Christopher Lindsey better known by his ring name, Roderick Strong, is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand. He is a member of the stable The Undisputed Era. Strong is best known for his 13-year tenure with Ring of Honor where he was a one-time World Champion, two-time World Television Champion, a one-time World Tag Team Champion with Austin Aries, he is the second ROH Triple Crown Champion. He debuted as The Jester on the Floridian independent circuit before changing to his current name, he worked for IPW Hardcore and NWA Florida, before debuting for ROH in September 2003. In mid-2004, Strong joined forces with Alex Shelley, Austin Aries, Jack Evans, collectively known as Generation Next; as part of Generation Next, Strong won the ROH World Tag Team Championship with Aries. Strong turned on Aries, forming a new faction, the No Remorse Corps with Davey Richards and Rocky Romero. During this time, he was competing for ROH's sister promotion, FIP, debuted for PWG.
Strong has toured Japan with Dragon Gate and Pro Wrestling Noah and had a brief stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2005. In FIP, he has won the World Heavyweight Championship three times, the Tag Team Championship once with Erick Stevens and once with Rich Swann. In PWG, he is a one-time World Champion and a three-time World Tag Team Champion, having held the title with Davey Richards and Jack Evans with each reign respectively. In addition, he is the only wrestler to win PWG's annual Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament with two different partners. Lindsey was born in Eau Claire, but relocated to Florida at a young age. Following a troubled childhood, Lindsey graduated from Riverview High School, where he played American football, he went on to attend the University of South Florida on an academic scholarship. Lindsey majored in Business for two years before dropping out. In the autumn of 1994, Lindsey's father, a collegiate wrestler, began training as a wrestler under Jim Neidhart.
After Lindsey attended several training sessions and met Harry Smith, a third generation wrestler, he decided to become a wrestler. Lindsey was trained by his father, Neidhart and a number of other wrestlers in Tampa and debuted in 2000 as The Jester on the Floridian independent circuit for the RWA. Strong wrestled his first match for the Independent Professional Wrestling promotion, competing in a twenty-man cruiserweight Battle royal, he was one-third of a stable known as "Risk Factor" with The Kamikaze Kid and Kid Lethal before he formed a tag team with his trainee and kayfabe brother, Sedrick Strong. The Strong Brothers defeated Wrongful Death for the IPW Tag Team Championship on June 28, 2002 in St. Petersburg, Florida, they held the title until September 20, when they lost to Naturally Marvelous in a steel cage match in which Roderick suffered a concussion. After Sedrick cost the Strong Brothers a number of matches, Roderick turned heel on February 8, 2003, betraying Sedrick and aligning himself with the Alliance of Defiance, a dominant heel stable.
After IPW closed down in late 2003, Strong began working for NWA Florida, a promotion which had had a working relationship with IPW for two years. Strong defeated David Babylon for the Florida Unified Cruiserweight Championship on July 19, 2003, in St. Petersburg. While Strong was champion, the title was renamed the Florida Unified Junior Heavyweight Championship, he lost the title to Jerrelle Clark in a four-way match on December 2003 in St. Petersburg. Clark vacated the title on January 10, 2004, after winning the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, Strong defeated Mikey Batts for the vacant title on February 21 in the New Alhambra Sports and Entertainment Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he lost the title to Sedrick Strong on April 29, 2004, in Florida. In addition to wrestling for NWA Florida, Strong served as the head trainer of the territory's wrestling school. On January 13, 2005, Strong made a one-off appearance in World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown episode. On the episode, Strong was defeated by Kurt Angle in Angle's "3-Minute Hometown Hero Challenge".
Strong joined the Pennsylvania-based Ring of Honor promotion in September 2003. On May 22, 2004, at Generation Next he formed a stable known as Generation Next with Alex Shelley, Austin Aries and Jack Evans. Generation Next dominated the ROH roster, declaring themselves the future of wrestling. After defeating several others, they defeated CM Punk, Ace Steel, John Walters and Jimmy Jacobs on October 2 at The Midnight Express Reunion. Strong began punctuating his ring style with stiff offense while acting as the enforcer of Generation Next. In November 2004 he formed a regular tag team with Evans, on December 26 he, Aries threw Shelley out of the group when he refused to resign as leader. Strong and Evans continued to team throughout early-2005, but were unable to win the ROH Tag Team Championship. On September 24 at 2005 Survival of the Fittest, Strong defeated Samoa Joe, Jay Lethal, Generation Next teammate Austin Aries, Colt Cabana to win the titular event, thus earning himself another shot at the ROH World Championship in the future.
