Eric Young had a solid run in Triple H’s NXT as the leader of the heel faction, SANITY. Under Young’s leadership, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain and Nikki Cross caused havoc on the black and gold brand.

Young recently sat down with Wrestling Epicenter to talk about his stint with WWE as well as his current run in IMPACT Wrestling. Young said he doesn’t regret his time in Vince McMahon’s company and loved working with Triple H in NXT.

“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.

“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.”

Young performed on SmackDown until 2019 when he was drafted to RAW as part of the Superstar Shake-up. His final appearances for the company saw him work Main Event on Saturday nights.

Young is currently signed to IMPACT Wrestling and is the leader of their heel stable Violent By Design. The group lost their IMPACT World titles to The Briscoes at Under Siege special on Saturday, May 7th. We’ll have to see what’s next for EY, but he doesn’t hve any sour grapes.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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