In a recent appearance on the Talk Is Jericho podcast alongside his brother Nick Jackson to promote the release of their new book “Killing The Business: From Backyards To The Big Leagues”, Matt Jackson opened up on why The Young Bucks made the decision that they had to leave TNA Wrestling several years ago.

“For me, it was really painful to go back to some of these terrible times we had to live. I don’t know why this is my favorite, maybe because I knew we overcame it, but 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 didn’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 Dana was pregnant with little Kourtney and she’s on her way 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 and I called him over and I was devastated 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 told Dana and 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.”

The interview is available in full at this link.