The finals are set for the Continental Classic tournament with two good friends facing off at the AEW Worlds End pay-per-view.
Following a tournament that saw 12 wrestlers compete in five matches each and two semifinal matches, the Continental Classic finals are finally set.
In the first Continental Classic match on AEW Dynamite in Orlando, Jon Moxley beat Jay White and Swerve Strickland in the Gold League Final. Moxley got the win when he hit White with the Death Rider DDT while Swerve was unable to make the save.
It was Eddie Kingston and Bryan Danielson in the Continental Classic Blue League Final. The two veteran wrestlers had a very physical match. Bryan nearly won a few times, but it was Kingston who got the clean win with a spinning back fist and a Powerbomb into a pin.
That means that Moxley will face Kingston in the Continental Classic finals. The winner will become a Triple Crown Champion holding the new AEW Continental Title, ROH World Title and NJPW Strong Openweight Title. Kinston put those ROH & NJPW titles in the tournament, so now he gets a chance to keep those titles while adding another one.
Moxley and Kingston have been close friends for many years, but they’ve also done battle in AEW when Moxley was the World Champion and he beat Kingston to keep his title.
Jon Moxley And Eddie Kingston Exchanged Words Going Into Continental Classic Final
After the Kingston-Danielson Continental Classic match, Jon Moxley got into the ring to talk to his buddy Eddie Kingston about their match.
“Eddie, all I’ve ever asked of you, every time I stuck my neck out for you, all I’ve ever asked is for you to give 100%. And for a guy who thinks the whole world is against him, you’ve got a lot of people who love you. Listen to this building, man. Everybody here in Orlando loves Eddie Kingston. AEW fans across the country and the world love Eddie Kingston.”
“Every person in the building on Saturday at Worlds End in New York City is going to love Eddie Kingston. And they don’t care whether you win or lose. But they deserve your very best. They deserve your maximum effort. Problem is, I know you better than you know yourself. I know you can’t beat me, and you know you can’t beat me. So, for my money, you’ve already lost. You’ve already given up. You’re already making excuses, but that’s not going to fly this time.”
“A couple years ago I gave you the shot of your lifetime and I let you off the hook. This time you’re not going to get one single favor. You want to be a Triple Crown Champion just like all your heroes? You’re going to have to earn every inch.”
Eddie Kingston responded with confidence as usual.
“You talked enough. Let me tell you something. Don’t come out here and treat me like your young boy Yuta. Because I ain’t no young boy. Remember something: I broke in before you. You’re lucky I let you breathe. But I’m going to tell you something. You’re right. I’m one of the most down people. I hate myself more than I hate anybody else.”
“But on Saturday the king of the bums is going to push you. You told me once when I wanted to quit AEW, you said, ‘You are not allowed to quit because we need people like you around to shape the younger guys. So, is that what you want, Jon? I’m going to give you everything I have. You better show your fighting spirit because I’m going to show you mine and I’m going to bust you up and enjoy it.”
Who wins this showdown between Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley in the Continental Classic finals? Find out by watching AEW World’s End on pay-per-view on December 30, 2023.