One of the more shocking moments on yesterday’s (Feb. 17) episode of Dynamite occurred when Brian Cage powerbombed Sting. The Icon is 62 years old and has been out of the ring for the last five years due to a powerbomb variation that didn’t go well for him against Seth Rollins at Night of Champions 2015. Naturally, plenty of fans are wondering what risk level Sting and AEW are willing to tolerate during his comeback to the ring in 2021.
On the Dynamite post-show, Tony Schiavone fielded multiple comments about Sting’s powerbomb spot.
First up was a question about why AEW is okay with Sting taking a powerbomb. Here is Tony’s response:
“Because he obviously wants to. And he obviously thinks it’s good for business. And by the way...as scary as that may be, and I know what you’re getting at, he’s okay. So there you go.”
Next up was Tim, who enjoyed the spot:
“Tim was glad to see Sting take the big bump. Tim, so was I, buddy.”
Another commenter expressed that they were scared while watching it go down. So was Tony:
“I was too. As a matter of fact, I was shocked, to be honest with you.”
It’s not surprising that Sting wants to be involved in the action, and is trying his best to spark interest in his comeback Street Fight at Revolution on Mar. 7. Sting didn’t sign with AEW to be a manager, after all. And this was his lone bump in AEW thus far in more than two months on the roster, so this is not a regular occurrence.
On the other hand, all it takes is one bump for things to end very badly here. Everything was fine for 56 year old Sting in 2015 until suddenly it was not. While discussing the buckle bomb that injured Sting at Night of Champions 2015, Seth Rollins called it a “freak accident” and implied that Sting’s age was an important factor. Those concerns about Sting’s age are only going to be amplified 5+ years later.
One thing for sure is that AEW can’t leave these decisions solely in the hands of the performer, because there is a long history of wrestlers pushing health risks to terrifying levels when they think they can handle it. But that doesn’t mean one careful bump every 10 weeks is off the table. This is the risk that AEW and Sting are both willing to tolerate for now, it seems. Schiavone offers assurance that Sting is fine after taking the powerbomb, which is good to hear.
Sting has indicated that he is interested in doing cinematic matches while in AEW, and we should get a better idea of what that looks like when he competes at Revolution. This particular powerbomb spot happened on live television in the middle of the wrestling ring. It was not a pre-taped spot in a more controlled environment using fancy camera tricks, so that’s one reason why it’s getting so much attention.
Almost 24 hours later, how do you feel about Sting taking a powerbomb on AEW Dynamite?