Wrestling legend Sting made headlines recently when he declared that his career would not be coming to an end at the highly anticipated AEW All In event in 2023’‹.
Rumours had been swirling about the 64-year-old’s impending retirement, but Sting put those to rest during a media scrum following Sunday’s Forbidden Door pay-per-view.
“I have not decided on a date,” Sting said. “For sure, a lot of people have wondered if I will retire in Wembley [the venue of All In], that would be very cool, but I don’t see that happening. I think I’m going to continue on.” This statement has given his fans hope and anticipation for his future in the wrestling arena’‹.
Sting: The Journey So Far
Sting returned to professional wrestling in 2021 after a nearly six-year hiatus. His hiatus came after an unfortunate spinal injury during a match with Seth Rollins at the 2015 Night of Champions event, which led to his retirement announcement during his 2016 WWE Hall of Fame speech’‹.
The move to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) offered Sting a fresh start and a better potential sendoff to his career than his previous stint with WWE.
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AEW President Tony Khan has expressed his support for Sting’s decision to continue wrestling. Khan has been vocal in assuring Sting that he can stay in the company for as long as he wants.
“Steve [Sting’s real name], you can stay as long as you want. I’m not sure how long that’ll be, but like I said a few months ago, showtime is just about over,” Sting reported Khan saying’‹.
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Future Plans and Speculations
Despite Sting’s recent announcement, there was a time when he seemed ready to retire. He previously told Mike Piellucci of D Magazine that he planned to retire later in 2023 when his contract expires. This led to speculation that he could step away after the All In event in August’‹.
However, Sting now appears open to stretching things out a little more. There’s also speculation that a contract extension is not out of the question, which suggests that we may see more of Sting in AEW after 2023. For now, fans can look forward to seeing Sting in the ring at All In and possibly beyond’‹.