WWE Hall of Famer Sting has discussed how he finds being part of AEW and explains exactly the two things that led him to become All Elite.
Sting has done it all in the wrestling business. A headliner in Jim Crockett Promotions, the bleach blonde colourfully-face painted star reinvented himself in the mid-nineties in WCW embracing his darker side and taking his popularity to even greater heights.
A six-time WCW World Champion, The Stinger competed on the last episode of Monday Nitro, before continuing his career in TNA. While there he became a four-time TNA World Champion before bringing the curtain down on that portion of his career.
At Survivor Series 2014, with The Authority’s future on the line, Sting made his presence felt for the very first time in WWE. This ultimately led to Sting facing Triple H at WrestleMania 31 with The Game coming out on top. At Night of Champions later in 2015, The Icon’s in-ring career looked to come to an end when he suffered a neck injury in his WWE Title match against champion, Seth Rollins.
The Stinger had other plans than walking away from the wrestling business however and at AEW Winter is Coming in December 2020, he made his debut in All Elite Wrestling, forming an immediate partnership with Darby Allin.
Speaking to The Schmo, Sting explained what brought him to AEW and says he’s grateful the newer generation of stars are respectful of their elders:
“Of course, this is wrestling, it’s going to be reminiscent of those old days for sure, but it is completely different and new, a whole new generation of wrestlers. I could be dad to more than half the guys here, maybe even granddad. I’m grateful that they have the level of respect that they have for their elders and somebody like me who is trying to come back and play in the game a little while longer.”
“Love of (the) game and a phone call. You have to have love of (the) game, of course, but Tony Khan called me and asked me if I wanted to come back and play for a little while longer and I said, ‘Alright, let me try this out,’ and here I am.”
Sting remains undefeated in AEW as his Dudes With Attitude team that included Allin, as well as New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Shingo Takagi, defeated The Young Bucks and El Phantasmo at Forbidden Door.