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"The Young Bucks are two guys who not only beat the odds to become one of the greatest, most popular tag teams ever, but also two industry changing visionaries. Matt and Nick are two of the smartest, hard-working, passionate individuals I’ve met during my 28 year career. With the creation of AEW, The Bucks will definitely leave the pro wrestling industry in a much better p "The Young Bucks are two guys who not only beat the odds to become one of the greatest, most popular tag teams ever, but also two industry changing visionaries. Matt and Nick are two of the smartest, hard-working, passionate individuals I’ve met during my 28 year career. With the creation of AEW, The Bucks will definitely leave the pro wrestling industry in a much better place then they discovered it in." —Matt Hardy, multiple-time world tag team champion The electric and daring independent wrestling tag team tells their inspiring story, revealing how two undersized, ambitious amateur athletes from Southern California became the idols of millions of popular sports fans and coveted among the ranks of AEW’s elite wrestling lineup.  Famous for their highflying moves, Superkicks and viral videos, Matt and Nick Jackson are two of the hottest and most talented competitors in professional wrestling today. Known as the Young Bucks, this pair of ambitious brothers are an inspiration to both fans and aspiring wrestlers worldwide due to their message of resilience and determination. That they are also faithful family men devoted to their loved ones gives them additional appeal.  A warm, heartfelt story of hope, perseverance, and undying ambition told with the brothers’ wit and charm, Young Bucks begins in Southern California, where two young boys grew up dreaming of success and fame. Matt and Nick look back on the sacrifices they made to achieve their ambitions, from taking odd  jobs to pay for their own wrestling ring to hosting backyard events with friends. They share their joy at being recruited into the independent California wrestling circuit and the work it took to finally make it professionally, and speak frankly about what it means to have the support of millions of fans cheering their talents in arenas nationwide. The Young Bucks talk endearingly about their sport, their faith, and their families, sharing personal reflections and behind-the-scenes anecdotes while paying tribute to the wrestling acts and inspirations that came before them. They also elaborate on this historical time in the evolution of wrestling, as the sport and its culture dramatically change day by day. Alternating between each brother’s perspective from chapter to chapter, this entertaining memoir is a complete portrait of what it means to grow into—and give back to—wrestling, the sport and profession they embody and love.  Young Bucks features approximately two dozen photographs.


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"The Young Bucks are two guys who not only beat the odds to become one of the greatest, most popular tag teams ever, but also two industry changing visionaries. Matt and Nick are two of the smartest, hard-working, passionate individuals I’ve met during my 28 year career. With the creation of AEW, The Bucks will definitely leave the pro wrestling industry in a much better p "The Young Bucks are two guys who not only beat the odds to become one of the greatest, most popular tag teams ever, but also two industry changing visionaries. Matt and Nick are two of the smartest, hard-working, passionate individuals I’ve met during my 28 year career. With the creation of AEW, The Bucks will definitely leave the pro wrestling industry in a much better place then they discovered it in." —Matt Hardy, multiple-time world tag team champion The electric and daring independent wrestling tag team tells their inspiring story, revealing how two undersized, ambitious amateur athletes from Southern California became the idols of millions of popular sports fans and coveted among the ranks of AEW’s elite wrestling lineup.  Famous for their highflying moves, Superkicks and viral videos, Matt and Nick Jackson are two of the hottest and most talented competitors in professional wrestling today. Known as the Young Bucks, this pair of ambitious brothers are an inspiration to both fans and aspiring wrestlers worldwide due to their message of resilience and determination. That they are also faithful family men devoted to their loved ones gives them additional appeal.  A warm, heartfelt story of hope, perseverance, and undying ambition told with the brothers’ wit and charm, Young Bucks begins in Southern California, where two young boys grew up dreaming of success and fame. Matt and Nick look back on the sacrifices they made to achieve their ambitions, from taking odd  jobs to pay for their own wrestling ring to hosting backyard events with friends. They share their joy at being recruited into the independent California wrestling circuit and the work it took to finally make it professionally, and speak frankly about what it means to have the support of millions of fans cheering their talents in arenas nationwide. The Young Bucks talk endearingly about their sport, their faith, and their families, sharing personal reflections and behind-the-scenes anecdotes while paying tribute to the wrestling acts and inspirations that came before them. They also elaborate on this historical time in the evolution of wrestling, as the sport and its culture dramatically change day by day. Alternating between each brother’s perspective from chapter to chapter, this entertaining memoir is a complete portrait of what it means to grow into—and give back to—wrestling, the sport and profession they embody and love.  Young Bucks features approximately two dozen photographs.

