The Young Bucks have discussed the fallout from their CM Punk fight at All Out and admit it’s “frustrating” not to be able to defend themselves publicly.
Following AEW’s All Out event in September 2022, the company was rocked by CM Punk airing his frustrations at the post-show press conference. That in turn led to a backstage fight in which Punk, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and company producer Ace Steel were all implicated.
The Elite and Punk were stripped of their respective championships and suspended while it is believed Steel was quietly let go by the company although AEW has never confirmed this.
Silence has been golden from all sides following the events with The Elite returning to action and Punk still missing through injury but nobody is able to discuss what happened.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, however, The Young Bucks touch on the aftermath with Nick Jackson admitting he was left frustrated at being unable to publicly defend himself:
“We’ve always had controversy surround us, so it’s nothing new. But it does get frustrating when you publicly can’t defend yourself with things you see online that just aren’t true. I guess it just comes with the territory. All I care about is being a good person, and I know who I am. I know deep down inside the type of person I am, and if the internet wants to think differently because of all these narratives that tell you otherwise, then so be it.”
Matt Jackson added that he’s learned that the brothers have simply been cast into certain roles by some and fighting to change their perception is futile:
“I remembered a time when it would be so frustrating to me, wanting to clear the air and win over the people who criticized our work, or even worse: those who attacked us personally. I think I finally came to the conclusion, after years of ‘Young Bucks’ being a dirty word in this business, and being dragged through the mud over false narratives, rumors and speculation, that we were simply cast as a certain role in this movie.”
“These are our roles. There is no changing that, and it’s a fool’s errand to try to change it because it’ll drive you mad and destroy your mental health if you worry about it too much.”
“Personally, you just have to keep on going and only concern yourself with the ones who truly matter in your life. I now only value the opinion of the people who know me best. Professionally, how do I fight off a career full of never-ending criticism? With great content.”
The Young Bucks will be in action on the 11th of January edition of AEW Dynamite as they join Kenny Omega to face Death Triangle in the final match of the best of 7 series for the AEW Trios Championship.