Renee Paquette hosted AEW star Eddie Kingston on the “Oral Sessions” podcast. Kingston spoke about his life, pro wrestling, AEW, WWE, mom and more.
Here are some highlights:
Eddie Kingston opened up about his WWE tryout: “It was at PC, Jimmy Jacobs put me in touch with. He said, “Want a try? I said, ‘Yeah, sure, let’s go.’ For me this test was more for the Mae Young Classic because it was the bigger class they had for women. I was like, okay, I get it. It was for women, so I went in and had fun. They had someone videotaped and they said, “King, tell them how hard this exercise is?” I said, ‘It was hard. People shot me and tried to stab me with knives and God I hate this exercise more than that. They put the camera down and everyone looked at me like I was crazy because I said guns and knives. I remember doing the promotional class and I said, “Where I’m from, they believe in Tupac more than Santa Claus. I saw two writers have this confused look on their face when I said it. I went, oh yeah, I’m done. Just let me go get my match and I’ll go.
Eddie Kingston has opened up about rumors he has retired at some point: “I’ll tell you the story of retirement. I saw something on the other side that bothered me so much that I was drinking a lot of whiskey that night. I saw something on TV that chapped me a bit like you can tell. I could be a violent person, so I would break things in my house after a few drinks. I said I never wanted to feel this way again so I think it’s time for me to go if something crazy doesn’t happen. Something crazy has happened. My brother had a child and my brother said, “How can I tell my son not to stop anything when his uncle did? He told me when I was leaving and I gave him my finger the entire time I was leaving. That’s why I stayed.
Kingston was asked what else he wanted to accomplish in wrestling: “Tanahashi is number one. Stone Cold Steve Austin is my favorite American wrestler. So, for me, Tanahashi is Stone Cold Steve Austin from New Japan. He saved this business. I want to step into an All Japan Pro Wrestling ring because I loved All Japan Pro Wrestling in the 90s with the Four Pillars, Misawa, Taue, Kawada, and my all time favorite, Kenta Kobashi. But I need this. It’s not even an urge. I need me against Jun Akiyama. It would be the ceiling of everything.
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