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The Young Bucks
Ring name(s) Generation Me[1]
The Jackson Brothers[2]
Los Gallineros[2]
Matt and Nick Jackson[3]
The Young Bucks[2][3]
Billed height Matt Jackson/Max Buck:
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1][4]
Nick Jackson/Jeremy Buck:
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1][4]
Billed weight Matt Jackson/Max Buck:
172 lb (78 kg)[1][4]
Nick Jackson/Jeremy Buck:
178 lb (81 kg)[1][4]
Born Matt:
March 13, 1985 (1985-03-13) (age 25)[2]
July 28, 1989 (1989-07-28) (age 20)[2]
Montebello, California[2]
Resides Hesperia, California[4]
Trained by Ron Rivera[2][4]
Rudos Dojo[2][5]
Marty Jannetty[2]
Debut August 2004[2]

The Young Bucks, also known as Generation Me, are an American professional wrestling tag team, consisting of real life brothers Matt and Nick Massie (also known by their ring names Matt Jackson/Max Buck and Nick Jackson/Jeremy Buck) from Southern California. They are currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, while also performing for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, where they are the current PWG World Tag Team Champions.


Personal lives

The Massies were both born in Montebello, California. Matt was born on March 13, 1985 and Nick on July 28, 1989. Their parents are Joyce and Matthew Sr. They have an older sister Donajoi and a younger brother Malachi, who is also a professional wrestler. Matt and Nick were born and raised in a Christian family, living in Rancho Cucamonga, California. They stayed there for nearly 18 years before moving to Hesperia, California, where they reside to this day. Matt married his girlfriend of five years in November 2008.

Professional wrestling career


Training and debut

When Matt was 16 years old, Nick 12 and Malachi 10, the family put a wrestling ring in their backyard and in the ring the three brothers taught themselves and impersonated what they saw on television.[6] At the age of 18 or 19 Matt began his professional wrestling training in La Mirada and City of Industry, California at the Revolution Pro Wrestling School called Rudos Dojo, training primarily under Ron Rivera (The American Wild Child), Disco Machine, Scorpio Sky and Super Dragon, among others.[5] Matt attended the school with his good friend Dustin Cutler and the two would teach what they learned to their friends back home.[5] Eventually Nick joined his brother and attended a few sessions at the school.[5] Matt, Nick and Dustin would be involved in their very first professional match at an Alternative Wrestling Show/C4/Revolution Pro joint event that was held on August 8, 2004. Matt worked as Fluffy the Dog, Dustin dressed as a hillbilly and Nick was a high flying referee wearing a Santo mask. Soon after, Matt and Nick would wrestle various times for Revolution Pro and Revolution X (Rev Pro's darker counter-part) in chicken costumes, under the team name "Los Gallineros".[5]

High Risk Wrestling (2004–present)

In October 2004, with the help of his family, Matt opened up his very own independent wrestling company called High Risk Wrestling.[5] Matt would originally be the head owner of HRW, but would have help from his brothers Nick, Malalchi and good friend Dustin Cutler - these three would eventually take over ownership years later. Brandon Cutler and Sonny Samson would also play a big part in HRWs shows both behind the scenes and in the ring. The company would run shows twice a month and helped Matt and Nick learn their craft.[5] High Risk Wrestling would go on to run several successful shows in Hesperia, Victorville and Upland, California. The most notable High Risk Wrestling event "Highway 2 Hell" took place on August 4, 2007, in Hesperia. In the main event of the show Matt and Nick teamed up with Marty Jannetty ín a six man tag, where they defeated Joey Ryan, Karl Anderson and Diablo.[7][8] This was the day Matt and Nick originally met Marty Jannetty, who would become a trainer and a good friend of the two.

On February 26, 2005 at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA for Full Contact Wrestling, Matt and Nick were called the "Young Bucks" for the very first time. Originally, Matt was wrestling under the name "Mr. Instant Replay", while Nick was called "Slick Nick". Joey Munoz, the booker at the time, did not know the names of the characters that Matt and Nick were using at the time so wrote down a temporary name on the card. That night Mr. Instant Replay and Slick Nick, the Young Bucks were defeated by the Kaos and Mongol, the Santino Brothers. The name "Young Bucks" has been around ever since that day. "Jackson" was simply given to Matt and Nick by the National Wrestling Alliance during the time NWA Showcase appeared on Maverick Television. Matt and Nick have used that last name ever since.

