Tony Khan has stated that Sting remains as motivated as ever despite his career nearing its end.
The Icon began his in-ring journey back in 1985 and remains a popular figure among fans to this day. His legend began in the UWF and Jim Crockett Promotions before being cemented in late-1990s WCW. Following the closure of WCW the star enjoyed a lengthy stint in TNA (IMPACT Wrestling) before joining WWE in 2014. However, his WWE run is seen by many as something of an anti-climax and was brought to an end by a serious neck injury.
Tony Khan Refuses To Reveal Exactly When Sting Will Retire
Despite this, the legend signed with AEW in December 2020 and has continued to wrestle. Although all good things must come to an end. The star recently revealed that his contract with AEW ends at some point in 2023 and he won’t be signing another, at least as an in-ring performer.
Speaking during an appearance on the In The Kliq podcast, AEW boss Tony Khan discussed Sting’s looking retirement. Khan stated that despite Sting knowing his time in the ring was coming to an end, his motivation remains as high as ever.
“I talk to Sting a lot. He is somebody who has been such a huge boost to AEW since he arrived. Sting debuted a little over two years ago at the first Winter is Coming event in AEW,” said Khan. “I catch up with him pretty frequently on a regular basis. I have to say, Sting’s motivation for pro wrestling is as high as it’s ever been.
He loves what he’s doing. I do think he’s starting to think about what retirement will look like, but he’s also not slowing down at all in the present. So, I’m not ready to say exactly when Sting is going to hang it up, but I do know every time we get to see Sting go out there in AEW, it’s very special.”
It has been announced that Sting will be back in action in Japan on January 22nd when he teams with Darby Allin and the Great Muta as the Japanese legend brings down the curtain on his own stunning career.
H/t to Fightful