30 review for Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Enjoyable read following the journey of professional wrestlers Matt and Nick Jackson, also known as the Young Bucks. It was lovely to learn more about both men, and to read about the trials and hardships of being young independent wrestlers trying to make a living doing what they love. I was already a fan, but after reading their book I've got a new appreciation for what they do and how hard they work. I've watched wrestling on and off since i was a little girl, but it's wrestlers like the Young Enjoyable read following the journey of professional wrestlers Matt and Nick Jackson, also known as the Young Bucks. It was lovely to learn more about both men, and to read about the trials and hardships of being young independent wrestlers trying to make a living doing what they love. I was already a fan, but after reading their book I've got a new appreciation for what they do and how hard they work. I've watched wrestling on and off since i was a little girl, but it's wrestlers like the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega that got me watching again and that actually make it fun and new again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

    Killing the Business feels like a well-earned victory lap for Matt and Nick Jackson. These are guys who carved out their own path in professional wrestling on their own terms by staying true to themselves. There’s a real lesson there that extends into the real world for anyone who is chasing a passion or creative goals. I wish this book was longer and more detailed at points. Everyone who reads this knows the happy ending to come for the Bucks so I wish there was more time spent in the lows and th Killing the Business feels like a well-earned victory lap for Matt and Nick Jackson. These are guys who carved out their own path in professional wrestling on their own terms by staying true to themselves. There’s a real lesson there that extends into the real world for anyone who is chasing a passion or creative goals. I wish this book was longer and more detailed at points. Everyone who reads this knows the happy ending to come for the Bucks so I wish there was more time spent in the lows and the ins and outs of independent wrestling. NOTE: I read an ARC. PS - Would have been six stars if this was published in Japan

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richelle Robinson

    Thank you to Dey St. books for my review copy. My 🗯: So one fun fact about me is that I’m a big wrestling fan. I started watching as a kid and never looked back. Wrestling and reading are two “hobbies” that transitioned to adulthood. Even though I’m not a big reader of non fiction I will drop everything to read a wrestling memoir. So it was a no brainer I had to read this book. I enjoyed reading this book as I have been following the Jackson’s for a few years and I watch AEW every Wednesday. They s Thank you to Dey St. books for my review copy. My 🗯: So one fun fact about me is that I’m a big wrestling fan. I started watching as a kid and never looked back. Wrestling and reading are two “hobbies” that transitioned to adulthood. Even though I’m not a big reader of non fiction I will drop everything to read a wrestling memoir. So it was a no brainer I had to read this book. I enjoyed reading this book as I have been following the Jackson’s for a few years and I watch AEW every Wednesday. They seem to be very family oriented which I know has to be hard when they are away a lot. I do respect their hustle and how they made a name for themselves without ever making it to WWE. Most of the wrestlers I know and some are new to me and it was nice getting more info on the indie wrestling scene. Overall this was an enjoyable memoir and if you’re a fan of wrestling be sure to add this one to your list!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Skye

    As someone relatively new to wrestling and unaware of The Young Bucks I really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the Jackson brothers and their persistent struggle and no-quit attitude towards turning their dreams into reality. The book is one big journey of how they started to wrestle in their backyard In Reseda to wrestling all over the world. I never realized how hard wrestlers work. Sometimes basically wrecking their bodies night after night for little to no pay-off and promotion. Reading As someone relatively new to wrestling and unaware of The Young Bucks I really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the Jackson brothers and their persistent struggle and no-quit attitude towards turning their dreams into reality. The book is one big journey of how they started to wrestle in their backyard In Reseda to wrestling all over the world. I never realized how hard wrestlers work. Sometimes basically wrecking their bodies night after night for little to no pay-off and promotion. Reading this makes you privy to some of the stuff that your average fan doesn’t know. It was also cool to learn wrestling terminology and just how AEW started. I mean what would've happened if Matt never returned Tony Khans call? Reading about how they dedicated themselves to achieving their goals in life was fun and at times depressing. The chapters alternate between each brother so you can get a feel of their personalities. I also liked learning about the wrestlers they met in the circuit. Wrestlers we see on tv and who are actually very kind behind the scenes. One thing I will say is there is a lot of hyperbole in this book and sometimes it can take away from their believability. I recommend reading a chapter at a time and not binging it, otherwise it can seem like excessive bragging in some chapters. It was fun though to read about a match and then look it up on YouTube to see if it really was as they described. It’s impressive that they wrote this on their phones in between their busy schedules. The Young Bucks definitely have a lot of drive. Even for the people who can’t stand them you can’t deny how hard they have worked and practiced to get to where they are. If you are into wrestling and even if you are not, this is an entertaining read. Special thanks to NetGalley and Dey Street Books for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Akshay Oommen

