The brothers Matt and Nick Jackson joined Booker T for an episode of Heated Conversations to talk about their almost 15 years in the wrestling business, and also to bury the hatchet with Booker about a silly incident that occurred at a WWE tryout in 2011 with the five-time (5X) champion. Speaking on that…according to all three men, the Bucks were accidentally sitting/leaning on Booker’s jacket while backstage, and when he approached them to retrieve it, the brothers didn’t acknowledge Booker, or shake his hand when he offered it. They would clarify admitting that they were just nervous and intimidated.
I’ll say it right now, being back there at that stage in our career, it’s like walking on eggshells. You don’t know who to say ‘hi’ to. You don’t know if you’re disrespecting anyone, so we were just trying to be out of the way and with us trying to be out of the way, we ended up not being out of the way because I was the one who was accidentally leaning on Booker’s jacket, but I had no clue that I was. And when Booker came up to me, I was so intimidated and scared to death! I was like, ‘oh no! What did I do?
Matt and Nick would go on about the subject, and even reveal that they used the incident to garner some attention.
We had just left our position at Impact Wrestling and we were kind of just, if anything, going for a tryout with the WWE to create a bit of a buzz. I think at that point, we had already known that we were going to sign a contract with Ring Of Honor, so we were kind of just going to say ‘hello’ and maybe get the internet talking like, ‘hey, these Impact kids are backstage at WWE. Are they going to go there now?’ So we really didn’t want to make a big stink out of it, and then, it ended up becoming the biggest story online. And do you know what, Booker? In a way, like, I have to credit you for doing that for us because I look back on it now, and, I think, honestly, our first big break because it was the first time that everybody was talking about us. And, now, everybody knew our names and instead of, like, shying away from it, or, like, defend ourselves and basically tell everyone, ‘no, we were just shy kids, we were embarrassed, and blah, blah, blah,’ we decided, ‘hey, let’s make this our characters and let’s do this on social media, and put it online,’ honestly, it’s what got us over.” So Booker helped get us over to the point where people knew who we were.
Later when they got to talking about their careers in the industry, they mentioned that their legacy may be better cemented if they never sign with the WWE, and while doing so, reference the path that Hall of Famer Sting took before eventually joining Vince and company.
I think every wrestler in the world says, ‘yeah, I would probably have to complete my career by going to WWE.’ But for Nick and I, we’re so different, and we’re so outside-the-box and we’re not traditionalists. Like, how cool of a story would it be if we just never went? Do you know what I mean? And I’m not saying that we’re not going to go, but I think our legend would almost grow bigger if we didn’t go and if it’s as opposed to if we did go, then I think we end up becoming just another tag team that ended up going there. Do you know what I’m saying? But how long did Sting hold out for? Do you know what I mean? Like, I don’t know. Who know’s man? Like, I can’t say. I don’t even know how long I’m going to be doing this, but maybe I go now, maybe I go later, I do just one match, and they put me in the Hall Of Fame. Who knows?
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