In the last two days, Nick Jackson, one half of The Young Bucks, has dropped some not-so-subtle hints that he and his brother Matt may be headed to the WWE.
The Bucks are one of the most decorated and celebrated tag teams on the independent scene in years and could be a big catch for the WWE as they seek to reinvigorate the tag team division.
I wonder where our careers will take us nxt?— The Young Bucks (@NickJacksonYB) July 31, 2014
Pretty ironic that these coke bottles were sitting near tag team championship belts. pic.twitter.com/Z3vGqUbfjJ— The Young Bucks (@NickJacksonYB) July 30, 2014
The Bucks have been dripping with gold for much of the last year. They've risen to the point that on most American independent shows they work, they slot in the main event. They draw in ways most tag teams dream.
Their high-spot style earned them success in New Japan, where they won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag straps. Their deep toolkit of double team moves and aerial attacks are the fast-paced calling cards of most independent shows these days.
Matt, 29, and Nick, 25, are both listed at 5'10" and about 170 pounds. They are just hitting their prime right now, and it's probably the best time they could choose to make the jump to the WWE.
NXT is trying to cultivate new tag teams with the new pairings of Simon Gotch and Aiden English (The Vaudevillians) and Sin Cara and Kalisto as a luchador team. The Ascension squashed local jobbers since before the launch of the WWE Network and are due for real competition.
Inserting The Young Bucks, or whatever they would be called, would be a big boost to the NXT roster and potentially the WWE. My greatest concern, though, is whether or not their in-ring style holds up when WWE inevitably strips down their move set by eliminating many of the bigger, flashier moves they feature.
I've only seen The Young Bucks live one time, and that was more than a year ago at the Saturday night DGUSA show in New Jersey on WrestleMania weekend when they faced CIMA and AR Fox. The Bucks played the heels in the match, despite the especially snarky crowd's desire to chant "This Is Awesome" at every move they did.
The Bucks, coming off several years as plucky babyfaces in the style of the Hardy Boys, had recently turned heel and projected smarmy, condescending attitudes.
I was hesitant to get excited about the Bucks because I generally am not impressed by overly choreographed spotfests, but the manner in which they played the heel roles turned me around.
It showed depth to their talents that I didn't expect.
Nick's tweets are clear indications that they are on their way to the WWE. It shouldn't be long before we get a formal announcement from one side or the other.
This signing comes on the heels of a huge rush of WWE development contracts given to international stars KENTA and Prince Devitt, as well as one of the top independent names in the US, Kevin Steen.
As WWE slashes budgets and battles the bottom line, it's promising to see them continue to invest in top talent that could supply the next rich roster that leads to another boom period. I look forward to seeing with the Bucks and the other recent signings can bring to NXT and the WWE.