Sting is now in AEW as he made his promotional debut during Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite. It happened following a tag team match that saw Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin take on Ricky Starks and Will Hobbs.
AEW later confirmed that Sting had signed a multi-year deal with the promotion.
Dave Meltzer provided some additional details on Wrestling Observer Radio about how this deal came together and what to expect to see out of the WWE Hall of Famer in All Elite Wrestling.
Meltzer first brought up how Sting had his WWE legends deal expire and there were a few months that went by that WWE was able to sell his merchandise. However, news that he was no longer under contract was revealed when WWE pulled his merchandise from their shop website.
“As soon as that happened, I was thinking why wouldn’t he re-sign, he’s gotta be going to AEW, which in fact he was. So they timed this for Christmas. If you look, they’re churning out that Sting merchandise for Christmas. He has signed a multi-year contract, he’s going to be a regular on the television. It’s not like WWE where he shows up like once every year or whatever, he’s going to be on this thing.
They wanted the idea of the big star from the old generation TNT being back as a regular. Whatever physical stuff he does they’re going to do very safely. There will be physical stuff, but I don’t think he’ll be taking any bumps or anything like that. He’s in, he’s going to be a character in some form.”
AEW has already confirmed that Sting will speak on next week’s Dynamite.