Tony Khan Breaks Down How He Signed Sting

Tony Khan hugs Sting on AEW Dynamite

Tony Khan has lifted the lid on how he signed Sting.

On December 2nd, 2020, Sting shocked the wrestling world by walking out on Dynamite: Winter Is Coming. The Icon came to the aid of Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin sparking a relationship between himself and the face-painted star that lasts to this day.

Despite suffering a serious injury while with WWE, the star even returned to action, but has chosen to bring down the curtain on his illustrious career at Revolution.

In a post on social media, while paying tribute to the WWE Hall of Famer, Tony Khan revealed it was Sting who approached him about joining AEW.

Tomorrow night, Sunday, March 3, the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina will be packed for AEW: Revolution, and fans from around the world will be watching live on pay-per-view to witness the well-deserved sendoff for professional wrestling’s most enduring icon: @Sting.

Sting first contacted me about All Elite Wrestling in 2020, expressing interest in a comeback. Seizing the opening, I convinced him to make a surprise return to TNT, 25 years after his first appearance on the network, at AEW Dynamite: Winter Is Coming. Sting in AEW would fit like a glove. The Stinger had kept himself in incredible condition, and for his return to the ring, I recommended a partnership that grew to be a bond far stronger than any wrestling hold.

In our early phone conversations about a comeback, I told Sting that I saw a great deal of him in a tremendous young wrestler named Darby Allin, and I thought that they could be a great team, although I never imagined what close friends they’d become outside the ring as well. Sting’s surprise arrival in AEW kicked off a mentor-protégé relationship with Darby Allin, which led to a tag team street fight at AEW: Revolution 2021 against Team Taz, Ricky Starks and Brian Cage, as Sting stepped in the ring again for the first time in years.

Sting and Darby continued teaming in exciting matches for years to come on TNT and TBS, leaping off of stages, balconies, and ladders with reckless abandon as they accumulated an undefeated record. Finally, they captured the AEW World Tag Team Championship, and they went to bask in the glory of a victory celebration with Sting’s family, only to have the timeless moment stolen in an abominable attack by AEW’s jealous EVPs, Matthew and Nicholas Jackson, going against everything that the company is meant to represent when they desecrated a legend and hurt Sting’s loved ones.

And now, at AEW: Revolution, this Sunday, 3 years after the comeback began, it all comes down to one last grudge match, The Final Showtime: Sting and Darby Allin defending the AEW World Tag Team Championship against Matthew and Nicholas Jackson, the Young Bucks.

Before we all gather on Sunday to witness the culmination of one of the greatest runs in wrestling history, the AEW locker room and Sting’s family wanted to share their favorite memories in tribute to The Icon himself. We cannot thank him enough for everything he’s given us over his nearly 40-year career.

Sting To Headline For The Final Time

There has been a great deal of speculation around Revolution, with many of the rumours centring on which match will drop into the main event slot. Although all of the company’s major titles will be on the line, Sting & Darby Allin vs. The Young Bucks will close the show.

Elsewhere on the card, Samoa Joe will defend the AEW World Title against Swerve Strickland and Hangman Adam Page.