During a recent appearance on Talk Is Jericho podcast, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) talked about their merchandise sales, trying to own Bullet Club name & logo, original WWE invasion plan & more.
Below are the highlights (credit to Wrestlinginc for transcript):
On making more money from merchandise than wrestling last year:
Matt: “I literally run [the “merch empire”] from home with my wife. Like, pretty much, she does everything, so I have to give her credit. We run it out of our house. Like, literally, Dana, my wife, folds every single t-shirt, puts them in an envelope, and sends them. Old school. Like, literally hundreds. There are boxes all over my living room, boxes of inventory. Yeah. We’ve made more in Young Bucks merch than we ever did in wrestling just last year. Yeah, crazy. I’m not even talking about ProWrestlingTees or Hot Topic.”
On The Young Bucks being the first non-WWE wrestlers to get Funko Pop! Figures:
Matt: “The other thing that’s exciting that I can announce here is that in July, we’re getting our own Funko Pop!s. We’re going to be the very first non-WWE wrestlers to ever have Funko Pop!s. But in July we get a double-pack. That [Hot Topic exclusive] is in July. And then, in August, we get a variant that will be available everywhere.”
On trying to own the Bullet Club name & logo:
Matt: “We tried to buy that, dude. Bullet Club name, but they got it. It took a long time to get it. We could have had it.”
Nick: “We were a month late. Matt and I almost owned the Bullet Club logo. They didn’t realize how big it was.”
On original WWE invasion plan:
Nick: “We had that planned, man, for a long time. Maybe even longer [than six months]. Actually, we were originally going to do it with The Hardy Boyz. We were going to be outside of WrestleMania and we were going to do something with The Hardys. They were going to transport to WrestleMania and we were going to be there and have a little altercation. That’s right, we were going to take their titles. They were the TNA [tag] champs at the time.”
On who gave the WWE invasion idea:
Matt: “New Japan works with a company called AXS TV where they have a weekly show and AXS TV contacted Nick and I, and [David] Lagana was one of the guys that hit us up, actually. I don’t know. He’s doing some cool stuff with NWA right now. They were about to do the New Japan Long Beach [California] show and they contacted us.
And Monday Night RAW was going to be the week before out in L.A. So they were like, ‘would you guys be interested in doing some kind of invasion on AXS TV?’ and Nick and I were like, ‘yes! Let’s do it!’ AXS was all about it. AXS talked to New Japan. New Japan said, ‘no way.'”