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Eddie Kingston wants to wrestle Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jun Akiyama: “I need this” | Wrestling News

Renee Paquette welcomed AEW star Eddie Kingston to the “Oral Sessions” podcast. Kingston talked about his life, getting into pro wrestling, AEW, WWE, his mother, and much more.

Here are some highlights:

Eddie Kingston talked about his WWE tryout:  “This was at the PC, Jimmy Jacobs hooked me up with it.  He said, ‘You want a tryout?’  I said, ‘Yes, sure, let’s go.’  To me, that tryout was more for the Mae Young Classic because it was the biggest class they had for females. I was like, alright, I get it.  This was for females so I went in and had fun.  They had someone filming and they asked, ‘King, tell them how hard this drill is?’  I said, ‘It was hard.  I’ve had people shoot at me and try to stab me with knives and God, I hate this drill more than that.’  They put the camera down and everyone looked at me like I was nuts because I said guns and knives.  I remember I was doing the promo class and I said, ‘Where I come from, they believe in Tupac more than Santa Claus.’  I saw two writers have this confused look on their face when I said it.  I went, oh yea, I’m done.  Let me just go have my match and I’ll leave.”

Eddie Kingston talked about rumors of him retiring at one point:  “I’ll tell you the retirement story.  I saw something on the other side that bothered me so much that I was drinking a lot of whiskey that night.  I saw something on the TV that chapped my a*s a little bit as you can say.  I could be a violent person, so I was breaking things in my house after a couple drinks.  I said I never wanted to feel like that again so I think it’s time for me to go if something crazy doesn’t happen.  Something crazy did happen.  My brother had a kid and my brother said, ‘How can I tell my son not to quit on anything when his uncle did?’  He said it to me when I was leaving and I was giving him the finger the whole time I was leaving.  That’s why I stayed.”

Kingston was asked what else he wants to accomplish in wrestling:  “Tanahashi is number one.  Stone Cold Steve Austin is my favorite American wrestler.  So, to me, Tanahashi is Stone Cold Steve Austin of New Japan.  He saved that company.  I want to step into an All Japan Pro Wrestling ring because I loved All Japan Pro Wrestling in the ‘90s with the four pillars, Misawa, Taue, Kawada, and my personal favorite of all time, Kenta Kobashi.  But I need this.  It’s not even a want.  I need me vs Jun Akiyama. That would be the cap on everything.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “Oral Sessions with Renée Paquette “ with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.

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