Tony Khan Comments On Sting’s AEW Future
When it comes to the legendary Sting, he is clearly near the end of his career and AEW’s boss Tony Khan recently addressed the Stinger’s status in the company.
The incredible pro wrestling career of Sting has seen him work for many different pro wrestling companies after making a name for himself as a rising star in the NWA, then he became a top guy in WCW for over a decade and would then move to TNA Wrestling.
After a WWE run that led to a few matches that probably should have been booked better, the Stinger signed with AEW in December 2020.
Since joining AEW, the man with the baseball bat and face paint has won every match he has had with a 14-0 record. Every one of those matches has been a tag team match with Darby Allin as his partner in either a two-on-two tag or they were joined by another partner. The Stinger has only wrestled one match in 2023 as we approach the end of the fifth month of the year and that was in March.
At 64 years old, Sting has openly talked about retirement, but there have been no public announcements about when that retirement might be.
During the AEW Double or Nothing media conference call, AEW’s Owner Tony Khan addressed The Stinger’s future in the company.
“I am going to try and keep Sting wrestling and active as long as he wants to do it. He hasn’t really given me a set time. He’s mentioned it at times that he’s not going to wrestle forever. Truth be told, I would like Sting to compete as long as he wants. I really think he adds so much to the company and going forward, as we add more TV shows, more presence on TBS and TNT for AEW, having somebody like Sting in the company, such a great star and a great business asset for the company, but also a great person.”
“We love having him here and I would love for Sting to stay as long as he could. Whenever he does decide that it’s time for his last match, we would definitely want to make it a big event and I think it’s one of, frankly, the biggest moments out there in pro wrestling right now; Sting’s retirement match.”
“I think if you took all the big ideas, and I’m not just talking about in AEW, I’m talking in the entire world of pro wrestling, if you took all the biggest things and biggest ideas and put them on paper, I think you’d be hard pressed to come up with things more interesting than Sting’s retirement match or the kind of things that would get fans all over the world more interested or excited.”
“It’s definitely something that will eventually be a major asset to the company, but in the meantime, Sting himself is a major asset to the company and I don’t want to try and leverage his retirement for short-term gain. Right now, the person we’re getting is so incredibly valuable to the company.”