On October 1 at Joe vs. Kobashi, valet Jade Chung aligned herself with Strong after he defeated her former client, Jimmy Rave; the following night, Strong defeated James Gibson in his last match for Ring of Honor before returning to World Wrestling Entertainment. Following the match, Gibson gave a farewell speech in which he called Strong the "MVP" of Ri
Tag team wrestling is a type of professional wrestling in which matches are contested between teams of multiple wrestlers. A tag team may be made up of wrestlers who wrestle in singles competition, but more are made of established teams who wrestle as a unit and have a team name and identity. In most team matches, only one competitor per team is allowed in the ring at a time; this status as the active or legal wrestler may be transferred by physical contact, most a palm-to-palm tag which resembles a high five. The team-based match has been a mainstay of professional wrestling since the mid-twentieth century, most promotions have sanctioned a championship division for tag teams. In 1901 the first tag team match was held in San Francisco. While tag team wrestling is now traditional in American professional wrestling, the innovation didn't become popular outside San Francisco until the 1930s; the first "World" tag team championship was crowned in San Francisco in the early 1950s. Tag matches with three-man teams were developed, in some territories, a championship division was instituted for these teams, but the concept failed to become popular.
A tag team championship is awarded to and defended by a team of two. However, during the 1970s and 1980s, a dominant trio in the NWA known as The Fabulous Freebirds won several regional tag team championship and were allowed to employ any combination of the group's members in their title defenses. In kayfabe, this made it difficult for challengers to prepare for their upcoming title fights since the challengers didn't know who they were facing; this is still utilized by other wrestling companies. The stipulation has become traditionally known as the "freebird rule". A common storyline is former tag team partners turning on each other, which will invariably ignite a feud; this can be used. The basic tag team match has two teams of two wrestlers facing off against each other. All standard rules for singles wrestling apply to a team match. However, only one wrestler from each team, called the "legal man" is allowed in the ring at a time. All other members of the team wait outside the ropes in the team's specified corner.
Only an active/legal wrestler have a fall scored against him/her. But any wrestler, legal or outside, may face disqualification for himself or his team for violating rules. Once a tag is made, the wrestler tagging out has a grace period to leave the ring before risking disqualification. Offensive cooperation from a team member is allowed during this time window; the wrestler outside the ring must be touching the tag rope tied in the corner. Tags are legal as long as the two team members touch; the referee has to see and/or hear the contact between the two wrestlers in order for the tag to be legal. As the ultimate authority over the match, a referee may overlook any of these at his discretion, during the frenzied action will be more lenient with them. In some multi-man tag matches in lucha libre, a wrestler can make himself the team's legal man by setting foot in the ring, his partner leaves; this allows for action to become nearly continuous. Two referees, one stationed inside the ring and one on the floor, are employed to maintain order for this type of match.
In independent discussion and analysis of matches, certain terms are used to describe specific scenarios involving tag team matches. These are timed to inject drama into a match. One spot common to many tag team match is the hot tag. One member of one team is in the ring, too weakened to move or otherwise impaired, while his partner watches helplessly, struggling to reach him for a tag; the tension builds as the legal man is unable to tag out until something happens that allows the first team to tag and reverse the momentum of the match in their favor. When done well, this results in a large audience reaction, was the typical climax of tag matches for decades. WWE employs this tactic in nearly every tag team match to the point that they fired a referee in 2008 after a botched finish that, while the match produced the intended finish, didn't feature a hot tag. A common variation on the hot tag sees both wrestlers from the heel team attacking a face, while his partner protests to the referee about this bending of the rules.
