Donald Wood: 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.
Mike Chiari: 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.
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.
Donald Wood: You may have won the championship on the April 10th edition of Impact Wrestling, but you will inevitably have to defend the title at Sacrifice on April 27, likely in a rematch against Magnus. What are your feelings as you look toward your first title defense with a target painted on your back?
The old saying goes; you have a target on your back. That's how it works in sports and that's how it works in pro wrestling. Having that target on your back is a huge compliment too. Now everyone is looking to come after me. As crazy as that sounds, it sounds like fun. I want to create as many memories and amazing moments for myself and wrestling fans as I can. That's what pro wrestling is to me. I don't remember whole matches from 20 years ago, but I remember moments from matches. I remember where I was and who I was with and how it made me feel. I'm ready to do that as world heavyweight champion. That's my No. 1 goal. It's to have as many amazing matches and memories as I can possibly make while I have this belt.
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