Eddie Kingston believes that the wrestling business is, in some ways, going backwards as too many people focus on backstage drama over on-screen action.
On a recent On-Demand livestream, Kingston explained how things have gotten more challenging in recent years for both wrestling fans and wrestlers to entertain in the ring and on-camera.
Kingston believes that the modern landscape has made it difficult for wrestlers to tell effective stories in the ring since so many people have been exposed to so much behind-the-curtain content that whatever happens on-screen comes across as either less interesting or less relevant.
“I think that the business is going backward, in a sense of the fans [knowing] everything already. You know the magic. You know there’s bookers. … It’s all been exposed, you know what I mean? For years now.
Cool. You know everything now. I believe people are done with it. People don’t want to hear us on Twitter, b****ing and moaning [about] what’s going on backstage. People don’t want to know how much fun I had with my opponent that night in the ring. They want to be lost.”
Eddie Kingston compares wrestling backstage to actors breaking immersion during a film
According to Kingston, all the focus on backstage issues is akin to an actor in a gimmick-heavy movie like Captain America putting on a compelling and believable performance, only for the actor to turn to the camera at some point to remind viewers that all the people on-screen are actor and none of what the audience is seeing is real.
“People need an escape. So why the f*** am I gonna take that escape from you?”
Eddie Kingston is set for an incredibly challenging weekend as he defends both his NJPW Strong Openweight Championship and his freshly-won ROH World Championship against NJPW veteran Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream on Sunday October 1st.