Whilst there are widely varying opinions on the success of cinematic matches, one AEW star feels a particular contest stands out above the others.
It became a necessity for some during the pandemic era to have matches which weren’t shot in a standard wrestling ring. This came to the creation of concepts such as the Boneyard Match, which ended up being The Undertaker’s retirement from competitive action.
However, over in AEW someone was reviving the twilight of their career, as Sting was returning to action having joined the company at the end of 2020.
Fast forward to Revolution 2021, and ‘The Icon’ was in action teaming with Darby Allin to take on Ricky Starks and Brian Cage in a Street Fight, in which the returning man was victorious.
In a discussion with Stephanie Chase, Ricky Starks has now revealed how proud of the match he was, and that he considers it the best cinematic match to take place.
That was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Working with Sting was just mindblowing. I still believe it is the best cinematic match in wrestling, I don’t care what anyone says.
Getting to work side-by-side with Darby… It was good to have the collaboration. [We made] sure that it was the best thing that all of us collective could put out there. My only criticism of that entire match is I just wish there was no commentary over it.
The stock of ‘Absolute’ Ricky Starks has continued to rise sharply in AEW, and he recently picked up a victory over Chris Jericho in the opening match of Revolution 2023.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.