‘Mad King’ Eddie Kingston made his AEW debut answering Cody Rhodes‘ TNT Championship Open Challenge. Although he came up short, his impressive performance on the show made AEW sign him the very next week. AEW’s rival WWE too had their eyes on Kingston!
The ‘Mad King’ joined Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions Podcast this week. He talked about an array of topics, including why he signed with AEW over WWE and his WWE tryout. Kingston immediately said, “I thought it was fine, it was whatever. I was just me. Jimmy Jacobs hooked me up with it.
Renee also asked Eddie if his tryout was like the usual where several wrestlers stood at ringside or was it in the WWE PC in Orlando.
“I was just me because that tryout to me was really for the Mae Young Classic because it was the biggest class they had for females. I was like, ‘Alright, I get it, this is for the females, I’m just gonna go in and have fun’.”
Eddie Kingston also talked about how he made WWE writers uncomfortable after cutting a rather unusual promo as per WWE’s standards and television.
“They had someone filming there, and Drake Younger grabbed me out of nowhere. He was like, ‘King, tell them how hard this drill is.’
“It was some dumb drill; I was like, ‘Yeah, it was hard and I’ve had people shoot at me, try to stab me with knives, and god I hate this drill more than that.’ Everyone’s looking at me like I’m 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 and I saw two writers just have this diffused look on their face when I said it and I went, ‘Oh yeah, I’m done. Let me just go have my match and I’ll leave’.”
Eddie Kingston did not sign with WWE and ended up with AEW. He reveals the deciding factor for him to sign with AEW was his mother. With the way things are going for the ‘Mad King’ in AEW, we can say he did the right thing.