Two time former Impact Wrestling World Champion Eric Young has revealed he is facing a significant time out of the ring after suffering the first major injury of his lengthy career.
Speaking to The Wrestling Perspective podcast, Young stated that he suffered an ACL tear at the most recent Impact tapings, where he took part in three match ups to air in recent weeks.
Speaking about the first injury in his lengthy career, Young said:
“At the last tapings I tore my ACL. It’s the first time I’ve ever been injured. I missed my first wrestling show this Friday that I was booked on in 24 years of doing it. So, it’s frustrating, man. I’ve never been injured. I’ve been hurt lots, but I’ve never been injured. I have to have surgery in like a week and a half. And it’s going to be a long, long road. So, we’ll see, man. It’s going to get real interesting for me.”
Young joined what was then TNA Wrestling in 2004 as part of the Team Canada faction. After working through a plethora of gimmicks, some serious, some far less so, Young defeated Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in April 2014. He held the belt until June that year, eventually losing to current WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley.
Young would join WWE in 2016 and debut on the NXT brand as part of the Sanity faction. In 2018, the group were moved to SmackDown where they had a brief run before Young was drafted to Raw where he acted mainly as enhancement talent before being released as part of the pandemic influenced roster cuts in April 2020.
Upon the expiration of his no-compete clause, he returned to Impact at Slammiversary 2020 and soon defeated Eddie Edwards for his second world title run with the company.
Most recently he has acted as the leader of the Violent By Design stable alongside Rhino, Deaner and Joe Doring.
Young told the podcast he suffered the injury during the first match of the tapings, against James Storm. He then went on to wrestle two further matches including a singles match with Eddie Edwards. He said:
“My ACL is completely torn, which I didn’t know. That happened on Monday during the match with Storm. I finished it like nothing happened. I wrestled a hardcore war eight-man tag the following day, then I wrestled Eddie Edwards on Tuesday in a singles match. It was like 20 minutes — on one leg. And I would put that match against anything that airs anytime, for any wrestling company, anywhere in the world, and I did it on one leg. And I’m very proud of it.”
Young went on to say he expected to remain on TV in some capacity during his rehabilitation but he didn’t know for sure.