    I still remember the tremendous anticipation for 'All In' back in 2018. Every day leading up to it filled me with an increasing hunger for professional wrestling that I hadn't had in years. With the WWE on the steady decline (if not financially, then atleast in the minds of their most ardent fans) thanks in part to terrible booking, lack of any real stars and an absolute oversaturation of wrestling content that focused on more quantity and less quality - the wrestling revolution sparked by the El I still remember the tremendous anticipation for 'All In' back in 2018. Every day leading up to it filled me with an increasing hunger for professional wrestling that I hadn't had in years. With the WWE on the steady decline (if not financially, then atleast in the minds of their most ardent fans) thanks in part to terrible booking, lack of any real stars and an absolute oversaturation of wrestling content that focused on more quantity and less quality - the wrestling revolution sparked by the Elite and Tony Khan was something the business sorely needed. We needed a revolution. And the wrestling Gods answered our prayers. Fast forward to 2 years later, and All Elite Wrestling is without a doubt the premier wrestling show on the planet (although some credit goes to NJPW for bungling up their product in 2020). With a talented roster ranging from WWE vets like Moxley and Jericho, to rapidly rising homegrown stars like MJF, Jungle Boy and Darby Allin - AEW is the place to go for any wrestling fan who doesn't want their intelligence insulted, yet rather satiated, through fantastic booking and wrestling. This may seem like a digression - but in many ways, what I'm talking about is essentially the culmination for the arduous journey Matt and Nick Jackson go through in the decades leading up to the creation of 'All Elite Wrestling'. In this day and age where even the best wrestlers are content with picking up WWE's fat paycheck (heck, I'd do it too), the Bucks went against the grain and took a path that no wrestler would even fathom - creating a wrestling company of their own with Tony Khan at the helm, and good friends (i.e, Omega, Cody, Page amongst others) by their side. This is a story of how a small group of wrestlers taking the road less travelled, along with the ardent support of their fanbase, would result in one of the best weekly episodic wrestling TV shows. My heart is overflowing with an unbridled ocean of respect for these two men after reading this book - I still own an OG Young Bucks Bullet Club tee that I put on whenever I watch major AEW PPV's, as a sign of my support. I gobbled this book up in 2 days -as a sign of my support. The Bucks (more specifically, the Elite) have something the WWE doesn't - and that is the unwavering loyalty of their fans. Together, I - along with every other real professional wrestling fan out there - are going to make sure that your efforts don't go wasted. We're gonna stick by AEW, not blindly, but because you guys are doing something meaningful for the business - something that can make a huge change in the years to come. No other way to do it - but to go all in. PS: Looking forward to attend an AE-dub show live before I hit my 30's.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Killing The Business is the story of the Bucks Of Youth, those two spot monkeys that you either love or hate. The thing is. there's no denying their influence on the prowrestling world. There was a time when you needed the WWE to make your career, but then the Bucks came along and through hard work, dedication, and marketing, they proved that you could be successfult without the big machine. Even if you're not a fan it's an interesting biook and one that follows the career of Matt and Nick right Killing The Business is the story of the Bucks Of Youth, those two spot monkeys that you either love or hate. The thing is. there's no denying their influence on the prowrestling world. There was a time when you needed the WWE to make your career, but then the Bucks came along and through hard work, dedication, and marketing, they proved that you could be successfult without the big machine. Even if you're not a fan it's an interesting biook and one that follows the career of Matt and Nick right up until the moment they meet TOny Khan and once again made history by being a part of AEW. It's an interesting read that at times becomes egoristical, but it's expected but under the ego is the reality that none of their success would have been possible without the wrestling fans. They're the people who followed the Bucks through TNA and beyond. While there isn't a lot of dirt here, it's still a good read. Matt and Nick wrote the book themselves on their Iphones without a ghost writer which is impressive and doesn't suffer from filler. It follows their career from the backyards to the big leagues while showing just how much of an impact they've made in wrestling. It's a great read that doesn't have the usual fall from grace that most bios do, but as they begin to reach the end of their ROH run there's a few surprises here. The Young Bucks are both reviled and respected but one thing you can't denyi is how successful they are. They built their brand and believed in themselves and it paid off. While they may be spot momkeys, there's no denying their influence on the world of wrestling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    5 stars since I‘m biased af and I absolutely love The Young Bucks. But in all seriousness this book is a delight! It was quite a rollercoaster of emotions and I almost felt their anxiety in the difficult parts if their lives when they were struggling hard, but at the end it left me all happy and fuzzy inside!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

