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Edward Moore (born December 12, 1981) is an American Professional Wrestler from Yonkers, NY best known for his work in CHIKARA and Ring of Honor as Eddie Kingston. He debuted in 2002 as a member of the second class to graduate from the CHIKARA Wrestle Factory. He was introduced as 1/2 of the tag team the Wildcards with BlackJack Marciano. They feuded with UltraZERO (UltraMantis and Mr. ZERO) before going on to feud with F.I.S.T. (Icarus and Gran Akuma.) The team's run ended when Marciano retired in 2004. In 2005, Kingston started his feud with Chris Hero, which would cross over into CZW and IWA Mid-South. He has gone through a series of face and heel turns during his career. He has also competed for Pro Wrestling Guerilla, WSU (when it was Wrestling Superstars Uncensored) and many other independent promotions. Along with being the CHIKARA Grand Champion, he has also been a 1x CZW World Heavyweight Champion, a 2x CZW World Tag Team Champion (1x w/Joker as BLK-OUT and 1x w/Drake Younger) and a 1x holder of Larry Sweeney's ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Title. In 2020 he signed with All Elite Wrestling.

In 2023, after "leaving" All Elite Wrestling, he's currently competing for the new version of Ring of Honor.

He is in no way connected to Kofi Kingston.

"These Tropes are the Last of a Dying Breed":

  • The Alcoholic: In his promo at Grit and Glory, May 18, 2008, he talks about losing his sobriety and going "on an odyssey to find myself with a bottle of Bacardi."
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • In CHIKARA it was initially Larry Sweeney; with Sweeney's departure from the promotion it became Claudio Castagnoli. He still doesn't like him over a decade later, renewing their blood feud in Ring of Honor.
    • In All Elite Wrestling, it's Chris Jericho, which is remarkable considering the number of friends Eddie has in the AEW locker room can be counted on one hand. He also has no love for CM Punk thanks to heat they had fifteen years ago, back when Eddie was first starting out. Even after their short feud ended, they blatantly make it clear they still hate each other.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kingston was utterly consumed by his hatred of Chris Jericho to the point that, during their "Anarchy in the Arena" match at Double or Nothing 2022, he came to the ring, covered in blood carrying a gasoline can, doused Jericho with the contents and tried to set the man on fire. And he did this while Bryan Danielson, Eddie's teammate (who he doesn't like much), had Jericho in the LeBell Lock!
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With former nemesis Larry Sweeney in the ring during the brawl between Team CHIKARA and Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes at the start of the Torneo Cibernetico match at CHIKARA The Dark Ciberknetico.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He made his singles debut for Pro Wrestling Syndicate at PWS Revelation on June 24, 2007. In his pre-match promo, he said that whoever his opponent was would be "getting put down." Samoa Joe answered. Kingston lost.
  • Blood Knight: Despite describing Chris Hero as everything wrong with the wrestling business, and expressing murderous intentions toward him, Kingston admits to having fun fighting with Hero and looking forward to seeing him again in ROH. For Chikara fans, 2007 to 2010 are noted as his best showing of these tendencies.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Well, like Tommy Dreamer (see below), Yonkers isn't part of New York City, but the rage is there.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Back fist!", "That's a headlock!"
  • The Cameo: Once appeared in Leva Bates's closet with a shotgun, in what explicitly was not one of the "Lucha Family Films" videos.
  • Canon Name: His first name is this in TNA, where he is mainly billed as just Kingston.
  • Cassandra Truth: Spent all of 2009 insisting that Claudio Castagnoli was the bad guy, then was proven right when he turned on Quackenbush as part of the riot that marked the BDK's formation at the end of Three-Fisted Tales.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • In his Loser Leaves CZW match with Chris Hero at CZW Out With The Old, In With The New, April 7, 2007, as Kingston was repeatedly calling Hero a "motherfucker," saying, "I fucking dare you," etc.
