Eric Young Feels There Were Missed Opportunities In The AEW-IMPACT Wrestling Working Relationship

Missed opportunities, Eric Young believes

2021 was a big year for collaboration within professional wrestling and two promotions that worked together were AEW and IMPACT Wrestling. 

During their partnership, Kenny Omega would appear on IMPACT TV as AEW World Champion before he would go on to win the IMPACT World Championship, defending the gold against the likes of Moose and Sami Callihan before he dropped the title to another AEW talent in Christian Cage. Captain Charisma then appeared in IMPACT until Josh Alexander defeated him for the belt at Bound For Glory. Other AEW wrestlers in Christopher Daniels, Private Party, and Matt Hardy also had brief runs in IMPACT last year. 

Eric Young believes there was more that could have been done with the working relationship, though, and the former IMPACT World Champion feels there were missed opportunities. 

Speaking about a potential Forbidden Door match on The Angle Podcast, Young stated: 

"Yeah, I mean, I think there's opportunities in all the companies. It's a really wild time to be a wrestling fan where, it could happen that Rich Swann was our world champion, wrestled Kenny Omega as their world champion, and that's never really happened before. Two televised wrestling companies working together. I don't think it worked out as well as anyone kind of hoped it would have, I feel like there were a lot of missed opportunities that could have gone back and forth both ways. 

"But I mean, the reality is, as far as a wrestler, and definitely as a wrestling fan is, there's not as many rules as there used to be, which is super cool, right? You could think, 'Oh, man, what a dream match! This guy versus this guy, or this group versus this group.' 10 years ago, that didn't happen. The companies don't work together, legally, they were not allowed to do those things. Now it's happening and it's happening in real-time. I'm getting to see it and experience it. So I don't know if I can name a single name or a single group, but I would be open to it. Because like I said, I'm experiential, and I want to, I want to experience it all, good, bad or indifferent."

While Young did not reveal where he would like to wrestle, EY did tell Tom Campbell during an appearance on Desert Island Graps earlier this year that he would love to perform in All Japan Pro-Wrestling.

H/T to Fightful

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