TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young recently spoke to Bleacher Report. Here are the highlights:
After more than a decade with TNA Impact Wrestling, you were finally able to capture the company’s most important title. Talk about your road to the top and how it feels now that you’ve had time to soak it in.
“It’s wild. Yesterday was the best professional day of my entire life. It almost doesn’t seem real. I haven’t had it that long, and I’m still trying to soak it in. Talking to you guys, talking to people from all over, and it’s a good place to be. A really good place.”
Your road to the Championship scene has been covered by publications such as Bleacher Report and your TNA Championship victory has been covered by publications such as the Miami Herald. What can fans expect from EY as the new ambassador for TNA wrestling?
“For me, it’s more of the same. It’s crazy to hear people say stuff like, “Eric Young is quite possibly the most entertaining wrestler in the world today.” There is nothing more important to me than that. Wrestling is about entertainment. Whether you’re entertaining people with physicality or comedy or verbiage or emotion or characterization or whatever it is, the name of the game is entertainment. It’s a television show and people are watching it because they want to be entertained. So to be held at that level and regarded in that way is the biggest compliment I could get. It’s not just the fans, it’s my peers and people I work with. It feels like the lifetime achievement award. It’s cool. I’m not going to win the Nobel Prize, but this as close as its going to get.”
What has the overall reaction to your victory been like and has there been any particular congratulatory messages that stuck out to you?
“Yeah, man. It’s been from all walks of life. Not just the wrestling community, but guys from other companies, guys that worked here before, guys that work here who weren’t here, Robert Flores from ESPN, Michelle Beadle from ESPN, and all kinds of people reached out to me to say they were proud and happy for me. That’s a good feeling. There is always going to be negativity and naysayers and that’s part of being in a creative field, but its been 90 percent positive. It’s amazing. It’s overwhelming, really.”
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