AEW Star Suspended Over Backstage Altercation (Update)

AEW handed Eddie Kingston a suspension several weeks ago after a physical altercation took place between himself and Sammy Guevara in Minneapolis earlier this month. The issue stemmed from comments Guevara made about Kingston's appearance during a promo, prompting "The Mad King" to confront him once Guevara returned backstage. Kingston's suspension has reportedly already ended and he is expected to be back on AEW programming next week.

"You know the truth. I wouldn't lie. I was wrong for being unprofessional. That is the blind fact. He did what he did and the public can judge that but I know for a fact I was wrong," Kingston said in a statement to PWInsider this week.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer discussed it further on Wrestling Observer Radio. Prior to the suspension, Kingston had called Guevara out to a match at All Out to try and get revenge for how Guevara interfered in his Barbed Wire Deathmatch with Chris Jericho earlier this summer. 

"I don't know if Eddie Kingston and Sammy is on the pay-per-view. It hasn't been mentioned. They haven't been mentioned. Sammy was not suspended. There's been no hint of where Sammy fits on the show, obviously they had announced Sammy and Eddie for the pay-per-view and have not followed up on it," Meltzer said (h/t WrestleTalk). "It was scheduled for the pay-per-view, but I don't know that it's on the pay-per-view (anymore). I don't know what's going on, and I don't know that anyone knows what's going on."

Below is what the All Out card currently looks like. By next week we'll likely learn what Jon Moxley will be doing at the pay-per-view as the Undisputed AEW World Champion and will have confirmation over which teams are in the finals of the AEW World Trios Championship tournament.

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  • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament Finals
  • AEW Interim Women's World Championship: Toni Storm vs. Dr. Britt Baker vs. Jamie Hayter vs. Hikaru Shida
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: Swerve in Our Glory vs. The Acclaimed
  • Wardlow & FTR vs. Jay Lethal & The Motor City Machine Guns
  • Casino Ladder Match
  • Chris Jericho vs. Bryan Danielson
  • Chris Cage vs. Jungle Boy
  • Ricky Starks vs. Powerhouse Hobbs

Update: More details about the situation have since been made public via Fightful Select. Per Sean Ross Sapp, Kingston's frustration with Guevara stemmed from the former TNT Champion not clearing the content of the unaired promo he cut about Kingston to help further their All Out program.

"After that, we're told that Kingston had yelled at Sammy Guevara, who smiled at him. Kingston responded by pie facing Guevara. Sammy ended up being incredibly unhappy with this and Kingston was suspended for two weeks," Sapp wrote. "We were able to reach out to Eddie Kingston, who wouldn't confirm the recounting of events, but said 'I was wrong. That is all.'