MISTAKE EY FOR NO ONE

It’s got to be said, so let me be the one who says it—-MISTAKE EY FOR NO ONE.

If you know my history, you know that I broke into the wrestling business right around Thanksgiving of 1991. At the time, I was partnering with a fellow by the name of John Arezzi, who hosted a radio show on Long Island, NY, called, “The Wrestling Spotlight”. If you do the math on your fingers–-like I just did–that will be 23 years come November. Looking back, yeah, it’s been tough on me at times—-real tough–-being dragged into a court of law over a fictitious wrestling promo wasn’t fun–-regardless of how silly it sounds. But with lows–-come highs. I had the opportunity to meet, and work with some wrestling greats. Some who even were responsible for drawing me to the circus when I was a youngster. The “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd, Captain Lou Albano, Chief Jay Strongbow, “Classy” Freddie Blassie, the Valiant Brothers, Gorilla Monsoon–-yeah, I was in the presence of some of the greats! Add to that the list of legends that are no longer with us--Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Curt Hennig, Bam Bam Bigelow, Owen Hart, Warrior, Brian Pillman, JYD, Rick Rude, Yoko, Boss Man, Ms. Elizabeth, Davey Boy, Hawk, Eddie, Dr, Death, the list just seems to go on from there. But, thankfully, off course I had the pleasure of working with many of those who are still here–-The Rock, HBK, Bret, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Hulkster, Kurt Angle, Booker T., Piper, Sting, Nature Boy, way, way too many others to mention.

Now, trust me, I didn’t just list that name of wrestling superstars to put myself over–-I did it to make a point. Over the past 23 years, I have worked with just about every personality you could imagine. Some were great, some not so much, but, each in their own right were stars–-shining stars.

EricYoung202010When I first met Eric Young about 12 years ago, to me, he was just another wrestler on the card. The great Dutch Mantel would refer to wrestlers like EY as “good little hands”. They were good workers, dependable, would give you everything they had in the ring, and when you were stuck creatively and had to fill a spot—-you could put their name in it, knowing they would get the job done. But, truthfully, on the surface EY was just “ordinary”. In those early years–-he just wanted to work. No matter what spot you could squeeze him into–-he just wanted to “wrestle”. And, I mean truly wrestle. Actually being on TV was not his priority–-he just wanted to do what he loved to do. And, his love for the craft was REAL. I can remember having a conversation with Scott DeMore in the early days of TNA. It was through Scott that I found out that he actually discovered EY backyard wrestling somewhere in Canada when EY was about 13, 14 years old. Even then EY knew what it was he was supposed to do with his life. And, when he cuts those promos today saying how every one said that he “couldn’t”–-he’s not lying. The cold, hard truth is that I was probably one of those guys. Look, I had been around stars–-MEGA STARS, and when somebody is a star you know it immediately, and when they are “just” a “good little hand”, you know that too.

Eric-Young-tna-superstar-6Looking back now, it just seemed that back in those early days EY was just “there”. I mean, every time you turned around he was literally THERE–-just trying to find any way to be on the show. And, quite frankly, it was that persistence that got him on the show week in–-week out. Then, when he got his chance to step between the ropes–-he gave you EVERYTHING–-I MEAN, EVERYTHING. He left nothing out there, whether it was an opening match . . . well . . . he was lucky to get the opening match back them. From there, due to his work ethic and love for what he was doing, EY became the guy that as a writer–-you wanted to find him a spot on the show. He never complained, never threw a bitch–-he was just happy to be there and be a part of the “team”.

Putting business aside for a second, the more I was around EY, the more I truly loved him. He was just a “good guy”, you know–-one of those guys that if you can’t get along with–-you’d better give yourself a good look in the mirror. Everybody in the locker room loved EY–-everyone. Even though he may have not “looked” like a star with a frame of 6’5“, 300 pounds–-his heart was much greater in stature than that. He had the reputation of being the locker room clown–-the guy that made you smile no matter how bad a TV day would be. With EY growing on me more, and more every day, I began working closer and closer with him because I WANTED to see him succeed. I wanted to see him attain every dream he ever had when  he was bumping around in a makeshift ring in his own backyard. And, the more I worked with him–-the more I saw his talent. Honestly–-it BLINDED me at times. Whatever you needed in any situation–-EY could give it to you–-from serious heel killer, to loveable “Super Eric”, there were no limits to him as a performer.

fishe1I can remember a time, at least 5,6 years back now, where one of the “veteran” wrestlers began telling EY that he had to put the comedy aside and be more of a “serious” wrestler, because he IN FACT could wrestle. After listening to this individual, EY finally came to me and stated the case that he had become convinced of–-he wanted to be taken seriously as a wrestler. I remember everything about that conversation, Eric was nervous in speaking to me, but at the time he was convinced in what he wanted. I remember looking EY in the eye and saying, “Eric–-there is no doubt that you are a GREAT wrestler–-NO DOUBT–-but, we have a lot of GREAT WRESTLERS in our locker room. But, what you have is something that few others have–-you have the gift to be able to ENTERTAIN. Not many of those “great” wrestlers have that ability.” Even with those words of wisdom–-EY still wanted to be a “wrestler”. So, since I admired and respect him as much as I did–-I let him go out and do that–however–-with EY being as intelligent as he is–-I think he began to see what I was trying to tell him.

Over the years there were many other conversations with EY backstage at Universal Studios, during times when he may have been getting down on his position in the company, again, I would look him in the eye and say, “Eric–this is the WRESTLING BUSINESS, you have very little control over anything. All you can do is go out there and be the best you can be, but remember–-the cream ALWAYS rises to the top–-you can’t stop talent”. I told EY those words, because from my heart–-I meant them. Over the years EY had become one of the most talented personalities I had ever worked with. I knew that EY was great inside, and out, and he didn’t need his spot on the roster to affirm that. But, I also knew that some day, some way, some how . . . . .

I was watching from home the night EY won the TNA World Title in Orlando. I’m not ashamed at all to say that I cried. I cried because no matter how “predetermined” wrestling is–-this moment in time was not fake to EY. This was that one moment that he had dreamed about his entire life–-and it was here! I would have done anything to be there with him that night–-ANYTHING.

eric-young-tna-heavyweight-championI love Eric Young, and if you personally knew him–-you’d love him too. As somebody who was there for the entire ride, I just want to tell you from the bottom of my heart–-don’t you dare take anything away from the current TNA World Champion. Everything he has at this moment in time of his life–-HE HAS EARNED. And, he has earned it not through politicking, not through power plays, not through stepping over others, and not by putting himself first–traits that have come with many of the “Champions” I have worked with over the years. NO–-EY did it the right way. He did it by believing in himself and never giving up on his dream. He did it through hard work, through dedication, through every bead of sweat that fell from his body, to every kid in the crowd whose face he’s ever put a smile on.

