The legendary Sting announced his plans for wrestling retirement on AEW Dynamite.
Going into the October 18th edition of AEW Dynamite outside of Houston, the company was promoting some sort of promo from Sting. There was a lot of speculation that it was possibly going to be a retirement and that speculation was correct.
The Stinger started off teasing something about “that word” before he eventually mentioned it. Before that, he thanked some legends that meant a lot to him.
“Shall I say the word? Before I say the word, I want to reflect a little bit with all of you. That word makes me think about all the years traveling down the road with guys like Lex Luger, Rick and Scott Steiner, Buff Bagwell. I traveled up and down the road with these guys and we’d look at the generation ahead of us, guys like Dusty Rhodes. Dusty Rhodes being the most charismatic human being I’ve ever seen in my whole life.
“Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan transcended wrestling and I did learn something from the guy. But one of the guys I really want to give a lot to is the ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. Thank you for all of the moments. I remember the Clash of the Champions 1988, the very first title match that I had with you, and you put me on the map. What a moment that was.”
It should be noted that Hogan’s name was booed heavily by the crowd while others were not. Sting also mentioned beating Flair at the 1990 Great American Bash, which was Sting’s first World Title win.
As he continued, Sting spoke about how he and his peers used to wonder what kept wrestling going year after year, yet here he is still going strong. Sting said it was the camaraderie with the boys, performing in arenas and it was because of the fans. Sting said it was the “roar of the fans” that kept them (the wrestlers) coming back for more.
Sting believes this retirement is for sure
In 2015, Sting thought his wrestling career was over after a serious spinal injury while wrestling in WWE. Somehow, he was able to overcome that and wrestled his first match for AEW at Revolution 2021, which was a tag team match that saw the Stinger & Darby Allin beat Brian Cage & Ricky Starks.
Sting has gone on to have a 20-0 record in AEW with every match being a tag team match and every match teaming with Darby Allin in either 2-on-2 tags or tags with more partners.
As he continued with his promo on Dynamite, Sting addressed his 2015 retirement saying that it didn’t sit right with him.
“So, getting back to that word. That word. It makes me, before I quite get there. I know what some of you are thinking. ‘He retired once already.’ I gotta tell you, that retirement in 2015 just didn’t sit right with me. Which brings me now to the word ‘retirement’ again.”
“I want to address it live and in color on Dynamite. I started my very first match with AEW was Revolution 2021. And my very last match will be Revolution 2024. One more key thing that you all need to know. The only thing for sure about Sting is my retirement, Revolution 2024 is for sure.”
Sting is 64 years old and will turn 65 on March 20th. Revolution usually takes place in early March, but it could change next year with AEW planning to do monthly PPVs. If it does then he could be having that match after his 65th birthday. Prior to working for AEW, Sting was inducted into the WWE and TNA/Impact Hall of Fame.
As the crowd on Dynamite chanted throughout the promo: “Thank You, Sting.”
AEW has yet to announce the date of the Revolution pay-per-view or the location. When they do, it will likely be a hot ticket since it will be Sting’s retirement match.