Eddie Kingston has discussed the passion he has for All Elite Wrestling and says he’ll always speak up for the company because AEW took a chance on him.
Kingston joined AEW in 2020, debuting as one of the contenders to face Cody Rhodes during his TNT Championship open challenges. Since then Kingston has main evented pay-per-views as he challenged old friend Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship. Kingston and Moxley soon made amends after that match and have formed a partnership on-screen, even challenging for the AEW World Tag Team Championship at Double Or Nothing.
“They took a chance on me. This is my team, AEW is my team. Just like you have, well we say soccer here in America, but you have your football team. That’s your team until the day you go in the grave. It’s the same thing. When I am with AEW, this is my team, and no one is better than my team. You will never hear me say that AEW is just OK.”
“No this is my team, boom, that’s it. I’m a typical New Yorker. I’m a Yankee fan, Giants fan, and Knicks fan. But if the Giants go 0 and 16 I’ll go ‘Ahhh they’re OK.’ It’s a loyalty thing. I’ll just say that WWE didn’t want me for years. They wanted me to train their guys, which is fine. But I knew if I would be training their guys then I would be collecting a paycheck that I didn’t earn because my heart wouldn’t be into it. So AEW comes along, takes a chance on me, what makes you think that I’m not going to be loyal to them? What makes you think that I’m not going to defend them, ride for them or talk sh*t about other places.”
Kingston then discussed his love of competition in the wrestling business and says the most fun he had as a fan was when there were 3 major companies in the US competing with one another in the nineties:
“Also I believe in competition. I believe that the most fun I had as a wrestling fan, I don’t wanna say it was during the Attitude Era, it was during WWF/WCW/ECW. Because of all that I found All Japan Pro Wrestling, I found New Japan, I found FMW, Osaka, Michinoku, all of that. Because of that competition, I found all this pro wrestling. During that time period, everyone was talking smack about everybody. Either subliminal or straight up. ECW got me back into wrestling, if it wasn’t for ECW I wouldn’t have got back into wrestling. It was because they were talking sh*t about everybody. Being a street kid that’s what you do, you talk sh*t and then you knuckle up.”
“So that’s why the supposed infamous thing to send the people home happy, I just stood up for my team, that’s it. And I expect everybody else to do that for AEW. I expect guys in WWE to do that for WWE. I expect guys in NWA to do that for NWA. I expect guys in ROH to do that for ROH. It’s all competition, I don’t want anyone to close down, that’s just stupid. If a company closes down then guys just lose their jobs and their families go hungry. I don’t want that, I just want competition. I want everyone to get 2 or 3 million people watching. I want to see us get all the way up to that 7 million watching, let’s just do it together. Forbidden door, we fight each other, let’s just have fun with it.”
Kingston then discussed a subject that has been on many wrestling fan’s lips in 2021 – the forbidden door. With company’s working together and sharing talent, Eddie Kingston thinks it’s a perfect storm for making money:
“Wrestling styles have evolved, and companies have to evolve. Seeing AEW say that the forbidden door is wide open, whoever wants to come can come. You got Kojima against Mox, come on man, whoever would have thought that? This is Kojima, he’s a legend. Former IWGP Triple Crown [and] All Japan Triple Crown champion at the same time. Not a lot of people know that, and I think only 2 or 3 people have ever done that in history. I could be wrong, it could just be him and The Great Muta.”
“But here he comes, the door is wide open. We are getting people from NWA, we have our female talent going over to NWA and kicking ass. Then we have NWA females coming over here, Thunder Rosa is a perfect example of that. I believe that is the evolution of the business. It’s no more OK, we only stay here, or we only stay here. I think the business is evolving where we all have to work together, then we all make money.”
Eddie Kingston finished by discussing the close-knit atmosphere of the AEW locker room, saying he believes many of he and his peers share the struggle of trying to make a living in the wrestling business while one company had the monopoly on the business in the US:
“It’s because we’ve all fought for this. We didn’t have ECW when I broke in, it was just WWF. The only way you were making your money was hustling on the independents, being lucky enough to go over to Europe, or being good enough to go to Japan. I’ll put it to you like this, Mike Johnson put it the best to me. He goes ‘So many of us would have made money in ECW if ECW was around.’ Or at least had a shot, because there were 3 companies. If WCW was still around, a lot of us would have still got that shot.”
“But because of AEW, a lot of us are going to be like me or the EVPs. The whole locker room and the EVPs want AEW to be successful because we have seen the other side of just having one company in America. We’ve seen it and we’ve lived it and we’ve survived it. Now let’s get it going, man. We’ve got the second company, let’s get more and get more people watching.”