Eric Young Talks Absence From Impact, Dixie Carter, If He'd Join Main Event Mafia, His Voice, More
On jumping off the cage at Lockdown: "No, that's child's play. That was actually, that's a huge moment for me in my wrestling career. I saw Jimmy Snuka do it when I was a kid, I saw Mick Foley do it when I was an adolescent, teenager. And then I did it. And I mean lots of people have done it in between now and then but it was a dream come true. And that's weird to say out loud. Jumping off the top of a cage and landing on another human being is a dream come true. It's a real dream."
Why he has been gone from Impact and where he has been: "My two schedules were pretty conflicting. TNA's been great about me going off and filming the show (Off the Hook: Extreme Catches). It's twice as much work as I thought it was gonna be. It's worth it. It's an amazing experience. It's a great show, something I'm super proud of. But it's really time consuming. So it doesn't allow me to be there (Impact). Most of the time I was gone, or not even in the country, or in the same state. So I took a small hiatus from wrestling, and I'm back now.
How Dixie Carter is very understanding and flexible with wrestlers having careers outside of the ring: "For me, Dixie, first and foremost, is a smart business woman. She's a nice lady. We've always got along great. And like you said, she allows us to do this stuff. I mean, it is a good thing. You can't name another active pro wrestler that's got his own television show. You're looking at the one and only. It's a good thing for both TNA, Spike TV, Animal Planet. It's a good marriage. I believe it's the same audience watching both products. You just said Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan and Eric Young. We're in a group together. Think about how crazy that is?"
ODB being his TV wife: "Easily the most interesting piece of the puzzle. Yeah, that's for sure. No, I mean she's awesome, man. An absolute pro. The most popular woman wrestler, I've ever seen. Everywhere we go, I can't wrestle without them(fans) chanting her name. And she's not even there. She's not even wrestling. So she's one of my really good friends in the business. Awesome to work with. And an absolute pro. She is the greatest."
If it surprises him on meeting people who he wouldn't have thought to be wrestling fans during his promotion tour: "It can be weird sometimes. When you get talking to people, like I went to ESPN last winter. A good friend of mine, Robert Flores, works over there. Ro-Flo. Great guy, funny guy. And I mean just LOVES pro wrestling. And the best thing to happen to him was having two boys, so he makes them watch wrestling. So it gives him an excuse to watch it, and go to the events. He called me and said 'Hey you gonna be in Boston (at Slammiversary).' I was out still shooting the show actually, just finishing up Off the Hook season 2. But he's an awesome guy. And I went up there(ESPN) and met Trent Dilfer and all these guys. They might not know you but they think they've seen you and they're cool and open with you. And he's a massive fan and I'm a huge fan of his. And was a huge fan of him before I knew he was a pro wrestler. I think he is the next big thing for ESPN. It's cool man. Like Michelle Beadle. Here's this young, attractive woman that is super successful and loves pro wrestling. That doesn't even make sense."