The weakened face wrestler does make the tag to his partner, who comes in as the fresh man and is able to take on both opponents quite easily. A blind tag is a legal tag made without the legal opponent's knowledge while his back is turned; this allows the team who uses it an opportunity to confuse the legal opponent, who turns to face what he assumes to be his opponent only to be attacked by the true legal man from behind. A tag team match involving more than two wrestlers per team is referred to by the total number of people involved, whil
Cassie McIntosh is an Australian professional wrestler, signed to WWE under the ring name Peyton Royce. She performs on the SmackDown brand, where she is a reigning WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion with her IIconics teammate Billie Kay. In February 2009, McIntosh made her professional wrestling debut at Pro Wrestling Women's Alliance as KC Cassidy, would compete on the independent circuit with multiple promotions for several years, becoming a one-time PWA Women's Champion, winning the Vera and Jenny Memorial Cup in support of breast cancer. McIntosh signed a contract with WWE in 2015, was assigned to WWE's NXT in Orlando, Florida. Cassie McIntosh was born in Sydney, New South Wales and moved to Melbourne and Calgary, Canada to train with Lance Storm. Prior to her training, she excelled in dance, she attended Westfields Sports, as fellow wrestler Billie Kay. McIntosh began watching wrestling at the age of 9, cites Eddie Guerrero as her inspiration to become a professional wrestler. On 28 February 2009, McIntosh made her professional wrestling debut in Pro Wrestling Women's Alliance as KC Cassidy, teaming with Robbie Eagles in a mixed tag team match, defeating Madison Eagles and Mike Valuable.
For the next year in the promotion, she traded victories with Jessie McKay in singles matches, including a loss in a PWWA championship match. On 7 January 2011, she unsuccessfully challenged Madison Eagles for the championship. On 20 June 2011 Tenille Tayla defeated Eliza Sway and Shazza McKenzie. Cassidy made two appearances for the American all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes as Bambi Hall's tag team partner, she was the scheduled opponent for Su Yung at a Shine Wrestling event in Ybor City, but instead became the replacement opponent for Rhia O'Reilly. She appeared for promotions Pro Wrestling Alliance Australia, New Horizons Pro Wrestling, Melbourne City Wrestling and Riot City Wrestling. McIntosh received a tryout with WWE during their tour of Australia in August 2014. On 13 April 2015, WWE announced McIntosh as part of a new class of NXT trainees, she made her televised in–ring debut on the 15 May episode of NXT, using the KC Cassidy name in a loss to the NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks.
On the 22 July episode of NXT, McIntosh competed as Cassie in a match against Eva Marie, in which she was defeated. On 7 August, she was given the new ring name Peyton Royce. After competing in most of her matches at NXT as a face, Royce competed on her first match as a heel on the 9 December episode of NXT, losing to the NXT Women's Champion Bayley in a non–title match. On the 13 January 2016 episode of NXT, Royce competed in a number one contender's battle royal for Bayley's NXT Women's Championship, won by Carmella. In October, Royce formed an alliance with Billie Kay dubbed The Iconic Duo; the duo subsequently entered a feud with Liv Morgan, which culminated in a six woman tag team match on the 23 November episode of NXT, in which Morgan and Ember Moon defeated Royce and Daria Berenato. In the end of December and Royce were placed in a brief feud with the NXT Women's Champion Asuka after the latter stated there is no competition for her. On 28 January 2017 at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, Royce competed in a fatal–four-way match against Kay, Nikki Cross, Asuka, in which Royce failed to capture the NXT Women's Championship.
Shortly after that, in the end of February, Royce defeated Ember Moon and Liv Morgan in a triple–threat to earn another opportunity at Asuka's NXT Women's Championship, which she once again failed to win. Throughout the year, Royce continued to rack up victories over competitors like Aliyah, Sarah Logan, Ruby Riot. After defeating Liv Morgan and Nikki Cross in a triple–threat, Royce competed in a fatal–four-way match for the vacant NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, but the match was won by Ember Moon. In December, Royce lost to Moon in a non–title match, which would be her final match for NXT. Royce made her first main roster appearance on 8 April 2018 at WrestleMania 34, competing along with several other NXT superstars in the first WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34 where she was eliminated by Sarah Logan. Royce and Kay, now dubbed The IIconics made their main roster debut on the 10 April 2018 episode of SmackDown Live attacking SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair, whilst she was cutting a promo about her match at WrestleMania 34.