    Pretty much everything you would want in a Young Bucks book about their pre-AEW days. Lots of new information that I don’t think has ever been released too about their negotiations with WWE and Tony Khan’s pitch. Also loved learning that the house they grew up in was haunted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    MAYBE 4.5 stars simply because the narrator mispronounced a few things, but forgiving that this was excellent and highly recommended to any wrestling fan.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Camp

    This was really good in an inspirational way. I love these guys, and I’ve been supporting them for a minute because I believe in them and all the times they’ve rebelled and gone against what they were supposed to do. Massive amount of respect. I like how the chapters are presented as tags in and out between the brothers, too. The writing style is not the greatest, but this is their first book, and the content more than makes up for it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nathyn Gibson

    Easy to go through. They're confident in their skills but very sincere. I enjoy their work and this book is included. Easy to go through. They're confident in their skills but very sincere. I enjoy their work and this book is included.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    I'd give the Bucks 7 stars for this book, but unfortunately it would mean breaking Meltzer's rating system. This is a very good book about two guys working their way up in the wrestling world. Matt and Nick Jackson, collectively known as the Young Bucks, are currently the AEW World Tag Team Champions (as of January 5th, 2021). This book shows the rise to stardom and what hard work and dedication it took them to get there. I only really caught wind of them as part of Bullet Club in ROH. I did not I'd give the Bucks 7 stars for this book, but unfortunately it would mean breaking Meltzer's rating system. This is a very good book about two guys working their way up in the wrestling world. Matt and Nick Jackson, collectively known as the Young Bucks, are currently the AEW World Tag Team Champions (as of January 5th, 2021). This book shows the rise to stardom and what hard work and dedication it took them to get there. I only really caught wind of them as part of Bullet Club in ROH. I did not know about their rise to that point, their backyard wrestling roots and so forth. So I found this book very interesting and very different than most wrestler's biographies I have read. They focus a large section of the book on growing up as kids. Very few wrestlers tend to delve that deeply into their childhood. But this made sense for the Jacksons to do this. I won't spoil the book by saying why this important, as I suspect most people who pick this book up will be fans of their's from in and around the same time as me, so won't know their backstory. But it is a very illuminating and heartfelt read. The one thing I will spoil, is that I had no idea that they were devoutly religious and prayed before leaving Gorilla for every match. I had thought the cocky personalities we saw in Bullet Club and AEW, were simply amped up versions of themselves. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I mention this because most wrestlers' books talk about the sex, drugs, and drinking that are inherent with being on the road. If you are looking for a sordid look behind the curtain to discover something about the Jacksons, you won't find it in the book. I have never heard of any major stories about them off-camera, so I suspect what they write in the book is truly how it was with them. They are best friends, straight edged, love their wives, devoted fathers, kind of guys. The changed the world and their story will change how you look at wrestlers.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Layan - ليان

