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Eddie Kingston talks about mental health struggles, trying not to fall into old bad habits at AEW

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Eddie Kingston appeared on "Wrestling With Freddie" this week where he opened up about some mental struggles, his childhood, and training with Ted DiBiase.

Eddie Kingston explaining some his mental struggles he’s encountered:

"My career before AEW was one step forward, four steps back because I would just shoot myself in the foot because of my temper," Eddie said. "It was the mental health issues."

"There was a period of time I think in 2007, 2008, where I was on a roll. I was at all these big Indies like Ring of Honor and PWG. I was wrestling every weekend, three times, four times a week, and then I would just get in my own head saying, 'I don't deserve this'. I'm drinking and I'm sitting in New York in the drunk tank missing flights."

"Then I would just come back again and everyone's like, 'Oh, we're so happy. You're back on track', and then I would go right off. Either someone pisses me off in the locker room and I'm screaming and yelling, or a promoter tells me to do something, or a promoter doesn't pay me right, and I'm going to the cash box to take the money from him," Kingston continued.

"Then you get a bad reputation. I was almost 300 pounds at one point because I just didn't work out. So my career is just, it's up and down. I'm my own worst enemy.”

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”Even at AEW there's moments, there's moments, man, I tell people all the time there's moments where old Eddie, 20 something or 30 something old Eddie is whispering in my ear saying, 'No, go ahead man. Blow it all the way. Blow it all up.'"

Kingston talking about his childhood:

“I grew up in a house that was pretty rough. It was New York. My father and his brothers grew up in New York during the '50s, '60s, and 70s, and it wasn't good. It wasn't nice. I’ve seen some stuff that went down," he said.

"I was like the Christopher Columbus of the grandkids. I saw the tail end of a lot of bad things, and that kind of sticks with you here. It just stuck with me over time. I also learned that no one talks. No one talks about nothing."

"Inside my grandmother's house, my grandmother Mary's house, was madness. It would be just madness in the house, but as soon as we walked outside, they used to call it being like the Kennedys. We would just wave. Everything's great. No one knows nothing. Everything's great. Yeah. My nephew just threw someone through a window. It doesn't matter. Everything's good outside in public."

Kingston recruiting Ted DiBiase to train him:

"You always need the fundamentals. I'll drop a name. He probably would never remember this. But a little story, I got kicked out of my first wrestling school. Surprise. Me and my old partner, Blackjack Marciano, and a bunch of other friends, Jigsaw and a couple other guys, were so desperate to keep learning that we got our money together, we rented a ring, and paid for Ted DiBiase to come and teach us, like a flight, a shi**y hotel, and all this stuff. The best advice he ever gave us was. 'The fundamentals never change. You need them no matter what.' So for us in the ring, it's not just the technique, it's the fundamentals."

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit "Wrestling With Freddie" with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.