There’s not much new information in Eric Young’s assessment of WWE’s creative process. Now that there are competitors for wrestlers to get work from after they leave Vince McMahon’s employ, and a network of websites & podcasts that want their account of their time at his company, we’ve gotten multiple versions of this same story.
There’s only one person making decisions about what happens on Raw and SmackDown, and there are too many layers of bureaucrats with their own agendas insulating him from his talent & their ideas of what might work to create a more entertaining, popular pro wrestling show.
But who knows? Maybe EY’s voice is the one that finally breaks through and changes things.
Here’s what the man who recently re-signed with Impact told Busted Open Radio about his experience in WWE, and the problems he encountered on the main roster.
“The NXT part went great, I was treated well, Hunter and me worked very closely on the development of Sanity and the group. I really felt like I had a say of what went on. Obviously, not the final say, but I was listened to and asked to contribute. The NXT run, Sanity was one of the top acts in the whole company. Then we transitioned to the main roster and everyone knows how that went; it didn’t go well.
“Sometimes you fall out of favor. It’s not what you did or didn’t do, I never changed who I was and I’m not going to. I’m not a political person, never have been, that’s probably been a hindrance to my career. I refuse to be political. The truth is, the system is broken. It’s hard to get a word in. Even when you’re doing nothing, it feels like you’re trying to fix people’s mistakes all day. There’s no creativity, they want everyone to be the same, bump the same, sell the same, and there’s millions of rules, those change daily. It’s really hard to understand what’s going on. The system is flawed and I would say that to anyone there and Vince himself. I’m not the first person he’s made a mistake on and I won’t be the last person he’s made a mistake on. I don’t think it’s anything personal. Anytime we were in a room together and we spoke, he was always respectful. We had two decently long conversations, they went well, and I thought he understood where I was coming from. I’m a man and I’m not gonna stand in a hallway for four hours to talk to him. That could be wrong and stubborn on my part, but I’m a 40-year-old man and I’m not gonna wait in the hallway like a child to maybe get five minutes to talk to him. I said my peace, he seemed to be responsive, but nothing ever came from it. I don’t take it personally. He made a mistake and as the leader of the company and the person who decides everything, it’s a massive mistake. You have a three-hour television show, if you can’t find five minutes for Eric Young, your show is broken.”
Young was released back on April 15 after spending most of the year prior as a jobber on Main Event. He re-debuted with Impact at Slammiversary, and looks to be starting a program with the company’s top champion Eddie Edwards.