All Elite Wrestling released the following Digital Exclusive video featuring newly-crowned ROH World Champion Eddie Kingston discussing his victory and dedicating it to former ROH World Champion Xavier who passed away in 2020.
“I’m in pain, that stage hurts, Claudio hurts every time he hits you. I don’t like him as a human being, but I shook his hand, because let’s be honest, he was a great Ring Of Honor Champion, and I’ve always said he was a great wrestler, I just don’t like him as a person and that’s not going to change, but I can definitely show him that I’ve grown.
I’ve grown up, back in the day I wouldn’t have shook his hand, I would’ve spit in his face and then, I would have gloated, but bro I grew up man, I’ll give him his due and his respect, I’m proud, I’m happy. When I get back to the hotel, I’m not going to be proud and happy, because now I know I’ve got to defend this Championship and this Championship (pointing to ROH World Championship & NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship).
It’s going to be hard, but I like it, without struggle there is no progress, I feel too weird if there is no struggle, but this is dedicated to Xavier, the second-ever Ring Of Honor World Champion, rest in peace bud, thank you foe everything you’ve done for this business, thank you for being good to me in the locker room, but this one’s for you dog, this one’s for you, because people should remember who you are. X marks the spot baby, love you X, rest in peace. I’m good man, I just want to go see my parents.”
Our cameras caught up with NEW @ringofhonor World Champion Eddie Kingston, after his historic victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City #AEWDynamite #AEWGrandSlam pic.twitter.com/Py9KroRlpT
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 21, 2023