Young Bucks on Jack Perry Being a Breakout Star for AEW & Needed “Something Controversial” to Open Up People’s Eyes

As noted before, this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show featured AEW airing never before seen backstage CCTV footage of the infamous backstage altercation between Jack Perry and CM Punk at this past August’s All In event. Perry has been absent from AEW since this past August due to his suspension over his involvement in the backstage altercation incident and had been working for NJPW since this past January.

Sports Illustrated held a recent interview with The Young Bucks’ Matthew & Nicholas Jackson. One of the topics discussed included Matthew Jackson’s thoughts about AEW’s decision to air the All In backstage altercation footage.

“Since we are wrestling FTR at Dynasty, and with it being the first time doing that since All In London, so many feelings and thoughts came rushing back. Old wounds were reopened. We decided it was only fair to be transparent and honest with our fans. We needed to give them context about why we feel we came up short at All In London. Our bodies were there in the ring wrestling FTR at Wembley, but our minds were in the back with the scapegoat in the entire situation, Jack Perry. The three of us specifically were wronged that night, and I haven’t gotten over that.”

Nicholas Jackson gave his thoughts about the reception Perry received from Punk’s hometown Chicago crowd at NJPW’s Windy City Riot 2024 event.

“He’s been the next breakout star for a while now and he just needed something controversial to happen to him to open people’s eyes. It happened with us early on in our careers, too.”

Matthew Jackson gave his thoughts about Perry being one of his first talent hires for AEW and his belief that Perry is ready to take the next step for his career’s stardom.

“Jack Perry was one of my original AEW hires. I saw a video clip of him on the indies, and then I went and watched everything I could find. Years prior, I’d heard stories about a nine-year-old boy being brought to wrestling training in Southern California by his celebrity dad Luke Perry. I wondered, whatever happened to that kid? Apparently, he’d been working hard and turning into a heck of a talent. I watched the videos and thought, ‘Whoa. Young, handsome SoCal kid with a great head of hair. Seems misunderstood. Has tons of confidence. He reminds me a lot of me and Nicholas at his age.’

Coming back from Japan, Jack Perry now has that edge and swagger. Coming off all of this BS he’s been dealing with, he has a chip on his shoulder. He’s a dangerous cat right now and is about to blow up.”