The Young Bucks, Matt and Nick Jackson guested on the latest Talk Is Jericho podcast to promote their new book, “Killing The Business: From Backyards To The Big Leagues.”
They explained that one of the most painful things they had to write about was their departure from Impact Wrestling (then TNA) in 2011. On their reasons for leaving, Matt stated:
“For me, it was really painful to go back to some of these terrible times we had to live. I tell a story about how we knew we had to quit TNA because there was no money there. We were basically starving ourselves because if you didn’t work, you don’t get paid with the contract we signed up for. It was terrible, and we go into great detail about the terrible contract that we signed. But I was pregnant with my first baby, me and Dana, and it was little Kourtney, and she’s on her way.”
Matt explained further:
“And I’m making no money, and we have to quit this thing. We have to quit wrestling for TNA, and at the same time, I had a side job which people don’t know about. I worked at a machine shop on the side while I’m on television every Thursday night, and that business went under too because we’re in the middle of a recession. So it was just rock bottom for me, and I told Nick – I remember we quit the company. We were connecting. It might have been in Atlanta actually, and I was starved, so I went into a Popeye’s Chicken and I went to buy a chicken sandwich for $1.99. My credit card got declined, and Nick was already waiting with his receipt because he was before me.”
Finally, Matt explained how being unable to afford his sandwich and needing Nick to buy it for him was the final straw:
“And I called him over, and I was devastated like having to ask my younger brother to buy me a $2 sandwich. So he slid his card and bought it, and I didn’t talk for that entire flight home. I was just devastated, and I came home and I told Dana. I was like, ‘I have to quit wrestling. This is no way to live. I’m 20 something years old. We have a baby on the way. I don’t have a job. I’m unemployed now. I have to quit wrestling. And Nick, credit to him, he had faith that there was more to come for us and he convinced me not to quit yet.”
Happily, for The Young Bucks, they persevered with their wrestling careers and had successful runs in Ring of Honor and New Japan.
Together, with Cody and Adam Page, the Jackson’s formed All Elite Wrestling in January 2019. The Young Bucks are currently the reigning AEW Tag Team Champions.
You can listen to the full podcast here.
h/t to Wrestling Inc. for transcription.