Sting Recalls Initial Thoughts When He Signed With AEW

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Sting has looked back on his run with AEW by revealing what his thoughts were when he signed with the company.

As Sting looks ahead to his final pro wrestling match at AEW Revolution, it’s interesting to look back on his journey in the company. When he debuted in AEW in December 2020, it was after his WWE contract was done and five years after his last match in WWE that led to most people thinking he would never wrestle again.

Over the next three-plus years, the 64-year-old Stinger not only has wrestled at a high level in All Elite Wrestling, but he also has an impressive win-loss record of 28-0 in the company. Every one of those matches has seen the WWE & TNA Hall of Famer team with Darby Allin.

On the February 7th edition of AEW Dynamite, Sting & Allin got their first Tag Team Title match in AEW and of course they won that match to become the champions. At AEW Revolution, Sting & Allin will defend those titles against The Young Bucks.

While talking to ESPN, Sting explained what he thought when he first signed with AEW back in 2020.

“I signed a multiyear deal originally just thinking, ‘We’ll see what happens and see how it is and what the atmosphere is like,’ and every step of the way the guys just had just so much love and respect and a willingness to want to play [ball]. And I am just blown away and just grateful as all get out for that, because otherwise none of this would’ve happened. I mean, it’s just impossible.”

Why Does Sting Feel Like It’s The Right Time To Retire?

After spending nearly 40 years in the pro wrestling business working for major promotions like the NWA, WCW, TNA, WWE and now AEW, The Stinger feels like it’s the right time to put an end to his career as an active wrestler.

“I’ve had my run, I’ve had my time, and it’s just time for me to bow out. It’s just time. It makes perfect sense. And gosh, I was given an opportunity through [AEW owner and promoter] Tony Khan to not just bow out or just disappear like I had other times in the past, where you disappeared with your tail between your legs, so to speak.”

“This time, I was given an opportunity and Tony was willing to kind of let me go out under my own terms.”

You can watch the Stinger go out on his own terms this Sunday, March 3rd at AEW Revolution in Greensboro, North Carolina in front of a sold out crowd.