Eric Young recently spoke to SEScoops.com, here are the highlights…
Q. You've had the chance to work with the likes of Sting, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, what was it like working with guys you grew up watching as a kid?: It's hard to put that into words, these were guys that I idolised growing up, these were people that I wanted to be. I actually got to wrestle Sting in his first match back after 10 years away, and just being in the ring with him was a dream come true but very surreal at the same time. Sting was always good to be, Hulk as well, they always had time for me and it was great to be able to share a locker-room with guys like that and be on the same roster.
Q. The likes of Sting, Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles, and Jeff Jarrett have all left TNA in recent months, what has that been like?: There is always massive turnover in professional wrestling, people come, people go, some people go to work in other places and some people end up coming back, that is just the nature of the beast. It's never nice to see anyone go, but I'm still really good buddies with AJ Styles and we talk whenever we get a chance - we're actually planning on doing a bike trip together in the summer.
Q. When you first started in TNA did you ever think you'll become World Heavyweight champion?: It's always something that I wanted, and personally it's always something I believed I could do. I don't think there is anybody that doesn't want to become World Heavyweight champion when they are in this business. The night I won the belt from Magnus on IMPACT! was a great feeling, I'm not taking anything away from him, it was an amazing match and he's a super talented guy but I was better that day and now I'm the World champion and that sounds kind of crazy to say out loud.
Q. With yourself as TNA Champion and Daniel Bryan as WWE Champion, is it the era of the beard?: Yeah, it's obviously the era of the beard, I'm not daft, I don't live under a rock, I hear these things and I'm sure he hears them too. I've actually met Daniel in person and I always hear nothing but good things about him. Anytime anyone want to compare me to him, I have absolutely no problem with that, feel free to carry on, he's a super talented guy and a tremendous wrestler.
Q. Away from wrestling you've also presented a number of hit shows on Animal Planet, what has that been like?: It's amazing, it's something that I've always wanted to do. I still have other goals in my life but TV is something that I've always wanted to do. I love entertaining people, the shows allow me to combine my passion of extreme sports, I've always been a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I've been all over North America and done lots of crazy things, and it's been an amazing experience.