Eddie Kingston Names MJF And Jungle Boy As The Future Of AEW
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Eddie Kingston is one of the most respected veterans in All Elite Wrestling, so his opinion about the company’s future holds some weight.
In an interview with Chris Mueller of Bleacher Report, Kingston named Jungle Boy and MJF, among others, as some stars who he expects to rise to the forefront of AEW, if not wrestling itself, at some point down the road.
“Everybody knows Jungle Boy is the future of the business,” said Kingston.”[Wheeler] Yuta just came in. I’ve known him for a minute. [Brian] Pillman Jr. of course, and his partner, Griff [Garrison]. A lot of guys in the Dark Order are the future, especially of AEW.
“I don’t like the kid. What’s his name? MJF? He’s an assh–e. He hasn’t messed with me yet. I have known him for a very long time and he knows how I am. I’ll give the devil his due. He is definitely the future of AEW.”
Looking back on the pandemic era, Kingston explained his belief that, overall, many young wrestlers are hungrier than ever because they now know how quickly the business can turn on its head.
“You have a bunch of young, hungry guys there and in all of wrestling,” said Kingston. “Every promotion has a bunch of guys who are ready to go. I think the pandemic made these guys hungrier because they saw that everything can be taken away in a heartbeat. Wrestling is in good hands.”
Kingston expressed his confidence in the future of wrestling, even outside of AEW. He pointed to Curt Stallion, who was recently released by WWE, as a particular example of a bright star. He also named Joshua Bishop, Allysin Kay and other competitors as wrestlers to keep an eye on.
“My man Curt Stallion, who just got let go…when he gets his shot, he will knock it out of the park,” said Kingston. “There are so many good dudes. Joshua Bishop in AIW up in Cleveland. He’s an animal. I don’t want to keep naming people because I know I’m going to leave somebody out and I am going to feel bad. Charli Evans out in Australia, Marti Belle, Allysin Kay, they’re great.”