To take nothing away from anybody else, there is no one like EY–-no one.  Men like him were the sole reason that I survived in a business for 23 years, when on more occasions than one I wanted to take my ball home and punt it over the freakin‘ fence. Guys like EY gave my job meaning, and made me realize that “it wasn’t so bad”.

EY, I thank you, I love, and I respect you more than you will ever know.

 

 

  • Thomas7inch

    You might want to learn how to spell Curt Hennigs name. You got both the first and last name wrong.

  • Thomas7inch

    You might want to learn how to spell Curt Hennigs name. You got both the first and last name wrong.

    • Vince Russo

      Thanks, bro. Was fighting sleep at 2 am, something was bound to slip through the cracks. No offense intended to Mr. Perfect.

    • Vince Russo

      Thanks, bro. Was fighting sleep at 2 am, something was bound to slip through the cracks. No offense intended to Mr. Perfect.

      • Nicholas Erickson

        First Thomas insults a man for a small error then he likes his own post….

      • Nicholas Erickson

        First Thomas insults a man for a small error then he likes his own post….

        • Thomas7inch

          I actually didn’t insult Vince Russo. I just pointed out that he made a big error, in the spelling of Curt Hennig’s name….
          And for some reason most people say ‘Henning’… Even Michael Cole says the name wrong…

        • Thomas7inch

          I actually didn’t insult Vince Russo. I just pointed out that he made a big error, in the spelling of Curt Hennig’s name….
          And for some reason most people say ‘Henning’… Even Michael Cole says the name wrong…

  • themosayat

    This was a lovely read. I’d like to read more like this!

  • Daniel Barger

    Never been a fan of Eric Young’s. And really not a world champion. His world title reign seems like a total ripoff of what the WWE did with Daniel Bryan (and the WWE did it much better with Bryan).

    • Nicholas Erickson

      Because they both have beards? Because they overcame odds? Would you rather they shaved his face and made him a paper champ? They didn’t rip off WWE, I doubt the win was taped after DB won. It was just a sad thing both had good ideas so people won’t give TNA a fair chance.

      • Upgrayedd

        Daniel Bryan has been booked as the underdog since SummerSlam. TNA saw the success of that story and right after Bryan won at WrestleMania, they decide to put the title on Eric Young and do an underdog story there. It’s the same exact storyline. TNA is ripping off the WWE big time lately.

      • Upgrayedd

        Daniel Bryan has been booked as the underdog since SummerSlam. TNA saw the success of that story and right after Bryan won at WrestleMania, they decide to put the title on Eric Young and do an underdog story there. It’s the same exact storyline. TNA is ripping off the WWE big time lately.

        • Upgrayedd

          And Eric Young isn’t in the same league as Daniel Bryan. TNA is a total joke.

        • Upgrayedd

          And Eric Young isn’t in the same league as Daniel Bryan. TNA is a total joke.

        • Upgrayedd

          And Eric Young isn’t in the same league as Daniel Bryan. TNA is a total joke.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Really so WWF owns the underdog story? Are you serious? Pretty sure the underdog overcoming odds is from 1905. You do understand wrestling is written and no one is really any better than the other, EY has a smaller stage, he can’t help that.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Really so WWF owns the underdog story? Are you serious? Pretty sure the underdog overcoming odds is from 1905. You do understand wrestling is written and no one is really any better than the other, EY has a smaller stage, he can’t help that.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Really so WWF owns the underdog story? Are you serious? Pretty sure the underdog overcoming odds is from 1905. You do understand wrestling is written and no one is really any better than the other, EY has a smaller stage, he can’t help that.

          • Upgrayedd

            When you’re copying the same storyline at the same exact time another company is doing it it just comes across as sad and pathetic.

            And yes I know wrestling is scripted but Daniel Bryan is a better wrestler and more entertaining than Eric Young.

          • Upgrayedd

            When you’re copying the same storyline at the same exact time another company is doing it it just comes across as sad and pathetic.

            And yes I know wrestling is scripted but Daniel Bryan is a better wrestler and more entertaining than Eric Young.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            DB claim to fame is a chant, that guy is way to small and frankly the idea of him beating much larger men in a ridiculous underdog story is the real joke. DB goes into the big match with a hurt arm hurt more during the match then stops selling the injury as soon as he gets the belt, talk about a bad seller.

          • Upgrayedd

            Wow. I hope you’re trolling. Daniel Bryan is one of the best wrestlers in the business right now. He’s over big time and believable in the ring.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            He is over because HHH put him over and made his tiny size winning possible. He has no real moves and is always half assing wins as champ. The guy even no shows Raw after Wrestlemania, no respect for the business.

          • Upgrayedd

            Holy crap. You can’t be serious. No real moves? What moves does Triple H have?? The sledgehammer and pedigree? Have you even seen a Daniel Bryan match?

            When did he no show Raw after WrestleMania? He was on the very next night after WrestleMania. I believe the following week was absent but only because he was on his honeymoon. That’s disrespecting the business? Lol.

          • Upgrayedd

            Holy crap. You can’t be serious. No real moves? What moves does Triple H have?? The sledgehammer and pedigree? Have you even seen a Daniel Bryan match?

            When did he no show Raw after WrestleMania? He was on the very next night after WrestleMania. I believe the following week was absent but only because he was on his honeymoon. That’s disrespecting the business? Lol.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            The day after Wrestle mania he was not there, he was on honeymoon in the story line. So he couldn’t get married at a better time?

          • Nicholas Erickson

            The day after Wrestle mania he was not there, he was on honeymoon in the story line. So he couldn’t get married at a better time?

          • Upgrayedd

            He was there the night after WrestleMania. That’s the same night he had the rematch against Triple H and then Kane, Batista and Orton came down to attack him and The Shield officially turned babyface.

          • Upgrayedd

            He was there the night after WrestleMania. That’s the same night he had the rematch against Triple H and then Kane, Batista and Orton came down to attack him and The Shield officially turned babyface.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            He is over because HHH put him over and made his tiny size winning possible. He has no real moves and is always half assing wins as champ. The guy even no shows Raw after Wrestlemania, no respect for the business.

