The Young Bucks On Leaving Social Media, How It Has Helped Spark Creativity
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The Young Bucks aren’t on Twitter much but that doesn’t mean they are any less accessible or creative.
The Bucks spoke with Steven Muehlhausen of Sporting News ahead of tomorrow’s AEW Revolution event in Chicago. During the interview, Matt and Nick spoke about to delete their social media accounts last year, which led to some criticism from fans about them not being able to handle negativity in regards to AEW. They spoke about what led to their decision and Nick said that social media did help them get to where they needed to be in wrestling, they didn’t need it anymore and said the negativity in their careers was nothing new to them.
Nick Jackson: “Things like that, the negativity — we’ve been getting it our whole career, and it’s funny that people pointed to that situation. That was far from the truth because we could care less. I had no clue there is even outrage about the Dark Order punch thing until Brandon Cutler told us at a Christmas party that Twitter was going nuts, and we’re like, ‘What? Really?’ To that point, we were just about done with social media. We were done with it anyway. So one morning, Matt and I decided to delete it, and we had been talking about it forever. I was like, “You know what, since you want to delete it, that means I can delete it.” So we removed it at the same exact time, and we didn’t look back.”
Nick also said they were spending too much time on it, including at home where it was taking away from their family time. He says he hasn’t used it in a few months and it has changed his life in a good way.
“There’s one particular moment where it hit me where I was reading stuff about the show, and my kids were playing, and they were like, ‘Daddy come play with me.’ And I wasn’t listening to them. They had to shake me and said, ‘Daddy, come play with me.’ And then I looked at my phone and was like, ‘What am I doing? I’m wasting time on this fake thing that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t affect my life,” Nick said. “I’m taking time doing this instead of playing with my children at home. How selfish of a human being am I to do this?’”
Matt’s answer was a bit more positive in terms of wrestling as he feels it has helped spark their creativity in AEW.
“I think the shows have been a lot better,” Matt said. “When you read something and whether you’re going to believe it or not, it’s still in the back of your mind, and maybe subconsciously, you’re thinking about it. It started to start changing the way you feel about the shows and your creativity.
“For me, it stifled me. You’d have a great match or great show, and I would read a comment, and I’d be hot rolling my eyes. But then again, like, maybe it did play a factor and certain ways I saw it and perhaps I misjudged it, and I’m like, ‘Wait, did we not have a good show?’ I thought it was, and then I realized, ‘Wait a minute now, like, you’re never going to be able to make everybody happy. It’s absolutely impossible.’”
Matt compared the situation to a roller coaster ride and said reading only good things isn’t healthy either, but noted that they do still have some presence on social media with Being The Elite. He says that’s the outlet that “truly brought us to the dance” and said he expresses himself the most there and they’ll still be the most accessible wrestlers in the world.
The Bucks also talk about the tag title match at Revolution against Kenny Omega and Adam Page and being EVP’s at AEW; the full interview is at this link.