Sting has addressed his wrestling future while noting that 2023 will likely see him compete in his last wrestling match.
The wrestling career of legendary WWE and TNA Hall of Famer has lasted nearly 40 years since he started in pro wrestling in 1985. Now at 63 years old and after having a successful comeback following a major injury, it appears as though the end of Sting’s wrestling career is upon us.
Since his AEW debut in December 2020, Sting has wrestled 14 matches in his AEW career with seven matches taking place in 2021 and seven of them in 2022. Every match that Sting has had in AEW has been a tag team match with Darby Allin as his partner because he doesn’t feel like wrestling singles matches at this point in his career.
In a fantastic feature article in D Magazine, Sting addressed his incredible longevity in pro wrestling.
“I swore to myself, ‘I’m never going to be one of those guys, and I’m one of those guys 10 times over.”
Sting continued to ponder his place in the wrestling business while furthering his thought about not being like the guys that hang around wrestling too long.
“So many of the guys retire and then they come back, and I thought, ‘I’m not going to be like all the rest of the guys. Just like I said in the beginning, ‘I’m not going to be in this in 45 years.’ And here I am.”
The article about Sting in D Magazine noted that the Stinger’s deal expires this year: “His deal with AEW expires sometime this year; he won’t say exactly when. When it ends, so will his time behind the face paint.”
As for what he has planned for his wrestling goodbye, Sting won’t say exactly, but he wants it to be an incredible experience for wrestling fans.
“Whatever I do, I want wrestling fans to say, ‘That was incredible.’ I don’t want them to walk away going, ‘That was embarrassing.’ I just want it to be a great memory and then to just finally, once and for all, say, ‘Adios.’”
The last time that Sting wrestled in AEW was at Full Gear 2022 in November when he teamed up with Allin to beat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal in a No Disqualification Tag Team match.