Claudio Castagnoli, aka Cesaro, is now a free agent. AEW is a logical place to land him now that he’s not contracted with WWE. Kingston would have it his way. Cesaro joining AEW could help them solve “unfinished business”.
Kingston replied when asked who he’d want to face:
There’s some serious stuff between us. I would love to end it and see if he does the right thing at AEW, but again not my show. I don’t book it. Definitely him. Punk, definitely. At least they’re in AEW, so I may have another chance at them. There’s a lot more history there to explore with me and Punk.
I’ll get with anybody in the ring. I don’t really care. The way I look at it is, you’re not going to pull out a gun, you’re not going to pull out a knife. I’m fine. I’ll be okay. I’ve had things broken before. Broken bones heal. I’ll be alright. Definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, Claudio is number one, and Punk’s definitely number 2. Claudio for sure. I wanna kind of end whatever beef we had.
AEW and WWE come across as two vastly different products on television. According to Kingston, the difference between the two companies and the morale of the locker room is creative freedom. However, he also notes that his loyalty to AEW stems from them their loyalty to him. Kingston said:
There’s a lot of us in AEW who have either A, never went to the big time, or have gone to the big time and didn’t like it. Now we’re part of this company where yeah we have freedom, but we’re also appreciated in a different way. We just appreciate what we have. For instance, me after 20 years on the independents grinding, being able to go to a TV show is something that’s just great.