Eric Young did an interview with Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer on Busted Open Radio to talk about his departure from WWE and return to Impact Wrestling at Slammiversary.
Young, who signed with WWE in 2016 after a successful run in Impact, was the leader of the SAnitY stable in NXT before being called up to the main WWE roster in 2018. Once a member of the main roster, Young was used sporadically and could not find footing on neither SmackDown nor Raw.
“I don’t take it personally,” said Young. “It’s – [Vince McMahon] made a mistake and as a leader of the company and the person that decides everything, you know, it’s a massive mistake to pass on somebody like me.”
“You have a three-hour television show and you can’t find five minutes for Eric Young? Your show is broken, it’s as simple as that. I’ve proven that I can do whatever. Any role, I’m not saying I can do it, I’ve already done it and I’ve proven I can do it and do it very well. So for me, it’s a huge miss, a huge mistake, and now it’s someone else’s gain. And personally, it’s my gain. My soul hasn’t felt this good in a long time.”
Young was released from his WWE contract back in April as part of the company’s mass cuts in response to the difficult economic circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Saturday, he returned to Impact Wrestling at Slammiversary.
Young was featured in the show’s main event, which also included Eddie Edwards, Ace Austin, Rich Swann and Trey in a five-way elimination match. They were competing for the vacated Impact World Championship, which was won by Edwards.
“Admittedly, I jumped on my phone after the match just to see what people were saying and, you know, like there’s always going to be detractors and people that aren’t excited. But I feel like for the most part, it was all positive, you know? That’s a good feeling, too. You know, kind of – the dart throw back on the map and you land in a spot, and you’re nervous. Like, I was nervous. Like you guys said, I hadn’t wrestled in almost, you know, I guess four months, but I mean, if were being honest, I really hadn’t wrestled in almost two years. I hadn’t done anything that was important or anyone cared about, or even I cared about, so it was important for me to make an impression again, and to kinda hang my cap back on the racks and like you know, ‘I’m back and I’m ready to get going again,’ and I feel like I did that.
Young is excited to be back with Impact and states the promotion plans to ride their positive momentum out of Slammiversary.
“Like, there’s so much cool stuff planned and coming to TVs over the next few weeks are pretty special and Impact is doing an unbelievable job of capturing the momentum that we have and riding that lightning. And in pro wrestling, there’s nothing more important than that.