Saying that The Young Bucks are the greatest tag team of all time can be considered controversial in some wrestling circles. Despite that, it’s true. The Young Bucks are indeed the greatest tag team of all time and there’s some solid arguments for their case.
Tag teams generally don’t have very long runs. Wrestlers will eventually try a singles run simply because you can make more money as a solo wrestler. Very few tag teams can match the longevity… The Bucks have 17 years as a dynamic duo.
The Bucks having such a long run as a tag team, especially during a time when tag team wrestling’s importance fell off big time in the U.S., is quite impressive. The trend of tag teams being short term is ending and that’s partially thanks to The Bucks.
More teams are staying together and working for the long term, instead of seeking singles runs.
The Bucks have one of the best repertoires of tag team matches and with opponents of all kinds of styles. Young Bucks have the unique ability to get the very best of their opponents during matches. It’s quite similar to The Midnight Express in that regard.
They were also part of one, if not the best, tag team match of all time against Kenny Omega and Adam Page. The Bucks have also been part of some unique matches like the cage and ladder matches against The Lucha Bros. Their runs on PWG, the indies, NJPW and ROH also produced great matches that tell you why they’re the best tag team of all time.
The Bucks are draws on any metric you look at. From TV ratings, to merch sells. Being great in the ring doesn’t sometimes translate to the metrics previously mentioned. Their super athletic wrestling style translates so well into TV and makes for a fun experience both live and at home.
All this makes The Bucks the perfect wrestlers for a promotion with TV time.
Performers like Chris Kanyon, The Rockers, The Rock and Roll Express, and most importantly, The Motor City Machine Guns have influenced The Young Bucks. MCMGs created the style they used all these years, but The Bucks perfected it, taking it to new places.
As mentioned before, The Bucks style of wrestling is flexible. It allows them to incorporate it to their matches with opponents that wrestle different styles like rasslin or technical wrestling. They make it work. The Bucks work is very similar (storytelling-wise) to Midnight Express, but with Lucha Libre moves.
We’re just starting to see the influence The Bucks have on future generation of wrestlers. Private Party and Top Flight are prefect examples of the influence The Bucks have on modern wrestling with the next generations. The Bucks showed the way to many wrestlers that you could make a great living in pro wrestling without being part of WWE. Something that was impossible according to many…
The influence of The Bucks in wrestling history truly will be felt for the decades to come when it’s all said and done.