Sting has explained how stopping the usage of steroids and his strong faith as big reasons why he has been able to wrestle for so long.
It’s amazing to think about the fact that AEW’s Sting started out as a pro wrestler in 1985 and he’s still doing it 37 years later at the age of 63.
Following his All Elite Wrestling debut in December 2020, Sting has wrestled 14 matches in his AEW career with seven matches taking place in 2021 and seven of them this year. Every match that Sting has had in AEW has been a tag team match with Darby Allin as his partner. Some other notable wrestlers have teamed with Sting & Darby in AEW including CM Punk, Miro and The Hardy Brothers – Matt & Jeff.
Sting also has a very impressive record in AEW: 14 wins with zero losses.
What’s incredible about Sting’s run in AEW is that many people believed Sting was unable to wrestle after suffering a neck injury against WWE’s Seth Rollins in 2015. However, some rest and time were good for his body because he’s been able to compete in the AEW ring, much to the delight of the fans.
The Stinger recently spoke to The Ringer about his career while noting that stopping steroid use in 1990 was a big thing for him while also crediting his faith in Jesus Christ.
“I stopped doing steroids in 1990. A lot of the guys just couldn’t stop. They’ve all got new knees, new hips, shoulders reversed. I have still all the same original body parts, thank God, but that’s part of it. Also, my life changed drastically in August of 1998 when I gave myself, my life to Jesus Christ.”
“I attribute, really, most of anything good that comes out of me [to that], and my longevity is one of the things that’s good, I guess that comes from him and no one else. I was addicted to painkillers and drinking and steroids and drugs and a lifestyle for so many years. The human body can only take so much. A lot of the guys, especially in my era, they couldn’t stop.”
As the WWE & TNA Hall of Famer continued, Sting also spoke about how it was important to stay ahead of the game.
“I was on my way to being one of them, so I attribute the longevity to cleaning out the drugs and the alcohol, the overall lifestyle. Everything got cleaned up. Treating others the way you’d like to be treated and trying to take care of myself in the gym and learning how to train differently over the years as your body ages and the business evolves, and just trying to stay ahead of the game.”
Sting’s last match was at Full Gear on November 19th when he teamed with Allin to beat Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal.