Tony Khan praises the number one contender for the AEW World Championship for his physical presence and his mental wealth.
In a short period of time, Eddie Kingston has gone from an unsigned challenger for Cody Rhodes’ TNT title to the main event of the upcoming Full Gear pay-per-view.
Previously, Tony Khan has said that Eddie Kingston was on a shortlist of challengers that Cody Rhodes wanted to bring into the promotion to defend his new championship against. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Tony complimented Kingston for stepping up to the plate so fast and becoming a strong player in an uncertain time.
“For me, it was a no-brainer for him to come in. The two names I was really excited about when we did the TNT Championship open challenge were Ricky Starks and Eddie Kingston,” Tony reiterated. “Eddie came in, effectively, in a try-out match. He hit a home run, and we wanted him back. FTR and the Young Bucks, who are finally going to have a match this Saturday we’ve been waiting so long to see, they teamed together at Fyter Fest against Butcher and the Blade and the Lucha Brothers. Pac was unavailable for a long period of time because of the border being shut down between the U.S. and the U.K., and I thought it would be great to have Eddie step in and create this new super stable.”
One of the key components of the build to his match tonight against Jon Moxley is Eddie Kingston’s insistence that he did not lose the Casino Battle Royale at Double Or Nothing in May. Tony Khan would reveal that he was the agent for the Battle Royale and felt very strongly about the ending and was not disappointed with the results.
“I was actually the agent on the Casino Battle Royale [at All Out], and I feel really strongly about the ending with Eddie in the ring with Lance Archer. I know those are two heels, but I knew it would be a hot finish. Our crowd is really into Eddie, and he’s built a real following for himself. He’s stepped up and become an integral part of the show, making his presence felt, and he’s such a strong wrestling mind for us, too.”
Fightful will have live play-by-play coverage of Full Gear 2020 beginning Saturday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.