Eddie Kingston’s temper and mental health issues led to a bad reputation


This week Fight with Freddie iHeart Media’s My Cultra Network podcast, AEW wrestler Eddie Kingston joined Freddie Prinze Jr. to talk about his life in professional wrestling.

Eddie revealed that before he came to All Elite Wrestling his career was up and down and he was his own worst enemy during that time in his life.

“My career before AEW was one step forward, four steps back,” Kingston said. “Because I would shoot myself in the foot because of my temper and my mental health issues where – there was a period in time, I think, in 2007-2008 where, you know, I was on a roll, I was at all these big indies like Ring of Honor, PWG.

“I was struggling every weekend. Three times, four times a week, and then I would get in my head and say I didn’t deserve this. I was just drinking and sitting in the Humms in the missing Junk Tank flights. And then I’d just come back again and everyone would say, ‘we’re so happy, you’re back on track’ and then I’d leave right away.

“Again, either someone is pissing me off in the locker room and I’m screaming and yelling, or a promoter is telling me to do something or a promoter isn’t paying me right and I’m going to the cashier to take money from him. money. You know what I mean? Then you get a bad rap. Also my body. I’m not going to lie to you, I was almost 300 pounds at one point because I just didn’t do any exercise. So my career is just up and down and I’m my own worst enemy.

Eddie Kingston also shared a story about coming to the business, where he and his friends raised the money to hire WWE Hall of Famer Ted Dibiase to train them.

“I got kicked out of my first wrestling school,” Eddie explained. “Me and my ex-partner and a bunch of other friends were so desperate to keep learning, that we put our money together, rented a ring and paid for Ted Dibiase to come and teach us. A robbery, a shitty hotel, all that. And the best advice he ever gave us was: “the fundamentals never change”. You need it no matter what. For us, in the ring, it’s not only the technique that is the basis, it’s also for people to understand what is good, what is bad.

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