    The prologue recalls the events of late 2018. When The Elite (Matt, Nick, and Kenny Omega) were sought-after by the biggest wrestling promotion WWE and Tony Khan, an entrepreneur eager to get into the wrestling business. The prologue lays the perfect tone for the book. This book then goes through their childhood, backyard wrestling, PWG, extra work for WWE, the first time in Japan for Dragon Gate, TNA, ROH, Bullet Club, and NJPW. The last chapters recalled the events leading to All In, the offe The prologue recalls the events of late 2018. When The Elite (Matt, Nick, and Kenny Omega) were sought-after by the biggest wrestling promotion WWE and Tony Khan, an entrepreneur eager to get into the wrestling business. The prologue lays the perfect tone for the book. This book then goes through their childhood, backyard wrestling, PWG, extra work for WWE, the first time in Japan for Dragon Gate, TNA, ROH, Bullet Club, and NJPW. The last chapters recalled the events leading to All In, the offers from WWE, and ultimately the announcement of AEW. This autobiography by Matt and Nick Jackson (Young Bucks) does everything right. The book is a gift of the hardcore YB fan, yet it can be enjoyed just the same by any wrestling fan or any person with a vision and a dream. I remember when I first started reading this book, I'd watch the Young Bucks wrestle on Dynamite, and I'd feel a new connection to this tag team that I'd watched for years. After reading this book, watching the YB perform feels like watching a close friend perform out there. Ten years from now, I would love to read a sequel on AEW's early years.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Spiff

    you can tell they aren't authors, but that didn't detract from the book for me. i'm a sucker for wrasslin' and it was SO COOL to read a book that wasn't from a wwe/f or wcw guy/gal. the indie and njpw stories were great and featured a ton of hugely popular people. they fell in to the wrasslin' book trope of "we had the best match of the night and tore the house down! the boys in the back had tears in their eyes as they gave us a standing ovation and carried us out on their shoulders!", but it's you can tell they aren't authors, but that didn't detract from the book for me. i'm a sucker for wrasslin' and it was SO COOL to read a book that wasn't from a wwe/f or wcw guy/gal. the indie and njpw stories were great and featured a ton of hugely popular people. they fell in to the wrasslin' book trope of "we had the best match of the night and tore the house down! the boys in the back had tears in their eyes as they gave us a standing ovation and carried us out on their shoulders!", but it's something i fully expect after having read a bunch of wrassler bios. 80% of the book was wrasslin' related and i appreciated that. some books, like jerichos for example, spend a lot of time on non-wrasslin' stuff and it's just not what i want from these books. i'd put the young bucks book near the top of the pile of best wrasslin' bios. here's hoping in 10 years they write another about the first 10 years of AEW. i'll be right there on day one if they do.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    4.5 stars for this book. I truly enjoyed this book and learning about their journey as kids who love to watch wrestling to having their own company competing with WWE. I do wish they would have went into more detail about their journey and their matches but I do love how they explained the economics and marketing of being a wrestler. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, there is some sound advice for people trying to build a brand or market themselves. There was some really great tidbits like Chri 4.5 stars for this book. I truly enjoyed this book and learning about their journey as kids who love to watch wrestling to having their own company competing with WWE. I do wish they would have went into more detail about their journey and their matches but I do love how they explained the economics and marketing of being a wrestler. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, there is some sound advice for people trying to build a brand or market themselves. There was some really great tidbits like Chris Kanyon coming out to Matt after thinking he was gay and his emotional breakdown Matt helped him through before Kris would eventually commit suicide. Candace LeRae is a badass. Booked T is a piece of shit. This book also cleared up a lot of "who started AEW" for me. For so long I thought this was Cody Rhodes idea. Either way, I admire everything these boys have done in the business and for the business. I look forward to their sequel and seeing how it is to run their own company.

  16. 4 out of 5

    April Rodriguez

    Just....wow!!! I've been a fan of the Young Bucks for a while, so I was very excited to hear about their new book. I'm always interested to hear the stories of how wrestlers got to where they're at today and the Bucks really busted their asses to get here. To read about their childhood and their struggles in the independent scene was an eye opener. It was very inspiring to see how no matter what, they didn't give on what they loved and worked outside of the box to become successful. If you're a Just....wow!!! I've been a fan of the Young Bucks for a while, so I was very excited to hear about their new book. I'm always interested to hear the stories of how wrestlers got to where they're at today and the Bucks really busted their asses to get here. To read about their childhood and their struggles in the independent scene was an eye opener. It was very inspiring to see how no matter what, they didn't give on what they loved and worked outside of the box to become successful. If you're a wrestling fan, you'll love this book and if not, still a great read. No one really knows the inside of the wrestling business and for anyone who is interested or just wants to know how the magic works, check this book out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Shawn

