Eddie Kingston Dedicates ROH World Title Win To Xavier
Eddie Kingston dedicates his win to former ROH World Champion Xavier
Eddie Kingston is your new Ring of Honor World Champion, with the ‘Mad King’ finally toppling nemesis Claudio Castagnoli for the strap at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam III on September 20.
Kingston got the win with a diving powerbomb - at the suggestion of Toshiaki Kawada - and post-match Kingston dedicated the win to second ever ROH Champion Xavier:
“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 gonna 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 have 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 gonna be proud and happy because now I know I gotta defend this championship and this championship. It’s gonna 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 for 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 wanna go see my parents. We good? New York in this mother," Kingston said.
Xavier passed away in 2020.