Eddie Kingston is glad Will Ospreay & Kazuchika Okada are in AEW, says they motivate him to be better

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Kingston finds motivation from the new roster additions. 

At AEW Worlds End, Eddie Kingston won the first-ever Continental Classic tournament to become the first holder of the Continental Crown (AEW Continental, ROH World & NJPW STRONG Openweight Titles). 

Kingston’s reign as AEW Continental Champion came to an end when he was defeated by Kazuchika Okada

The additions of Okada along with Will Ospreay to the AEW roster motivates Kingston to elevate himself. He remembers telling Ospreay that he’s glad he joined AEW because Ospreay motivates him. Kingston said the following to Adrian Hernandez

I told Will Ospreay, ‘You motivate me.’ That’s right. I said, ‘Thank God you’re here.’ Guys like him and (Kazuchika) Okada motivate me. Because now I gotta be better than I was the other day because there’s new competition. The goal is still the same is to be the Worlds Champion. I’m the Ring of Honor World Champion, I was the Continental Crown Champion, I’m the New Japan STRONG Openweight Champion but the goal is to always be the — I hate it when they say ‘AEW World Champion’ because it’s not just AEW, it’s the World Championship, and with the competition coming in, I gotta step up or get out the way, and not complain about it either, you know what I mean? It just is what it is. I can control me. So I gotta step up, so I love it. Bring more people in. I don’t care. As long as they’re better than me and it makes me step my game up, I’m all about it. Don’t bring in any clowns that are just gonna be there to play wrestler. I want guys who are gonna go in there and fight me, because I’ll be in there with Will, I’ll get in there again with Okada. So, I like it. Competition is what makes the business thrive. You need competition. If you don’t have competition then you can do whatever you want and a lot of things you do are gonna be sh*tty because you have no one to fight up against.

Kingston is still in possession of the STRONG and ROH World Titles. 

On the ROH front, he’ll be headlining Supercard of Honor and defending the championship against Mark Briscoe. As for NJPW, Kingston is scheduled for Windy City Riot on April 12th but he’ll be in an eight-man Riot Rules match. 

If the quote in this article is used, please credit Adrian Hernandez with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription.

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