Eddie Kingston has opened up on his reasons for joining AEW rather than signing with WWE.
Speaking to Renee Paquette on her ‘Oral Sessions’ podcast, Kingston revealed that when he was considering offers from both promotions, his mother offered advice that proved to be the deciding factor in which company he would become a part of.
“I talked to Christopher Daniels, they offered me the deal and then I listened to the other side [WWE]. I was weighing options, then my mother was the final nail, she said “You won’t be happy over there, trust me.” Who knows me better than my mother?
The ‘Mad King’ went into more detail about why AEW was a more attractive proposition than WWE, saying that he knows more people there and thinks the organisation has “a lot more heart”.
“The bottom line with the whole thing is , I know more people in AEW, and I know there’s a lot more heart there. Like, people who love the business, who were in it, and didn’t come from somewhere else and then become a wrestler. I think for her [his mother] that’s what she thought. She’s like I’m going to be with people who love it just as much as I do.”
Eddie Kingston joined AEW in July last year. His first match for the company was a losing effort against Cody Rhodes for the TNT Championship. On this week’s ‘New Years Smash’ episode of Dynamite, he will face off against PAC in a match that has been building since PAC returned to AEW late last year. We will have full coverage for the event right here at Inside the Ropes.
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