For those fans who are worried about how Sting’s 62 year-old body will hold up in AEW, or are curious about how he can even be cleared to take powerbombs after it looked like his career ended in WWE in 2015, Cody Rhodes has some answers for you. It turns out that AEW is the healthiest company that Sting could have possibly joined. That’s what Cody told Inside the Ropes, at least:
“The process of getting him cleared really comes down to having a great medical team. I can’t say enough about Doc Sampson and what he’s set up for AEW. I came back through the curtain after Double Or Nothing and someone handed me a bottle of electrolytes, one of the Young Lion type medical trainees that he has because he always has a group of interns and students. I mean, really, I don’t believe in so much of that stuff. I’m a dumb old school wrestler. At least I try to pretend to be. But that’s how you prolong your career. It’s the ice baths, it’s the kinesiology, it’s the actual attention to detail on nutrition.”
“Sting joined the healthiest company he could possibly join. And it wasn’t a matter of ever getting him cleared, he’s got to do that through his doctors and our doctors, but more than anything, I don’t know if we thought Sting was going to have a ‘match’ match. Until I saw the level of intensity that the cinematic was—probably more intense than an actual live 12-15 minute match—that’s when I knew, personally, he can have a match. You’re only as good as your dancing partner and when people talk about somebody who might be medically—they might have a handicap, they might have an issue—what we do, we protect that. That’s our job is to protect that.”
“...But if at any point he would want to scale it back, he’s still a huge part of our team. We’re there. There’s no pressure on him to perform. He has nothing to prove to anybody.”
You can check out the rest of the interview to see just how excited Cody is about the idea of squaring off against Sting in a future match for AEW.
Are you buying what Cody is selling about AEW being the perfect place for Sting to call home?