This isn’t a surprising quote. It would be much more shocking if Matt & Nick Jackson (or Cody Rhodes, or Kenny Omega) was out here a month after launching All Elite Wrestling with Tony Khan and saying, “Yeah, we figure we’ll play around with this for a few years then go work for Vince”.
But there’s been a consistent fan narrative about AEW’s core which has been ongoing since the rumors started last year about what they would do when their Ring of Honor or New Japan contracts ended. And it’s the notion that Rhodes and especially Omega & The Young Bucks can give running their own company a go and then still go set themselves up with WWE deals to close out their careers.
As Matt & Nick explained to The Sporting News’ Brian Fritz:
Nick: Well, I can tell you this. I know I’ve told Matt and I’ve told Kenny and Tony that I’m giving my career to this project. So, however long my career lasts, I’ll be here and Tony sees it just like that as well. He’s already talking 10, 15, 20 years from now, still running this thing. We’re in it for the long-term. We want this to succeed. We want this to be big and we don’t see it failing.
Matt: We’re all in on this, man. This is it. We’re working on very big things. We don’t want to give anything away but, hopefully, rather sooner or later, we’ll have some stuff to talk about. As far as creatively, I’m already thinking about it. I know who a lot of the guys and girls, who aren’t even announced yet that are on our roster, I’m already thinking of stories for them and what we can do to evolve their character and what we can do with each division. We’re already planning ahead.
Again, that’s what they have to say, since it’s what Khan and the fans want to hear – and it’s the approach they need to have to succeed.
Still, they’re quotes fans will pull out if the Bucks are surprise entrants 29 & 30 in the 2024 Royal Rumble.
Check out Fritz’ entire interview with the Jacksons for TSN here. There’s lots more, including the brothers thinking out loud about AEW’s television offerings.