Eric Young explains why he was initially worried about IMPACT reverting to TNA branding

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Young explains why he had that feeling. 

Dating back to 2004, Eric Young has been connected to TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. He is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion in the company and present day, he’s part of the talent roster and has stated on multiple occasions that he wants to end his career there. 

It was in October 2023 that IMPACT formally announced that a rebrand into TNA would be coming in the new year. Initially, that was a decision that worried Young and he explained why while speaking to WRESTLESPHERE.

I mean, a lot goes into that. I knew months before (that the TNA branding was coming back). They had kind of told me this is their idea and this is what they were gonna go and I mean, I was honest with them and I’ll be honest with you is I was worried. I was part of TNA Wrestling when it was still TNA Wrestling before it changed to IMPACT and it was one of those things, it kind of became cool to hate it and I liken it to the Nickelback phenomenon and I know they got a documentary I think on Netflix now. Those guys never did anything wrong in their life. They just made simple, good Rock and roll music and if you wanna listen to it, cool, but it became cool to not like them. That’s where TNA was and it didn’t matter how hard we worked, how well the show was written or produced or any of that. It was just this black cloud over it and that’s why they changed and moved away and I was worried about that but I think nostalgia kind of wipes the grime away, you know? It wipes the dirt away and it had been long enough. I can say walking through the crowd in the Cicero Stadium in Chicago and they played that video at the end of the pay-per-view when it was all the guys that were in the video in the ring when they came back up, that’s one of the most electric moments of my entire career. I’ve wrestled in front of 20,000 people, I’ve headlined pay-per-views, I’ve done everything and I can say I think when it’s all said and done, that’s one of the things I’m gonna look back on most fondly. It’s hard to describe unless you’re there. I think it came through the TV but it never fully comes through unless you’re there live…

On TNA iMPACT, Young had the opportunity to qualify for the six-way World Title match at Slammiversary. He fell in defeat to Josh Alexander. The field is set and to get a look at the lineup for that bout, click here

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