One of the people who benefitted the most from Cody’s open challenge on AEW Dynamite was Eddie Kingston. On July 16, Kingston made his AEW debut, challenging Cody for the TNT Championship. While he was unsuccessful, he did earn himself a contract.
Now, he has revealed that WWE tried to sign him after his Dynamite debut. Kingston recently appeared on Talk is Jericho where he discussed how WWE wanted him to be a coach at the Performance Center years earlier, but came to him with a contract after his match with Cody. Here is the quote, courtesy of Cultaholic:
“Christopher Daniels… he calls me up. He goes, ‘Hey man, we want to bring you back.’ I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ Again, just a booking, at the time I’m thinking. I come in, I get a call from the competition. To be honest to them, they were trying to get me to coach for years. But my thing was and I told them, ‘I can’t collect a paycheck if I didn’t earn it.’
And they were like, ‘What do you mean?’ My thing was I was gonna go in there, coach, be bitter and angry about coaching, not getting a shot. And these guys, they love wrestling now because they’re at the Performance Center, no offence to them… I would have been so bitter and angry I wouldn’t have done a good job and I would have been detrimental to those kids. So, I was like, ‘No, I’m good.’ So anyway, now they were talking about other things besides coaching.
And, yeah, I had to weigh my options and I came here and I told a couple of people, ‘Hey, look, competition hit me up. Just letting you know. I’m not begging for a job. Just letting you know’… I just said that to them and next thing you know Christopher Daniels just goes, ‘Hey, here’s the contract.’ I said, ‘Excuse me?’ He says, ‘Here’s the contract.'”
Kingston would end up signing with AEW and has since gone on to form his own faction. Just a few weeks ago he gave a pep talk to The Butcher, The Blade, and the Lucha Bros. and created his own group. Now, the lot of them will be appearing in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out.
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