The Young Bucks’ Loaded Travis Scott-Edition Air Jordan 1: A Review

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On a night where AEW delivered from top to bottom its very best night of wrestling and surprises, the Young Bucks and the Lucha Bros delivered the night’s wildest and most sensational match. In the center of the steel cage, both teams put their best foot forward to deliver a worthy sequel to their career-shortening Escalera de la Muerte ladder match at All Out two years ago. Fenix continued his run as AEW’s MVP with wrestling’s most innovative and jaw-dropping offense while Penta El Zero Miedo seemingly invited death to his doorstep with his sense of toughness—as well as delivering the night’s most touching moment when he kissed his daughter on the cheek with his face covered in blood after he and his brother won the AEW World Tag Team Championships.

As for the Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson stepped up their game and leveled up from the Ring of Honor version of themselves circa 2014 to the Pro Wrestling Guerilla version of themselves circa 2011. They were not only smarmy and ridiculously irritating (example: Nick’s “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan-dyed facial hair), they were cunning, borderline sadistic, and dangerous. They also reached deep inside of themselves to put a new spin on an old trick: the loaded shoe, carefully rigged with thumbtacks. Most famously seen in a PWG tag match which proved to be Candice LeRae’s breakout performance, the superkick-crazy Bucks utilized it to punishing effect only to end up losing the match. Though they effectively jammed the loaded Travis Scott Jordan 1s into Penta’s crimson mask repeatedly, the Lucha Bros gutted through and eventually won the match.

So how do the Bucks’ expensive pair of shoes measure up?

The Young Bucks' Loaded Travis Scott-Edition Air Jordan 1

6.3

Pros
  • An uncharacteristically great throw from Brandon Cutler, right on the mark
  • They really fucked Penta up
  • A backwards Nike Swoosh really makes the thumbtacks pop
  • At least wrestlers have a somewhat working knowledge of rap stars now
  • A step up from being a Fortnite skin.
Cons
  • The only Cactus Jack we acknowledge is Mick Foley
  • Kind of a bad luck charm; they've lost every match where they've used it
  • The Young Bucks do know there are dozens of styles of Air Jordans, right?
  • Seriously, there are so many styles more stylish and more functional than the 1s. Try 3-7 or 11-13
  • A pair of Travis Scott 1s go for about $4,000 on StockX, which is expensive in a douche way but not as outright ridiculous as paying $10,000 for a pair of fakes
  • The only rapper more cringeworthy to support by paying thousands of dollars for their Jordans would be Drake.
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Martin Douglas

The unofficial poet laureate of Tacoma, WA, Martin Douglas is an essayist, critic, and journalist specializing in the fields of music (KEXP.org, Bandcamp Daily, Pitchfork) and pro wrestling (Seattle Weekly, quite a few online zines). He's also a hip-hop beatmaker, fiction writer, disposable camera photographer, and all-around renaissance man.

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