Sting’s Retirement Announcement Is “Real”

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Sting has finally put an end date on his iconic career.

On AEW Dynamite in Rosenberg, Texas Sting gave the sad but inevitable announcement that his in-ring career is nearing its end. After spending several decades in the wrestling business across the NWA, WCW, TNA, WWE, and now AEW The Stinger revealed that it the final showtime will come at Revolution in 2024.

No date has been announced as of yet for that event but in the last three years Revolution has taken place in the first week of March. Sting made his AEW debut at that event in 2021 when he teamed with Darby Allin to defeat Brian Cage and Ricky Starks in a cinematic Street Fight.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer commented on Sting’s announcement and noted that this retirement is very real after a few previous attempts to walk away from the ring failed:

“This is the real retirement, he’s been talking about this for a long time. He was talking about it last year, he was talking about it at the beginning of this year, that it’s not far off. […] He went to [The Great Muta’s final match in January] and he pretty much said – Muta told him to come back again and he said ‘this is my last one in Japan.’

“Darby [Allin] was telling him to do it again and he didn’t go ‘it’s for sure’ but he kinda indicated that was his last match in Japan. He’d said for a while that it was going to be this year and it’s stretching to the beginning of next year right before his 65th birthday so he went about as long as he could.”

Sting remains undefeated in AEW

Since joining the company the WWE and IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Famer has competed in 20 matches, all of which have been tag team bouts. The Icon has not tasted defeat in Tony Khan’s company and it is likely that his long-time tag team partner Darby Allin will be a part of his final match, whether they team together or finally face off remains to be seen.

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