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Eddie Kingston Says He Sees Malakai Black Doing ‘Big Things’, Talks About Dealing With Suicide

September 28, 2022 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with Bleacher Report, Eddie Kingston spoke about the future of Malakai Black and how he sees ‘big things’ in the career of the AEW wrestler. He also spoke about suicide prevention month and what it means to him after he recently did a video to promote awareness. Here are highlights:

On how suicide has personally impacted him: “I’ve lost a couple of friends to it. Myself, I didn’t attempt it. But I was extremely close to that breaking point, as I like to call it. It feels like the word ‘suicide’ has been around all my life, you know? It seems like it’s always been there. I don’t remember a day where that word wasn’t around.”

On how it feels to be in that place: “When I got to that point, you kind of just think maybe you hurt one person. Or maybe you hurt nobody when you get to that dark place, you think nobody cares. But at the end of the day, one person cares. That, at least, I know for a fact one person will care. And then once that person gets affected by what happened, another person will get affected, and another person will get affected, and another, and so on and so forth. Because it’s not just you that you’re hurting at the end of the day, it’s your friends and your family. Whether you think they are or not, they are there. And that’s what I want people to understand is that you may feel alone, but there’s always one person who will be hurt and will be affected by it. And all it takes is one person to be affected by losing you and then the next thing you know, they may get depressed, and they may get down now. And then they may do it to their significant other, and so on and so forth. So there’s always a ripple effect.”

On how his friendship with Ruby Soho started: “Oh, man. Wow, it’s a while ago. I just remember when she first started out wrestling, I knew her trainer, Billy Roc. So knowing that I knew her trainer, and how much of a good person her trainer was, I decided to look out for anybody who is one of his students. And, you know, I do that for certain people. Like, for instance, another example is Pepper Parks. If I see that he has a student or he says, ‘Hey, King, this kid’s my student.’ I’ll look out for them. And then I give them advice and stuff. So, that’s how it all really started. I knew she was one of Roc’s kids, as I put it, and I just wanted to look out for giving her advice. And then as time went on, we started talking deeper about things. And then we just started, you know, clicking and understanding each other. It was very weird how the friendship grew so quickly, but she got me right away. I definitely pushed her away in the beginning, you know what I mean? And then the same thing with a lot of people who had my back who are part of my support system, I’ve tried to push them all away. And they’ve all been the ones who stayed to have my back. And I’m very lucky and blessed that they decided to stick with me. They stayed for the whole ride.”

On the future of Malakai Black: “Well, first of all, I do see him doing big things. I’ve known Malakai for about 15 years, maybe more. I don’t know. Yeah, I first met him when I was doing tours out in Germany. He’s going to be a star when he’s ready and when he wants to. And I wish him nothing but the best and I wish him all the happiness in the world, him and his wife [Zelina Vega of WWE], because I know them as people. I don’t know them as just performers or whatever, or pro wrestlers, but as a human being I know him and he’s gonna be OK. And I know that and he has a good support system around him.”

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