AEW Continental Classic winner Eddie Kingston has paid tribute to Jon Moxley and said the tournament boosted his confidence.
Kingston was interviewed backstage after his tournament final win over Moxley at Saturday’s AEW Worlds End pay-per-view.
In a video released on Sunday, Kingston said holding three belts was “surreal”. He now holds the ROH World Championship, the NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship, and the new AEW Continental Championship.
When asked whether the Continental Classic had changed him, he responded:
Yeah, it gave me this weird thing that I didn’t know I had, which was confidence [laughs]. It really did. You know, I just go out there and I fight, man. Whether I win or lose, I just fight. I don’t think about nothing. But I never think I’m gonna lose. But it’s kinda like, if I lose, whatever, as long as I put on a good fight and I’m defiant to the end, you know? But after that “bum” sign from Bryan and embracing it, becoming King of the Bums and Prince of the Gutters, I just, I have so much confidence now that I don’t think it’s gonna take someone really special to take these three championships from me.
Speaking about his fellow finalist, he said:
I think the best part of this whole thing was, I was in there with Mox, the brother that I chose…When I say my brother, me and Mox are cut from the same cloth, so beating my brother Mox is just really like, “Who can beat me?” That’s how I feel right now.
If you would have told me about this three years ago…before I came to AEW, I would have told you you’re an asshole.
On the three titles he currently holds, he commented:
Being the New Japan STRONG Openweight Champion, and what those letters mean to me, means a lot. Ring of Honor World Champion, like my mentor Homicide. And now being the first ever Continental Crown Champion — having three titles like my heroes before me.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 31, 2023