TNA wrestling champ, “Showtime” Eric Young keeps himself busier — and in far more interesting ways — than most men his age.
When the former high school valedictorian is not stomping competitors in the ring, he’s busy rocking paddle boats and deep sea vessels, as the man behind the beard on Animal Planet’s “Off the Hook: Extreme Catches.”
Viewers can generally find the dude with the wildly gravelly voice biting into the brains of an octopus or, like in the clip below, doing backflips off the top of 60-foot waterfalls in the rainforest.
Zap2it wanted to know a little more about that makes “Showtime” tick, so we asked him to submit to our Survey Says questions. We bet you wouldn’t have predicted some of these answers.
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?I separated my hip in the middle of a match and had to wrestle for eight minutes in extreme pain.What was the last book you read?“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott. Harrison Ford is starring in the movie version later this year.What’s your spirit animal?I’m a dog for sure. I love them and have two of my own.Do you have any strange phobias?I’m not a fan of snakes although I held one to promote “Monster Week” on Animal Planet. I can never say no to Animal Planet.What is your favorite song to sing in the car?Anything by Johnny Cash.If you had to choose another career, what would you be?Going back to my Canadian roots here … definitely a professional hockey player.Describe one of your most embarrassing moments.One time a bunch of people saw me wearing a tiny speedo on live television. Wait, never mind — that happens all the time and it’s totally awesome.What are your can’t-miss TV shows?“Sons of Anarchy,” “Dexter,” “Homeland,” “Justified,” “Breaking Bad” and “So You Think You Can Dance” (And yes, the last one is real and I love it.)Movies that make you cry?The classics — “Old Yeller” and “Of Mice and Men.”What’s a surprising activity you do in your free time?I love listening to books on tape.What goes in your carry-on bag on the plane?My trusty speedos and extra t-shirts, because I stink between the fishing and wrestling.Who is your celebrity crush?There will only be one — Elizabeth Hurley. Always loved her and always will.
“Off the Hook: Extreme Catches” airs Sunday at 8 p.m. eastern on Animal Planet. Check out TNA Wrestling’s official website for information on E.Y.’s fight schedule.