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With AEW still dealing with the shocking fallout of this month’s All Out – well, the post-All Out shenanigans, that is – there now comes word on how the Young Bucks are viewed by the AEW roster.

Of course, Matt and Nick Jackson are both currently suspended by Tony Khan’s promotion due to a backstage altercation following CM Punk’s explosive media scrum comments after All Out. The Jacksons, Punk, Ace Steel and Kenny Omega are all serving a suspension right now.

Per Wade Keller at the PWTorch, the general consensus backstage is that the Bucks are generally well liked.

As Keller put it on a recent Torch audio show (via WrestlingNews.co):

“The Bucks are not seen as abrasive personalities. Passive aggressive? Yes, there’s some aspects of that… they’re not seen as assh**es. People who don’t like Punk have more negative things to say than people who don’t like the Bucks have to say about them in terms of their characterisation.”

Wade continued:

“The Bucks might rub people the wrong way or not be their type of people or whatever, but they’re not jerks, and that’s kind of part of the dynamic here. I think some people looked at Punk here and said, ‘You might not like that they are not taking your advice, you might think, ‘Oh, that comment didn’t need to be made”… it’s hard for people to imagine Matt and Nick deserving that kind of call-out publicly in a context that should have been about celebrating a World Title win and a really good PPV.”

AEW is currently waiting for a third party investigation to play out, with said investigation looking into the aforementioned backstage altercation that took place after All Out. There, it’s alleged that the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega went to CM Punk’s dressing room, a fight broke out, Nick Jackson was hit in the eye by a chair from Ace Steel, and Steel is also said to have bit Omega.

The specifics of this situation vary from the day to day, with there several different accounts of how exactly all of this happened. Immediately following All Out, Tony Khan stripped Punk of the AEW World Title and the Bucks and Omega of the AEW Trios Tag Titles, whilst placing those three, Steel, Michael Nakazawa, Brandon Cutler, Pat Buck and Christopher Daniels on suspension.

As it stands, Nakazawa, Cutler, Buck and Daniels’ suspensions have come to an end, but this matter is clearly far from over – with there even being talking of legal action potentially taking place.

Kevin Nash is well aware of the post-All Out brawl in the AEW locker room and he has some thoughts. Nash is no stranger to locker room incidents. He had an encounter with Roddy Piper once, and he went after The Nasty Boys with a bat after he felt the team took liberties with Scott Hall during a match in their WCW days.

The most recent real-life pro wrestling brawl on a major scale occurred after CM Punk took aim at AEW’s Executive Vice Presidents and others. This led to a fight in the locker room involving Punk, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Ace Steel.

During an edition of the “Kliq This” podcast, Nash shared the moment he thinks the situation escalated and wasn’t just for show anymore.

“The fact is that it came to blows,” Nash said. “So, when it comes to blows now it’s not a work anymore. I’m not letting you punch me in the fucking face, for the sake of fake wrestling? Are you fucking kidding me? Fuck that. Let me tell one of the guys in the back, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna fucking waffle ya.'”

Nash made sure to point out what Steel allegedly did to Omega.

“The one guy, [Ace] Steel bit fucking Omega,” Nash said. “It was a fucking fight. A chair got thrown.”

As far as whether or not AEW Owner Tony Khan should turn this into an angle, Nash brought up an interesting point.

“I look at it as, in my cunning brain, how convenient that the guy that you’re gonna maybe toss out of your company or maybe wants to leave has your world title. How does that make you feel? You got put over, now you got the bargaining chip, and now you go into business for yourself.”

Khan vacated the AEW World Championship held by the Punk and the AEW World Trios Titles held by Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks following the altercation after All Out.

To quote Col. Tom Parker, “What good is hate, if it’ s free?” Bobby Fish doesn’t think AEW capitalized on his team reDragon, nor the competitive spirit in the locker room.

“I think the ball was dropped,” Fish told “The Ten Count” on NBC Sports about his former home promotion of AEW. “Obviously I’m biased in a certain direction. You gotta know what you have and understand the value of your talent and what you have. To say that project was ‘mismanaged’ would be a monumental understatement. We were a proven commodity as a group. A proven commodity as individuals. Don’t screw it up stupid.”

Fish thinks that the backstage tensions and animosities in AEW are only a problem if no one is capitalizing on them. “There’s money to be made in that. I’ve had stuff go down recently with stuff who were true pros, and again money left on the table when it came to reDragon/FTR and some of it veered into some real life stuff. You got four guys who are professionals,” but Fish says that temper still flared due to the testosterone between the four men, “and that’s good for pro wrestling.” 

But what isn’t good in Fish’s eyes is when it “takes place in the locker room,” instead of the ring. “Nobody benefits from it and nobody makes money from it.” 

