The Miami Herald has an interview up with TNA star Eric Young. Here are some highlights.
On his match with Danny Bonaduce this Sunday:
“Someone like him who thinks he is a pro wrestler because he got paid to do it. That’s ridiculous. There are a lot of people that get paid to do it that aren’t pro wrestlers, and he is one of them. He can’t train for three days on some silly show and think he’s a pro wrestler. It’s insulting to me and insulting to pro wrestling in general. It put me in a cool position, where I could get real mainstream media. The fact that TNA respects me enough and trusts me enough to be in the ring with someone who isn’t really trained is saying something.”
On trying to break into the business in Canada:
“It’s hard breaking in Canada and to get exposure over there. I was wrestling independently here and there on a kind of a freelance thing, so people aren’t going to put in a good word for someone they didn’t train or someone that is not around often. It just took longer, and a lot of it was just me not really being aggressive enough and pursuing it. It kind of happened all at once. Scott D’Amore and Christian Cage are to thank for that. They both kind of helped get me that extra push into the bigger markets, so I started working for WWE and TNA. It has snowballed from there.”
On TNA giving him the chance to show his character:
“I believe I was in TNA for close to two years before I said anything on camera, besides screaming and yelling during an interview or vignette. However, I was really into drama, did local theater and plays in high school. I’ve done a musical. I’ve done some acting in some small movies in Canada and stuff like that. So I knew I was comfortable in front of the camera. It was just that I’ve always been kind of a wrestler.”
On dropping the “Super Eric” gimmick in TNA:
“It’s really never really our choice. We’re kind of employees, and I’m an employee playing a character on a television show. So if they’re going to tell me something to do, that is what I’m going to do. They take our input, and we can change things around. In TNA, you do have a role in the creative process over stuff that goes on, but bottom line, I’m an employee. The Super Eric suit was also really starting to smell; so I don’t mind not being Super Eric.”
To check out the full interview, click here.