Monday, July 18, 2011

Know Your Indie Wrestlers: Eddie Kingston

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The Last of a Dying Breed

Who: Eddie Kingston
Also Known As: The War King, the King of Diamonds, Last of a Dying Breed, God's Middle Child
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Hometown: Yonkers, NY

Promotions: Chikara, CZW, JAPW, AIW, ROH (alumnus), PWG (alumnus), IWA-MS (alumnus)

Affiliations: He's a lone wolf, and I think that's the way he likes it.

Signature Moves:
Backfist to the Future

Backdrop Driver

Sliding D



CZW World Champion
CZW World Tag Team Champion (2x, 1 with Joker, 1 with Drake Younger)
IWA-MS Heavyweight Champion
IWA-MS Tag Team Champion (with Blackjack Marciano)
2010 Chikara Cibernetico Champion
JAPW Jersey State Champion


Promo from Grit and Glory

Before his match against El Generico

Promoing on Lince Dorado

Pre-match vs. Drake Younger

Promo with Tommy Dreamer

All About Eddie Kingston:

His Matches - Eddie Kingston is the definition of an American strong-style brawler. His matches are very hard-hitting, full of big strikes, suplexes. They're sights to behold. He's a roughneck, and his matches are very much blue collar in feeling.

That being said, even if he is very much a workman's worker, he's still a big match player. He knows how to enhance the atmosphere and turn even an unannounced match in the midcard into one of the best matches on the show. He doesn't need to be in the main event to have his working shoes on, and to me, that's the sign of an elite wrestler.

His Character - Kingston is streetwise, tough as nails and a man whose pride carries his character. It's a very versatile character, one that plays well as a good guy or a bad guy, although really, it's been playing well in Chikara as the top hero there. Despite the fact that he can project a very menacing demeanor, he plays well as an underdog, as proven time and time again during the BDK angle.

I think a big reason why his character resonates is because he's a great promo. Seriously, he hits it out of the park anytime he's got a microphone in hand. Again, it's because he's such a genuine character. He feels real.

Why You Should Know Him - Kingston is arguably Chikara's biggest star. I'd say if you could bet on indie wrestling, you'd get even money odds on the War King taking the 12 Large Summit. While he's not in ROH, PWG or other big name feds, he's a known name on the East Coast, and although Southern California is catching up, this coast, especially in the feds where Kingston is prominent, is still the most important area for indie wrestling.

Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein - Please visit his site to view the plentiful amounts of pictures he's taken for DGUSA, ROH and other indie feds: Get Lost Photography

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