        • Darius B.

          Success of that story? The underdog storyline is centuries old, c’mon now.

  • https://twitter.com/TNA_is_Best Christopher Bell

    More than just Eric Young being TNA World Heavyweight Champion, people are upset story wise. They are upset about how he became the champion. Eric Young becoming champion, story wise, did not make sense. Samoa Joe or Abyss, at the time in the story, would have made perfect sense. EY became champion very suddenly and without buildup. Also looked like a ripoff from WWE.

  • https://twitter.com/TNA_is_Best Christopher Bell

    More than just Eric Young being TNA World Heavyweight Champion, people are upset story wise. They are upset about how he became the champion. Eric Young becoming champion, story wise, did not make sense. Samoa Joe or Abyss, at the time in the story, would have made perfect sense. EY became champion very suddenly and without buildup. Also looked like a ripoff from WWE.

  • https://twitter.com/TNA_is_Best Christopher Bell

    More than just Eric Young being TNA World Heavyweight Champion, people are upset story wise. They are upset about how he became the champion. Eric Young becoming champion, story wise, did not make sense. Samoa Joe or Abyss, at the time in the story, would have made perfect sense. EY became champion very suddenly and without buildup. Also looked like a ripoff from WWE.

    • Vince Russo

      No wrestling promotion will ever be able to satisfy everybody. We all look at things differently, and have our likes and dislikes.

      Did it “make sense” when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson to becoming Boxing’s Heavyweight Champion of the World?

      • Nicholas Erickson

        Clearly boxing scripted reality wrong and wrestling should only deliver the expected. (sarcasm)

      • Nicholas Erickson

        Clearly boxing scripted reality wrong and wrestling should only deliver the expected. (sarcasm)

        • Upgrayedd

          You can’t compare boxing or UFC to wrestling though. When you have control over what people see in wrestling, putting the title on Eric Young especially right now just makes no sense.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            I hate to quote Eric Bischoff here but he is dead right in this. He said “People know wrestling isn’t real we can’t turn back the clock on that but the goal should be to get people to think if even for a moment it is real” (not exact quote but i did my best).

          • Nicholas Erickson

            I hate to quote Eric Bischoff here but he is dead right in this. He said “People know wrestling isn’t real we can’t turn back the clock on that but the goal should be to get people to think if even for a moment it is real” (not exact quote but i did my best).

          • Upgrayedd

            It’s not about being real vs. fake. My complaint about Eric Young is that the storyline is a ripoff of the WWE/Daniel Bryan and Eric Young isn’t a world champion.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            So WWF owns the underdog story? And yes both WWF and TNA do not offer true world championships because no one does. Now if you want to act like he didn’t earn a shot after 10 years as a strong worker in TNA who did what he is told just because another company has a champ with a beard (someone MUCH less qualified to be champ) you are flat wrong.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            So WWF owns the underdog story? And yes both WWF and TNA do not offer true world championships because no one does. Now if you want to act like he didn’t earn a shot after 10 years as a strong worker in TNA who did what he is told just because another company has a champ with a beard (someone MUCH less qualified to be champ) you are flat wrong.

          • Upgrayedd

            Like I just said in another post, when you’re copying the same storyline at the same exact time it comes across as sad.

            And Daniel Bryan is less qualified than Eric Young to be champion?? I hope you’re trolling here.

          • Upgrayedd

            Like I just said in another post, when you’re copying the same storyline at the same exact time it comes across as sad.

            And Daniel Bryan is less qualified than Eric Young to be champion?? I hope you’re trolling here.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            EY has not been in WWE 10 years, until the last year he never faced anyone real unless Kain was in ring. Shave his beard and he looks about 15, a champ should be a long time guy who earned his spot in your company or at least another one. EY is the size of the average Diva the idea he could beat HHH, Batista, Orton or anyone else at that level is a joke.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            EY has not been in WWE 10 years, until the last year he never faced anyone real unless Kain was in ring. Shave his beard and he looks about 15, a champ should be a long time guy who earned his spot in your company or at least another one. EY is the size of the average Diva the idea he could beat HHH, Batista, Orton or anyone else at that level is a joke.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            EY has not been in WWE 10 years, until the last year he never faced anyone real unless Kain was in ring. Shave his beard and he looks about 15, a champ should be a long time guy who earned his spot in your company or at least another one. EY is the size of the average Diva the idea he could beat HHH, Batista, Orton or anyone else at that level is a joke.

          • Upgrayedd

            He’s been in the WWE for 4 years, been wrestling for 14 years. Never faced anyone real? I don’t even understand where you’re going with that. He’s had feuds with CM Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus. He was world heavyweight champion back in 2011/2012.

            Yeah, the idea that he could beat an out of shape Batista is a joke? He’s a better wrestler than all 3 of them. He looked amazing at WrestleMania and believable at beating them.

          • Upgrayedd

            He’s been in the WWE for 4 years, been wrestling for 14 years. Never faced anyone real? I don’t even understand where you’re going with that. He’s had feuds with CM Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus. He was world heavyweight champion back in 2011/2012.

            Yeah, the idea that he could beat an out of shape Batista is a joke? He’s a better wrestler than all 3 of them. He looked amazing at WrestleMania and believable at beating them.

          • Upgrayedd

            He’s been in the WWE for 4 years, been wrestling for 14 years. Never faced anyone real? I don’t even understand where you’re going with that. He’s had feuds with CM Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus. He was world heavyweight champion back in 2011/2012.

            Yeah, the idea that he could beat an out of shape Batista is a joke? He’s a better wrestler than all 3 of them. He looked amazing at WrestleMania and believable at beating them.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            He looked about 150 wet and spend most of the match laying on the ground. To act like he is qualified and EY is not is just ignorant TNA hate.

          • Upgrayedd

            I do hate TNA. But Daniel Bryan is way more qualified than EY to be world champion.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            And that explains it all, you not a real wrestling fan. No real wrestling fan cares who puts on the show as long as it is good. So let me ask how can you know if EY is qualified if you have not watched him????

          • Upgrayedd

            I’ve followed and watched TNA for a long time. I’ve given up on them recently but still keep up with the results. And Eric Young as a world champion just proves how minor league TNA is.

            Not a real wrestling fan because I don’t like TNA? Yeah, ok…

          • Nicholas Erickson

            No because you care who puts on the show. If you WATCH EY you will see he is a great champ.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Not only a great champ but a FIGHTING champ who shows up every week wanting to defend his title.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Not only a great champ but a FIGHTING champ who shows up every week wanting to defend his title.

