Rockstar Spud revealed in new comments to The UK Sun he considered quitting professional wrestling before TNA called about British Boot Camp in August 2013.
"I was going to jack it all in on my 30th birthday. I came that close to quitting. Then I got the call for TNA British boot camp in the August 2013 and we started filming in September. Back then it was impossible to be a full-time wrestler and make a living in the UK. You had to live with you mum and dad and you could just about afford to pay rent to them. I worked in a bank. I have no problem saying that I had a full-time job for my entire career until I signed for TNA. Thankfully now I have saved my money, because that was always installed in me because it won't last forever, so I always saved and I can happily say I live in a lovely condo in Nashville, Tennessee."
As for losing to a on-year-old Hardy:
"Fans will say 'Oh my god, they are burying Rockstar Spud'. But if you have seen me on TV the then I am not buried at all. I am on television. If I wasn't on television then I would be buried. Plus, my name is James Michael Curtin and I play a character called Rockstar Spud who is a weasely, little, whiney bad guy who deserves everything he gets. Rockstar Spud deserves losing to a one-year-old. Do I have a problem playing a weasely little bad guy losing to a one-year-old? Absolutely not. What do you want me to do next?"