    • This got him in a little trouble when ROH was purchased by the very conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, who were a little more serious about language than HD Net was.
  • Combat Commentator: Served as one for CZW, IWA Mid-South and Absolute Intense Wrestling.
  • Companion Cube: Rare Played for Drama example, since he would refer to the CHIKARA Grand Championship, and even the wrestling business itself, as "she" or "her."
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: The start to the 1-4-10 ROH On HD Net was delayed as the crew found Kingston laid out in a hallway of The Arena and was further delayed as Kingston refused help from anyone even though he couldn't even get up. When he finally did he insisted on continuing on with his, match, the first match of the show vs Claudio Castagnoli...didn't go too well.
  • Determinator: A major part of his CHIKARA tecnico gimmick since 2010 was been the fact that he will not give up. Extended to real life as well, as he refuses to take time off to rehab some pretty serious knee injuries as long as he held the Grand Championship.
  • Enemy Mine: Briefly with Chris Hero for the sake of CZW's campaign against Ring of Honor. Once it was over though, they'd both wind up in Ring of Honor, against each other in a fight without honor.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As if he didn't treat everything as incredibly serious already, if he mentions his "beautiful mother's eyes" in his promo, then, as he said in his promo before CHIKARA High Noon, "get ready for a war."
  • The Everyman: A significant part of his appeal is that he walks, talks, and acts just like a normal guy. He doesn't have a ridiculous physique (he famously has a pronounced gut), he came from a poor background and isn't ashamed of it, and he's pissed off at the world. If he's working face he's striking back at the world for the average downtrodden Joe, if heel, he's just striking out at whatever's within reach.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": During the LAX Civil War storyline, he was simply known as King. This is a shorthand to both his character surname Kingston and his various "King" Red Barons such as Mad King or King of New York.
  • Expy/Fanboy: Of/for Tommy Dreamer. At CHIKARA Aniversario Elf, May 23, 2010, Kingston defeated Dreamer by DQ when evil BDK referee Derek Sabato disqualified Dreamer for grabbing his shirt. Then the CHIKARA Campeones de Parejas (Tag Team Champions) Claudio Castagnoli and Ares ran in to save Sabato from Dreamer piledriving him. This led to Dreamer and Kingston fighting together against the BDK. Afterwards, Dreamer acknowledged how Kingston used to come see him wrestle, and Kingston said that Dreamer was his inspiration to get out of Yonkers and become a wrestler. This led to Dreamer and Kingston teaming up, unsuccessfully, against Castagnoli and Ares at Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Show on July 25th. At High Noon on November 13, 2011, Dreamer was in Kingston's corner when he defeated Mike Quackenbush in the finals of the 12 Large: Summit where Kingston became the inaugural CHIKARA Grand Champion.
  • Face Fault: After taking Kamala's corner splash during their match at PWS Firestorm II, December 6, 2008.
  • Fat Bastard: He's in good shape by average standards, but he's hardly ripped and does have a small gut in a world where most people have ripped abs. He regularly gets crap about it.
  • Fingore: Helped Homicide break Kyle O'Reilly's fingers after ambushing him and Bobby Fish.
  • Finishing Move: Backfist to the Future (a.k.a. the Uraken, popularized by Aja Kong), American D (Masato Tanaka's Sliding D), Stretch Plum (innovated by the late Plum Mariko).
  • Friendly Enemy: Subverted, Kingston likes Kevin Steen but warned that if they were to fight he'd beat Steen like he didn't know him. He even tried to invite Steen to join him and Homicide in Outlaw Inc. at one point, but Steen, fresh off dealing with SCUM, declined the offer.
  • Good is Not Nice: Even as a heartfelt face, Kingston is not the friendliest guy on the block. He will resort to petty street crime and gratuitous violence to avenge wrongs just like his good friend Jon Moxley, as The Young Bucks and The Jericho Appreciation Society can attest to, and unlike most faces who will either simply not work with each other or throw water under the bridge if they have an acrimonious past, he openly calls out Ring of Honor old-heads such as CM Punk and Bryan Danielson for their harsh treatment and judgment of him when he was coming up early in his career.