          • Upgrayedd

            EY is only champion because Magnus agreed to put him over.

          • Upgrayedd

            EY is only champion because Magnus agreed to put him over.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            And DB is champ because HHH decided so, fyi Magnus doesn’t get to decide who wins and losses. No company would be that stupid!

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Well that stupid anymore, Hogan kinda ruined that for people as did Hart.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Well that stupid anymore, Hogan kinda ruined that for people as did Hart.

          • Upgrayedd

            i just think it’s hilarious now you’re saying Eric Young is a fighting champion and he shows up every week like Eric Young winning the title is real. But Daniel Bryan winning the title was only because Triple H agreed to put him over.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Okay dude seriously what is with you and this real stuff.. It is a scripted show, no match is real. My point was and is EY is a better worker.

          • Upgrayedd

            Eric Young is nowhere near a better worker than Daniel Bryan.

          • Upgrayedd

            Eric Young is nowhere near a better worker than Daniel Bryan.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Name any time EY refused to follow the script or no showed ever.

          • Upgrayedd

            No show would imply that Daniel Bryan didn’t bother telling anyone he wasn’t going to be there. He was given permission probably months ahead of time by WWE to go on his honeymoon. When has Daniel Bryan ever refused to follow the script?

          • Upgrayedd

            No show would imply that Daniel Bryan didn’t bother telling anyone he wasn’t going to be there. He was given permission probably months ahead of time by WWE to go on his honeymoon. When has Daniel Bryan ever refused to follow the script?

          • Nicholas Erickson

            I have no idea, I never claimed he wasn’t a good worker while you claimed DB was a better worker than EY. Clearly you don’t know what worker means or back it up.

          • Upgrayedd

            What? You just asked me to name a time EY refused to follow the script and no showed an event implying that Daniel Bryan has. I asked you to name the times Daniel Bryan no showed or refused to follow a script.

          • Upgrayedd

            What? You just asked me to name a time EY refused to follow the script and no showed an event implying that Daniel Bryan has. I asked you to name the times Daniel Bryan no showed or refused to follow a script.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            You said DB was a better worker, and I am asking for how.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            You said DB was a better worker, and I am asking for how.

          • Upgrayedd

            Better in-ring wrestler, better on the mic, more over than EY.

          • Upgrayedd

            Better in-ring wrestler, better on the mic, more over than EY.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            So you were wrong when you said better worker or you didn’t know what it meant.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            So you were wrong when you said better worker or you didn’t know what it meant.

          • Upgrayedd

            What? What do you think the term “worker” means?

          • Nicholas Erickson

            The term good worker in wrestling means someone who shows up and does what they are told. A great example is Mark Henry, horrid on the mic, horrid in ring but is a great worker and so he has a job for life.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            The term good worker in wrestling means someone who shows up and does what they are told. A great example is Mark Henry, horrid on the mic, horrid in ring but is a great worker and so he has a job for life.

          • Upgrayedd

            The term worker is someone who can entertain the audience in the ring, tell a story in the match, does what they are told. All of which Daniel Bryan does.

          • Upgrayedd

            The term worker is someone who can entertain the audience in the ring, tell a story in the match, does what they are told. All of which Daniel Bryan does.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            As does EY, if you watched his match against Abyss you would see that.

          • Upgrayedd

            But my point is that he doesn’t do it as well as Daniel Bryan. Nowhere near as well as Bryan. Watch Bryan’s matches at WrestleMania.

          • Upgrayedd

            But my point is that he doesn’t do it as well as Daniel Bryan. Nowhere near as well as Bryan. Watch Bryan’s matches at WrestleMania.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            You mean when he played around letting others work until it was time to jump around a bit.

          • Upgrayedd

            That’s not what happened at all.

          • Upgrayedd

            That’s not what happened at all.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            I watched it, the guy only worked part of the match. Then he becomes Super Cena and kicks out then gets a few lucky shots in.

          • Upgrayedd

            Obviously you didn’t watch because that’s not what happened.

          • Upgrayedd

            Obviously you didn’t watch because that’s not what happened.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            I streamed it illegally like everyone else. It was a decent match but not the most believable.

          • Upgrayedd

            Illegally like everyone else? Is that why the numbers were so good on their WWE Network and the PPVs? Not “everyone” illegally streamed it.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            WWE never gives out those numbers so you have no idea how it did.

          • Upgrayedd

            Lol What are you talking about? They always release their PPV buys. It’s TNA that doesn’t release those numbers. The WWE has already said the Network has been a success.

          • Upgrayedd

            Lol What are you talking about? They always release their PPV buys. It’s TNA that doesn’t release those numbers. The WWE has already said the Network has been a success.

          • Tony Wright

            im sorry but i disagree ….EY deserves his chance to be champ just as much as bryan does ….the difference here is bryan has been in WWE 4 to 5 years and has given what he can (hes talented) but just isnt entertaining (to me at least) and hasnt really paid ANY dues (im sorry but he just hasnt, …..goldust has worked harder than him over a longer career) …this is putting the belt on the most popular dude, ..im not going to say that its wrong (it makes a change from being force fed john cena) but their are guys who have given more and been given less in return (kane …..jesus christ kane should have been the man to end takers streak, yes i understand heyman will REALLY run with this one, but still kane was deserving of the task)

            EY has been with TNA since the begining, ..for 10 years he has busted a nut week in week out just to entertain the crowd, and has taken every piece of shit that has been dumped his way in the name of making a crowd pop, laugh and cry and he deserves respect

            yes the title was dumped on him with no build up, …thats shocking, shock is a part of the entertainment buisness, and because its so shocking it ,makes his underdog story that much more of one than bryans does because everyone is expecting him to fail,

            and the more people bitch about it, the more it becomes true, bryan might be an underdog champ, but hes far from unexpected, hes skilled and people like him to the point of having their heads wedged firmly up his ass, ….im not going to say hes not deserving of his accomplishments or their love ….because its not 100% true but hes certainly not as deserving of the crown as people say he is, …EY at least is, and i believe he will continue to go out their week after week and earn everyones respect, regardless of how long the strap is on him for, no one will call him a paper champ and thats the bottom line,

            i hope to god that in a few months time i can say that for bryan as well, but at the moment, given my current views of him im just not sure yet

          • Kris Godwin

            Horrid on the mic? Have you watched Henry during his 2011 heel run? Or his fake retirement angle?

