Former WWE Superstar Eric Young was interviewed today on Busted Open Radio. Young made his return to Impact Wrestling on Saturday night and it looks like he will feud with Eddie Edwards over the Impact Wrestling World Championship.
Young talked about his return to Impact and his run in WWE.
Eric Young was asked what went wrong for him once he got called up to the main roster: “It was time to move on from the structure of the current company. I felt I had done everything I was going to be allowed to do there. Obviously the WWE was a place I wanted to work my whole career. That’s what I grew up watching. That was the goal when I started wrestling. My first goal was to sign a contract and say I do this for a living. Signing my first contract with TNA around 2004 was the first time I signed a contract there full time and I could officially say I was a pro wrestler. My other goal was to make it to the WWE so that was a huge reason for wanting to go there. The NXT part went great. I was treated well. Hunter and I worked very closely on the development of Sanity and the group. I really felt like I had a say in what went on. Obviously not final say, but I was listened to and was asked to contribute. At the time, Sanity was one of the top acts in the whole company. We were on every show. We won tag team of the year. War Games won match of the year. I could be put on anywhere on the card and be utilized in a very good way.
I transitioned to the main roster and that did not go well. You know and people know that sometimes you fall out of favor. It is nothing you did or didn’t do. I never changed who I was. I’m not going to. That’s not who I am. I’m not a political person. I never have been. That’s probably a bit of a hindrance for my career is that I’m not political. I refuse to be political. The truth is a bunch of guys who left there have talked about it so we don’t have to go on about it. But, the system is broken. It’s hard to get a word in. Even when you are doing nothing, it feels like you are just trying to fix people’s mistakes all day. There is no creativity. They want everyone to do things the same and be the same and sell the same. There are millions of rules which I’m sure you guys have all heard and talked about on the show at length. Those change daily. It’s really hard to understand what’s going on and why it is going on. The system is flawed and I would say that to anyone there. I would say it to Vince himself. I’m definitely not the first person he has made a mistake on and I won’t be the last person he made a mistake on. I don’t think it’s anything personal. Anytime me and him were in a room together or we spoke, he was always respectful. We had two pretty decent long conversations. I thought they went well and he understood where I was coming from. I’m a man and I’m not going to stand in a hallway for four hours to talk to him. I’m just not going to do that. That could be wrong on my part and it could be stubborn on my part. I’m a 40-year-old man and I’m not going to wait in the hallway like a child to maybe get 5 minutes to talk to him. I said my piece to him.
He seemed to be responsive to him and nothing ever comes from that. I don’t take it personally. He made a mistake and as a leader of the company and as a person who decides everything, it’s a massive mistake to pass on somebody like me. You have a three hour television show and you can’t find something for Eric Young? Your show is broken. It’s as simple as that. I’ve proven that I could do whatever, any role. I’m not saying I can do it. I already did it and I’ve proven I could do it and do it very well. For me, it’s a huge miss, a huge mistake, and now it’s someone else’s gain. Personally, it’s my gain. My soul hasn’t felt this good in a long time. That’s just the truth.”
Brian Cage was also on the show…
Brian Cage talked about not showing any reaction when Taz gave him the FTW Title: “I talked to Taz about it afterwards. He didn’t want me to be overly ecstatic. I knew and it wasn’t a surprise I was getting it. I’m a freaking grown ass man and a machine at that. What was I supposed to do? Freak out like an 8-year-old at a birthday who just got an awesome birthday present? It wasn’t like I won the thing. He gave it to me which is awesome but it wasn’t like it was some big accomplishment winning a crazy match. Like, I got it, awesome, you want to give it to me. Great, I’ll showcase it. I popped more for the fact that he called me the baddest son of a bitch in wrestling. He didn’t want me to freak out about it.”
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