Here is the first of many installments of a new feature to the site, Pro Wrestling Spotlight. This week’s spotlight will focus on “The King of Diamonds”, “The Last of a Dying Breed” Eddie Kingston.
Dusty Rhodes. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Jake “The Snake” Roberts. CM Punk. Those are just a few of the names that come to mind when you think of some of the best mic performers in wrestling history. They have the ability to create alter egos in front of the camera at the drop of a dime, some so good you can’t differentiate character from real person. When someone asks me who in wrestling today has the skills to deliver some of the best mic work one name comes to mind instantly: Eddie Kingston. I speak a lot about being a fan of the science of pro wrestling and no one embodies the science behind wrestling more than Kingston.
Definitely smaller in size than the prototypical pro wrestler Kingston is a no nonsense, brash fighter who holds nothing back on the mic as well as in the ring. Standing at 5’11” and weighing in at 228 pounds Eddie Kingston is somewhat of a journey man on the independent scene working for ROH, CZW, IWA Mid South, PWG, and Chikara where he is the current Chikara Grand Champion.
Here’s one of my favorite Eddie Kingston matches, this one against Chris Hero and the loser leaves CZW:
As you can see from these short videos Eddie Kingston’s ring style is more smash mouth, with every move delivered with the intent to incapacitate his opponent. Here is one of my favorite clips of Kingston destroying Tim Donst who at the time only had a hand full of matches on his resumé:
What draws me to Kingston more so than his brash in ring style is his ability to blur the lines between Eddie Kingston the wrestler and Eddie Kingston the person. Am I claiming that Kingston is a maniac who can fly off the handle at any moment? Of course not. But if your only memory of Kingston is his promos and ring work, you might think he’s a little off. That’s what makes him so great! His ability to make you question what you see in front of you. We all as fans hold the infamous Pipe Bomb Promo as one of the greatest promos delivered but what if I told you Eddie Kingston delivers pipe bomb promos every single time a mic is in his hand or a camera was in his face?
Will we ever see Kingston in a WWE ring? In wrestling one of the things you hear most is never say never. Question is, can WWE handle Eddie Kingston? Regardless of where Kingston’s career leads him to, true wrestling fans can look back and say he was definitely one of the baddest, toughest men to ever enter a wrestling ring and a certified genius when handed a microphone.