          • Kris Godwin

            Horrid on the mic? Have you watched Henry during his 2011 heel run? Or his fake retirement angle?

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Name any time EY refused to follow the script or no showed ever.

          • Upgrayedd

            Eric Young is nowhere near a better worker than Daniel Bryan.

          • Kris Godwin

            And how does one determine how a wrestler is ‘qualified’ to be a word champion?

          • Kris Godwin

            “He looked about 150 wet and spend most of the match laying on the ground.”

            That my friend, is called selling. Look it up sometime.

          • Kris Godwin

            “He looked about 150 wet and spend most of the match laying on the ground.”

            That my friend, is called selling. Look it up sometime.

          • Vince Russo

            Didn’t know that HBK was 6’6″ and 300 pounds. He really does look smaller than that in person.

          • Vince Russo

            Didn’t know that HBK was 6’6″ and 300 pounds. He really does look smaller than that in person.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            The guy carries it well and stoops. My point wasn’t a smaller guy can’t be champ but the idea EY isn’t a real champ but DB is cracks me up.

          • Upgrayedd

            It wasn’t about EY being a smaller wrestler. It was that the WWE took the past 8 months building toward Daniel Bryan winning the title and turning him into a star. EY has been a comedy wrestler for most of his career. It would be like the WWE deciding to put the title on Santino on RAW tomorrow night. It just came out of nowhere and EY isn’t a big star like Daniel Bryan.

          • Upgrayedd

            It wasn’t about EY being a smaller wrestler. It was that the WWE took the past 8 months building toward Daniel Bryan winning the title and turning him into a star. EY has been a comedy wrestler for most of his career. It would be like the WWE deciding to put the title on Santino on RAW tomorrow night. It just came out of nowhere and EY isn’t a big star like Daniel Bryan.

          • Vince Russo

            Do you really believe that the TNA writers are getting in a room and saying, “Let’s copy everything the WWE is doing?” Do you honestly believe that? Come on. I know those guys. I worked a long time with Matt Conway and he is about as smart and creative as there is.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            If only Matt Conway had Vince McMahon as a filter TNA would be perfect. No one could ever have an original or smart idea unless WWF did it first, in fact Manny Pacquiao on was as dominate because HBK took out big guys first.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            If only Matt Conway had Vince McMahon as a filter TNA would be perfect. No one could ever have an original or smart idea unless WWF did it first, in fact Manny Pacquiao on was as dominate because HBK took out big guys first.

          • Upgrayedd

            It just seems like really weird timing that the WWE is doing this underdog story with Daniel Bryan and less than a week after they put the title on him, TNA puts the title on Eric Young.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            EY had a beard first is DB a copycat?

          • Nicholas Erickson

            EY had a beard first is DB a copycat?

          • Upgrayedd

            You’re just repeating yourself now.

          • Guest

            they had already started building to that a couple of weeks before he won the title which were episodes that were taped about a month in advance. so they were already going in that direction. its not like bryan won the title so tna just gave young the belt out of nowhere.

          • Michael Rubin

            I think tna is trying ot be their own entity

          • The French Angel

            I would gather that you should not watch TNA if you’re so upset with the “rip off” EY storyline. But, you will watch anyway…

          • Upgrayedd

            Actually I don’t watch and haven’t watched Impact in over a year. I just keep up to date with it on the wrestling sites.

          • Upgrayedd

            Actually I don’t watch and haven’t watched Impact in over a year. I just keep up to date with it on the wrestling sites.

          • Vince Russo

            Don’t disagree with that at all.

          • Michael Rubin

            its at least partially real with all the physicality and injuries the outcome isnt real but FAKE I BELIEVE IS A MISNOMER THATS THE ONLY THING I DISAGREE WITH VINCE ABOUT THE USE OF THAT WORD ITS DISRESPECTFUL IN SOME WAYS TO WHAT THE GUYS GO THROUGH

          • Michael Rubin

            its at least partially real with all the physicality and injuries the outcome isnt real but FAKE I BELIEVE IS A MISNOMER THATS THE ONLY THING I DISAGREE WITH VINCE ABOUT THE USE OF THAT WORD ITS DISRESPECTFUL IN SOME WAYS TO WHAT THE GUYS GO THROUGH

          • Nicholas Erickson

            I don’t want to speak for Mr Russo but from what I read he doesn’t mean it that way. I mean Die Hard was fake but that takes nothing from Bruce and he risked his health on stunts. Sure to some old school southern wrestling fans fake is an insult but in this case we don’t mean it as such.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            I don’t want to speak for Mr Russo but from what I read he doesn’t mean it that way. I mean Die Hard was fake but that takes nothing from Bruce and he risked his health on stunts. Sure to some old school southern wrestling fans fake is an insult but in this case we don’t mean it as such.

          • Michael Rubin

            every time vince uses that word its very disrespectful because guys get injured constantly

          • Nicholas Erickson

            You ever think that is the fault of out of date thinking?

          • Michael Rubin

            yes most people think that because something isn’t a competitive sport means that people don’t get hurt! that’s stupidity

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Or maybe you could just move past 70′s wrestling terms and ideas.

        • Vince Russo

          Great line.

        • Vince Russo

          Great line.

    • Joe Wrestling

      Looked like a rip off to me too when John Cena started doing the double (two person) “attitude adjuster” that Eric did as Super Eric. People been ripping Eric off for years, get over it. Never seen so much stolen from a guy since Super Nova. WWE been ripping TNA off for years. I know WWE took the Evolution team name from Vince Russo in TNA “Evolution is the Solution” gimmick. They still use it, pay the man.

    • Joe Wrestling

      Looked like a rip off to me too when John Cena started doing the double (two person) “attitude adjuster” that Eric did as Super Eric. People been ripping Eric off for years, get over it. Never seen so much stolen from a guy since Super Nova. WWE been ripping TNA off for years. I know WWE took the Evolution team name from Vince Russo in TNA “Evolution is the Solution” gimmick. They still use it, pay the man.

      • Darius B.

        WWE copied so much from Russo, if Russo took it to court, he would own Mcmahon. However, Russo is a cool dude and put that stuff behind him.

      • Darius B.

        WWE copied so much from Russo, if Russo took it to court, he would own Mcmahon. However, Russo is a cool dude and put that stuff behind him.

  • Nicholas Erickson

    I like the EY story line until the way to quick MVP heel turn (we all knew was coming). Do you think they jumped the gun also Vince? Also the crowd was dead and clearly the boo’s were piped in. What can TNA do to get better crowds? Never was a ECW fan but I would see Philly or NYC as a MUCH better place to tape from.

