AEW Superstar and former number one contender to the AEW World Heavyweight Championship, Eddie Kingston, has revealed who had the final say in him signing with AEW.
Earlier this year, Kingston gave an interview to Chris Van Vliet in which he cited that he wasn’t sure whether WWE or AEW would be right for him. His main worry seemed to be that he would arrive with a bang and then leave with a whimper after being used sporadically.
However, Kingston soon had a change of heart and made his AEW debut on July 22 to much fanfare. What changed his mind has been a source of mystery until now.
In an interview with WrestleZone prior to AEW Full Gear, ‘The Mad King’ revealed the deciding factor that swayed him to sign on the dotted line:
“My mom. When WWE and AEW were showing interest, my mom was the one that was like, ‘Look, you won’t be happy at WWE. Go to AEW.’ And I was like, ‘Alright, mom.’ That’s it. I guess that’s the momma’s boy in me, I guess you could say. Nobody knows you better than your mother and once she said that to me, it was done, that’s a wrap.”
It appears that AEW fans have Momma Kingston to thank for the signing and the historic moments the warrior has created with the brand thus far.
Eddie Kingston’s mother isn’t his only inspiration, however, as he explained during the rest of the interview:
“People can call it an art and I believe that certain guys can call it an art, but it’s only certain guys. When they start calling pro wrestling an art, they’re just bastardizing the word. Certain people can say that but to me, every man is an artist, whether he paints, whether he cooks, writes stories, whatever. Every man is an artist. My art just happens to be professional wrestling, and the things that inspire me are wrestlers, Homicide is number one. Kenta Kobashi, Terry Funk, [Toshiaki] Kawada, [Mitsuharu] Misawa. Jun Akiyama, The Great Muta, Shinji Hashimoto, Masahiro Chono. I can go on for days and days and days about the guys that inspire me. Tupac [Shakur] inspires me, Sun Tzu inspires me. I get inspiration from everywhere but in all honesty, the thing that inspires me right now is my niece and nephew.”
Very much a family man, Eddie Kingston will no doubt be glad that he listened to his mother and chose to sign with AEW.
Not only has he been gifted his own stable that currently consists of The Bunny, The Butcher, The Blade and The Lucha Brothers – Pac is a possibility too to go with his Death Triangle allies – but Kingston main evented AEW Full Gear with Jon Moxley for the AEW World Heavyweight Championship.
Credit for the interview and transcription: WrestleZone