Former WWE Superstar Eric Young has recalled telling Vince McMahon that the Chairman had failed if he couldn’t find TV time for him.
Eric Young made his name in TNA/IMPACT Wrestling where he spent over a decade, winning just about everything that could be won in the company including the IMPACT World Championship in 2014.
By 2016 the Canadian star was on his way out of the company and on his way to WWE as part of the NXT brand. Young became the leader of the Sanity group that at different times included Sawyer Fulton, Alexander Wolfe, Nikki Cross [Nikki A.S.H], and Killian Dain. During his time on the brand, Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe captured the NXT Tag Team Championship.
A time on the main roster of WWE followed but Young and Sanity were unable to hit the heights they did in NXT and Eric Young was released by the company in 2020.
Appearing on Wrestling Epicenter Young discussed his time in WWE and begins by discussing the success Sanity had 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.”
As far as the main roster run, Eric Young explains how he once told Vince McMahon that he’d failed if he couldn’t find 5 minutes for him on WWE TV. Despite that, Young remains complimentary about the WWE Chairman:
“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.”