‘Absolute’ Ricky Starks has waxed lyrical about The Icon Sting’s AEW debut, saying their tag team street fight has set the bar for cinematic wrestling matches.
Former WCW Champion Sting stunned the wrestling world when he debuted at AEW Winter Is Coming in December to help Cody Rhodes fend off Team Taz. Taz and his comrades did not let this go as they went after Sting and his newest ally Darby Allin at every turn in the ensuing months.
This led to a showdown between Ricky Starks & Brian Cage and Darby Allin & Sting at Revolution in March 2021 in what was Sting’s first match in five and a half years. Rather than take place in the ring, the two teams met in a Street Fight that was filmed in what appeared to be an abandoned factory.
“Well, let’s go ahead and give it a title. It’s a good headline to say – this was the best cinematic match ever. By far, and there’s no one who can argue with me on that it was the best cinematic match that you will ever see and it cannot be topped.”
“It was a crazy experience because we were filming until 4:00 a.m. and it was raining and it was cold and we were in a big abandoned textile factory, basically, and every one of us went hard as hell. We made sure that we combed over every piece of idea, scenes, things like that, that we could have. To have that with Sting and for Sting to put his trust in us, that was very, very cool, like that was a huge honour.”
Sting and Darby Allin walked away from the bout with the victory after Sting dropped Starks with the Scorpion Death Drop.
Since that encounter the seeds of discontent were sown in Team Taz with the group imploding when Hook and Powerhouse Hobbs helped Ricky Starks win the FTW Title from Brian Cage, throwing The Machine out of the group.