Eddie Kingston has been on fire since joining AEW. The company signed him after he cut a frustrated backyard promo at the start of the pandemic. Since then, he’s gone on to have a memorable feud that culminated at Full Gear in a match with CM Punk.

The Mad King recently joined the Swerve City Podcast. There, he talked about his reasons for choosing AEW over WWE. WWE had offered Eddie a job as a trainer.

“I didn’t want to collect the paycheck I didn’t earn, you know what I mean? Because I knew if I was there, if I was there, and I had that resentment of ‘I know I have ten more good years, I know I’m better than what, they’re not giving me a chance, let me go.’ If a football player or amateur wrestler walks in and the machine (WWE) is behind them all the way, and they want me to help him and teach him, I’m not going to. But if I do, if I do, I’m going to be a piece of sh*t. Cause I’m going to be resentful of him.”

Kingston said he resented the fact that WWE thought he wasn’t good enough to wrestle on TV for the company. He said if that was the case, he didn’t want to create stars from them. Instead, he bet on himself.


“You guys are saying I’m done. You guys are saying I’m not good enough to be on your TV. That’s fine, but I’m not going to create stars for you.”

After a long independent career and a brief stop in TNA, Eddie Kingston finally got his big break when he signed with AEW in July of 2020. He reached the semi-finals of the recent AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament. Kingston then began his well-received feud with CM Punk.

What do you think of Eddie Kingston betting on himself and turning down WWE? Let us know in the comments!

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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