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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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great listen

a few times the narrator pronounced names incorrectly, great otherwise and gives a fascinating looking into a very important time in wrestling

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Chasing The Dream & Living It

Followed these guys from the indies and early bullet club days all the way to AEW. Wrestling was resurrected by the Young Bucks and wrestling became something spectacular again. Beatiful story telling and a eye opener when it comes to never giving up. I learned a lot about how all the aew stars are actually connected by random friendships. Great book and a joy to read.

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Great Book. Lazy Narration.

A great book but the narrator very clearly didn't care about what he was reading sounded like he just picked it up did his job and left it. Didnt bother to learn how to pronounce half the names some of which were laughably bad.

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One of, if not the best wrestling autobiography

this book is brilliant. telling the story of the bucks from backyard to the big time. it is an awesome read for any wrestling fan. a massive 10/10 goes out the narrator as he really makes the book come alive and his charisma tells the story well. a great book. meltzer style 8 out of 5 stars

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Good book for any independent / wrestling fan

I realy enjoyed the book and liked how both guys were involved. This book will appeal to people who are fans of AEW, the independent circuit and people who are keen for wrestling to go against the WWE monopoly. The story was a bit light in places and does move quite quickly when you want them to dwell or go in to more detail, but generally it is really good. Narration is good and passionate and i would recommend people to give this a try.

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The Young Bucks THE ELITE !!!!!!

I thought it was really good and informative enjoyed learning about the real Bucks.

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Keep on fighting

This book gives a great insight to the world of one of wrestling's greatest duos, The Young Bucks. This book has opened my eyes to the struggles of what the Jackson Brothers had gone through to get to AEW. A great pick me up to know that no matter what life throws at you, to keep on fighting for your dreams.

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inspirational insight into the Young Bucks life

amazing book from start to finish I couldn't get enough of it. when it ended it made me thirst for more. a great insight into the wrestling business from top to bottom.

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A big fan. Loved every minute of it.

This was a great listen and got me through decorating the house. I will deffinately be waiting on the next chapter.

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Live Your Dreams

After reading this book hopefully you'll realise two things: hard work pays off and with God, all things are possible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-20

Why is a white guy doing voices for Booker T?

That's one of my pressing issues, aside from that, not much new info. A very basic retelling of the history any fan already knew. No cool road stories, nothing super interesting I'm.childhood. Do not Recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-21

Loved It

This book is a must read for any wrestling or Young Bucks Fan. I couldn't stop listening! I hope the release another book with more details about AEW. I wish it was read by the Bucks but maybe next time

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  • kjacks8
  • 07-01-21

Great story, but we've heard it all before

I have followed these 2 on youtube for years now. so I've heard most of the stories. I wanted it to be read by them. but oh well. still great story telling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-20

Great story hurt by the narrator

The narrator does not know the language and terms about wrestling, When the narrator says a name, move, or wrestling term wrong and then continues to say the names wrong for the next few minutes it gets frustrating, it takes you out of the story. Not the books fault.

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  • Cody Geeenwood
  • 23-12-20

Beyond Elite

This book tells the story of what I would consider to be the best tag team in American Wrestling. Very powerful storytelling and beyond phenomenal performance by the reader

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  • Carlo dearmas
  • 22-12-20

A very good story

This was a great introduced into the world of Matt and nick Jackson and there story. A must read/listen if your a fan. Brother brother

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  • ShoeMoneyTonight
  • 16-12-20

Behind the Elite

Definitely an interesting account of how the Young Bucks and AEW came to be. If you’re a hardcore wrestling fan, this is worth your time — but know the basics before you go in. You’ll have to get over some of the mispronunciations (Gedo, Balor), but the reading is otherwise OK.

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  • Brandon Georgoulakis
  • 15-12-20

The Elite. The The Elite

While many die-hard fans may know many of the stories within this book from the Young Bucks' previous interviews and vlogs, there are quite a few interesting details that I was not aware of. This book follows the Young Bucks' journey from childhood wrestling fans to creating and producing their own weekly wrestling series. The writing reflects their personality, and the audiobook narrator does a good job bringing the book to life - the narrator even sounds similar to Matt Jackson. I recommend this book to any Young Bucks fan out there.

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  • Joseph
  • 14-12-20

Finally glad to hear about AEW’s birth

I grew up watching WWE and WCW until I was about 12 years old. I stopped watching because it got boring to me then I slowly started hearing about this movement that The Elite started and it caught my interest. Since that I have watched AEW religiously and even went to a live episode of Dynamite. Hearing about the origins made me love this company even more. I am forever All Elite.

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  • Tyler Heath
  • 13-12-20

Loved it!! Couldn't put it down!!

Always been a huge fan of the young bucks this was a great story thank you for sharing