With the help of HRW, Matt and Nick would eventually land spots in several popular companies in Southern California. Eventually they also gained experience working in front of a camera doing television tapings for the National Wrestling Alliance starting in 2006. The Young Bucks would film their very first matches for the NWA on Maverick Television on November 7, 2006, when they were defeated by Karl Anderson and Joey Ryan. The NWA would also be responsible for the Young Bucks wrestling debut in such states as Texas, Nevada, Rhode Island and New Jersey. They currently appear regularly on NWA Showcase which can now be seen on Colours TV.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2007–present)

Matt (left) and Nick Jackson (right) in 2008

The Young Bucks would debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla on June 10, 2007, in Burbank, CA, at Roger Dorn Night, losing to the team of Arrogance (Chris Bosh and Scott Lost).[9] On August 31, 2007, in Burbank, CA, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla held the first night of the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles tournament, where The Young Bucks picked up their first tag team victory in PWG by defeating local duo Los Luchas (Phoenix Star and Zokre).[10] At the show Matt and Nick would meet Dragon Gate wrestler CIMA and Dragon Gate's American talent agent Satoshi Oji for the first time, both of whom were impressed by the brothers' performance. On January 5, 2008, The Young Bucks faced prominent Dragon Gate team Muscle Outlaw'z (Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino) at All Star Weekend 6 - Night 1 in a losing, yet impressive effort. The next night, they would lose to The Dynasty (Scott Lost and Joey Ryan). Between 2007 and 2009, the two teams would face off in a series of memorable matches, most of which the Bucks lost.

The Young Bucks participated in the 2008 DDT4 Qualifier series, which also consisted of the tag teams of Los Luchas, Hook Bomberry and T.J. Perkins, and Ronin and Scorpio Sky. Throughout the series, they would win, lose and draw three matches, respectively, until Los Luchas won a Four-Way Elimination bout involving all teams at 1.21 Gigawatts. Soon after, The Young Bucks would go out on their first Dragon Gate tour, which lasted a number of months.

Matt and Nick would eventually go on to defeat The Age of the Fall (Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs) All Star Weekend 7 - Night 2 on August 31, 2008, to become to the new and first-time PWG World Tag Team Champions,[11]. They have held the titles since then. One of The Young Bucks' biggest accomplishments in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla came at the annual DDT4 tag team tournament on May 22, 2009, in Reseda, CA, when they defended the titles thrice in one night. They defeated The Cutler Bros. (Brandon and Dustin Cutler) in the first round, Men of Low Moral Fiber (Kenny Omega and Chuck Taylor) in the second round and Hybrid Dolphins (Bryan Danielson and Roderick Strong, filling in for an injured Paul London) in the final round to win the tournament.[12] At that same event Malachi made his PWG debut, losing to Phoenix Star of Los Luchas.[12] On June 1, 2009, they became the longest-reigning PWG World Tag Team Champions in history, breaking the record set by Arrogance. Around the same time, after The Young Bucks started touring the globe, the PWG crowds started turning on them.[6] On November 21, on the second night of the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles, The Young Bucks retained their titles over crowd favorites and former two-time champions El Generico and Kevin Steen, and afterwards turned heel by aligning themselves with Brian Kendrick and attacking the new PWG World Champion Kenny Omega.[13][14]

On January 30, 2010, at Kurt Russellmania, the first PWG show since the Bucks had signed contracts with TNA Wrestling, Matt and Nick announced that from now on they would be known by their TNA names, Max and Jeremy Buck of Generation Me. Then they decided that Brian Kendrick didn't fit in with them and turned on him, only for him to be saved by his old tag team partner Paul London. Later in the night, the team of Brian Kendrick and Paul London defeated the Bucks in a non-title match.[15]

On February 27, 2010, at As the Worm Turns, Matt and Nick set yet another PWG record by tying with the team of Super Dragon and current PWG World Champion Davey Richards for most World Tag Team Championship title defenses. They now share the honor at twelve defenses each. As of March 2010, The Young Bucks are still referred to by PWG under their original team and singles names.

Dragon Gate (2008–2009)

The Young Bucks would make their debut for Dragon Gate in Tokyo, Japan at the Korakuen Hall on May 14, 2008, in a match where they were defeated by Susumu Yokosuka and Ryo Saito.[16] Their first tour of the company spanned from May 14 to June 14.[17] Their second tour started on August 9, 2008, and ended on August 28, 2008.[18] On September 5, 2008, the Young Bucks took part in Dragon Gate's first show in the United States, held in Los Angeles, California, where they unsuccessfully challenged Saito and Yokosuka for the Open the Twin Gate Championship.[19] Their third and most recent tour spanned from April 15 to May 5, 2009.[20][21] On May 3, 2009, in Ishikawa Matt and Nick successfully defended their PWG World Tag Team titles against Shingo Takagi and Akira Tozawa, the first time those titles had been defended in Japan.[22][23] Their biggest match of the last tour took place on May 5, 2009, in Aichi, Japan at the Aichi Prefectural Gym at the Dead or Alive pay-per-view. The Young Bucks and RYOMA teamed up in a losing effort against Akira Tozawa, Kenshin Chikano and Anthony W. Mori.[21]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2008)

