Sting’s debut on AEW Dynamite two weeks ago shocked the whole wrestling world. Initially, there were reports that Sting won’t wrestle in the ring, but this week, he teased a match with Cody Rhodes.
The Stinger had to retire from wrestling four years ago due to a neck injury. Since then, Sting hasn’t wrestled another match.
His WWE contract expired in May and, in October, the company pulled off his merchandise as well. AEW signed Sting a month ago and his presence has brought a lot of old wrestling fans to Tony Khan’s company.
Talking about Sting, Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer revealed that The Icon actually wanted to retire in 2005. At that time, he was signed with TNA. Every year, Dixie Carter would convince Sting to wrestle for another year and it lasted for over six years.
“When he first signed with TNA in 2005, whatever it was, that was a one-year contract and that was going to be the last year. Then every year at the end of the contract Dixie Carter would beg him, ‘one more year’ and he’d go, ‘Okay.’ One last year. Here we are 15 years later, it’s unbelievable.”
Sting’s WWE run was terrible in many ways. Vince McMahon didn’t let him win his first match and then he had to retire due to a terrible neck injury.