  • Hired Guns: Discussed in October 2015 when Kingston was given the offer of being the first person to ever debut in the main event of a fairly prestigious promotion. He declined the offer, given it was to team with Portia Perez in SHIMMER Women Athletes.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: On the CHIKARA show Three-Fisted Tales on November 22, 2009, he faced the then-tecnico Claudio Castagnoli while a rudo himself. After losing an I Respect You match, he refused to honor the stipulation and insisted he had no respect for Claudio or "his sleazy tag team partner." However at the end of the show Claudio backstabbed the promotion, founded the BDK with his former tag partner Ares and the stable beat down all the tecnicos. As the BDK lined up in the ring in formation and right before Ares instructed Carpenter Ant (Pinkie Sanchez) to unmask, some people in the crowd were chanting, "We want Kingston!," as if he was the only one who could solve this problem.
  • Hypocritical Humor
    • He was on commentary at CHIKARA Running in the Red, November 13, 2005, which opened with an atomicos (8-man tag) match pitting Icarus/UltraMantis Black/Hydra/Dr. Cheung vs. Lancelot (Lance Steel and Lance Steel), Angel de Fuego and the debuting Dragon Dragon.
    Eddie Kingston: "Dragon Dragon, and it's a huge dragon! Ladies and gentlemen, we have had a munk, a skunk, a bear, a lion I believe, a box, a guy named Sabian, and now a Dragon Dragon."
    • It qualifies as this because that same night King and Sabian teamed up to defeat Cheech and Cloudy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The crux of his character is that Eddie is an abrasive brawler with plenty of enemies and is not afraid to express that, but at his core is a strong moral compass and a desire to grow beyond his Dark and Troubled Past into a better person.
  • Jobber: Albeit, a high profile one given he was one of the CZW invaders but Kingston did not win a match in Ring of Honor for three years until he finally defeated Sami Callihan, at which point he finally felt like he belonged in the promotion.
  • Kill It with Fire: The image left in everyone's minds after Anarchy in the Arena was a blood-soaked Eddie stumbling to the ring with a can of gasoline, attempting to destroy Chris Jericho and not particularly caring if Bryan Danielson was also in the way. Mox keeps Eddie from burning anyone alive, but it was dicey for a while there.
  • Last-Name Basis: TNA officially billed him only as Kingston.
  • Loser Leaves Town:
    • As noted above, he worked a "Loser Leaves CZW" match against Chris Hero in 2007.
    • On February 18, 2023, he won a "Loser Leaves NJPW" match against Jay White at Battle in the Valley.
  • Morality Pet: Ruby Soho, made very clear in his promo for his Barbed Wire Everywhere Match against Chris Jericho, where a big motivator was the JAS injuring Ruby's arm to get to Eddie.
    Eddie: Every drop of blood is a sin you have committed, Chris. And that last drop of blood before you pass out? That's for my Ruby.
  • Mythology Gag: His TNA nickname "The Wild Card" is a nod to his former tag team with BlackJack Marciano, which was ended when Marciano was forced into retirement by a knee injury in 2004.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: He and Homicide disguised themselves as clowns celebrating reDRagon's regaining of the ROH tag team title belts in order to ambush them. This became part of their regular outfit afterward.
  • Not So Similar: At Ring Of Honor's 10th Anniversary, he was initially flattered when Kevin Steen said they were cut out of the same cloth and offered to form a tag team with him, up until Steen talked about destroying the whole business, starting with Ring Of Honor and Chikara. Kingston would ultimately get a decisive victory against Kevin Steen while defending Chikara's grand title the next year, at a Chikara event no less.
  • Power Trio:
    • The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen with Giant Tiger and Sexxxy Eddy.
