Eddie Kingston worked hard to find his way to AEW, but the moment he appeared on Dynamite, it was like he was finally home. Eddie Kingston never quit working indie wrestling dates either, but his policy about payment has changed a bit since he started getting worldwide exposure with Tony Khan’s company.
It’s unclear how much more money Eddie Kingston commands since his AEW debut. Odds are his asking price went up considerably, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking it all to the bank.
During Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Eddie Kingston opened up a bit about a charitable act he likes to do whenever he works an indie wrestling gig. He said most of the time he will give half of his payday to a local charity.
“I like doing the independents still. Because without the independents, I would’ve went nuts years ago. … A lot of times — well, they already announced it a couple times. I hate it when they do this. I usually will go there and do a show, but I’ll tell them, ‘Take half my money, and give it to a charity that’s local.’ And I tell them not to announce it, just do it. And they announced it anyways.”
Kingston went on to say that doing this is a way of giving back to the indies after so many years grinding it out. He worked hard to achieve this level of fame, but he never forgets where he came from.
Eddie Kingston might portray a hard character on television, but he certainly knows how to give back. Hearing this kind of story also puts him from a new perspective for many who see him every week on AEW programming. This is especially true for those who can catch him working in the indie circuit.
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