Following his Ring of Honor World title win on Wednesday night at AEW Grand Slam in Queens, New York, Eddie Kingston has cancelled all his independent wrestling bookings.

His news post to Twitter:

Due to being NJPW Strong Openweight And ROH Champion I have to come to the hard decision that I will have to stop doing Independents. Dealing with a lower back injury right now that I need to get fixed (and will ) so I can be ready for all NJPW strong shows and all three AEW shows. When my responsibilities as NJPW and ROH champion is over I will hopefully be able to do Independents again. I apologize to all but I just need to focus and my body needs to be ready for those shows.

Matt Farmer, the DEFY promoter, noted that he was as surprised as everyone else, and had Kingston booked for an upcoming show against Rocky Romero — and Kingston was the center of all the advertising for the show as the “Last King.”

Eddie Kingston Last King Defy Wrestling

Eddie Kingston Last King Defy Wrestling

“Yep. Eddie is out. He will not be defending his NJPW Strong Openweight Championship tonight. He’s won’t be at Washington Hall,” wrote Farmer on Twitter. “We just found out like you all did. We’ll figure something out like we always do but we are so sorry that this happened again. Apologies to Rocky, and NJPW too. We tried.”

TOP PHOTO: New ROH World champion Eddie Kingston at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY. Photos by George Tahinos,