NJPW & ROH stars The Young Bucks recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sport’s Illustarted Extra Mustard. Here are some highlights from that interview….
On the origin of “the Elite”:
“We came up with ‘The Elite’ name years ago on a bus as a joke. We’d ask each other, ‘Who do you think are the most elite wrestlers in the world?’ Then we’d make a list, but every list was just us and our friends. We thought it washilarious, and we decided, ‘What if we just called ourselves that?’”
On their last tryout with WWE and rumors of backstage incidents with Booker T:
“Our last tryout with WWE was in 2011,” said Matt. “We did a practice match in front of the agents.”
“But we never got that,” said Matt. “And there is some truth to what happened beforehand. It was a busy day, and we didn’t get to shake Booker T’s hand.”
The whole handshake thing blew up, but it was a big misunderstanding,” said Nick. There was heavy traffic, so we were running late by the time we got there. William Regal was in charge of the tryouts, and said, ‘You’ve got to get into the ring right now,’ so we couldn’t say hi to anyone because we went right to the ring.”