A top AEW star has broken down why they never wanted to join WWE.
2023 was without doubt the biggest year of Eddie Kingston’s career. The star got to fulfill his dream of taking part in NJPW’s G1 Climax Tournament and competing at Korakuen Hall, while also capturing the ROH World Championship and the NJPW STRONG Openweight Title before winning the first-ever AEW Continental Classic.
Speaking to Gabby AF, Kingston reflected on his Japanese adventure and explained why his love of puroresu meant he never wanted to join WWE.
“Mox put it the best in the interview,” Kingston said. “He said ‘Watching me in Korakuen Hall was like watching someone have a religious experience, or going to church.’ And that’s what it was for me. Going to Korakuen and Sumo Hall, and hopefully one day Budokan. That’s church to me. That’s what I always wanted to do, that’s where I always wanted to be.
When I broke in, there was only one company [WWE]. And I never wanted to go there anyway.
All I ever wanted to do was be like [Toshiaki] Kawada, Kenta Kobashi, [Mitsuharu] Misawa, [Akira] Taue, [Jun] Akiyama, guys like that. I wanted to be [Keiji] Mutoh, [Masahiro] Chono, [Shinya] Hashimoto, I can go on and on and on.
That was probably the best thing, not just this year, but my life in general, to reach something that you never know that you could reach, and you did it. That’s why I say…if I can do it, honestly, anyone can do anything they want. It doesn’t matter, just do whatever you want.”
Deonna Purrazzo Signs With AEW
On the January 3rd episode of AEW Dynamite, it was announced that Eddie Kingston will make the first defence of his Continental Crown on the first edition of Collision in 2024. On Dynamite, Trent Beretta overcame El Hijo del Vikingo, Brian Cage, and Bryan Keith to become the number one contender.
Elsewhere on Dynamite, Deonna Purrazzo officially joined AEW confronting Mariah May.
H/t to Wrestling Inc