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Tony Khan criticizes the way WWE booked Sting

The run that Sting had in WWE was not what many fans had hoped to see when he signed with the company in 2014. He worked four matches in WWE with his first loss coming to Triple H at WrestleMania 31 then he beat The Big Show by DQ on an episode of Raw, and scored a win in a tag team match with John Cena over Seth Rollins and The Big Show.

His last match came at Night of Champions when he lost to Rollins. This is where he collapsed in the match and it was later discovered he had spinal stenosis. Sting wasn’t medically cleared to wrestle by WWE and he retired.

In 2020, he signed a multi-year deal with AEW where he’s worked five matches thus far. AEW President Tony Khan talked about Sting’s run with WWE during an appearance on the My Mom’s Basement podcast.

“It’s pretty amazing the run Sting has had because, to be honest… Sting was wanting to get back into wrestling.” Khan continued by talking about the partnership between Sting and Darby Allin. He said they’ve become good friends and as much as Allin has benefitted from the pairing, Sting has as well.

Khan added, “what a great comeback Sting had. It had been a while since Sting won wrestling matches like the last time we saw Sting, he wasn’t winning. The whole time he was back in his last run in the competition, they screwed him out of multiple matches, let’s be honest. He should have been presented better and that’s one thing I won’t back down on. Sting deserves to be treated like one of the great legends in wrestling and I set out to do that from the beginning with him.”

You can watch the entire interview by clicking on the player below (quotes can be found around the 25:40 mark):

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit My Mom’s Basement with a h/t to for the transcription

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