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It’s Sting!!! AEW signs Hall of Famer to a Multi-Year Deal
Winter is Coming; All Elite Wrestling’s Winter is Coming is the name they used to promote their December 2nd, 2020 episode of Dynamite. Winter is here, and so is the man they call Sting. Sting shocked the wrestling world when he appeared after the Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin vs. Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks Tag-Team match on Wednesday night. It marks the first time Sting has appeared in a ring, Live on TNT, in nearly 20 years. He wrestled Ric Flair on the last WCW Nitro back on March 26th, 2001.
The last time we saw Sting was on WWE’s Monday Night Raw in February 2019 which they had the Ric Flair Birthday Celebration. WWE brought in a few Hall of Famers for the celebration, but it wasn’t memorable because of everything that went down. That episode featured Roman Reigns returning to the WWE; he was coming back after battling Leukemia. They also started the set-up for the Batista and Triple H Wrestlemania 35 match.
Based on an interview published in September of 2015 on WWE.com, WWE.com writer Greg Adkins asked Sting, “Was this your last match?” which Sting replied, “I hate it when I’m asked that question because the answer truly is a question mark, and the question mark is as bold as it could ever be at this point.” AEW announced last night in a Press-Release that they have signed Sting to a full-time, multi-year deal agreement.
AEW has not announced if Sting will wrestle as of yet; Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling News Observer and Wrestling Observer Radio said the following on his show today when talking to his co-host Brian Alvarez.
“When Sting’s merchandise was removed from the WWE Shop, which occurred months after his contract expired, I thought, ‘why shouldn’t he renew? He must be about to go to AEW. ‘ He has signed a multi-year agreement and will be a regular on the weekly schedule. It won’t be like in WWE, which appeared once a year or something like that. “The idea was to bring in an important star from the old generation of TNT. Whatever you do physically, they will do it very delicately. I mean, there will be physical contact, but I don’t think I will do anything risky.
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Last night during AEW Dynamite, Tony Schiavone announced that Sting would speak on next week’s episode. It’s not straightforward about what he will be doing for the company; some speculation says he could be in a mentor role of sorts for Darby Allin or maybe an authority figure. AEW has done well by not doing any “authority” angles, and that should continue.
Sting, who started his Pro Wrestling career in 1985 with Jerry Jarrett’s Continental Wrestling Association (CWA). His career has been exciting and storied throughout the 35+ years he’s been in the wrestling business. He’s been the favorite of many and, from the stories I have read, he is a well-liked and caring person. The world of Professional Wrestling will always need people like him; well, the world could use people like Sting.
AJ Styles on Sting in a Shoot Interview with RF Video from 2014 said, “Sometimes you don’t want to meet your heroes because you don’t know who you’re going to meet, and everything I expected to meet when I met this hero of mine was exactly what I wanted to see.” “He’s just a really good guy, very polite, not cocky whatsoever.”
Sting brings excitement when he is on television, and he will bring excitement to AEW, and it should not be up for debate. The WWE and Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer are good for TV even if he’s not in the ring. If one was to count the past twenty years, his mysterious persona is up there with WWE’s The Undertaker.
Next week on Dynamite, Sting will hopefully give fans an idea of where things might be going or at least maybe a direction or two.