Eric Young On If Sting And Hulk Hogan Hurt Younger Wrestlers, Magnus, Hogan's In-Ring Return
On Sting being able to still perform in a main event at his age: "The storyline that was originally on TV, I wrestled him in his first match back in 10 years. I was the first person he wrestled and I almost got emotional. This is a guy I've idolized since I was a little kid. He's one of my top five favorite wrestlers. Ever. And I had the honor of sharing a ring, wrestling the guy when he first came back to TNA. It was five or ten years, he hadn't wrestled. And I had his first match. I mean, I think this is the most nervous I've ever been. But he's a pro. He's an absolute pro. And watching him work, it's—for me, it's never been about his wrestling. It was about his presence. It was about the way he carried himself. When he came out, people don't have a choice but to pay attention to him. And I don't know what it is. I don't think people know what it is. But you don't have a choice. You don't—you can't just say 'oh it's Sting, I'm not going to pay attention to what he's doing.' You're just drawn to him. Jeff Hardy's got the same thing. The exact same thing. It's a different kind of vibe, but it's the vibe of where 'here he comes and now I can't not pay attention.' I've prided myself; I think I've got that same thing. I don't think it's on the level of Jeff. Or Sting. But it usually doesn't matter if I'm world lead, or if I'm scared Eric Young. Or I'm crazy Eric Young. Or I'm regular Eric Young. Actually he really doesn't exist. That is a complete fabrication. Yeah there is no regular Eric Young. But I think I've got that same thing, where, whatever it is but when I come out, there is always a reaction. And I've always had that in pro wrestling."
His thoughts on Magnus being the next big thing: "I've always thought that. Magnus has got every possible tool available to him. He's tall, he's in good shape, he works hard. He is good in the ring; he's good on the mic. He understands entertainment. And more importantly he gets wrestling. He understands it. I was early on; I was one of the first few to that were ever put in. And they came to me and said do you want to do a thing with him? And I—Absolutely. Yeah absolutely. He was greener than grass. As green as it gets. But I enjoyed it. We worked house shows. We worked all over the place. And I loved it. He's super good. Super, super talented guy."
Hogan tweeting that he is training again and wants one more crack at it: "I wasn't sitting in a chair but I almost fell over. And I have pretty good balance. But this guy, he had eight back surgeries last year. I'll tell you right now, Hulk Hogan is one of the toughest human beings I have ever met. And I will say that to anybody that will listen to me. He's a great guy, man. He's a great guy. He's like just one of the boys. Good buddy of mine. And is tough as nails. Tough as nails. I want to see it. It's Hulk Hogan. I've gotta see it. As a pro wrestling fan, you can't not see it."
What TNA has to do to become more mainstream: "To me, they are doing the right steps. I mean, you guys have been around wrestling a long time. You've been wrestling fans a long time. So have I. How many times have you heard it? Nope, TNA's not going to make it. Nope, they're not going to make it. Thousands of times. It's been around for ten years. They just signed a big deal with Spike television for another five years. It's usually the highest rated show on Spike television every week. It's seen in over a 120 countries around the world. They didn't grow to this point because they don't know what they are doing. There is going to be people that watch wrestling that don't like it. There are going to be people that watch Impact that don't like it. But then—there's no pleasing everyone. It just doesn't exist. I remember being a die-hard wrestling fan during the Monday Night Wars. And I wouldn't watch WCW because I thought it was terrible. I thought it was terrible. And I would still flip over and check it out. I think it's a branded thing now, and I think that stems from the Monday Night Wars. Because before that, pro wrestling to an average fan was just pro wrestling. They didn't know if it was WWF or WWE or WCW or NWA. It was just pro wrestling. And they just watched it. If you were a pro wrestling fan, you just watched it when you saw it on television. And then it became 'well actually we're competing against each other, and it's two separate brands.' And it became this whole thing. You're not going to please everyone, but they are making the right decisions with they just went to live—all the television shows are being shot on the road now. The crowds have been great. The numbers have been decent. The numbers in the arena have been very good. You guys were in Boston, it was an amazing crowd. An amazing Pay Per View. I think; I feel that in the next couple of years, pro wrestling is on the upswing."