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The Young Bucks Return to New Japan Pro Wrestling

The Young Bucks returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling for the first time in five years, presumably setting up the next few months of story for The Elite.

Matthew and Nicholas Jackson (The Young Bucks) have incorporated their longstanding role as executive vice presidents of All Elite Wrestling into their on-air personas. The scheming heels are on an extended power trip after attacking AEW owner Tony Khan on the April 24 episode of Dynamite.

The three-time AEW tag champions have recently aligned with former New Japan stalwart Kazuchika Okada and the returning “Scapegoat” Jack Perry to reform The Elite – the stable which is largely credited with catalyzing the promotion that bears its name. Okada and Perry have effectively taken the spots once belonging to former AEW World Champions Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page.

The quartet will be squaring off against “Team AEW” – a unit comprised of FTR, the returning Bryan Danielson, and “The Mad King” Eddie Kingston at Double or Nothing on May 26 in Las Vegas. The bout will mark the promotion’s third Anarchy in the Arena match.

During the recent NJPW Resurgence event in Ontario, California, Kingston defended his NJPW Strong Openweight Championship against Gabe Kidd in a chaotic, “no ropes” match. Kidd captured victory (and the championship) after hitting a brainbuster from the ring apron through a table.

After the bout, Jack Perry came out to confront Kingston. While the two were facing each other, The Young Bucks rushed the ring and attacked Kingston from behind. The duo then embraced Perry and celebrated in the ring.

While the attack clearly promotes the upcoming match at Double or Nothing, the Bucks returning to New Japan for the first time since January 2019 will also likely set up some tie-in between AEW and NJPW for the June 30 Forbidden Door card at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.

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