Ricky Starks Opens Up About His “Insane” Rise In AEW

Ricky Starks

Ricky Starks has talked of his surprise at being showcased in such a high-profile position in All Elite Wrestling, and what it means to him to work with Taz and Sting.

Starks was speaking to the Wrestling Perspective podcast, wherein discussing his career he revealed that he never envisioned his current position on joining AEW.

Ricky Starks explained:

“I wouldn’t have called this at the start of this year, even if you would’ve given me a million dollars. This is something that, obviously I’m prepared for, but it’s not something that I had in mind when I was preparing. I went from being in NWA and doing the studio setting to going to wrestling Cody Rhodes for the TNT Title with nobody, with no fans in attendance, to somehow earning my way to a job, and now here we are, a week away basically, from a huge street fight match on AEW Revolution.”

“It’s insane, man.”

The former NWA Television Champion also talked about working with two icons of the wrestling business in Taz and Sting. Shortly after joining AEW, Starks would team up with Brian Cage as part of Team Taz. The team would be joined by Powerhouse Hobbs and Taz’s son Hook in the months following. Team Taz has been at odds with Sting since The Icon shocked the world when he debuted for AEW. Sting has stood by the side of long-time Taz foe, Darby Allin.

Starks discusses how it feels to now be a peer of the two legends:

“My brother and I used to watch Taz all the time, [he’s] such a badass. Especially when ECW came on TNN, and we’d wait up on Fridays for it. It’s pretty insane to think about especially when you’re back there and he’s giving you tips on your match, your promo, stuff like that, the business side of things too. I don’t necessarily look at it from the viewpoint of when I was younger, I’d be like, ‘Yo, this is crazy.’ I somehow have normalized it.

“I see Sting, I’ve normalized it. It’s bad in a way because I do want to feel that old – that young me, but it’s been great. It’s been so beneficial to me as a performer, as a businessman. I really wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Ricky Starks will team with Brian Cage to face Darby Allin and Sting at AEW Revolution on Sunday, March 7th, 2021. The match will be Sting’s first in over five years.

Credit: Wrestling Perspective podcast

h/t Wrestlezone for the transcription