Eddie Kingston Reveals Why There’s So Much AEW Behind-the-Scenes Drama

Eddie Kingston has been involved in some of AEW’s behind-the-scenes drama. He explained why he thinks there have been so many issues behind the scenes.


AEW has had a lot of behind-the-scenes drama over the past few months, and Eddie Kingston has a theory as to why. The Mad King has had his fair share of trouble behind the curtain. Earlier this summer, he quietly served a suspension after allegedly facing Sammy Guevara after going off the rails during a promo that was actually cut from All Elite Wrestling television. Kingston took to Twitter to admit he was wrong in this particular situation, but it was far from an isolated incident. This isn’t even the most recent example of Guevara getting in on it with another wrestler backstage.

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Speaking on the Repeat Eat Sleep Podcast show, Kingston revealed why he thinks All Elite Wrestling continues to have these kinds of issues. “It is very simple. You have a lot of people out there with egos. Some people think other people don’t deserve to be in AEW. Other people believe they deserve to be in AEW. So when you have a group of guys, men and women, who don’t know how to use their words? [chuckles] Things are going to happen in the back.” (h/t and thanks to Jim Parsons from LeSportster.com for transcription)

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AEW did their best to deal with growing pains

There would always be a honeymoon period for AEW, and then there would always be growing pains afterwards. Tony Khan had his hands full with everything that happened in All Elite Wrestling this summer. To his (and the company’s) credit, they remained fearless. All out and what happened after the media availability of CM Punk’s atomic bomb could have cut all the wind from All Elite Wrestling’s sails. And while it’s certainly far from ideal, Tony Khan and AEW proved that no man or woman is more important than the brand itself.

Over the past few weeks, AEW has shown it can be successful without Punk, Kenny Omega, or The Young Bucks. Their grades didn’t go up without them, but they didn’t take a hit either. The preference would obviously be to have everyone on deck, but it’s been a while since Khan has had access to most of his best players. Adam Cole hasn’t wrestled since forbidden door, while hangman Adam Page was involved in a chilling incident last week that resulted in him being stretched out of Dynamite. Tack on injuries to Thunder Rosa, Ruby Soho and Kris Statlander, and AEW has been left in scramble mode for most of 2022.

This has led to some backstage tension, as performers battle to attract backstage and Khan’s ear. As Eddie Kingston said, there are a lot of egos that need to be handled. The most interesting aspect of his comments is that two camps are seemingly forming behind the scenes of AEW. This kind of cliques can be bad for business. It will be interesting to see if the emerging leadership group of Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and Bryan Danielson can prevent more trouble from happening behind the scenes of AEW.

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Sources: Repeat Eat Sleep Podcast, LeSportster.com

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