Backstage News On Major Creative Plans For Eric Young Prior To WWE Release

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A new report provides details on what WWE planned for Eric Young prior to his recent release from the company.

Late last year, it was reported that Eric Young was on his way back to WWE after finishing up his contract with IMPACT Wrestling. A follow-up report revealed that he’d actually been signed to the sports entertainment giant since November 1st, but still appeared in pre-taped segments on IMPACT television until seemingly being killed off on the December 1st episode.

However, the star never appeared on WWE television after signing, and according to a recent report from Fightful Select, Young requested his release from the company after news that it would be merging with UFC to form a new $21+ billion entity under parent company Endeavor and that Vince McMahon would be more firmly back in control. According to Fightful, “Eric Young didn’t want to work with Vince McMahon after the Endeavor deal was announced.”

Now, an update from Fightful Select sheds light on what the company had planned for Young prior to his release. According to the report, Young was set to join a new version of The Wyatt Family alongside Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas, who had already been portraying Uncle Howdy on television. The plans were reportedly set back in January, but when Wyatt was sidelined with an undisclosed illness ahead of WrestleMania, he disappeared from television and neither he nor Dallas has returned to TV since.

The report also goes into detail about a previous pitch to have both Young and Mike Bennett join The Wyatt Family prior to their 2020 releases from the company. Specifically, Paul Heyman pitched Mike Bennett to play a live action version of Sister Abigail.

Young, meanwhile, is now gone from the company and returned to IMPACT Wrestling at Slammiversary on July 15th.