TNA star Eric Young recently appeared on The Rack and discussed iMPACT! on the Road, Kurt Angle, his beard and more. Here are the highlights…
Who we can expect to see on the show with him: "It's all pro fishermen from all over North America; we went to Puerto Rico, went to Mexico, and went to Montreal for couple of come-back kind of characters. Rene Potvin, the guy I free dove with in New York and Jory Pierson, which was one of everybody's real favorites; a guy I stay in contact with and talk to a couple times a month and stuff and we go after some sharks off the back of a shrimp boat in Florida and it's a pretty wild adventure with me and him. We are in what I would call the crappiest row boat I've ever seen. We're out kind of in the middle of the Gulf and were out behind the shrimp boat and they release their bite, you know, the extra stuff they catch while dragging nets and catching shrimp and that creates basically like a big shark feeding frenzy underneath the boat and we're on this terrible rowboat right in the middle of that. So, it's pretty wild."
His tradition, on the show, of drinking a beer before going out to fish and talking to the locals: "I'll make myself sound real classy; I'll drink almost anything. I actually joined a beer club this year for about three months and that was pretty interesting. But yeah, I'll usually drink something that's local, that's on tap; something that I haven't seen or heard of and I actually get paid to do that: stand in a bar and every time a cup gets about half-full, they grab it out of my hands and fill it back up and then I talk to all of these crazy characters and funny people at the bar and just talk about fishing and the area. It's really one of my favorite parts of the show, it's super cool, and sometimes I've got to pinch myself to say ‘You're being paid right now to hang out in a bar with maniacs and drink beer', so it's pretty cool. I mean, there's always; it seems to be the same four to five guys at every bar, you know, there's the one crazy old guy that knows everybody in the town and has a thousand stories. Sometimes, he's the guy you can't get away from; you start talking to him and they see the cameras and then they just go off. We're off and on a schedule and we get what we need and often, I'll just sit there and talk to the guy because I think he's interesting and the director and producer are trying to pull me away to get me to go talk to somebody else. So, sometimes those can go late into the night, which is cool to me because I don't require a lot of sleep, so it's always a good time seeing new places like that."
The travel schedules he lives as part of the show and TNA: "It's super tough to balance; it's two amazing jobs but both require me to travel and be in different places in the United States and ever around the world. So, it's a treacherous schedule, you know, it's definitely not for everybody. I'm worn pretty thin right now, but I've got a couple of days off, to recharge the batteries and then head down to Peoria for IMPACT Wrestling; I'm back wrestling full-time now. But the show itself (‘Off the Hook') takes about 6-7 days to shoot; usually a day to travel there, 5-6 days of shooting, maybe 7 and then a day to fly back to wherever I'm going. We filmed from October of last year to June 1st; we filmed about 16 brand new episodes, so I was home, from January to about June 1st, physically in my house for about 10 days within that time period. That was I walk in, do laundry, run errands, go to the gym, pack my next two bags, wake up the next day and I go back to the airport to fly back out; I was never home for more than two days at a time. Yeah, it was a bit of a whirlwind but I wouldn't change it. The show is amazing and I cannot wait for it to come out and for people to see it. It's the most proud I've ever been in my life of anything I've ever done."
TNA going on the road for live IMPACT Wrestling shows: "Well, it's the right decision. I can remember being an independent wrestler and living in Canada and driving all over the place when TNA first started; all of the boys talking about it and ‘Oh, they're paying this guy this' and ‘Oh, they resigned this guy'. You'd read online, and hear guys talk backstage and talk to fans and hear ‘Oh, TNA won't make it' or ‘Oh they're bankrupt' blah blah blah. Well, fast forward to 10 years later and we're still there. We're seen in over 120 countries around the world, millions of viewers every week, 125+ hours of original content on Spike Television every year , DVD sales, merchandise sales, killer numbers in the UK. This is a legitimate wrestling company and they made the right decisions; you're never going to keep everyone happy, that's the blade you fall on when you're in entertainment. You can't impress everyone, it's impossible. 50% of the people are going to like it and the other 50% won't like it, it's just the way it is. Even when WWF and WCW were murdering in the numbers, I remember hearing the exact same debate; like ‘Oh, why doesn't this guy get more TV time' and ‘oh, the older guys'. TNA is making the right decisions and they're making them at the right times and this is defiantly the right decision. Taping the shows in Orlando was great, and it was great for the company and helped it to grow, but that has passed by and it's time to go on the road and that's what they did. It's the right decision and its super fun being in front of big crowds with live television and in front of new crowds, fresh crowds all over North America. So, it's super exciting for guys on the show, for the guys in the office and I think also for the fans at home."
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