    Professional wrestling is often a David vs Goliath story. A regular joe goes into battle against a hulking colossus, a beer swilling redneck fights against his corporate employers, or a small upstart promotion tries taking on the establishment. Killing the Business by Nick and Matt Jackson ("The Young Bucks") settles into this groove nicely. Smaller, athletic brothers (not twins, they'll point out) raised in the pro-wrestling oasis of Southern California, the Jacksons found international fame (a Professional wrestling is often a David vs Goliath story. A regular joe goes into battle against a hulking colossus, a beer swilling redneck fights against his corporate employers, or a small upstart promotion tries taking on the establishment. Killing the Business by Nick and Matt Jackson ("The Young Bucks") settles into this groove nicely. Smaller, athletic brothers (not twins, they'll point out) raised in the pro-wrestling oasis of Southern California, the Jacksons found international fame (and infamy) through hard work, luck, and more than a few missteps along the way. A breezy read, Killing the Business is among the best pro wrestling books published in the past few years. 

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rob G

    Thank you Bucks Pre-ordered on amazon months and months ago, and, it's bittersweet that the time has come. I was so excited to read it, but, i'm sad that I finished so fast. This was truly an awesome account of how you guys started from the bottom and now you're here lol. All jokes aside, awesome book and a great read. Very inspirational as well. Especially since i'm a fan and have suffered from ADHD/ anxiety and depression, watching BTE every Monday is a constant and has helped me more than you Thank you Bucks Pre-ordered on amazon months and months ago, and, it's bittersweet that the time has come. I was so excited to read it, but, i'm sad that I finished so fast. This was truly an awesome account of how you guys started from the bottom and now you're here lol. All jokes aside, awesome book and a great read. Very inspirational as well. Especially since i'm a fan and have suffered from ADHD/ anxiety and depression, watching BTE every Monday is a constant and has helped me more than you will ever know! Same with this book! I wish nothing but the best for both you and your families!

  19. 5 out of 5

    christopher

    I've been a fan of the Young Bucks since the tail end of the PWG days. The book provides a lot of insight from their birth on up to the beginnings of 2020. However, this is their first book and you can tell. The writing is unsophisticated, but that is okay. It was nice to read a wrestling book of legit good guys. Many wrestlers through the years have led the lives of 80s drug ridden rock stars, but these guys kept to their beliefs and stayed true to themselves. Its been a ride following their ca I've been a fan of the Young Bucks since the tail end of the PWG days. The book provides a lot of insight from their birth on up to the beginnings of 2020. However, this is their first book and you can tell. The writing is unsophisticated, but that is okay. It was nice to read a wrestling book of legit good guys. Many wrestlers through the years have led the lives of 80s drug ridden rock stars, but these guys kept to their beliefs and stayed true to themselves. Its been a ride following their careers from the outside and the book got me a glimpse of the inside. If you are a fan of wrestling, definitely check it out and take it one chapter at a time.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan McRibbles

    I was really torn between a 4 or 5 star rating - but the hopeful ending of the book pushed me to the 5. Although this isn't a Nobel prize winning book - it was interesting, candid and had the elements of drama that you look for in art and in wrestling. Maybe it's the second lockdown - but towards the end of this book, it helped shine a light at the of the tunnel and emphasized the value of hard work, friends and family, and faith in a better future. A great, quick read - that also made me want t I was really torn between a 4 or 5 star rating - but the hopeful ending of the book pushed me to the 5. Although this isn't a Nobel prize winning book - it was interesting, candid and had the elements of drama that you look for in art and in wrestling. Maybe it's the second lockdown - but towards the end of this book, it helped shine a light at the of the tunnel and emphasized the value of hard work, friends and family, and faith in a better future. A great, quick read - that also made me want to buy more merch!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anand Shankar

    One of the best wrestling books out there The bucks story is an amazing unstoppable read. It reads like an old soul book from JR but packs news and matches from recent times. Pick this book up if you don’t believe in yourself, are struggling to take a chance or have fallen headfirst. This is an amazing story of 2 bucks who made their own niche or better yet elite status and took the world by storm.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Norris

    As a wrestling fan (and someone who lives in the same area they grew up in), I love this book! It has a strong voice and they go in-depth to decisions, regrets, etc. which I really enjoyed! That being said, this book may be hard to get into for the non-wrestling fan just because I feel like certain things are lost, such as the introduction of Kenny omega, because they do not know who that is. I still say give it a shot though!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lee Bratcher

