Eddie Kingston commented earlier on his alleged backstage heat with Sammy Guevara – and now ‘The Spanish God’ has told his side.
Rumours of heat circulating backstage in AEW broke overnight between Eddie Kingston and Sammy Guevara. The two have been on opposing sides of the ring through the Blackpool Combat Club vs. Jericho Appreciation Society saga, which included participating in the second Blood & Guts match.
The heat was addressed by Eddie Kingston himself, however, Sammy Guevara has provided a thorough breakdown to Fightful Select of what, exactly, happened. The three-time AEW TNT Champion defended his actions as coming from Sammy Guevara the character, rather than Sammy Guevara the person:
“As a professional, you communicate things that you don’t want to be said (like other people I’ve been in programs with and have worked with Matt Hardy, [Chris] Jericho and others) and I did communicate of what I didn’t want to be said in this angle and Eddie didn’t. But Eddie did not do the same and Eddie did not mention to me or the coaches or TK or anyone in AEW what he didn’t want said.
So after Tay’s [Melo] and my match with Sky Blue and Dante [Martin], I cut a promo on Eddie insulting Eddie and the fans as a heel. Which I know the thing everyone loves to do is hate me & Tay so I’m the perfect person to play this a**hole character for Eddie to ultimately beat at All Out. I see what people say online about Eddie and his appearance. (Which anyone who legitimately shames Eddie for how he looks can go to hell, it’s the same people who shame me for being too small)
So Sammy Guevara the character, I could be the physical person playing that person that Eddie can shut up at All Out. But Eddie did not do the professional thing and communicate to me, which, if he did, I never would have said it cause the last thing I want to do is hurt someone for real.”
Sammy Guevara continued, explaining what happened once the situation was brought backstage:
“So after the promo, I get to the back and Eddie is flipping out yelling, ‘YOU CANT CALL ME FAT’ over and over as I’m trying to walk down the stairs in gorilla making a big scene. People get in between us, Eddie tries to pie face me and he more like touches my face, it was weird. And everyone backs everyone up.
It was unfortunate cause this promo was on a taped show and easily could have been edited (which they ended up doing anyways). I know this isn’t Eddie’s first time being aggressive and getting out of control backstage. I know he had to do some kind of anger management after this whole thing. This whole thing was very unnecessary but it Is what it is, Live & learn I guess, onto the next we go.”
The initial report stated that Sammy’s comments had led to Eddie Kingston swinging for him, though further Fightful Select reports have clarified this as being more of a shove than a punch, as referenced by Guevara in his comments.
It’s believed that the two were set for a singles match at All Out that likely would have been the feud-ender. Eddie Kingston remains absent from AEW programming amid rumours of a brief suspension and it’s currently unclear whether he’ll return to the company in time for the pay-per-view, whether he faces Guevara or not.