One week ago on AEW Dynamite, Sting took his first major bump in over five years; it was a powerbomb at the hands of Brian Cage. Sting is turning 62 years old next month and, given the injury that ended his in-ring career in WWE in 2015, many pro wrestling fans were concerned about watching him take this kind of move. At the time, Tony Schiavone explained that this is what Sting wants to do.
In an interview with PW Insider, AEW President Tony Khan discussed the spot. He explained that Sting has been doing this in training, and it’s fine because he’s fully cleared to wrestle:
“He’s been cleared, he’s been fully cleared. He’s been training with Darby and sparring partners and he’s been fully cleared to wrestle. In his training, one thing he’s done to get ready with his sparring partners is a powerbomb. In terms of getting ready for this, I was more than fine with it and in fact called it. At that point when he’s taking them in training, it’s time for the live crowd. So he was completely cleared to do it and wanted to do it and he wanted to get out there and wrestle...Sting’s cleared to wrestle and he wants to wrestle and this is how he wanted to end his wrestling career in-ring was in AEW and come in and go out the way he always wanted to go out with great matches.
He’s been preparing for this and I expect Sting to have a great performance on March 7th. He has very high expectations for this match and his comeback here, and I do too. I thought Brian did a great job with the powerbomb and certainly got people talking about the match in a very positive way and created conversation about, ‘Is Sting going to be OK? Is this all right?’ Well that was the idea, we’re trying to create that conversation but the most important thing is he is OK and he walked through the curtain...that’s not going to be an easy moment, it took a lot out of him but at the same time, he came out of it in one piece and it’s what he wanted.”
Sting’s comeback match is a Street Fight that is set to take place on Sunday Mar. 7 at the AEW Revolution pay-per-view. Up to this point it’s been largely assumed that this will be a cinematic match, but I’m a little less confident in that guess after reading Khan’s words. For what it’s worth, F4WOnline’s Dave Meltzer says the match will be taped ahead of time.
Sting became physically involved again on last night’s (Feb. 24) episode of Dynamite, this time showing off his signature Stinger Splash and Scorpion Death Drop.
Have you seen enough from Sting over the last two weeks to convince you that he is good to go for Revolution?