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Eric Young returning to WWE as latest Impact run ends

The former two-time Impact World Champion was violently written off in storyline Thursday.
Eric Young

Former two-time Impact World Champion and three-time Impact Tag Team Champion Eric Young is returning to WWE, per a Thursday report from PWInsider.

There were no reported details as to what Young's role and start date will be, or whether he is heading to the main roster or NXT.

Young was written off in storyline on Thursday's Impact on AXS where he appeared to be killed by fellow Violent by Design member Deaner in a vignette taped in a prison. The two men were fighting over a shiv when Young urged Deaner to "eliminate the sickness" and that while he was the designer of VBD, Deaner was the design.

PWInsider reported the vignette was filmed in secret:

Young first spent time in WWE from 2016 through 2020 with most of it spent leading the Sanity faction in NXT, winning their Tag Team titles in the process.

Eventually called up to the main roster, the group was disbanded over time and Young was relegated to mainly having matches on WWE Main Event. He was released in April 2020 as part of the company's pandemic cuts.

That same year, Young returned to Impact where he had spent the previous 12 years, making a surprise appearance at Slammiversary and regaining the company's top title a few months later. He formed the VBD faction that he led for the nearly the full duration of his return.

Deaner is now expected to lead the new version of the group along with Big Kon (fka Konnor in WWE) and Angels (fka Alan Angels).