  • Nicholas Erickson

    I like the EY story line until the way to quick MVP heel turn (we all knew was coming). Do you think they jumped the gun also Vince? Also the crowd was dead and clearly the boo’s were piped in. What can TNA do to get better crowds? Never was a ECW fan but I would see Philly or NYC as a MUCH better place to tape from.

    • Vince Russo

      I’m sure that TNA would like to be in those places, Nick, but it’s all dollars and cents. Right now the company is probably working under a tight budget and only able to do so much. That’s just my guess.

      • Nicholas Erickson

        Mr Russo I think even outsiders like me understand Panda Energy wants a better return and cuts need to be made so I get the WCW copy here and it can help them. I am just saying pick a better place with better fans. I know they couldn’t do the UK all the time but it seems they don’t want to share how huge they are there and how they at least last I checked #1 wrestling show. So why hide the shows they do there? You already paid for it so do Impact live! It makes TNA seem much bigger. I think the turn around lately is great and they are finally it seems working in one direction. I wish you were back with a new S.E.X! I respect your faith and how you wouldn’t be as um… edgy, is that a nice way to put it? But you on screen is gold!

        • Upgrayedd

          Honestly, I just don’t think TNA is going to succeed at this point. And really I’d like to see the talent they do have there go to the WWE. I’d like to see Kurt Angle, Bubba Ray and Jeff Hardy all return to the WWE. I’d like to see Samoa Joe lose about 50 pounds and return to Ring of Honor or go to the WWE finally. I can’t wait to see Sting in a WWE ring for the first time in his career. It was so nice seeing Hogan back in a WWE ring. It felt so weird at this point in his career seeing him in front of 100 people at a TNA show. It felt right seeing him back in front of 70,000 fans at WrestleMania.

          WWE has been really good this year while TNA is just becoming a total joke. WWE has a ton of momentum going their way right now. The Network is awesome and one of Vince McMahon’s best ideas in a long time, they have a lot of fresh talent ready to take over like the Wyatts, The Shield, Cesaro, Sami Zayn and the guys in NXT. Daniel Bryan is amazing. WrestleMania 30 was great.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            TNA is in a rebuilding point, just like WWF in the New Generation and PG era’s. And ask WWF what company has the number one show in the UK? WWF at the ten year point was regional and sucked and drew a lot less. Give TNA time.

          • Upgrayedd

            You’re calling this a rebuilding point and comparing it to the WWE in the mid ’90s? LOL. It’s more like going out of business very soon point and it’s more like WCW around 2000/2001.

            TNA has been such a failure. How do you have so much talent and fail so badly? Everything about that company is just sad.

          • Upgrayedd

            You’re calling this a rebuilding point and comparing it to the WWE in the mid ’90s? LOL. It’s more like going out of business very soon point and it’s more like WCW around 2000/2001.

            TNA has been such a failure. How do you have so much talent and fail so badly? Everything about that company is just sad.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            WCW didn’t go out of business, it’s owners canceled the show because they wanted to focus on other programming. WCW got better ratings on there last year than Raw gets today there was money to make. And Mr Russo got ratings up and had WCW in a positive direction, if they had gotten a new channel they would be around today.

          • Upgrayedd

            Um… what?? WCW was bought by Vince McMahon. WCW no longer exists. They went out of business.

            And WCW in it’s last year was not getting better ratings than Raw right now. They were barely getting a 2.0 in the ratings and barely drawing 1,000 fans to their shows. WCW was just awful in 2000/2001.

          • Upgrayedd

            Um… what?? WCW was bought by Vince McMahon. WCW no longer exists. They went out of business.

            And WCW in it’s last year was not getting better ratings than Raw right now. They were barely getting a 2.0 in the ratings and barely drawing 1,000 fans to their shows. WCW was just awful in 2000/2001.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Okay two questions, why are you on a Russo website? Second WCW was in the mid 2′s at the end around the same as Raw is now. McMahon only got it because with no TV no one else wanted it.

          • Upgrayedd

            Why can’t I be on a Russo website? I’m not bashing him. I’m bashing TNA for being a crappy company and Eric Young being a total joke as champion.

            And no… Raw is getting 3′s in the ratings. WCW was barely drawing a 2 near the end.

            And again WCW was bought by McMahon and went out of business. It doesn’t exist today. What would you call that?

          • Upgrayedd

            Why can’t I be on a Russo website? I’m not bashing him. I’m bashing TNA for being a crappy company and Eric Young being a total joke as champion.

            And no… Raw is getting 3′s in the ratings. WCW was barely drawing a 2 near the end.

            And again WCW was bought by McMahon and went out of business. It doesn’t exist today. What would you call that?

          • Nicholas Erickson

            It had no TV, what wrestling company is worth anything without TV?

          • Upgrayedd

            And it was kicked off TNT/TBS because no one was watching or attending the shows because it was a total joke at the end.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            A rating in the 2′s is far above the average on TNT, few shows get a 1 on TNT. They changed direction.

          • Upgrayedd

            It wasn’t about changing direction. It was the fact that WCW had gone from selling out shows to barely filling half the arena most nights near the end and went from ratings in the 4′s/5′s to ratings in the 2′s. No one was buying the PPVs, no one was attending the shows and they lost more than half their TV audience in 2 years. That’s why AOL/Time Warner wanted nothing to do with WCW at that point.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            AOL TIme Warner lost 49 billion in one quarter and has been called the worst merger and company in history. WCW was just one of many victims to mismanagement.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            AOL TIme Warner lost 49 billion in one quarter and has been called the worst merger and company in history. WCW was just one of many victims to mismanagement.

          • Darius B.

            Late-99 WCW got the same ratings that WWE gets today, that’s undeniable fact. Besides, WWE ppvs are getting dropped and stock is in decline and i think they lost 8 million in the earnings quarter recently, so i’d quit slurping off Mcmahon if i were you

          • Upgrayedd

            WWE PPVs are getting dropped because they have this thing called the WWE Network. You might have heard of it. Of course, now that people can watch the PPVs on there, they’re not going to order it on TV.

          • Upgrayedd

            WWE PPVs are getting dropped because they have this thing called the WWE Network. You might have heard of it. Of course, now that people can watch the PPVs on there, they’re not going to order it on TV.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Ya I think Michael Cole mentioned it 500 times each Raw, yet it isn’t selling much.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            Ya I think Michael Cole mentioned it 500 times each Raw, yet it isn’t selling much.