Two weeks The IIconics racked up their first victory, as part of the main roster, over Asuka and Becky Lynch. Throughout the next few months, Royce continued to compete in various singles and tag team matches but would end up on the losing end on them all. In August, The IIconics started their first feud on the main roster, with Naomi, the two were able to defeat her in singles matches. Naomi started teaming with Asuka which led to the announcement of a tag team match between the two teams at the WWE Super Show-Down on 6 October, which The IIconics won in their homeland of Australia. Three weeks both Royce and Kay took part in the first all women's pay–per–view, where they competed in a battle royal for a future women's championship match, they were the first two eliminated from the match by multiple superstars. On 27 January 2019, both Kay and Royce entered their first Royal Rumble match at number 7 and number 9 and they managed to eliminate Nikki Cross, before they both were eliminated by Lacey Evans.
On February 17, at the Elimination Chamber, The IIconics competed in a tag team Elimination Chamber match for the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, the match was won by Sasha Banks and Bayley. In March, The IIconics started a feud wit
Feud (professional wrestling)
In professional wrestling, a feud is a staged rivalry between multiple wrestlers or groups of wrestlers. They are integrated into ongoing storylines in events which are televised. Feuds may last for months or years or be resolved with implausible speed during the course of a single match. WWE's terminology discouraged the use of the term along with the word "war". Feuds are the result of the friction, created between faces and heels. Common causes of feuds are a purported slight or insult, although they can be based on many other things, including conflicting moral codes or simple professional one-upmanship such as the pursuit of a championship; some of the more popular feuds with audiences involve pitting former allies tag team partners, against each other. Depending on how popular and entertaining the feud may be, it is common practice for a feud to continue on for weeks building toward a match in a supercard. One of the longest feuds of all time was the feud between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat, estimated by Flair to comprise more than 2,000 matches, though he admits that most of those matches were "confined to those in the arena."Traditionally, most promoters wanted to "protect the business" by having wrestlers act in character in public, thus further convince the live audience that the feuding wrestlers did hate each other and looked to outdo each other.
During the days when wrestling territories were more regionally based, some feuds lasted for years, if the feuding wrestlers were shown to be friends, or were associating as friends in public, it would break the illusion of their feud, undo all the work to promote it up to that point. Glossary of professional wrestling terms Work Shoot Kayfabe Angle
Robert Anthony Fish is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he competes on the NXT brand, he a member and co-founder of The Undisputed Era and is a former NXT Tag Team Champion with O'Reilly. Fish is best known for his appearances with Ring of Honor from 2013 to 2017, where he wrestled as one-half of the tag team reDRagon and held the ROH World Tag Team Championship three times and the ROH World Television Championship once, he is known for his appearances in Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah and for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship twice. Bobby Fish made his pro wrestling debut in 2002 after training with Harley Race, he competed for several years in the Northeast under the names Jerk Jackson and Madden Fisher before settling on the name he continues to use, Bobby Fish. He made his debut for Ring of Honor on October 2, 2004 where he teamed with Scott Cardinal and lost to the Rebel's Army, he would be utilized as a jobber for ROH for the entirety of his early appearance.
Fish wrestled for Pro Wrestling Unplugged for the majority of his early career making his debut in February 2005. He formed a partnership with Scott Cardinal, whom he had wrestled many times on the Northeast indie scene. On May 20, he and Cardinal defeated three other teams to win the vacant PWU Tag Team Championship before vacating them in September. After returning from his first tour with Noah, Fish returned to the Northeastern independent circuit and continues to compete there when he returns from Noah tours. Fish wrestled for New England Championship Wrestling between his early tours of Noah. In April 2007, he defeated DC Dillinger by disqualification in a match for the NECW Undisputed Triple Crown Championship, but failed win the title. Fish took part in Iron 8 2007. Fish returned to ROH at Reborn Again in a loss to Claudio Castagnoli, teamed with Matt Cross at Final Battle 2007 in a loss against the Vulture Squad, appeared in several matches on Ring of Honor Wrestling in 2009. In 2009, he was announced as one of the participants scheduled to wrestle on the first Evolve Wrestling show.
