When FTR debuted on AEW Dynamite, on May 27, 2020, they immediately asked a question of the Young Bucks: can you trust us?
This was incredibly important to the events to come because it was never really a message intended for Matt and Nick Jackson: it was always intended as the first, indirect strike in a months-long campaign to unsettle - and ultimately, unseat - AEW World Tag Team Champions Kenny Omega and Hangman Page. That campaign was successful, for at All Out, Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler captured the gold. That it took such meticulous planning - as part of a plot that materialised with beautifully deft episodic TV booking - put everything it strived to get over over. With, and this is stunning pro wrestling promotion, one incredibly audacious and deliberate exception: the dream match teased on day one, and about four full years before that.
But let's circle back to the start.
On May 27, FTR saved the Bucks from a Butcher and the Blade attack as part of an awesome angle with so many intricately arranged moving parts. After warding off the heels, FTR refused to shake the tentative, outstretched hands of the team they were always destined to wrestle, in one company or another. That was all but confirmed as much in reality, what with Dash Wilder's since-deleted "One day we'll wrestle The Young Bucks & everyone will rejoice" tweet.
But in the fictional universe of All Elite Wrestling, that dream match has been passed off as a mere projection on the part of the fans.
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