    I enjoyed the book, but as a more old school wrestling fan, I have read better wrestling books. That being said, for those who don't know much about the Bucks upbringing and younger years, this definitely provides an insight into what makes them tick. I think a second volume, after they've retired and put some distance between them and the wrestling business, if they ever leave it, will be much more intriguing. But for fans, it's a great read. I enjoyed the book, but as a more old school wrestling fan, I have read better wrestling books. That being said, for those who don't know much about the Bucks upbringing and younger years, this definitely provides an insight into what makes them tick. I think a second volume, after they've retired and put some distance between them and the wrestling business, if they ever leave it, will be much more intriguing. But for fans, it's a great read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matt Stivers

    This is a story of determination and believing in yourself, despite the odds being stacked against you. This covers their life from birth, up until the formation of AEW. The chapter on TNA was particularly eye opening, as you wouldn’t expect a famous person on TV would be going through what they did. Also, the early formation on AEW going on around All In was new to me. Definitely one of the better wrestling books I’ve read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tmison89

    First book of 2021 and it was brilliant. My lifelong love of wrestling has been at its highest over the last couple of years and I've watched every episode of Dynamite and every AEW PPV. I've been a fan of the Young Bucks for a while now and reading their story really brings to life just how they've made it big on their terms. If you take one thing from this book it's to never stop trying and follow your dreams. One of the best Autobiographies I've ever read. First book of 2021 and it was brilliant. My lifelong love of wrestling has been at its highest over the last couple of years and I've watched every episode of Dynamite and every AEW PPV. I've been a fan of the Young Bucks for a while now and reading their story really brings to life just how they've made it big on their terms. If you take one thing from this book it's to never stop trying and follow your dreams. One of the best Autobiographies I've ever read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lunn

    BUY THIS BOOK! As a massive fan of the Young Bucks, I couldn’t wait to get a copy of this book. It did not disappoint. There are stories I’d read before but it was great to learn more about their early personal & wrestling life. I went through so many emotions while reading and would recommend to anyone. The guys went through so much & deserve all their success.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Randy Patton

    Great memoir by one of the best tag teams on the planet. I loved their stories of growing up as wrestling fanatics. I also really related to Matt's stories being that we are the same age. It kind of felt like reliving some of my own memories of the 80's and 90's wrestling scene. These guys literally took their obsession, made the sacrifices, and became one of the best of all time. Great memoir by one of the best tag teams on the planet. I loved their stories of growing up as wrestling fanatics. I also really related to Matt's stories being that we are the same age. It kind of felt like reliving some of my own memories of the 80's and 90's wrestling scene. These guys literally took their obsession, made the sacrifices, and became one of the best of all time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Bohl

    3.5. I dig the story. Pushing yourselves to achieve what you want on your own terms. The stories of first meeting Kenny Omega, Cody, etc. are super interesting. I'd like to one day hear the story of the rise in independent wrestling from an overall view, not just one wrestler/ tag team's view. Fun, entertaining read for wrestling fans. 3.5. I dig the story. Pushing yourselves to achieve what you want on your own terms. The stories of first meeting Kenny Omega, Cody, etc. are super interesting. I'd like to one day hear the story of the rise in independent wrestling from an overall view, not just one wrestler/ tag team's view. Fun, entertaining read for wrestling fans.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Blake

    Man I could not wait to get this signed copy in the mail and to start reading. Such a great story filled with anxiety, highs and lows about the best indie tag team and now one of the biggest and best tag teams of all time. This biography follows Matt and Nick from being little kids dreaming of wrestling up to April 2020. This is a must read for any wrestling fan.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dushyant Shrikhande

    A captivating read for me personally, because I've been following the Young Bucks and the Elite for a while now. The book is self congratulatory at times but I feel like that's well deserved. The parts that interested me the most related to the earlier years, before they began to make a name for themselves. I'd recommend this to fans of The Bucks, The Elite, and AEW. A captivating read for me personally, because I've been following the Young Bucks and the Elite for a while now. The book is self congratulatory at times but I feel like that's well deserved. The parts that interested me the most related to the earlier years, before they began to make a name for themselves. I'd recommend this to fans of The Bucks, The Elite, and AEW.

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