Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.
After being in the wrestling business for a little over four years, Matt and Nick Jackson were considered a hot ticket on the Independent circuit. In 2008, they finally got a taste of the big stage in WWE. Matt Jackson was used twice on Smackdown as a singles wrestler where he got squashed by Chuck Palumbo and demolished by the Big Show in a ‘Last Man Standing Match’ where Big Show put the young wrestler through a table.
Matt and Nick Jackson were also utilized on WWE’s ECW brand. They were dressed up as Triple H and Shawn Michaels of DX to be mocked by the Miz and John Morrison. The end of the segment saw the Miz and Morrison beat up the DX imposters.
Just three years later in 2011, the Young Bucks would receive a WWE try out and not get signed. That perhaps, turned out to be the greatest thing that never happened to them, because Matt and Nick carved out their own successful path in professional wrestling. The Young Bucks wrestled for TNA, Ring of Honor and New Japan winning various tag team championships along the way.
Of course, the Young Bucks are currently signed with All Elite Wrestling, where they also serve as executive vice presidents. They have written a book called ‘Killing the Business’ and also produce a YouTube series called Being The Elite.