All Elite Wrestling President Tony Khan sat down with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated ahead of AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam. When asked about New Japan STRONG Openweight Champion Eddie Kingston, Khan spoke about the aura of authenticity that Kingston brings to the product.
“Eddie Kingston has an aura of authenticity,” Tony Khan said. “Nobody questions his loving obsession with pro wrestling, nor his molten temper. As wrestling fans, it’s special for us to see a star who wears his love of wrestling on his sleeve, and something that makes Eddie so special, in my opinion, is that he always matches his unwavering authenticity with unmatched intensity.”
“We can feel his real passion and his real anger when he speaks and anytime he steps into the ring. Eddie’s method is that he’s not acting. He really cares about AEW, NJPW, ROH, and the wrestling fans. It comes from a great place in his heart, and sometimes, when provoked, it can take him to a very dark place, as well.”
Kingston went on to defeat Claudio Castagnoli at AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam to become the new Ring of Honor World Champion.
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