Eric Young never gained traction on the WWE main roster when he was called up in April 2018 after a successful NXT run. With nothing happening for him on television, Young ended up doing backstage producer work for WWE.
As someone with 15 years of television experience, Young has plenty to offer the younger talent, but producing in WWE just wasn't for him.
"There's a lot of talented young guys [in IMPACT], but me and Scott [D'Amore] and Tommy [Dreamer] have talked about this; the screws need to be tightened up a little. That's a role I relish. I'm not going to tell anyone what to do, but I have loads of experience and I know enough to be able to suggest and tell people 'try this' or 'change this.' That's an exciting thing," Young told Busted Open Radio when asked about helping younger talent.
"I wasn't that in the WWE, obviously. I did do 16 weeks of producing and that was an interesting side adventure while I was there. One of the most thankless jobs on earth. I don't know why anyone would want to do it there. It can be a rewarding job, but not there. You're just sorting through one crazy man's ideas. That's what you're doing. You're fixing the crap that gets put in front of you every day. That doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me. I did it for 16 weeks, I think I did it well, they said 'whenever you're ready and want to do this full-time, there's a job waiting for you.' Okay, cool, thanks. Off I went to Main Event to wrestle Titus O'Neil. You're a relay. You're not doing anything, you're taking what is said in the meeting and relaying that to the talent. If they wanna change something, you ask, if [Vince] says no, you go back to [the talent], and they do what was written anyway. It's thankless and not very fun and it should be," he said about his time as a WWE producer.
Young was released by WWE on April 15 as part of the company-wide cutbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He returned to IMPACT Wrestling at Slammiversary.
Elsewhere during the interview, Young discussed WWE's broken system. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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