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Eric Young talks his time in WWE: “The system is broken”

The recently released WWE Superstar talked his frustrations with the company on Busted Open.

Recently released WWE Superstar Eric Young showed up at Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary this past Saturday, along with several other former Superstars. Today, he was a guest on Busted Open Radio, where he talked about returning to Impact and his time in WWE.

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Young joined WWE in 2016 after spending 12 years at TNA/Impact Wrestling, where he performed on the NXT brand as the leader of SAnitY. He was called up in 2019, but did little of note on WWE’s main roster before being released earlier this year. According to Young, when it comes to WWE, “the system is broken.”

The former TNA World Heavyweight Champion talked about WWE’s creative process, saying “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.”

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.

EY also talked about Vince McMahon, saying he had a couple good conversations with the chairman, but creative pitches often either never reached the boss, or fell on deaf ears.

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.

It’s unfortunate that Eric Young’s main roster WWE run did not amount to much, but at least he has re-joined a rejuvenated Impact Wrestling promotion where he will be able to perform at a national level again.


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