Fish targets former AEW Champion CM Punk, saying being a politician in the locker room gets “nobody anywhere.” Fish advises using animosity to everyone’s benefit, which is why he recently challenged Punk to a fight.

Booker T is shaking his head at the conclusion to the AEW World Trios Championship tournament. “It don’t look good at all,” Booker T said on his “Hall of Fame” podcast. He doesn’t think it was a smart move by All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice Presidents Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks. “I mean these guys beat everybody. No one can beat ’em. It’s almost ridiculous in a sense. They’re EVPS and then create a division and then be the first ones to win it. Like you said I mean, what are we doing here?” 

Booker doesn’t think the EVPs putting themselves over is appropriate. “‘Let’s give ourselves a bonus. Let’s give ourselves a raise. We’re EVPs we can do whatever we want to do.’ And if I was in that position,” Booker mused, “I wonder what I would do. I get it. I understand. But the question was should they have had those titles from the beginning? And I told you. What did I say from the beginning?”

Booker’s co-host reminded him that he did not predict calm waters when AEW was first announced with The Elite as EVPs. “This is not going to end well, I know how the boys are.” Booker explained that things can get really ugly when people have that kind of power and said that AEW’s Tony Khan has made “a huge mistake,” much in the way frequent AEW critic Eric Bischoff had. “I’m sure he would say it, and one of those mistakes was making friends with the boys,” Booker added.

“Tony Khan being a young guy relatively, those guys can connect with each other from a friendship perspective,” Booker went on. “I just don’t think that friendship and business — when you’re in an authority position like Tony Khan — that can never really happen. At least not with everybody.” 

Khan’s relationship with the AEW locker room has come into question after Khan sat alongside former AEW Champion CM Punk as he eviscerated the EVPs of the company. The rant led to a violent confrontation in the locker room at All Out, which then led to the World Title and the World Trios Titles being vacated, as well as the EVPs suspended from their own company and scrubbed from the opening video package.

“Sometimes you get caught up,” Booker assured. “Sometimes it’s not about anybody but you.” Booker noted that he runs a small promotion, Reality of Wrestling, and that he’s always said he doesn’t want to be a part of his own show, preferring to approach his promotion “from a distance.” ROW has been active since 2006, and has seen Booker in active ring action three times in the past three years, often in tag matches or singles matches that heavily feature young wrestlers, as ROW also has a training program.

“I understand that it’s not about me. It’s about my young guys and if I can give them a rub.” Booker attributes the short-sighted nature of Omega & The Bucks’ management to youth, but warns again that power can make messes. “Man, it can be chaos.”

All Elite Wrestling crowned a new World Heavyweight Champion at “All Out” in Chicago, with CM Punk becoming the second two-time champion in company history after defeating Jon Moxley in the show’s main event. However, the title was not the most talked about thing coming out of the pay-per-view, nor was the long-awaited return of MJF after the match.

All anyone is talking about is what Punk had to say during the “AEW All Out” post-show media scrum, where he verbally attacked “Hangman” Page, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Scott Colton aka Colt Cabana. Punk detailed his level of disdain for something The Elite allegedly said during an episode of “Being The Elite,” suggesting the reason he’s been getting such mixed reactions is because of their constant campaign to defend Cabana on their show.

“If you’re an EVP, you don’t try to middle your top babyface, trying to get your niche audience that’s on the internet to hate him for some made-up bullshit rumor,” Punk said. “Really pisses me off, stepping on your own dick trying to make money, sell tickets and fill arenas and these stupid guys think they are in Reseda [reference to PWG].”

Not only did Punk bury the group for comments they made in the past toward him, but “The Best in the World” also heavily criticized Page for comments he made during an interview he had at GalaxyCon, in which he stated that he doesn’t “take advice.”

“We have a locker room full of pretty brilliant minds, Jerry Lynn, Dean Malenko, Mark Henry,” Punk said. “When I came back [from the foot injury] and cut my second promo here, I thought it was pretty decent. Blurred the lines a little bit, crazy Phil, he’s going into business for himself, and really I was just defending myself. You mix that in with attacking Moxley and you mention Kingston being the second-best Kingston which is a pretty great line.

“Our locker room, for all the wisdom and brilliance it has, isn’t worth shit when you have an empty-headed idiot who’s never done anything in the business and does public interviews and says, ‘Nah, I don’t really take advice.’ Who the fuck do you think you are? Yanno? That’s stupid. I’m on a team with Barry Bonds, Mark Maguire, and Sammy Sosa and I don’t need to work on my swing, I’m not going to listen to these guys when they tell me how to swing a baseball. Fucking go fuck yourself. That’s how I feel about it. I dare you to say that to Terry Funk’s face. Fucking grow up.”

Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks defeated Dark Order (John Silver & Alex Reynolds) and “Hangman” Adam Page at AEW All Out to become the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions.

The match ended after Page accidentally hit John Silver with the Buckshot Lariat instead of Omega. Omega rolled Silver up and won the match for The Elite.

All Out is Omega’s first AEW pay-per-view since he lost the AEW World Championship to Page at Full Gear in November 2021. After the title match, Omega was out due to numerous injuries until the August 17 episode of “AEW Dynamite.” In his AEW return, he was revealed as the tag team partner for Matt and Nick Jackson in the tournament to crown the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions.

The Elite made it to the finals of the Trios Title Tournament with a victory over Will Ospreay and Aussie Open (Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher) on the August 31 episode of “Dynamite,” while Page and Dark Order qualified after defeating Orange Cassidy and Best Friends during the September 2 episode of “AEW Rampage.”

The AEW World Trios Titles were first announced during the July 27 edition of “Dynamite.” The brackets were revealed during the Quake by the Lake episode of “Dynamite.” The other tag teams that were part of the tournament were Death Triangle, Dark Order, Best Friends, the team of Andrade El Idolo, Rush and Dragon Lee, The House of Black, and Trustbusters.

With AEW already having several names out of action, Matt Jackson reportedly suffered an injury during the main event of last night’s AEW Dynamite. There, the Young Bucks lost the AEW Tag Team Titles to Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland in a match also featuring the Team Taz tandem of Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs.

As per Bryan Alvarez on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, the belief is that this undisclosed injury occurred when Matt was hit by a stalling vertical suplex from Hobbs and Lee. Jackson would continue the bout, dropkicking Limitless from the ring before tagging himself out for Starks.

While it isn’t known if this is related or not, the latest WOR outing saw Dave Meltzer add how Matt Jackson has been dealing with significant neck issues dating back to the Young Bucks vs. Lucha Bros. cage match at All Out last September.

There’s no word on how serious this injury is for Matt or whether he’ll have to miss any ring time, but it would clearly be a major blow for AEW to have yet another one of its top names on the sidelines.

At present, Tony Khan’s promotion already has CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Kenny Omega, Jungle Boy, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Lee Johnson, Red Velvet, Darius Martin and Leyla Hirsch amongst those out with injuries. Added to that, Jeff Hardy is currently serving a suspension after his latest DUI arrest.

Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland are the new AEW World Tag Team Champions. 

Swerve In Our Glory captured the AEW Tag titles on the Fyter Fest episode of Dynamite on Wednesday, defeating The Young Bucks, and Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks in a three-way. 

Strickland pinned Starks after a Swerve Stomp to secure the victory, ending the second Tag Team title reign of The Young Bucks. 

The title victory is the first in AEW for both Lee and Strickland. Lee joined the promotion in February, debuting on February 9 on Dynamite with a win over Isiah Kassidy. Strickland’s signing was announced at the Revolution pay-per-view on March 6, with his first AEW bout taking place on that week’s Rampage episode. 

The Young Bucks title reign ends at 28 days and zero successful defenses.  

Swerve In Our Glory had previously challenged for the Tag Team titles at Double or Nothing in May in a match also involving Starks and Hobbs, as well as then-Champions Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus.

An eventful night on AEW Dynamite ended with perhaps one of the more anticipated (as in, fans expected it to happen at some point) turns, as Christian Cage blindsided Jungle Boy and leveled him with a one-man conchairto, effectively ending their partnership.

Cage had served as a mentor to Jungle Boy for about a year, acting a de factor manager and occasional trios partner for Jurassic Express. The duo captured the AEW World Tag Team Championship in January, which they lost Wednesday night to the Young Bucks.

Afterward, Christian entered the ring to help Jungle Boy up, only to drop him with a Killswitch before retrieving two chairs and putting Jack Perry down.

The turn has been something fans have kept a wary eye out for for some time, as it was the logical conclusion to this mentorship. Recently, Christian dropped hints as he expressed frustration with Jungle Boy losing a handful of matches. At one point, Cage even called Jungle Jack a loser, but then followed up with some encouragement.

The partnership between the veteran and just-turned-25-year-old star has been hugely beneficial for Jungle Boy, but the impending feud could be equally helpful to the youngster.

The Young Bucks issued a challenge to the Hardys on “AEW Rampage” Friday night.

In a backstage segment with the Undisputed Elite, the Young Bucks issued a challenge to the Hardys. Matt and Nick Jackson said that because the Hardys now have a free schedule, they want to hold the dream match at the pay-per-view in Las Vegas on May 29.

The Hardys agreed to the match, and it was later made official for “Double or Nothing”.