Eddie Kingston On The Pressure Of Competing At AEW All Out: I Feel The Kind Of Pressure That Makes Diamonds
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Ahead of his AEW TNT Championship match with Miro on Sunday night, Kingston spoke with Kenny McIntosh of Inside The Ropes and noted that there’s plenty of pressure, given the excitement surrounding the show. But Kingston emphasized that he’s ready to step up and deliver when the lights are on bright.
“Well I feel pressured, but in a good way,” said Kingston. “When I say good pressure, I mean the pressure that makes diamonds. Because we have so many great professional wrestlers here, you gotta step your game up. Especially if you are on a pay per view, there is not a lot of slots for guys to get on. So when you do get on, you have to show and prove.”
Kingston then described how this mindset echoes the thought process he shared with The Butcher and The Blade when they were teaming up together. He called it the drive to “force the hand” in order to keep yourself in a prominent spot. Kingston then stated that, when it comes to his match with Miro, he plans to beat the champion, plain and simple, because the only way he can think going into the bout.
“Me, Butcher and Blade used to have the same code, ‘force in the hand,” said Kingston. “It means when we go out there on TV or pay per view, Rampage or Dynamite, we go out there and we do everything we can to force the hand by doing our jobs better than anybody else can. That’s how you force the hand and keep yourself on TV and on pay per view and all that.
“So if I go into this pay per view with Miro, either a) I don’t win, or b) I don’t put on a great fight, then why would people want to see me anymore? Why would Tony Khan put me on the show if I can’t perform or fight or win? I like that pressure, so I’m going into this thinking I’m going to bust Miro up and win. That’s it, there is no other way here for me to think.”