‘The Mad King’ Eddie Kingston has spoken out about his belief that there is no one better than him in AEW or the entire world of professional wrestling.
After his mother had told him to sign with AEW over WWE, Eddie Kingston made his Jacksonville debut on July 22 and soon made huge waves in the company by collating his own band of misfits in The Lucha Bros, The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny.
He didn’t stop there and soon eyed the AEW World Heavyweight Championship which sat around the waist of Jon Moxley. Showing no fear, Kingston challenged the champion at AEW Full Gear on November 7, and though he came up short gave Moxley the fight of his life.
Now, Kingston has spoken to Busted Open Radio and host Bully Ray about his current role in All Elite Wrestling and his famous promos which have become a staple of the weekly Dynamite showings.
Every since he stepped onto the AEW stage to challenge Cody Rhodes for the AEW TNT Championship, Eddie has be lauded for his unique promo skill which fuses anger, passion and his personal experiences. According to Kingston, the praise he has received in recent weeks has gone to his head:
“It feels good, but the ego in me goes, ‘Yeah, I know I’ve been the best’. When people hear that, they think I’m an egomaniac. You need a little bit of an ego to be in this business. I’m not going to sit here and tell you Jon [Moxley], Kenny [Omega], Hangman [Adam Page] are better than me. No one is better than me – that’s the attitude I have to have. If I’m going to survive and survive as long as I have in wrestling, I have to believe I’m the best.
I have to believe I’m the best promo guy and I’m the best in the ring. The day that I wake up and I believe I can’t kick somebody’s a– is the day I don’t get up. My father taught me that as a young man. Every man bleeds, every man can get beat up. So if I wake up one day and I say to myself, ‘Well I can’t kick nobody’s a–‘, then I’m just not going to get up on my bed.”
Focusing on the personal aspect of his words, Kingston revealed that while other wrestlers may draw their inspiration from what they’ve seen others go through, he delves into everything he suffered as a child and adult to do the very best he possibly can:
“People don’t understand. They think it was a gimmick. I was broke; I was going to sell my house in Orlando and go back to live with my mother in New York at 38 years old. Do you think that feels good? Do you think any woman is going to want to talk to me after that? Absolutely not. I stayed there and I sold my gear. I sold all the 8×10’s and I sold shirts. I never sell shirts. I did anything to stay in wrestling because I love this. Again, I’m going to do this regardless. Whether you are with me or you’re not, I’m going to do this regardless.”
While many wrestlers come from a variety of background, Eddie Kingston had one of the toughest upbringings and lives of any professional performer in the world today. On his struggles and his childhood, he told Bully Ray:
“I saw my father bust his ass in the union his whole life. I’ve seen my father go hungry, but my brother and mom never went hungry. I saw my father do overtime after overtime just to make sure we were good and the family was safe. I come from that background, so if you love something – my dad didn’t love his job. He loved his family, so he did what he had to do.
I love pro wrestling, so I’m going to do what I have to do. If people enjoy it and want to get behind me, cool, that’s great. If they don’t, then move out the way. I don’t have time or energy for people trying to bring me down. People go, ‘Where have you been for the past 18 years?’ I let other people bring me down and I let myself bring me down, so I’m going to keep doing my thing. If you want to join the bandwagon and be an Eddie Kingston stan, awesome, good for you. Welcome. If you don’t, move, move or I move you, because for 18 years, I’ve stopped myself and I wasted my energy and I let other people bring me down. No more. Especially during this pandemic. I need to eat.”
It’s unclear what the future holds for Eddie Kingston in AEW. With Kenny Omega now the new number one contender to the AEW World Heavyweight Championship, Kingston will be forced to find a new must and a fresh goal.
With Darby Allin currently holding the AEW TNT Championship and The Young Bucks the current AEW World Tag Team Championships, he’s certainly going to have his work cut out for him if ‘The Mad King’ wants to sit on a throne made of gold.
Credit for the interview: Busted Open Radio
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.