On October 17, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Matt Jackson appeared as a jobber on World Wrestling Entertainment's weekly television show SmackDown, losing to the Big Show in an exhibition Last Man Standing match after going through a table.[24][22] On the October 28 edition of ECW the Young Bucks portrayed Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a segment, where they were laid out by John Morrison and The Miz.[2]

Chikara (2009–present)

The Young Bucks made their Chikara debuts on March 27, 2009, teaming up with El Generico to form Team PWG in the annual King of Trios tournament. However, the team was eliminated in the first round by The Osirian Portal of Amasis, Ophidian and Escorpion Egipcio.[25] The following night Matt and Nick Jackson entered the Rey de Voladores tournament, but were both eliminated in the first round four-way matches.[26] On the third night of the tournament they took part in a tag team gauntlet match, which was won by Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw.[27] The Young Bucks would return to Chikara on October 17 at An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World competing in a four-way elimination tag team match, where they were the last team eliminated by the winners The Osirian Portal of Amasis and Ophidian.[28] The following day at Cibernetico Increible Matt and Nick joined opposing eight-man teams in the annual torneo cibernetico match. Matt scored the first elimination of the match, eliminating Green Ant, but the brothers wound up being the fifth and sixth wrestlers eliminated from the match at the hands of Quackenbush and Player Dos.[29] Chikara has announced that the Young Bucks will make their return to the company on April 23, 2010, at the 2010 King of Trios, where they will team up with their brother Malachi as the Jackson 3.[30]

Ring of Honor (2009–2010)

Matt and Nick made their Ring of Honor debut on May 29 and May 30, 2009 at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA where they were successful both nights in regular tag team matches, defeating the teams of Sal Rinauro and Brandon Day and Silas Young and Bobby Fish, respectively, in matches taped for the June 27 and July 18 editions of Ring of Honor Wrestling on HDNet.[31][32][33][34] The Bucks would pick up their thus far biggest ROH victory on September 26, 2009, at Glory by Honor VIII: The Final Countdown, by defeating the, at the time, five-time ROH World Tag Team Champions the Briscoe Brothers.[35] On December 19 at Final Battle 2009, ROH's first live pay-per-view, the Young Bucks picked up another big win, this time over former ROH World Tag Team Champions Kevin Steen and El Generico.[36] After signing contracts with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, The Young Bucks wrestled their last HDNet tapings in January 2010, defeating the American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) on the 8th and losing to the Briscoes in an ROH World Tag Team Title match on the 9th.[37][38] On January 29 the Young Bucks wrestled their last ROH match, an eight man tag team match, where they teamed up with the Briscoe Brothers in a losing effort against the American Wolves and The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli).[39]

Dragon Gate USA (2009–2010)

On July 25, 2009, the Young Bucks appeared on Dragon Gate USA's first pay-per-view Enter the Dragon in a match, where they defeated the Warriors-5 of CIMA and Susumu Yokosuka.[40] On September 6 at the second PPV titled Untouchable they were defeated in the main event by the Real Hazard of Ryo Saito and Genki Horiguchi.[41] On November 28 at the third PPV Freedom Fight the Young Bucks wrestled in the same 6-way Open the Freedom Gate Championship tournament match, which was won by Gran Akuma.[42] After signing contracts with TNA Wrestling, the Young Bucks made their final appearance for Dragon Gate USA on January 23, 2010, at Fearless, where they competed in a three-way elimination tag team match, which was won by Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino.[43] They were advertised to take part in the March 26 and 27 shows, but TNA made the decision to pull them from the events.[44] However, in February TNA and Dragon Gate USA came to an agreement and the Young Bucks will be allowed to make their farewell appearances.[45]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2009-present)

On December 21, 2009, the Young Bucks reached one of their personal goals[6] as they took part in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact! tapings, wrestling The Motor City Machineguns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) in a tryout dark match, which earned them the praise of TNA management.[46][47] On December 26, 2009, TNA president Dixie Carter announced on her Twitter account that TNA had signed the Young Bucks to a contract.[48][49] The team, renamed Generation Me, made their debut on the January 14, 2010, edition of Impact!, in which the brothers, renamed Max and Jeremy, defeated the Motor City Machineguns.[50] On the February 18 edition of Impact! Jeremy and Max were given the last name Buck.[51]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • High Risk Wrestling
    • Sole Survivor Tournament (2006) – Nick Jackson[59]
  • SoCal UNCENSORED Awards
    • Tag Team of the Year (2007, 2008)[22][23]


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