t much in the way of revelations here. While the later sections of the book do detail the Bucks’ thinking when it came to building their brand on the independent scene, the insights aren’t really surprising.

That the story is already well-established is hardly a major criticism however, and this will certainly be a pleasurable recap for all but the harshest critics of the pair.

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