Recently signed AEW wrestler Eddie Kingston says he received a call from WWE about working for the company shortly after appearing on Dynamite.
On the latest episode of Talk is Jericho, Kingston revealed that after wrestling Cody for the TNT title on Dynamite he received two calls. One from Christopher Daniels offering him another AEW booking, which he accepted. The other was from “the competition.”
Eddie then said that WWE has been trying to get him to become a coach at the Performance Center “for years,” but he’s always turned them down.
As for why, the veteran indie wrestler explained:
KINGSTON: But my thing was, and I told them, I can’t collect a paycheck if I didn’t earn it. They were like, ‘What do you mean?’ And my thing was, I was gonna go in there, coach, be bitter and angry about coaching, not getting a shot. And these guys who don’t, they love wrestling now cause they’re at the Performance Center, no offense to them …
JERICHO: No. Getting paid.
JERICHO: It’s great when you’re under contract in your first year.
KINGSTON: But when you’re on the road getting paid hot dogs and soda …. But I would’ve been so bitter and angry. I wouldn’t have done a good job. I would have been detrimental to those kids. So I was like, “Naw, I’m good.”
Eddie went on to say that after appearing on Dynamite WWE was now reaching out about “other things besides coaching.” Upon arriving at Daily’s Place for his next AEW gig, Kingston informed management that the competition had called him and that he wasn’t begging for a job, just letting them know.
Christopher Daniels then came back with a contract offer, which Eddie eventually signed.
Kingston’s AEW signing was announced at the end of July.