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Impact Wrestling’s Eric Young will be out of action for several months due to a torn ACL.
During an appearance on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, Young revealed that he suffered a torn ACL at Impact’s most recent set of television tapings. Young said he’ll be out of action for 6-9 months and is aiming to make it back in six months.
“At the last tapings I tore my ACL,” Young said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been injured. I missed my first wrestling show this Friday that I was booked on in 24 years of doing it. So, it’s frustrating, man. I’ve never been injured. I’ve been hurt lots, but I’ve never been injured. I have to have surgery in like a week and a half. And it’s going to be a long, long road. So, we’ll see, man. It’s going to get real interesting for me.”
Young said that he suffered the injury during a match against James Storm. Young finished the match and then wrestled two more times during the tapings.
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“My ACL is completely torn, which I didn’t know,” Young said. “That happened on Monday during the match with Storm. I finished it like nothing happened. I wrestled a hardcore war eight-man tag the following day, then I wrestled Eddie Edwards on Tuesday in a singles match. It was like 20 minutes — on one leg. And I would put that match against anything that airs anytime, for any wrestling company, anywhere in the world, and I did it on one leg. And I’m very proud of it.”
While he doesn’t know if he’ll remain on television while recovering from injury, Young said he imagines that he will. Young is the leader of Impact’s Violent By Design stable, with the group also including Joe Doering, Cody Deaner, and Rhino.
After being released by WWE during last April’s roster cuts, Young returned to Impact Wrestling at Slammiversary in July. On an episode of Impact that aired in September, Young defeated Eddie Edwards to win the Impact World Championship. Young then lost the title to Rich Swann at Bound for Glory in October.