Eddie Kingston has opened up on the circumstances around him signing with AEW and why it was a “perfect fit” for him.
Kingston first appeared on AEW Dynamite on July 22nd, 2020, when he faced Cody in a No Disqualification match for the TNT Championship. The ‘Mad King’ was unsuccessful in capturing the title, but a week later it was announced that he had put pen to paper with the company.
In an interview with Inside The Ropes’ own Kenny McIntosh, Kingston revealed that he approached the match with Cody as “just another booking” with no thoughts of being offered a long-term contract with AEW.
“I approached it as another booking, that’s it. That’s the way I approach anything new. I come from the independents, so, you know, nothing is guaranteed. You just do that show, and if they want to book you again, awesome, hopefully they do. Hopefully, they either a) stay open, whatever company you are in, b) pay you after the show, so you can say OK I’ll come back, and c) at least get you a flight there and home. So it’s always up in the air.
“So when I went into the match with Cody I just took it as another booking. I didn’t come in there to get another job. I knew where I was at, but I didn’t go in there mentally thinking I gotta do it, I’ve gotta get this job. No, I said I’m gonna go out there, I’m gonna bring the fight to Cody. I’m gonna hit him, I’m gonna suplex him, and that’s it. Then I’m gonna go home, pay my mortgage for the month and not worry about it until the next month. That was the way I looked at it.”
When it was put to him that AEW was a great fit for him, the ‘Last of a Dying Breed’ agreed. He went on to explain that as well as there being a lot of wrestlers there that he knew from the independent scene, he also saw AEW as having the same “underdog spirit” as he has.
“Yeah, it felt like a great fit because I know all the guys there. I’ve been on the road with a lot of these guys here. I say suffering but we ran the independents together, a lot of us, you know. So they have all known me for a lot of years. Also, the outlaw spirit and the underdog spirit is at AEW. And to me, that’s the way that I have always been, so it was a perfect fit.”
Kingston said the other reason he signed with the company was that his mother told him to, and she knows him better than anyone.
“Plus my mother told me to come here, so that’s it. I tell everyone that the reason why my mum has such a big impact on me, especially at the time where there was WWE or AEW, is that who knows me better than my mother? Nobody, no one will ever know me better than my mother. So when she said, and it was already a done deal in my mind, I just didn’t put pen to paper. When she told me that day, I just went home and signed it and sent it through a photocopier or whatever they do now with the phones and stuff. That was it, it was over, that’s a wrap.”
Eddie Kingston will face Miro for the TNT Championship at AEW All Out live on pay per view on September 5th.
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