    • The Death Crew Council with James Storm and Bram.
  • Red Baron: The Boricua Badass, The King of Diamonds, The Last of a Dying Breed, The War King, The Mad King, The Wild Card, The King of New York.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The rage-and-pain fueled Red to Mike Quackenbush's blue.
  • The Rival: Hallowicked, when King was attempting to prove that he, not Hallowicked, was the best student from their graduating class from the CHIKARA Wrestle Factory.
  • Rudo Tecnico Revolving Door: Started in CHIKARA as a Rudo, became a Tecnico in 2005, went back to being a Rudo in 2007, turned Tecnico in early 2010 to fight the Bruderschaft de Kreuzes, and started gradually turning rudo some time in late 2012, going full rudo while Chikara was closed from May 2013-May 2014.
  • Shout-Out
  • Strictly Formula: His AEW debut match against Cody for the TNT Championship and his longer feud against Jon Moxley for the World Championship both follow very similar stories. Eddie Kingston, a man with a Dark and Troubled Past and desperate for a big title win to prove his success as a wrestler, challenges someone who he sees as a milquetoast babyface undeserving of their belt. This culminates in a hardcore match (a no DQ match for Cody, an "I Quit" match for Moxley) where the face resorts to brutal measures that forces Eddie to submit, leaving him distraught that his title challenge was for nothing. The Moxley feud being similar to the Cody match is likely a consequence of it being thrown together as a replacement for a Lance Archer vs. Moxley feud which had to be scrapped after Lance contracted COVID-19. In this case, Tropes Are Tools, as the much slower pace of the Moxley feud gave a lot of time to better explore character motivations and psychology that couldn't be fully explored during the length of a single match (it would win "Feud of the Year" in The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards for 2020).
  • Squash Match: He flattened Sal Rinauro on the September 7, 2009 episode of ROH on HDNet in a mere 10 seconds.
  • Suddenly Shouting: A characteristic of his promos.
  • Tag Team
    • The Wildcards, with Black Jack Marciano
    • Toxic Trio, with Marciano and Jigsaw
    • The Roughnecks, with Brodie Lee and Grizzly Redwood
    • Un4given, with B-Boy
    • (in ROH): Outlaw Inc., with Homicide.
    • The Street Kings, with Monsta Mack
    • With Jon Moxley and Ortiz at various points in AEW
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Claudio Castagnoli, an old enemy, in AEW. If Eddie wanted to fight the JAS at Blood and Guts, he had to put up with Claudio on the team (as Bryan Danielson was hurt).
  • Token Evil Teammate: His Tecnico turn in 2010 had more to do with wanting to fight Claudio Castagnoli and the BDK than actually being a tecnico. He did eventually turn tecnico for real, though. He also ended up affiliated with the tecnicos by default in the 2005 Cibernetico.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: And frequently on his pants as well - he's half-Irish half-Puerto Rican and his outfits often feature the Puerto Rican flag.
  • White Mask of Doom: Wore one as part of the DCC, usually when they were in suits.
  • Worked Shoot: Eddie once said that if he's talking about other people, he's working — if he's talking about himself, then he's shooting. For example, his feud with CM Punk was based on legitimate heat between Punk and himself from fifteen years ago, as indicated by several reports. However, Punk mentioned in an earlier interview that Eddie was one of the people who helped hyped him up for his debut, indicating that while they were working the audience by pretending the heat was still legitimate onscreen, in reality it was all water under the bridge for them.
  • Would Hit a Girl: CHIKARA promoted intergender wrestling, and Eddie did not pull his punches against female wrestlers. During the Team CHIKARA vs BDK Torneo Cibernetico he eliminated Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze back to back with Backfists to the Future. He'd also defeat Amazing Kong on a Chikara show.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: At CHIKARA The Mint Condition, February 27, 2012, he cut a promo on Tursas where he said that Tursas was in trouble because he was angry and he's at his "most deadliest" when he's angry.