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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 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 amateur California 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.

©2020 Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Research names.

So many things are mispronounced it became a drinking game while listening. Even actors names get messed up.

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5 stars!

so disappointed it took me this long to read this. Great book and very entertaining!

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Wonderful story by the best I have ever seen

It didn’t matter that I knew most of the Bucks’ story already. I loved every part of it, since they are largely the reason I love pro wrestling again. It would have helped to have a narrator more familiar with wrestling… that would have eliminated some embarrassing mispronunciations. But it didn’t take away from the “too good to be true” dream that actually came true. Thank you, Bucks for everything.

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YOUNG BUCK$

What a great look into the incredible life of the greatest tag team ever. This is the story of how hard work pays off and dreams come true.

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it was a great book

I love it I wanted to get the physical copy but I don't have the space for it in my room ,so I had to get audible because it wouldn't take space it really show me pro wrestlers don't need to be in the wwe to be big in pro wrestling I knew the young bucks as generation me in Tna Impact this book tells you about their life and how they got to the top without the wwe even though they were extras for wwe I will truly be a life long fan of the Young Bucks it should be a documentary someday I hope it becomes a best seller.

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incredible for any fan of wrestling at any level

This book is a fantastic insight to the wrestling business from all sides. Whether you are an indi wrestling fanatic, to a casual watcher of AEW or WWE, this book is extremely insightful into the entire wrestling world. Excellent narration and you will fell bad having to pause it.

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Wow

So let me say I'm only 4 years younger than Nick so some of these references hit home. I loved the story and hearing their experiences.

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Would have loved the Bucks to narrate

This would be a way better listen if it was narrated by the Bucks themselves. It was amazing, but with them narrating, it for have been 6 stars.

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Good Read Even for Casual Wrestling Fans

Even if you don't watch wrestling you can enjoy this book. There are a lot of name drops of wrestlers you might not know but it's a great story of having a dream and doing anything it takes to go after it. it's funny and touching. It gives a good peak behind the curtain at what wrestling entails and how hard these athletes work.

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Incredible Story

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Totally changed my impressions of Matt and Nick.
An inspiring story to say the least.

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  • S A.
  • 10-07-21

great story

They really put themselves over well. I didn't particularly like them before the book. They seemed very arrogant even as faces but they come across as so much more humble and full of self doubt and concerns which makes them more endearing

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  • Brian Guilfoyle
  • 09-13-21

Fantastic Book, Mediocre Narrator

A fantastic book, and a great insight into the Young Bucks careers and lives.

The narrator (who has previously butchered wrestlers names in the ECW audiobook) continues his run of mispronouncing performer names. As a singluar example, I'm sure Falé will not be impressed with being called "Big Fail"

Still a great listen as there aren't as many mispronounciations as his previous efforts and it's a great story

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  • Ciaran
  • 08-19-21

Pleasantly Surprised

I only discovered the Youngbucks, when I started watching AEW
I quickly became a fan and seen this book, I was pleasantly surprised how good the book actually is.

From the history of all the Indies, how Bulletclub was formed, how they met so many great wrestlers. just trust me, if you love wrestling and Youngbucks just read it

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  • Steven Whyte
  • 06-02-21

An Elite Wrestling Book

A tremendous listen aside from a few mispronounciations. Enjoyed the hell out of it. I've been familiar with the Bucks, BC and all affiliations for a while and am an avid fan of AEW but I never knew much of the backstory of the Bucks.

An excellent and compelling story that should appeal massively to wrestling fans and even engage those who may not be. The narrator was very good too. As I say, a few mispronounced names were only mildly distracting, and a little amusing, but didn't detract from the performance of the story.

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  • Fred Johns
  • 05-26-21

A book to remind you how much you love wrestling

An unbelievable story by an unbelievable tag team, a must listen for every wrestling fan.

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  • N Wilson
  • 05-13-21

Takings the plunge

I really enjoyed this story it was nice. Hear about the people they have teamed up with over the years and how they all came to form AEW. Good!

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  • Mr. C. D. Carter
  • 03-30-21

great insights

easy listening, told a lot of great story's about the boys.

would have preferred them to voice it though.

