Eddie Kingston declares himself a “true” World Champion.
Since winning the Ring of Honor World Championship, Kingston has been open about his desire to represent the title to the fullest. He takes his role as champion seriously and hasn’t ducked any number of challenges coming his way.
Kingston’s World Title win only added to his already exhausting schedule which finds him also in possession of the NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship.
Speaking after his latest win over ROH star Dalton Castle, Kingston told Lexi Nair he was fed up with other champions coasting while he and Orange Cassidy put in the work. The schedules of World Champions such as MJF and Roman Reigns have been huge talking points in recent weeks.
Although he regularly features on AEW television, AEW World Champion MJF has only defended the title ten times in the last year, while in WWE, Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns has only wrestled 11 times in 2023.
“I am legit tired. I’m not just tired from defending this championship, I’m not just tired from defending the NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship. I’m tired because I see certain World Champions not on shows, only doing one show, getting eight or nine segments, taking up the show; when you’re a World Champion, you’re supposed to take whatever company you’re with and you become the tide. You’re no longer one of the boats. You are the tide that raises all ships,” he said.
“I’m tired that people like me, Orange Cassidy, even MOX, are the tide. Then, we have other world champions who are just selfish, greedy— I want to curse, that’s why I’m holding the rosaries, but I won’t. All I have to say to the Ring of Honor fans and all pro wrestling fans: I am a World Champion that is true. No one else. Remember that.”
When Did Eddie Kingston Become ROH World Champion?
The Mad King finally became a World Champion at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam in September when he defeated long-time rival Claudio Castagnoli. Shortly after winning the gold, Eddie Kingston revealed he’d signed a new AEW Contract.
H/t to Fightful