Eric Young reflects on wrestling the match that will air on tonight's episode of IMPACT with a fully torn ACL and how proud he is that it falls close to the anniversary of his WWE release.
Since returning to IMPACT Wrestling last year following his release from WWE on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Eric Young has been one of the top antagonists in the company.
In reality, Eric Young is one of the true TNA Originals and has roots in the origins of IMPACT Wrestling. During his brief tenure in WWE, Eric Young was a part of some of NXT's historic moments including the first NXT WarGames. Once Eric Young, as a member of SAnitY, was called up to the main roster, he was only used sporadically on television and never again in a featured role.
In a heartfelt social media post, Eric Young spoke about the importance of the match that will close out tonight's episode of IMPACT, noting the respect he has for Eddie Edwards for waiving the IMPACT banner during dark times and reflecting on wrestling the match on one leg.
Tonight is a bittersweet night for me! Tonight I wrestle in the main event of the go-home show for the PPV this coming weekend. I have the honor of wrestling Eddie Edwards! Eddie is a guy I have always respected and enjoyed sharing the ring with. IMO Eddie is one of the best, most versatile in-ring performers I have ever had the chance to work with. They call him the heartbeat of IMPACT Wrestling and that is not a gimmick. Him and a bunch of others kept the flame of this company burning during some dark times. In short, Eddie is the man and one of my all-time favorite opponents and that's a long long list! Another interesting thing about this match is that it is almost a year to the day of me being released from my former place of employment. This Thursday, I stand in the ring in the main event and put on a match that is as good or better then any match that will air for any company anywhere in the world! A bold statement for sure, but it is the truth! No slight on any show, any product, any main event, and certainly no slight on any performers. I hope my brothers and sisters who were just let go from their positions in other company's see this and know there is a whole beautiful and ultra rewarding world outside of that place! My last bit is a personal point of pride for me, I wrestled this match with a fully torn ACL! I did not know at the time how serious my injury was, in fact, no one did. I love this business, I love pro wrestling, and after over 23 years, the fire still burns. I am just as good or better than anyone doing it today! A little over a year ago I couldn't get booked on a show with my former employer to save my life. Fast forward to this Thursday I will have a 5-star main event match for a blossoming company! Proving I am very very good at what I do and I did it ON ONE FN leg!
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS IN LIFE IS PROVING PEOPLE WRONG. MAN, YOU WERE REALLY FN WRONG!
When he first revealed the injury, Eric Young noted that he hopes to return within 6 months. Learn more here.
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