On January 10, 2010, he performed in the opening match at Evolve 1, in which he lost to Kyle O'Reilly via pinfall. Fish first toured Japan in 2006 with Pro Wrestling Noah, making his debut on May 19, 2006 defeating Atsushi Aoki. For a number of years Fish toured with Noah at least once a year, sometimes enjoying several tours a year. In 2010, Fish and Eddie Edwards lost to Ricky Marvin and Taiji Ishimori in the semi final of the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship tournament. Fish participated in 2011s Global League gaining only four points. In 2012, Fish and Edwards participated in NTV G Cup Junior Heavyweight League, once again gaining four points. From April 17 to 24, 2013, Fish and Edwards took part in the 2013 Global Tag League, where they won one of their four matches, failing to advance from their block. In 2012, Fish debuted in Ring of Honor, where he formed a tag team with Kyle O'Reilly named the "reDRagon". On March 2, 2013, reDRagon defeated the Briscoe Brothers for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
They defended the championship against Alabama Attitude that same month, retained it at Best in the World 2013 in June in a three-way match against the C & C Wrestle Factory and S. C. U. M.. They lost the title to Forever Hooligans on July 27, they regained the title from The American Wolves on August 17. Throughout the remainder of 2013, reDRagon defended the championship against teams including the C & C Wrestle Factory, the Forever Hooligans, Jay Lethal and Michael Elgin, Outlaw, Inc.. In 2014, they retained the championship against Adrenaline Rush at the 12th Anniversary Show in February, before losing the title on March 8 to The Young Bucks. Fish and O'Reilly regained the tag team championship from The Young Bucks on May 17, at the ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling co-promoted pay-per-view War of the Worlds, they defended the championship against The Briscoe Brothers on June 7 and against Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian at ROH's first live pay-per-view Best in the World 2014 on June 22.
On November 23, 2014, reDRagon defeated ACH and Matt Sydal, The Addiction and The Briscoes to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship and win the Tag Wars tournament. They followed up their victory with successful defenses against the Time Splitters at Final Battle 2014, The Young Bucks at the ROH 13th Anniversary Show, The Kingdom at Supercard of Honor IX in March 2015. Fish and O'Reilly lost the tag team title to The Addiction at the Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings on April 4. On May 13, during the second night of War of the Worlds'15, Fish unsuccessfully challenged Jay Briscoe for the ROH World Championship. On December 18, 2015 during Final Battle, Fish unsuccessfully challenged Roderick Strong for the ROH World Television Championship. On May 8, 2016, at Global Wars, Fish defeated Tomohiro Ishii to become the new ROH World Television Champion, he lost the title to Will Ospreay on November 18. Fish was scheduled to compete in a four-way match for the Television title at Final Battle, against champion Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay, Dragon Lee, but was forced to pull out due to a family emergency.
On January 3, 2017, it was reported that Fish had re-signed with ROH. Fish was uns
Sanity (professional wrestling)
Sanity is a professional wrestling stable consisting of Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain and Nikki Cross. They are competing in WWE, where they perform on the SmackDown brand. Young and Wolfe are former NXT Tag Team Champions, having won the titles at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III by defeating The Authors of Pain; the stable originated on October 12, 2016 composed of Young, Wolfe and Sawyer Fulton. After Fulton suffered an injury the following month, he was replaced by Dain on January 18, 2017. On April 17, 2018, as Sanity was called up to SmackDown during the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up, it was revealed that Cross would be staying on NXT as a singles competitor, thus splitting her from the group. Dain revealed during a Q&A. According to original member Sawyer Fulton, Sanity's concept came from Triple H, inspired by the film Smokin' Aces, "long before 2016", it was pitched to Fulton, Solomon Crowe, Marcus Louis, but this incarnation never came to be, as, according to Fulton: "we tried a few things but it did not fit.
