In a surprising turn of events amidst the buzz surrounding the 25th edition of Impact Wrestling's Slammiversary event, there is a significant update on the status of former Impact World Champion, Eric Young. Having returned to WWE under the guidance of Paul "Triple H" Levesque in December, Young's anticipated comeback quickly came to a halt.
Despite fans' hopes for his reappearance on WWE programming, Young's tenure with the company was abruptly cut short, and now the details behind his departure have been unveiled. According to a recent report from Fightful Select, it has been revealed that Young requested to be released from his contract in April, citing a fundamental objection to working alongside Vince McMahon for "moral, creative, and personal reasons." With WWE's collaboration with Endeavor and merger with UFC, it became evident that McMahon had resumed his prominent role within the company, which catalyzed Young's decision to depart.
Notably, this marks the first instance of talent leaving WWE explicitly due to McMahon's return to the forefront.
Young's Clash with McMahon Forces WWE Exit
Fightful's report also sheds light on the creative plans that had been in place for Young following WrestleMania 39, indicating that WWE had intended to utilize his talents shortly.
Nevertheless, Young's reservations about working directly under McMahon superseded these opportunities, leading to his departure. Following his release, speculations circulated that Young may return to Impact Wrestling, the promotion he is closely associated with, as he had rejoined them following his initial WWE release in 2020.
Adding credibility to these rumors, it has come to light that Young's 90-day non-compete clause has recently expired, further fueling anticipation for a potential reunion between Young and Impact Wrestling at the Slammiversary pay-per-view.
If he does indeed make his comeback, it raises intriguing questions regarding how Impact will address the circumstances surrounding Young's previous appearance with the company, which shockingly culminated in his on-screen demise at the hands of Cody Deaner, quite literally.
As wrestling enthusiasts eagerly await Young's next career move, his departure from WWE serves as a stark reminder of the significant influence McMahon wields over the company. Young's unwavering stance against working with McMahon due to moral, creative, and personal reasons highlights the complex dynamics that exist within the world of professional wrestling, leaving fans intrigued about what lies ahead for the talented performer.