Former WWE Superstar Eric Young has revealed he told Vince McMahon that if he couldn’t find TV time for him then he had failed.
Before joining WWE, Eric Young was a member of the IMPACT Wrestling roster for over 10 years. During that time he won multiple titles culminating in the IMPACT World Championship in 2014.
In 2016, Young signed with WWE and joined the NXT brand. There, he became the leader of Sanity, a faction that at different times included Sawyer Fulton, Alexander Wolfe, Nikki A.S.H., and Killian Dain. During his NXT run, Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe captured the Tag Team Championships.
In 2018, the group were called up to the main roster, however, they were unable to achieve the same popularity there that they did in NXT and Eric Young was released by the company in 2020.
During a recent interview with Wrestling Epicenter, Young discussed his time in WWE, saying that his time in NXT was “very special” to him.
“I don’t regret it. I enjoyed almost my entire time there. My NXT time was very special to me. I loved working with Triple H. He and I became very close. A lot of what you saw with Sanity was my ideas and his ideas. It was a very close collaboration.”
“We grew Sanity into one of the top acts in the company. Tag Team of the Year, Match of the Year. We were a huge part of every show we were on! We were on every Takeover. I’m very proud of that.”
When ir came to his main roster run, Eric Young revealed that he once told Vince McMahon to his face that he had failed if he couldn’t find five minutes for him on WWE TV. However, Young also praised the WWE Chairman for his kindness and willingness to listen to ideas.
“Everyone knows what happened main roster side. I’m not the first person they missed on, I’m not the last. There are no hard feelings over it. I’m not bitter. I told Vince McMahon this to his face ‘if you can’t find 5 minutes for me to do something, then you’ve failed!’”
“And I would say it to his face again. It is nothing personal. He’s always treated me kindly. He always made time to listen to me when I pitched ideas and he was complimentary to me early on.”
“Somewhere, he was busy producing a billion-dollar television show and he decided I wasn’t someone he was interested in so we went our separate ways. But I have no hard feelings. He’s a genius! Wrestling exists today because of his ruthless approach saying pro wrestling can be mainstream and it is.”
“I wouldn’t be sitting in this nice home in Nashville and be enjoying this great life unless it was for his persistence, his vision, and his promoting and belief that pro wrestling can be a mainstream product.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.