After losing the IMPACT World Title at Bound For Glory 2020, Eric Young started a new venture alongside Cody Deaner and Joe Doering.
The group was dubbed Violent By Design because they are, as advertised, violent by design. Rhino would join the group at Sacrifice.
Appearing on the Wrestling Perspective podcast, Young discussed his influence on the group coming together.
"I was definitely involved," he stated. "Cody is a guy I've been friends with for 20 years. The truth is, it's really cool to see him getting a shot in this different light. Part of the storytelling of the group is, even in real life, Cody was in the same kind of position 10 or 15 years ago where I was the comedy part of the show. I wouldn't change that, I love that part of my career. I ended up getting my own television show because I was the funny guy on the show. The reality is, I'm 41 and I saved my body throughout those years because I didn't have to wrestle a lot. He's in the same spot because he was typecast as the funny guy, but I know he's really talented and now he's getting to show a different side. Joe Doering is a huge part of it. The hardcore fans know he was a massive star in Japan. Our paths crossed a bunch but we never really worked together. He got sick, got cancer, beat that, and now he's back. He's a big part of what we're doing and he's so awesome and different. He cares about what we're doing and that's important. Rhino gives us legitimacy. He's been one of the most popular wrestlers for over 20 years. I've said -- it's not an insult to him or 'Hacksaw' -- he's this eras 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan. He's just over everywhere he goes. They approached me about 'who do you want in the group? Here are some guys.' I was allowed to pick and I knew me and Joe were the cornerstones and we would go from there. I had pitched Cody because it was a surprise and I believe in him."
Unfortunately for Young, he is currently sidelined after suffering a torn ACL at the most recent IMPACT tapings. Despite the injury, he hopes to remain on television in some capacity alongside Violent By Design.
You can find Young's full comments on his injury by clicking here.
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