Left the company and Marcus was fired, so I was alone again." The concept was brought back after Fulton was randomly paired up with Alexander Wolfe in a match against The Hype Bros at a live event, as the two enjoyed working with each other. After a series of cryptic vignettes teasing the stable, it was announced on October 4, 2016 that "Sanity" would be part of the second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, although the nature of the group and the identity of its members remained anonymous. In the first round of the tournament on the October 12 episode of NXT, the stable made their debut, appearing as four hooded individuals. Wolfe and Fulton were the first to unmask, faced the team of Tye Dillinger and Bobby Roode, winning their first round match after Roode walked out on his partner. After the match, Eric Young and Nikki Cross revealed themselves as the last two members of the stable; the following week on the October 19 episode of NXT, Cross made her in-ring debut against Danielle Kamela.
Wolfe and Fulton went on to defeat T. J. Perkins and Kota Ibushi in the second round of the tournament on November 2, but were eliminated by TM61 in the semi-finals on November 9. Shortly after the tournament, Fulton suffered a torn pect, he was subsequently written off. On November 30, after Sanity teased that Fulton was no longer associated with the group after Young stomped on Fulton's jacket before kicking it out of the ring, Damo was teased as a potential new member of Sanity by attacking No Way Jose but he threw away Fulton's jacket. On January 18, right after Tye Dillinger refused to join Sanity, now using the name Killian Dain joined the group by attacking Dillinger and accepting Fulton's jacket. Fulton never re-appeared on television, was released by WWE on November 3, 2017, he praised Dain as his replacement, calling him "a great person and great fighter."At NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, Young defeated Dillinger, while Cross was unsuccessful in capturing the NXT Women's Championship in a Fatal 4-Way match won by defending champion Asuka.
Dillinger continued his feud with Sanity, gaining new allies with No Way Jose, Roderick Strong, the debuting Ruby Riot. The eight-people feud culminated at NXT TakeOver: Orlando, where Sanity defeated Dillinger, Strong and Kassius Ohno. Sanity's feud with Dillinger ended on the April 19, 2017 episode of NXT, when Dillinger, drafted to SmackDown, had his last NXT match, he defeated Young in a steel cage match. At NXT TakeOver: Chicago, Young suffered his first pinfall defeat to Roderick Strong whilst Nikki Cross once again failed to win the women's title in a triple threat match against Asuka and Riot. After a series of confrontations between Sanity and the NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain throughout July, it was announced on August 2, that Dain and Wolfe would face the champions for the title at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III. At the event, Wolfe started the match, but instead of tagging Dain in, tagged Young making him his partner. Following the celebration, they were attacked by Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly, who formed the new stable The Undisputed Era with Adam Cole the same night.
Dain subsequently defended the titles under the Freebird Rule, but was not recognized as champion. On the September 20 episode of NXT, Sanity helped Drew McIntyre against The Undisputed Era, thus turning the stable face in the process. At NXT TakeOver: WarGames, Young and Dain faced The Undisputed Era and the team of The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong in a WarGames match, the first one in 20 years, but lost when Young was pinned by Cole. On the December 20 episode of NXT, Young and Dain lost the NXT Tag Team Championship to Fish and O'Reilly. At NXT TakeOver: New Orleans on April 7, 2018, Dain unsuccessfully competed in a six-man ladder match to determine the inaugural NXT North American Champion against EC3, Lars Sullivan, Velveteen Dream and eventual winner Adam Cole. On the April 17, 2018 episode of SmackDown Live, a vignette aired to promote Sanity's debut as part of the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up. In the night it was revealed that Cross would be staying on NXT as a singles competitor splitting
Eric Young (wrestler)
Jeremy Fritz is a Canadian professional wrestler and television personality. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Eric Young. Young competed in WWE's developmental territory NXT, where he was a former NXT Tag Team Champion, he is best known for his 12-year tenure working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2004 to 2016, where he was a one-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time X Division Champion, a three-time Legends/Global/Television/King of the Mountain Champion, a four-time world tag team champion, having held the NWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bobby Roode, the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice once with Kaz, once as a member of The Band with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, the only male to co-hold the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, winning the title with female wrestler ODB. He is one of only five men to win TNA's Grand Slam Championship. All together, Young won 11 championships during his career in TNA, is considered a "TNA Original".