          • Darius B.

            WCW was getting low 3′s in late-99, which is what Raw gets today, even while there’s no Football to use as an excuse, and sometimes Raw does dip below 3 and certainly Smackdown is in the 2′s.

          • Darius B.

            WCW was getting low 3′s in late-99, which is what Raw gets today, even while there’s no Football to use as an excuse, and sometimes Raw does dip below 3 and certainly Smackdown is in the 2′s.

          • Nicholas Erickson

            WCW didn’t go out of business, it’s owners canceled the show because they wanted to focus on other programming. WCW got better ratings on there last year than Raw gets today there was money to make. And Mr Russo got ratings up and had WCW in a positive direction, if they had gotten a new channel they would be around today.

      • Hammertime

        I enjoyed that piece Vince, it was well written and obviously from the heart. My only issue is that in the past you have described the World Title as merely a prop and yet in the article you have rightly stated how important winning that title means to EY. The world title in any organisation should be the most important thing that a wrestler strives for. There is nothing better for a fan than seeing a great storyline that leads to someone like EY or Daniel Bryan achieve the ultimate which is the World Title.

    • Vince Russo

      I’m sure that TNA would like to be in those places, Nick, but it’s all dollars and cents. Right now the company is probably working under a tight budget and only able to do so much. That’s just my guess.

  • Will1225

    Awesome read. Very happy to see EY get a chance at the top.

  • Gazz

    Brilliant, moving read Vince. EY will no doubt appreciate such heart-felt words about him! The 1 wrestler in TNA that I was ADAMANT about his destiny to become the next big thing was D’angelo Dinero! How did he not get to the top and rule the wrestling world!? I really thought was going to be the next Rock, so so charismatic

  • Gazz

    Brilliant, moving read Vince. EY will no doubt appreciate such heart-felt words about him! The 1 wrestler in TNA that I was ADAMANT about his destiny to become the next big thing was D’angelo Dinero! How did he not get to the top and rule the wrestling world!? I really thought was going to be the next Rock, so so charismatic

    • The French Angel

      The pope is pimpin’!

    • The French Angel

      The pope is pimpin’!

  • Gazz

    Brilliant, moving read Vince. EY will no doubt appreciate such heart-felt words about him! The 1 wrestler in TNA that I was ADAMANT about his destiny to become the next big thing was D’angelo Dinero! How did he not get to the top and rule the wrestling world!? I really thought was going to be the next Rock, so so charismatic

  • Joe Wrestling

    We were along for the whole ride with Eric too from the sidelines. I remember talking to Scott DeMore and the guys back in Nashville in the day. I talked to Eric at many a house show, and let him know he’s the hardest working guy in wrestling. EY is better than some give him credit because they just haven’t followed the entirety of the TNA product over the years. Been watching since before the Vic Venom days. Keep it up.

  • Stardog Champion

    Damn good read. Eric Young is an entertaining wrestler and character. Glad to see him holding the World Title.

  • Stardog Champion

    Damn good read. Eric Young is an entertaining wrestler and character. Glad to see him holding the World Title.

  • Mike O’Donnell

    Great read, Vince. Just wanted to say that years ago I found it hard to agree with your stance on the business. Now as I sit here today I understand what your perspective is and how valuable it is. At the end of the day its ENTERTAINMENT and your job was to attract as many viewers as possible. I can honestly say I didnt agree with everything you’ve done in the biz but I respect your contributions and hope many more can as well. Love these blogs! Keep up the great work!

    • Vince Russo

      Thanks, Mike. I’ve said it a million times. At the end of the day I was just trying to do my job–that’s all.

      • TheDJISSUES .

        Ive thought this for a while .. if people just listened or read what Vince is saying instead of just hating I think people would have a different opinion.

  • http://www.melodramatic.com/elite/puck TheReverendPuck

    When I read Eric Young had won the belt (mostly because I’ve given up watching TNA), my thought wasn’t “oh they put the belt on him?” it was more of the timing of it. If you buy fully into Eric being a comedic guy winning the belt, you should be blown away that the one time it happened. The initial reaction shouldn’t have been “well, WWE had Bryan win so let’s make our bearded guy win our title.” Then immediately after some dirt sheet said that Dixie said it wasn’t supposed to copy the WWE and they did it on their most recent live show just made it seem that much more that they rushed it to attach their action to what the WWE did. You could have sat on having EY win three weeks until their next live event and probably would have gotten over better.

  • http://www.melodramatic.com/elite/puck TheReverendPuck

    When I read Eric Young had won the belt (mostly because I’ve given up watching TNA), my thought wasn’t “oh they put the belt on him?” it was more of the timing of it. If you buy fully into Eric being a comedic guy winning the belt, you should be blown away that the one time it happened. The initial reaction shouldn’t have been “well, WWE had Bryan win so let’s make our bearded guy win our title.” Then immediately after some dirt sheet said that Dixie said it wasn’t supposed to copy the WWE and they did it on their most recent live show just made it seem that much more that they rushed it to attach their action to what the WWE did. You could have sat on having EY win three weeks until their next live event and probably would have gotten over better.

  • TheDisqusInferno

    I’m happy for Eric Young, good hand in the ring, he deserved it.

    I don’t understand some of the ideology you are putting out there.The part I find that makes no sense, is being serious wrestler. You seem to disassociate serious wrestler and entertainment. Why couldn’t Eric Young be taken seriously and be entertaining like he is now? What did it get him running around scared of pyro and stripping like an idiot?

    Maybe if people had taken him seriously or he wasn’t booked like a dunce for years on end this would mean more to more people. I’d say some the feedback and ratings for his segments point to people not taking him seriously.

    I believe you had mentioned Buster Douglas not making any sense but again the thing was Buster Douglas was a serious contender he wasn’t “Glass Joe” or “Hurricane Mcneely”, he was a underachiever, who had a series of emotional events happen before the fight, he worked harder than he ever did before and over came the odds and won, A real Cinderella story.

    If TNA followed that story line for Eric Young I could buy into but you also need the credible champion, something Magnus was not.

  • Ragin’ Ronic

    Nice read, Vince. Nice to see you honoring EY here, a fellow Canadian, like myself. Seems like, minus the [Molson] Bell Centre incident in Nov. 1997, wrestling and Canada have been good to one another. Symbiotic relationship at work.

