Of all of the new signings AEW has made during the pandemic era, perhaps the one that has reaped the most rewards the most quickly is that of veteran journeyman Eddie Kingston.
The former Impact Wrestling and NWA man is set to headline the promotion’s upcoming pay-per-view Full Gear this coming Saturday against AEW Champion Jon Moxley, a match that was built up with an all-time classic verbal exchange on Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite.
However, it could have been a completely different story for Kingston. Like many wrestlers around the world he was badly affected by the COVID pandemic and was forced to sell his photos, boots and wrestling gear to pay his mortgage.
The situation got so bleak for Kingston that he seriously contemplated quitting wrestling, selling his house in Florida and moving back in with his parents in New York.
Speaking with New York Post, Kingston says he was only a month away from having to make that difficult decision, which would have meant swapping wrestling for a regular day job so he could afford to get an apartment back in New York.
A promo that Kingston cut on an indie show in early July is what ultimately saved him.
After calling out the likes of Cody, NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis and Zack Sabre Jr., Kingston received a call from AEW to wrestle Cody on the July 16 episode of Dynamite – a match that many consider to be one of the best outings on the show this year.
A few days later, Kingston was driving with his girlfriend when the call came through from AEW offering him a contract. Unable to contain his emotions, Kingston broke down in the car:
“I just started crying in the car. I didn’t understand why I was crying and my girlfriend was just like, ‘Let it go, let it out, because you reached your goal. You did it’. I was like, damn. I was gonna be broke and homeless and back living with my parents. It hit me then. I just started bawling in the car and apologising for crying. The whole New York tough guy thing – I can’t let anyone see me cry.”
Make sure to join us at ITRWrestling.com on Saturday for live coverage of Jon Moxley vs. Eddie Kingston at AEW Full Gear.