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  • Big man
  • 03-26-21

What a story

loved this book very interesting if you are a fan of the Young Buck or even Wrestling in general give it a go 😎

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-21

One of the best wrestling audiobooks

A great listen for a tag team who are still relatively new to mainstream, I found some of the journey fascinating, especially the insight into earnings in the early days.

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  • Reviewer #2
  • 02-28-21

Surprisingly serious tone

A solid story, with some decent insight. However I was surprised by the lack of any humour at all in this book. There's nothing to smile about or enjoy really - even though it's a story of success?

As such the narrator is very somber throughout, and if a character in the book was saying something they often sounded on the verge of tears.

Not as endearing as Foley nor Jericho's books, or in depth as Bret nor Hardcore Holly's books, but a good overview of the Buck's career.

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  • Neroli Thomas
  • 11-17-20

Not narrated by the Bucks

I wouldn’t have bought this if I knew it was just a random narrator, but the book itself is excellent

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  • Callan
  • 06-21-21

Must listen for wrestling fans

Quite possibly the most entertaining wrestling biography I can remember reading or listening to. It's essential listening for any fan of wrestling. Not read by the bucks as others have stated, but don't let that worry you. Roger Wayne does a great job narrating. He mispronounced a few terms, sure, but I think some of the other reviews blow this out of proportion. Just sit back and enjoy this rare gem of a wrestling tale.

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  • Stephen
  • 02-02-21

This audio book is........... Meh. It's OK.

I should start by saying that I'm not really a fan of the Young Bucks. I watch AEW. I was familiar with them before AEW began. But I don't really like the way they come across. I still have 2 hours left of this audio book, but I felt inclined to leave a review. I will still finish the book.

JR's two books really set the benchmark for me, for wrestling autobiographies. These guys (the Bucks) are of a completely different time though. I thought it would be worth a listen, since not only is it the hot wrestling book at the moment, but I knew these guys had done a lot of travelling and met a lot of interesting characters. So I was keen to hear about it.

The first thing I'll mention is the narrator. While he does a fine job for the most part, he obviously has no idea what he's talking about and does not know how to pronounce the names of the wrestlers, the promotions, the moves and so on. That's fine, but when you're listening to him for almost 10 hours it does become a little annoying. Especially when he goes through a period of a few minutes where he does it several times.

My second gripe with the book is the constant switching back and forth between Matt and Nick. If you are listening to the book at the same time as doing something else, it's quite easy to miss the name before the chapter and then you have no idea who wrote the chapter you are listening to.

I still think this is worth a listen. If you're a wrestling fan anyway. But let's be honest, nobody is reading this book if they aren't a fan of wrestling. So when the book goes out of it's way to explain things like what Wrestlemania is, you just think come on...

With all of that said, it can be an interesting listen. I found it fun listening to their stories of their time in Japan, in TNA, WWE tryouts etc, and even before all of that when they were kids. I'm looking forward to hearing about the beginning of AEW, towards the end of the book. But I don't think it will be anything I haven't heard already at this point.

So if you have nothing else to read or listen to; Give it a go. I don't think you'll hate it. Just don't expect anything amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-21

Great book!

The book itself was amazing!!!! It’s a shame the guy reading clearly has never watched wrestling or know nothing of that scene. Miss pronunciation of names and factions and tags just shows.

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  • Stacey D
  • 12-28-20

Absolutely phenomenal

I finished this book in 2 days. It was so hard to put down! I swapped between reading on my kindle to listening to the audio book when doing housework because i couldnt get enough. What a brilliant insight into their career. I especially loved the last chapter, hearing about the beginning of AEW. I have gained even more respect for Matt and Nick after reading about all the hard work they have put in to get to where they are today, they have earned every success to come their way. congratulations to them both.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-17-20

Awesome and highly recommend

Great stories from start to end about the journey the young bucks went through, a truly emotional rollercoaster with it's ups and downs that ultimately come full circle to a happy ending/present. The narrating is also great and very expressive. It's also a good read for both wrestling and non wrestling fans as it goes into detail explaining the wrestling jargon and moves to the uninitiated

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-20

A must read

A awesome book about the young bucks a must read for any fan of this tag team