    And, TBH, I Love when Canadian wrestlers get what I call, in a goofy way of saying, ‘The Big Shiny’. Well, now, EY has The Big Shiny, and he is shining like crazy right now.

    Hope he can go on a minimum 6-month run as champ, and maybe rise to a greater plain, WWE. I could see him pulling down some success there too.

    Daniel Bryan V. Eric Young? That would be, Vince, as CBC ‘Hockey Night In Canada’ legend Donald S. Cherry would say, ‘a Beauty’, cause EY’s just simply a ‘Good Canadian Kid’, full of sandpaper-like grit, and a hell of a lot of heart.

    =)

  • PlatanoGames On YT

    Perfect read! We share a strong level of passion for this business as I too was very emotional during his win. I didnt cry, but I couldn’t stop smiling, I coudlnt stop thinking about every moment I had wished he’d be in the world title picture. I swear I never had such a feeling. I thought only an AJ title win could provide a feeling like this but here I was feeling even more than each previous AJ win. A moment that could never be taken away no matter what happens next. I swear a few months ago when he started being on TV more frequently with Joseph Park I thought, “this cant go on forever, soon he won’t be off TV and appear periodically like he had these past few years..” Boy was I wrong, he maintained that moment and had a great storyline with Abyss which transitioned perfectly into the main event picture. On that note I would kill for a Joe and Young program at BFG.

  • PlatanoGames On YT

    Perfect read! We share a strong level of passion for this business as I too was very emotional during his win. I didnt cry, but I couldn’t stop smiling, I coudlnt stop thinking about every moment I had wished he’d be in the world title picture. I swear I never had such a feeling. I thought only an AJ title win could provide a feeling like this but here I was feeling even more than each previous AJ win. A moment that could never be taken away no matter what happens next. I swear a few months ago when he started being on TV more frequently with Joseph Park I thought, “this cant go on forever, soon he won’t be off TV and appear periodically like he had these past few years..” Boy was I wrong, he maintained that moment and had a great storyline with Abyss which transitioned perfectly into the main event picture. On that note I would kill for a Joe and Young program at BFG.

  • Guest

    He didn’t earn it. First, the storyline reason for him getting the title shot was simply “I’ve been here a long time, give me a title shot”. Second, he had been a comedy jobber less than a month earlier. TNA was simply trying to copy WWE (AGAIN) by giving him the title the same week Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Anyone surprised TNA has not even gotten a 1.0 rating in a LONG time? Or that Young’s matches on Impact as champion are always the lowest rated segments?

    For me personally, I couldn’t take Eric Young’s title win seriously because TNA has made him into a joke for years. If they present him to me as a joke, how can they expect me to take his title reign as anything but a joke. Take Santino, for example. He’s a comedy wrestler, and his IC title reign was a comedic one. If they suddenly put the world title on him, they can’t expect me to see him in the same light as a Triple H or a Stone Cold or a Brock Lesnar. If no one is taking EY’s reign seriously, its because TNA has trained its audience to not take Eric Young seriously.

  • Guest

    He didn’t earn it. First, the storyline reason for him getting the title shot was simply “I’ve been here a long time, give me a title shot”. Second, he had been a comedy jobber less than a month earlier. TNA was simply trying to copy WWE (AGAIN) by giving him the title the same week Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Anyone surprised TNA has not even gotten a 1.0 rating in a LONG time? Or that Young’s matches on Impact as champion are always the lowest rated segments?

    For me personally, I couldn’t take Eric Young’s title win seriously because TNA has made him into a joke for years. If they present him to me as a joke, how can they expect me to take his title reign as anything but a joke. Take Santino, for example. He’s a comedy wrestler, and his IC title reign was a comedic one. If they suddenly put the world title on him, they can’t expect me to see him in the same light as a Triple H or a Stone Cold or a Brock Lesnar. If no one is taking EY’s reign seriously, its because TNA has trained its audience to not take Eric Young seriously.

    • Marvel Misfit

      Wow, you must be a hoot to be around!

    • Marvel Misfit

      Wow, you must be a hoot to be around!

  • The French Angel

    Great article, Vinny Ru!

    Good for Eric Young, he desrves a run as a world.cbampion because he is a class act!

    The only peopl complaining about this are WWE fans who are obsessed with protectinvg the WWE name and refuse to take off their WWE rose colored glasses.

  • AK

    Heartfelt words. Its impossible not to take note of ur passion for wrestling after reading these words- thanks for what you did for Pro-wrestling.
    EY is as deserving as a world tile as is DB (may be even more). The love and commitment from these guys for the business and fans is unmatched. Great moment when EY won the TNA tile.

  • TNARICKTHELEGEND

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR50vqChZeM f0r you Russ0!! f0r3v3r & @lw@yz,,,,,,,,,

  • TNARICKTHELEGEND

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR50vqChZeM f0r you Russ0!! f0r3v3r & @lw@yz,,,,,,,,,

  • Kris Godwin

    Unlike the miserable haters, I loved it when Eric Young won that world title. I didn’t think of Daniel Bryan, or how TNA were ‘copying’ WWE – all I could see was a genuinely great performer who finally got his moment. And – shock horror! – his reign has actually been pretty good so far. And clearly, the crowd loves him. They cheer because they see what a hard-worker he is, and how good of a wrestler he has proved to be. I swear, in 6 months time, there’ll be a new TNA champion, and the IWC will complain that he isn’t as good as EY. Mark my words.

    Not to mention the fact that EY has mainstream exposure (I loved Off The Hook, and can’t wait for his new show) – so making him the figurehead of TNA is actually a smart move.

  • Michael Rubin

    vince i like and respect you but when you see bash at the bash promo was entirely ficticious then if thats the case why would hogan have so much angst and real tension with you over it?

  • brooksideraider

    This was a terrific article, Mr Russo. As a fan of Eric Young, I was happy to see him get the title as well. I got to meet Eric at a house show several years ago when he was in the opening match vs. a guy by the name of Magnus. Just think, the 2 latest TNA champions in the opening match in Pueblo, CO. Who knew? Eric Young’s passion for the business takes me back to my youth. I grew up watching Terry, Dory Jr, & even Dory Funk Sr. , Harley Race, Dick Murdoch & all the guys in the 70s. The highest compliment I could give Eric Young when I met him is that he would have fit in that era. I like to think that he enjoyed my comment. I’m hoping for a long title run. He deserves it.

  • TheDJISSUES .

    Im finding myself addicted to this site almost as much as wrestling lol good work to everyone involved