Vince Russo posted a lengthy rant on his new website – PyroandBallyhoo.com – focusing on Eric Young's career and rise to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship last month. The article is titled "MISTAKE EY FOR NO ONE" and defends the criticism the new champ, and TNA has received, comparing the situation to Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30.
The following is a small excerpt from the long blog entry:
When 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.
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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.