After graduating from high school, Young began training with veteran wrestler Waldo Von Erich in Cambridge, Ontario. After training for ten weeks he wrestled his debut match on October 14, 1998 in Benton Harbor, facing his friend "Suicide" Sean Ball, he received supplementary training from Scott D'Amore and Chris Kanyon. After four months, he had wrestled ten matches and was promoted to head trainer. After his training was complete, Young began working on the independent circuit; when wrestling infrequently, Young subsidised his income with a number of other jobs, including working in a pizza parlour, manufacturing brass horse harnesses and sand casting. During his time in the Ontario independent scene, Young owned and operated the Wrestleplex training facility out of Cambridge. Notable wrestlers to come out of the gym include Jake O'Reilly, Ontario mainstay Crazzy Steve and World Wrestling Entertainment signee Shawn Spears. On June 30, 2007, Eric secured the APWF Light Heavyweight Championship defeating former four-time NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion "Luscious" Rocky Reynolds in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
Young appeared on WWE television three times. The first was on an WWE Velocity; the second appearance was on WWE Velocity in which he was announced as "Showtime" Eric Young. He appeared the next day on WWE Sunday Night Heat. In January 2004 Young debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a member of Team Canada, he took part in the World X Cup event, defeating Jerry Lynn, Mr. Águila and Taichi Ishikari in a ladder match. Team Canada were a regular feature on Impact! Throughout mid-2004, feuding with the 3Live Kru. On the October 15, 2004 Impact!, Young and Bobby Roode defeated Christopher Daniels and "Cowboy" James Storm for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. They held the titles until November 7, they regained the titles a month at Turning Point on December 5, defeating B. G. James and Ron Killings. Young and Roode began feuding with America's Most Wanted in early 2005, lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship to America's Most Wanted on January 16 at Final Resolution. Young began teaming with Team Canada member Petey Williams, on April 24, 2005 they unsuccessfully challenged America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship at Lockdown.
After defeating Apolo and Sonny Siaki at Hard Justice on May 15, Williams and Young challenged and lost to new NWA World Tag Team Champions The Naturals at Slammiversary on June 19. Team Canada began feuding with The Naturals and Lance Hoyt, with Young, Roode and A-1 defeating Hoyt and The Naturals at No Surrender on July 17. America's Most Wanted formed a loose alliance with The Naturals against Team Canada, with Young, Williams and A-1 defeating The Naturals and America's Most Wanted at TNA Sacrifice on August 14. After Williams renewed his pursuit of the X Division Championship, Young began teaming with A-1 on a regular basis. At Unbreakable on September 11, Young and A-1 faced America's Most Wanted, Alex Shelley and Johnny Candido and defending champions The Naturals in a four-way tag match. Young was able to pin both Candido and "Wildcat" Chris Harris, but Team Canada lost the match after Chase Stevens managed to pin A-1. At Bound for Glory on October 23, Young, A-1 and Bobby Roode defeated the 3Live Kru.
After the match, their attempt to attack Konnan was foiled by Kip James. That night, Team Canada stopped 3Live Kru from saving Rhino from an attack by Planet Jarrett, helped Jarrett place Rhino in a casket which they had brought to ringside; as Team Canada and Planet Jarrett celebrated together, Team 3D entered the ring and, with the help of the now recovered 3Live Kru, drove Planet Jarrett and Team Canada from the ring. Young, standing atop the casket, was hit with a 3D by Team 3D, he was thrown into the casket in the place of Rhino, who in turn stood atop the casket, celebrating his earlier victory for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship over Jeff Jarrett. As a result of the events of Bound For Glory, Roode and A-1 faced the 3Live Kru in a rematch at Genesis on November 13. Team Canada lost the match after Ron Killings pinned Young; the long-running feud between Team Canada and the 3Live Kru ended at Turning Point on December 11 when Young, Roode and A-1 defeated the Kru and Kip James after Konnan turned on his teammates.
After the debut of TNA on Spike TV in October 2005