Whether Eddie Kingston defeats AEW World champion Jon Moxley at Full Gear or not, his boss certainly believes in him.
AEW President Tony Khan appeared on Busted Open with Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer to promote Saturday night's Full Gear pay-per-view. In promoting the event, Khan spoke very highly of Moxley's challenger, and admits he's been a fan.
"I always have liked Eddie. I think anybody that has followed independent wrestling loves Eddie Kingston," Khan said. "For the most part, I think anybody who loves independent wrestling certainly followed Eddie closely and he's got a huge international fanbase. To me, Eddie would be a great champion and Mox has been a great champion. The personal history between the two guys is so strong. I think it's going to be a great match."
Kingston initially debuted for AEW as part of Cody Rhodes' TNT title open challenge. That performance (both his pre-match promo and the bout itself) earned Kingston plenty of raves, as well as an AEW contract about a week later.
"When Cody and I were doing the TNT Open Challenge and planning it out, he came in with a list of people he'd like to wrestle and there were a lot of people on the list," Khan reveals. "The two names that really stand out to me were Ricky Starks and Eddie Kingston.
"It was bringing in outside people for the TNT Open Challenge where who else we could have, but haven't brought in? That's when Cody and I sat down and looked at people he could wrestle. Eddie was definitely one of my top two people."
AEW Full Gear takes place Saturday night at 8 PM EST, at Daily's Place in Jacksonville, FL.
(Credit to Wrestling Inc for transcription)