Eric Young explains why he decided to leave WWE and return to Impact Wrestling

As previously noted, Eric Young asked for his release from WWE in April of 2023 and it was granted. Young returned to Impact Wrestling at the 2023 Slammiversary PPV.

While speaking to Mike Johnson of, Young explained why he decided to leave WWE…

“The [Tweet] with me in front of the laptop with the keyboard is definitely a side project that I’m working on. The thing with Anthem is the truth be told, is I, I’ve never not worked for Anthem since leaving Impact. I’ve been appearing one twice or sometimes four times a week on Game Plus Network for the last three years, so I was still linked to them when I was under contract at the other place…I signed up for one thing and it turned into something completely different, and personally, professionally, and more importantly for me, morally, I just couldn’t work there anymore. If you’re a wrestling fan, you know what’s going on, and I know that you’re a smart guy, Mike, and you’re well aware of what I’m saying and what’s going on.

It was not, uh, a super difficult choice for me to be honest. I know it was a dream come true, going back, for sure. The contract was fantastic and all this other stuff and what I was poised to do on the TV show was excellent, but in the end, I would’ve had to answer to somebody that I’m just not willing to do. That’s where we ended up now. Like I said earlier, I’m a believer in fate and everything happens for a reason, and I’m not mad about it. I’m not bitter about it, just like I wasn’t last time. Obviously it was, it’s a massive mistake on one person’s part, but a huge gain for wrestling.

I’m still very good at this and, and it’s something that I’m very passionate about. Something that I work myself to the bone trying to, to make the best possible outcome of each thing that I’m handed to do. So, I’m excited for the future, and I’m always working on other stuff. The reality is, wrestling, you can’t do it forever. I’ve got tons of other interests outside of wrestling, but wrestling is my first love. It will always be one of my biggest passions in my life and I think it’s the perfect creative medium for anybody that loves sport and loves cinema, and those are the two things that I love most in the world.”

“I think Impact Wrestling for people that love pro wrestling…it’s a very special place to work. You could ask almost anybody that’s on the roster and they’re gonna tell you the same thing to varying degrees. But, to me it’s the best minute for minute pro wrestling show in the world. That’s biased because I work there, but I would’ve, I would’ve told you that at any point because it’s written for pro wrestling fans by pro wrestlers, so it’s for the minute for minute, the best one. ‘m proud to be part of it, but [do I have] regrets, no, but I didn’t want to leave. That’s, that’s the truth. It just was, it was what it was business wise. It totally made sense to me. I can’t do this forever and, uh, I’m hoping to not work when I’m 55.”