On very rare occasions, main roster stars who aren’t happy with their roles in WWE get put back in NXT, because unlike the main roster, NXT is generally very good.
This has happened with Finn Balor, Tyler Breeze, Fandango and Killian Dain in the past, and it appears as though one of Dain’s former Sanity stablemates nearly joined him prior to his release in April.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Young explained that prior to his release, the plans for after WrestleMania 36 were for him to return to NXT.
“The original plan after WrestleMania was for me to go back to NXT. We had been talking a lot about ideas and what might happen. When they said they were going to release talent, I knew for sure I was going to be on that list. It’s nothing personal. I don’t take it personally. I’m not bitter in any way. One person made a massive mistake. I’m not the first person he [Vince McMahon] made a mistake on and I won’t be the last. It’s a weird thing. I’m sure people are curious and I talked about it on Busted Open (in the last week).”
Young also mentioned that the first person to contact him after his release was Triple H, who apparently was unaware that the releases were taking place.
“A huge chunk of people being released all at the same time because of the virus and cutbacks, us becoming available gave them a huge opportunity and they didn’t wait. I can tell you now Scott D’Amore was the second person I heard from when the news came out. This is going to sound weird, but Triple H was the very first. He was unaware that it was happening. He’s in a different position in the company now. Me and him have always had a very good relationship.”
He spoke about the botched call-up of his Sanity stable, and how when both Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe were sent back to NXT, he was left in obscurity.
“Sanity and Eric Young were a big part of what went on and we were one of the top acts in NXT. We got called up per his (Vince McMahon’s) request. He asked for us to come. A bunch of stuff happened. It was a lot of victim of circumstance and we ended up in a very weird spot. They sent those two guys down and it was his request for me to move over to RAW and he was going to figure something out for me because at that point, he still liked me. Then somewhere along the line, he didn’t like me and didn’t care for my work and I was lost in obscurity for about a year and a half. That’s tough to deal with after all the work you put in. I’m a short chubby kid from Florence, Ontario. I can tell you I grinded and I made a lot of sacrifices along the road in 20 years to put myself in that position and build my career to where it was. It was basically thrown away haphazardly. That’s hard to deal with.”
Young has since returned to Impact Wrestling, where he will hopefully find a lot more success, something he clearly deserves.
Thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.